How To Create Your Own Boards In Top Darts

We’ve had some cracking feedback about Top Darts since it was launched in late December, everybody appears to be really enjoying the game. One clever chap (Todd Parsons, take a bow) asked if we had a template available which would allow him to see how the picture board is mapped so he could create custom board art. We hadn’t, but it wasn’t difficult to create and it’s such a good idea we’ve decided to share it with everybody – simply download the template files from [Link 1] and [Link 2].

photoboardoverlay - example

  1. To position your custom artwork using the template provided, you will need an image editing program such as GIMP or Adobe Photoshop and a basic knowledge of the program
  2. Download the template file to your computer
  3. Open the template png in your image editing program
  4. Create a new layer for your artwork under the template layer
  5. Use the template layer to align your artwork as you want it displayed on the dartboard in-game
  6. For best results, do not resize the canvas – keep the image size set to 640 x 480 pixels
  7. Hide the template layer and then save the file in png or jpeg format onto your computer
  8. Create a folder on your USB drive called “picture” and copy the new file into it
  9. Eject the USB drive and plug it into a spare USB port on your PS3
  10. In the PS3 XMB menu, open the USB drive in the “Photo” menu
  11. Your artwork should be displayed as a thumbnail in the menu. Scroll to the correct image if there are multiple images in the folder
  12. Copy the image to the PS3 by bringing up the options using the Triangle button and selecting “copy” from the list
  13. Now start Top Darts
  14. In the main menu, select “Games” and in the Game Setup Screen switch to the “Load Photo” board type
  15. When prompted, select the dated folder with the image in and then select the image
  16. The image will load under a preview board template
  17. Select “Tick” to continue and configure your game type. (Select “Cross” to return to the folder and load another)
  18. Complete the “Game Setup” and the “Player Setup” screens to see your image loaded onto the dartboard in-game
  19. Invite friends and family round for some top quality fun and to admire your artistic skills

If you make a piece of art that you’re particularly proud of, why not share it on the Official PlayStation Forums so other people can take a look?

Thanks for all your feedback emails we really do appreciate them; please keep them rolling in.

4 Author replies

Could you please patch in Online mulitplayer,

cool, i wonder how many people are going to upload a picture of David Camerons head…

Awesome! Thanks for posting this – excited to see what people can come up with :)

I bought this before christmas in 2010, I’ve still not been able to get a move standalone controller. Does Sony make them anymore?

Steve Oldacre 25 January, 2011 @ 22:16


I don’t work for Sony but looking at various UK websites I can see Move controllers available. If you can’t get one in Denmark, I’m sure you can get one shipped from the UK.

Wouldn’t it be a million times simpler to just plug in a PlayStation Eye camera and take a photo with that? Like you do in LBP or on Burnout for your drivers licence photo.

That’s if you want your face on the dart board that is :P

Steve Oldacre 26 January, 2011 @ 10:12

Yup – the camera can be used to take photos and place them on the board. Or you can import a photo from your collection and apply that.

This template is so can see where you’re painting if you want to create custom art for a board.

Thanks for the answer Steve.

I bought Top Darts and I’m still eagerly awaiting to play it. I had a PlayStation Eye that I got with Eye of Judgement, I got the Navigation Controller, so I just need the Move controller.

I’m in Norway btw. don’t know why Move controllers have been impossible to get since Move released here in October. Import fees etc. make importing kinda expensive.

Some of the biggest web shop sites in Norway, all have unconfirmed dates for when Move is in stock, and it’s been like that since Move launched in October.

I also bought Sports Champions that I’m waiting to play.

What’s the problem here Sony, not making enough Move controllers?

Steve Oldacre 26 January, 2011 @ 10:28

Sorry about thinking you were from Denmark! I missed the inner blue line when viewing your post on my laptop, apologies.

So you know something is happening, I’ve asked our friends at Sony about your predicament. It’s a big company and they’re busy people but for sure we’ll get back to you.

In the meantime the web is a wonderful place – for instance some of my friends in India recommended a site in the Far East and it’s pretty good for me too. A lot of my T-Shirts get delivered from the USA. Lots of reputable firms out there…

Steve Oldacre 26 January, 2011 @ 14:21

Here’s the reply I got from Sony’s Sales Support Manager:

Since launch, this product has been very successful and as expected sales were particularly strong during our Xmas period.
We received more stock in January, so all Norwegian retailers should be supplied again shortly (if not already).

So hopefully you’ll be able to buy locally soon!

Hope that helps!

Thanks for the update Steve. Appreciated. I’ll keep checking till I get a hold of a couple of Move controllers. Thanks :)

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