MP3 Winamp Skin Tutor
What are Winamp Skins?
Winamp skins are an replacement faceplates for winamp. These change
the look and feel of winamp.
Creating Your Own Winamp Skins
The following is a brief intro on how to create winamp skins.
Accessory Programs Needed
- Create a new directory in your Winamp\Skins directory. Name it anything you like.
- Unzip the Base Winamp Skin into your new directory.
Browse the directory and files to get a feel for what files you will be editing.
- You should find:
Most of these files are optional, any missing file be replaced with
the default WinAmp files.
- .cur (cursor) files,
- .bmp (bitmap picture) files,
- three .txt (text description) files.
- Begin editing the various BMP bitmap files. You will need to reload
your skin to see the changes (F5). However; cursor changes take effect instantly when you
save the file.
- Play away with the bmp files once you see which file changes what look of WinAmp,
the world is at your doorstep.
- The three .txt files change the resources used by the skin.
where changes to the font and color of the playlist text are made.
The format is fairly simply with hex color definitions:
pledit.txt Entry Descriptions
Normal: The color of normal text. When the song is not playing or selected.
Current: Text color of the mp3 playing.
NormalBG: Background color when not selected.
SelectedBG: Background color when selected.
Font: The font face.
The Text header is to inform WinAmp what section we are dealing
with. The last line FONT describes the font you wish to use. If you
are producing a skin for distribution, use a standard font that everyone
should have on their system. Usability studies have shown people
find Arial followed by Times to be the easiest to read.
Defines the default visulization colors. The file is self documented
in the // comment sections.
Describes various sections of Winamp's main window and EQ window.
You can define of the window as transparent or as visible. The file is
self documenting in the comments sections.
If you are not up for editing it, you can delete it and the default Winamp
skin will be used.
- Finally, if you are making the skin for distribution, have it viewed
by as many people as possible in order to find your bugs.
How to use winamp skins
Find your '...winamp/skins' directory and make a
new subdirectory with the directory name of the skin.
Put all files from the zipped skin in the directory you just created.
All most all skins are compressed with zip, so you can use winzip or
pkunzip to decompress the files. Often skins come with the directory
included by default so you may have to move files back. We usually dezip
skins into a separate directory before moving them into the winamp skins
To envoke the skin in Winamp, choose the skin browser from the options
menu, or press ALT+S.
A window opens with the names of all the skins currently in your selected
skin directory. Simply highlight the new skin and go go go.
Winamp Skin Specs
A good reference document on sking creation is available at: