My New Mamewah layout
I noted on the News page, it was time to change my
layout before the
holidays. Although I liked the Dragon's Lair-inspired image in use for
the past year, it just seemed too cluttered as of late. I really did
add everything onto the layout: cabs, marquees, posters... everything.
With the holidays approaching, the promise of new gamers being introduced to
the cabinet gave me motivation to design my own "wrapper." This time I
wanted to incorporate my cabinet itself into the design.
In Photoshop, I began with an 800x600 canvas and threw a blue
gradient from the upper left to lower-right. From a number of photos
of the cabinet taken a recent afternoon, I selected the best one for this
purpose and 'cut' it from its background. It was then pasted atop the
blue background. Because even the infrequent visitors occasionally
forget how to start games or flip to the favorites list, a key was added
that showed the three most useful buttons of the casual user. The buttons were taken from a package of button
images that Frosticulus had provided the arcade community. I cannot
find the original location of the file so I have included a copy below.
Just be aware these images were not created by me- but they are excellent
and you might find use for them.
After the image was finished, I used Mamewah's layout editor
to toy with configurations. After a number of iterations, the layout
seemed right to me. I typed MAME.62 into the title and created a
similar one for my .96 install. The font used is the
I hope this brief write-up might provide you with some small
bit of inspiration to create your own
(Note- Name this main.jpg for Mamewah version 1.62 and later)
(this is for Mamewah 1.61 and prior)