Understanding Movable Type Template SetsPosted: June 7, 2009
Since releasing the [Hybrid News Theme](http://www.majordojo.com/2009/05/teaser-hybrid-news-theme-for-movable-type.php) I have been contacted by a number of people on the [ProNet mailing list](http://www.sixapart.com/mailman/listinfo/pronet/) asking me to shed some light on the process of creating template sets, or themes as most other products call them, for Movable Type. As I embark on creating this documentation I stumbled across a video made by a friend of mine on the same subject (mental note: subscribe to [plasticmind.tv](http://plasticmind.tv/)).
Jesse does a good job I think I showing that template sets are sincerely not that difficult and that anyone who can cobble together a WordPress theme, can easily create one for Movable Type. I would like to mention another tool at your disposal which will make this process even easier: it is called `exportts`. The program is [a simple perl script](https://github.com/byrnereese/mt-tool-exportts) that you can drop into your Movable Type `tools` directory to easily **export the templates in a blog and then package them up as an installable template set or theme**. All in one simple step.
The `exportts` tool is something I find indispensable in my work as it saves me literally hours of monotonous and menial labor. Its [readme](http://github.com/byrnereese/mt-tool-exportts/blob/b9c561b70bd5bc2fcb4c6724d1a7d1f0428b5bf0/README.txt) should explain exactly how it works if you want to learn more.
I hope this video helps though, while I document the process more thoroughly.