Create Your First Watch Face

Creating a watch face is simple using Galaxy Watch Designer. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to start a project and then design a basic analog watch face and a digital watch face.

Once you understand the basics of creating a watch face, you can try out more features of the designer to create unique and interactive designs.

Start a Project

A project is a collection of files that make up your watch face (such as image, font, and XML files). You can start a new project, open an existing project, or open one of the sample projects provided with Galaxy Watch Designer.

For this example, you will start a new project.

  1. 1.

    Launch Galaxy Watch Designer.

  2. 2.

    If the New Project window is not displayed, from the main menu bar, click File > New to start a new project.

  3. 3.

    Click New.

  4. 4.

    Enter a Project Name. The name cannot contain special characters such as: < > * : ” / \ | @
    Do not include spaces in the project name. The Project Name is used to name the .TPK or binary file. You cannot upload a binary file to Seller Portal if it has a special character or space in its name.

    Tip!

    If you want the New Project window to display every time you launch Galaxy Watch Designer, select the Show on application start checkbox.

  5. 5.

    Click OK.
    You now have a blank canvas on which to design your watch face!

    See Development for an overview of each area of the Galaxy Watch Designer interface.

    Note

    You must explicitly save your new project (File > Save) before you exit GWD if you want to save your work. By default, project files are saved to /Users/<user.name>/GearWatchDesigner/workspace/<project.name>.gwd.

    Use File > Save As to save the file in another directory or to rename the project.

Design an analog watch

Create an analog watch in three easy steps.

Step 1. Select a background image

Step 2. Add an index

Step 3. Add watch hands

  1. 1.

    Select a background image

     

    On the left side of the designer, from the Component menu, click Background, and select a background image from the files provided by Galaxy Watch Designer (or, you can import a custom image).

    Note

    If you import a custom image, it will be saved as a PNG file as part of the project. If you update the image in your design, it will not affect the original image (stored on your system). Likewise, if you update the original image, it will not affect the image in your design. If you update the original image and want to use it in your design, you will need to re-import or swap the new image into your project.

    The size of the background is 360 x 360 px. However, you may import images that are larger or smaller.

    Tip!

    If you are using multiple backgrounds, consider importing a small image, expanding it, and adjusting the color and opacity. This will help minimize the size of your project.

    Tip!

    After you add a component, it is added to and selected in the layer table (located in the lower left corner) and automatically selected in the Preview window (by default, a selected item is outlined by a red dotted line). When a component is selected, you can modify its properties (such as its name, Dimensions, Placement, Appearance, and other settings) from the Properties window.

  2. 2.

    Add an index

     

    An index is one or more markers that circle the outermost part of a watch face. For example, an index can be used to indicate the hour or minute on an analog watch.

     

    From the Component menu, click Index. You can select a full set of markers, a single marker, or import a custom image.

  3. 3.

    Add watch hands

     
    1. a. From the Component menu, click Watch Hand, and select one from the files provided or import a custom image.

    2. b. Configure what the watch hand measures (for example, hours, minutes, or seconds). Select the watch hand. In the Rotation Properties section of the Properties window, set the Sync with option to the appropriate measurement. For example, selecting Hour in Day configures the watch hand to point at the hour of the current time. So, if it’s 2 o’clock, the watch hand would point at the number 2.

      Tip!

      A watch hand can be used to measure more than time. You could also configure the hand to measure conditions such as step counts or temperature.

    3. c. Repeat steps a and b to add and configure additional watch hands (that measure minutes and/or seconds).

      Note

      By default, all provided watch hands are set to measure Hour in Day. So, if you add the classic_min hand, you must configure the Sync with property to Minute in Hours in order for the watch hand to measure minutes.

      Tip!

      Before you swap a watch hand image (right-click on the selected watch hand and select swap image), set the timeline to midnight (the Current time displays 00:00:00) to ensure exact hand alignment when the design is run on a watch.

    4. d. From the main menu bar, click File > Save to save your project. You have created an analog watch face!

         

Design a digital watch

Create a digital watch in three easy steps.

Step 1. Select a background image

Step 2. Add a digital clock

Step 3. Customize the clock

  1. 1.

    Select a background image

     

    On the left side of the designer, from the Component menu, click Background, and select a background image from the files provided by Galaxy Watch Designer (or, you can import a custom image).

    Note

    If you import a custom image, it will be saved as a PNG file as part of the project. If you update the image in your design, it will not affect the original image (stored on your system). Likewise, if you update the original image, it will not affect the image in your design. If you update the original image and want to use it in your design, you will need to re-import or swap the new image into your project.

    The size of the background is 360 x 360 px. However, you may import images that are larger or smaller.

    Tip!

    If you are using multiple backgrounds, consider importing a small image, expanding it, and adjusting the color and opacity. This will help minimize the size of your project.

  2. 2.

    Add a digital clock

     

    From the Component menu, click Digital Clock. A digital clock that shows hour, minutes, and seconds is placed in the center of the watch face.

    Tip!

    The Digital Clock can be repositioned by dragging and dropping it in the Preview window.

  3. 3.

    Customize the clock

     

    Customize the clock by setting one or more of its properties. Select the clock in order to view its properties in the Properties window.

     

    Configure the ICU Format to customize what the watch displays. You can select a predefined format or you can create your own. By default, the watch is set to a 24-hour format (HH:mm:ss). To set the watch to a 12-hour format, you can edit the ICU format by replacing “HH” with “hh”; or you can select the predefined ICU format h:mm a. Click on the icon for more information about ICU formats.

    Tip!

    If the icon appears next to a property or field, additional information is available about the item and can be displayed by clicking the icon.

    Tip!

    The Digital Clock component can also be used to display dates (see Formatting Dates and Times for more information about all the formats that can be displayed by the Digital Clock component). Simply set the ICU Format to display an option that includes the day or month (for example: EEE, MMMd, “yy). Note that you may need to increase the size of the component or change the font size in order for all the data to be displayed. Also, if you are planning to display the digital watch in different languages, you will need to take into consideration that words in different languages will be different lengths. Adjust the properties accordingly to accommodate all languages to fit in the area designated for the component.

The selected digital clock’s ICU Format has been changed to display the day of week, date, and year. It uses the default Appearance settings. Note that the size of the component is too small and all the data does not fit in the designated area (the plus sign denotes that not all data is displayed).

The selected digital clock is the same size and shows the same data as the clock above. However, its font size was decreased so that all the data is displayed.

From the main menu bar, click File > Save to save your project. You have created a digital watch face!

   

Now that you understand the basic steps for creating a watch face, start experimenting with the properties for each of the components and try importing your own graphics. For a tutorial about using your own graphics, see How to Import You Artwork and Create a Watch Face Using Galaxy Watch Designer.