Jailbreaking your iDevice has many benefits. One benefit is the ability to customize and make it your own by changing your lockscreen.

Jailbreak tweaks, such as Winterboard and Dreamboard, break free from these restrictions, and as such, these avenues of customization have spawned an underground community dedicated to providing beautiful, awe-inspiring themes and modifications for your iDevice.

One such example is Cardboard Cutout HD, created by tadad1. As the title of the theme suggests, the lockscreen is given a beautiful cardboard appearance…

As described by tadad1:

“A bright, fun full screen weather widget with unique diorama cutout weather icons and scenery, Sun and Moon transition across screen from sunrise to sunset as well as time of day and weather scene lighting changes. Had a lot of fun building this and hope you enjoy it.”

Usual features, such as time, date and weather information have been included. The appearance of the lock screen changes, switching from day to night with the weather that is reflected through cardboard cutouts. Another nice little touch is that random creatures or objects make cameo appearances depending on the time.

In early June, tadad1 originally teased his Cardboard LS as “Not For Release” on the MacRumours forums, leaving many users salivating for more. After much anticipation, the author finally pushed out a release that has been met with warm reception and praise.

Recently, tadad1 has refined and updated Cardboard Cutout HD for the masses with version 1.1. In this update, tadad1 has added auto refresh on the hour so the background properly reflects the time of day.

Other refinements with both the appearance and with what’s happening under the hood have also been made. The layout of the date and time has been improved and looks a lot more clean and polished. Redundant code has been removed too, resulting in faster loading times.

Cardboard Cutout HD isn’t available in Cydia, but you can download its public release directly from tadad1’s deviantART.

Once you have downloaded the theme, either SSH or iFile into your iPhone and navigate to /var/stash/Themes/ and place the extracted file into the Themes folder.

To configure the weather for your area, you’ll need to get your weather code from http://weather.yahoo.com/. Once there, enter your city or zip code in the field provided and hit “go.” Now, once the page is loaded, your weather code will be located in the address bar of your browser.

We’ll use Auckland, New Zealand as an example:

http://weather.yahoo.com/new-zealand/auckland/auckland-2348079

The section highlighted in red will be your weather code. Once you have the code you need, SSH or iFile to /var/stash/Themes/LS CardboardWeatherHD v1.1.theme and you’ll see LockBackground.html. Open it using a text editor and search for the string

var locale = “2348079”

Simply replace 2348079, the default weather code, with your own from yahooWeather. Save the changes, open up Winterboard, and you should see LS CardboardWeatherHD ready. Activate it and respring!

Again, you can view tadad1’s deviantART page here for Cardboard Cutout HD and more of his work.

What do you think of Cardboard Cutout HD? Are you using it? Would you like to see more themes like this featured on iDB? Let us know in the comments section.

  • How can i remove the “Slide To Open” and make it look like it is in the picture?

    • David

      You could download springtomize or move2unlock to hide it though I’d recommend move2unlock so you’d still be able to unlock your idevice.

      • Michael

        Even if you hide them with springtomize you can still unlock it, you just slide where they were or a better way would be to just set up a gesture with activator to unlock like I did, slide down from the status bar.

    • Michael

      You can hide the text with various tweaks but springtomize lets you hide the text and the slider from memory or you could just replace the files the telephoney framework file with transparent 1s.

    • Ali

      Download ‘Slide To Unlock Killer’. Its free in the ModMyi repo.

    • BRS

      You can use “Un-unlocker” from Cydia. Works perfectly with any lockscreen theme.

  • Cormac

    Can you download it straight to the phone? If so how, I can’t see an option to down load the file

    • Ali

      You’ll need Safari Download Manager, another jailbreak tweak if you want to download the .rar file directly onto your iPhone.

  • Steve

    Im stuck… how do I iFile or SSH the theme into my iphone? I have iFile…. kinda like a n00b here

    • Michael

      SSH it into the folder Var/Stash/Themes.

    • chris

      install open-ssh on ur iphone if it isn’t already…
      then get f.e. cyberduck for mac or f.e. filezilla for windows
      check ur iphone’s ip-address nd enter it into one of those programs…
      be sure to set the port to 22/ connection-type to sftp
      nd IMPORTANT.. don’t forget that ur pc/mac nd iphone have to be on the same network
      then copy the files nd u are done 😉

      .. hope i could help a bit 🙂

  • Tony

    Sounds like something I would love to try, any clue if he’ll put it up on a cydia repo?

    • Michael

      Why would you want to install it when you could just download it and drop it into the folder?

  • Gorgeous! Thanks for pointing this one out. I have a new iPhone 4 on the way and as soon as I get it and jailbreakme.com, I’m putting this on!

  • The Wizard’s Baker

    So how do I download it from the given link?

    • On DeviantArt? At the top right there’s a link to download:

      Download File
      RAR download, 7.1 MB

      • Jamie

        I only see a login no where to dl…

  • Valentin

    How do you get the date and time to look like the picture? When I install it doesn’t look like the pic.

  • Steve

    I am hoping someone can give a step by step on how to get this onto an iphone using iFile.

    Anyone?

  • The Wizard’s Baker

    It saved as a zip in ifile. Where do I go from there? I extracted all the files and nothing happens. Please help.

  • Cormac

    To download it you must go to the top left hand corner and select menu. In the menu select disable mobile browser and it will bring up the full website where you can download the file. After you download it extract the file and head to ifile. You need to search for the file through that and follow the above steps

    • Jamie

      Ah! Awesome! Thanks!!!

  • Steve

    perfecto! thanks Cormac!

  • Jamie

    Got installed now! However the temp. Is in celsius. Anyone know how to vhange it to fahrenheit.

    • Ali

      Open LockBackground.html in a text editor, and again in the Weather Script section, just below the string where you had to enter your weather code, there will be another string for temperature:

      var isCelsius = true

      Change the value to false, like this:

      var isCelsius = false

      Save and respring.

      • Jamie

        Worked perfect! Thanks for the help!!!

  • Cormac

    No worries guys, my first time doing this aswell so thought I’d help

    • Mike

      Any idea how to use this theme and keep the slide to unlock feature?

      • Mike

        Also how do u hide the original time? I’m left with both the original time and the themes time

      • Ali

        Download ‘Lockscreen Clock Hide’ from Cydia to disable the native clock.

        If you have a seperate slider theme in Winterboard, simply place it above your lockscreen theme. The slider will override the slider built into the lockscreen.

      • Mike

        Wow works great!! And thanks for the reply!! I never realised winterboard worked that way..

        I’m now running the Glasklart HD Lock Screen over the top and it looks awsome!!

  • jim

    yes im using it. its awesome. i seen it while back but didnt know how to install it. thanks. yes please do more articles like this please

    • Mike

      Wow works great!! And thanks for the reply!! I never realised winterboard worked that way..

      I’m now running the Glasklart HD Lock Screen over the top and it looks awsome!!

  • Mac

    I have hidden the slide to unlock with springtomize and now I cannot unlock th iPad, can anybody help?

    • David

      If you have sbsettings installed then you could just put your iPad into safe mode.