BootSkin Vista Product Page
To create your own BootSkin, click on the "Create a BootSkin" tab. You will need to be connected to the internet as BootSkin Vista has to transfer your image to the Stardock server to be converted into the BootSkin Vista (.bootskin) file type format.
Note: If you are using the free trial version of BootSkin Vista, you will see the following screen. This gives you a link (www.bootskin.com) to click to view the product page in your web browser where you can get more information & purchase the full version of BootSkin Vista (a part of Object Desktop) which allows you to create your own BootSkins.
To create your own BootSkin, type in a "Title", and "Author" which can be your real name or an alias (i.e. Sly Fox). Usually people who share skins on WinCustomize.com use their alias from that site as the "Author". This way, as you create more skins for BootSkin Vista and/or other programs, you build a reputation of the quality of your work. WinCustomize recognizes skinners (people who create skins) by granting different levels of access (http://www.wincustomize.com/about.aspx) based on your work and community involvement. WinCustomize is not the only skinning site on the internet, but is a great place to start. It gives you a lot of free skins to download, the ability to create your own & share with the community, talk with the community in forums, read tutorials, view links to other skinning sites and more.
The image will then appear in the preview area. Then click "Create BootSkin" and you will see a status bar appear near the bottom of the BootSkin Vista window. Status messages will be displayed under the bar telling you what it is doing, such as: Uploading image, Upload complete! Downloading BootSkin, and Download Complete.
If the "Email" address and/or "Serial Number" do not match your Stardock.net account or there was a typo in either, you will receive the following status message:
If you get that message, verify that your Email address is correct, as you may have accidentally clicked into that field and erased or changed a character(s). If your email address has changed, you must change it through Impulse, not here. To verify your serial number, run Impulse and click the Help icon to get a list of your serial number(s). After correcting the problem, click "Create BootSkin" again. If you continue to have problems, go to the Stardock Support web site at: http://www.stardock.com/support/ for help in resolving this issue.
After the upload is complete and it processes your image, it will download the new .bootskin file and keep you updated on the progress:
After it says "Download complete!" you can click "Open Skins Folder" to view the BootSkin it stored on your computer. When done, click to close the window.
To apply your new BootSkin, click on the "Load a BootSkin" tab, locate the BootSkin thumbnail, click on it, and then click "Apply This BootSkin". Then close BootSkin Vista by clicking , and save any data in open applications. Close all applications, and restart Windows to view the new BootSkin on startup.