ok so i messed with zen and looked at tao

i read a bunch of stuff that says change the .info and .tpl.php file but what files do i change to get my site up and running

i have the html and css files of my site ready (seperate from drupal) but how do i integrate them into these themes/sub themes

i noticed in zen theres like a million css files do i really gotta chop up my css file? and the html wheres that go? btw i noticed in alot of videos people say you gotta "search" and "replace all" of certain phrases and stuff in some of the files. which files do i gotta do that too and how do i know which ones

can someone please sum all this up for me and tell me what goes where and what connects to what

i seen a bunch of videos on theme but most of them either dont explain why certain things are done or just talk alot and still leave you with nothing

i guess what im asking is how do you guys make your own themes whats the process?

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you wouldn't use an already built HTML and CSS with a base theme. You would convert the HTML theme to drupal template engine. However, I don't suggest moving forward with that these days. I suggest using a base theme. Creating a subtheme. Overding drupal's css with your own in a custom.css file. IMO it's far less time intensive to work within drupal rather than working outside of it and forcing it to conform.

ok so whats the steps... how do you do it?

I create a subtheme using the docs.
I create a custom.css file and define it in my subtheme.info
I use firebug for for firefox to determine what HTML and CSS is already being used
I override in the custom.css file

zen documentation link on the project page will aid.

ok thanks i'll try that, hopefully i wont choke again

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