Click 'View > Lobby Themes' to open the lobby themes menu. The PokerStars client uses the ‘PokerStars Black’ theme by default, but you can also choose the ‘PokerStars Classic’ theme. More lobby themes are on the way!
To install a new lobby theme, simply click on the title of the theme in the list to the left of the window and click the "Install" button on the right. The new theme will be downloaded to the client in a short amount of time, and the theme will then be available to use. You may mark multiple themes for downloading, and you may continue to use another theme while your chosen themes download.
To use a theme in the lobby, click on the title of the theme and then click the "Apply" button.
Click 'View > Table Themes' to open the table themes menu. The PokerStars client comes with two themes, Default and No Images, pre-installed. Choose one of thirteen themes, including Shiny, Marine, Stars, Hyper-Simple, Saloon, Techno, Azure, and Renaissance.
To install any of the alternate themes, simply click on the title of the theme in the list to the left of the window and click the "Install" button on the right. The new theme will be downloaded to the client in a short amount of time, and the theme will then be available to use. You may mark multiple themes for downloading, and you may continue to play under another theme while your chosen themes download.
To use a theme on a table, click on the title of the theme and then click the "Apply" button.
Before applying the theme and thereby changing the displayed theme on the table, there are options available to the player in terms of the appearance of the cards as well as the background of the table:
Background: click the "Background" button to change the table's background, and then select the "Enable custom background" checkbox in the window that opens. Further clicking the "Browse" button will enable the player to select an image file from their hard drive to use as the displayed background for their table. Once the file is selected, players have the option of displaying the selected image in any of three formats: Stretch, Tile, or Center.
Stretch format: this format will stretch the selected image to fill up the entire window. If the "Constrain Proportions" checkbox is selected, the image will be stretched to the limit while remaining in correct proportions and the color selected will be used to fill the remaining space. If the "Crop Image" radio button is selected, the image will be enlarged, in the correct proportion, to the extent that it fills the entire window... akin to zooming in on the image while not necessarily keeping the entire image in the viewable area.
Tile & Center formats: selecting the "Tile" format will result in the chosen image being repeated on the screen to fill up the entire background. The "Center" option will place one copy of the image at the center of the screen with a border in the selected color surrounding the image to fill up any of the background not taken up by the image.
Deck Options: within the Themes window, players may select any of three decks to display on the table. The available decks are Standard, Alternative, and Simplified. The Standard and Alternative decks display any of the PokerStars standard card backings. Each deck has a four-color option for easy identification of suits in play.
If you're interested in developing your own themes, or implementing a third-party theme, check out the PokerStars Theme Integration Guide.
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