Creating a Skin
Believe it or not, it's relatively simple to create your own custom
personalities for WindowBlinds. In their most basic form, a personality
consists of a text file defining the location of bitmaps, functions for the
skin, and its buttons.
really need is a text editor (even Notepad will do :) and a program that can
save .BMP files (MS Paint). However, you can get fancy in the creation of
the graphics with almost any program you like. Some people use Adobe
Photoshop, other swear by Paint Shop Pro, and some people even go so far as
to render all their graphics in higher-end packages.
SkinStudio is an application available from
Stardock that simplifies the skin creation process. Object Desktop users can
download it via the Component Manager or you can find it on our website at
http://www.stardock.com/products/SkinStudio. Stardock also maintains a
newsgroup for discussion of SkinStudio on our news server at
With SkinStudio you can easily:
- Make your own complete skins for any version of
Windows including Windows XP.
- You don't need to know even one single UIS (skin
language) attribute - SkinStudio will describe them all for you.
- Features a window preview that looks like it's
live, but allows you to easily navigate through tons of code.
- Easy to understand Explorer like IDE (Integrated
Development Environment) interface.
- SkinStudio also supports
Koala Player skins.
- Other types of skins are expected to be supported
in the future including WinAmp 3, msstyles, Trillian, and more.
If you think SkinStudio is cool, then you'll love
SkinStudio Pro which allows you to actually import parts of other
skins and whole sets of pre-made controls.
Look at how your favorite skins are put
together to see how they work their magic. Visit
links to a tutorial and the complete skin format guide.
Keep those great skins coming!