Island Dog's Articles In OS Customization
June 12, 2018 by Island Dog
We have another Master Skinner spotlight, and this time I'm happy to have had the chance to speak with DaveBax!

Dave has been a member of WinCustomize since around 2007, and he has made a variety of contribution to the site over the years. He is one of the top WindowBlinds skinners on the site, and was promoted to Master Skinner in 2016. 

We appreciate him taking the time to answer some of our questions for the community.


Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how ...
March 27, 2018 by Island Dog
Each week on WinCustomize we feature a skin made by one of the creators from our community. We've decided to take that idea a bit further and spotlight the creators themselves!

I wanted to start this off with one of our top skinners and long-time member, Tom, also known here as LightStar!

He was kind enough to take the time to answer some questions so we could get to know him a little bit more.


Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got involved in “skinning&rd...
October 17, 2017 by Island Dog
WindowBlinds allows you to change the complete look and feel of Windows by applying skins to the user interface. This popular app includes several great looking skins, plus you can download thousands more on

I wanted to share a few tips for using WindowBlinds, especially for those who are new to it!

Get WindowBlinds for $9.99

Use WindowBlinds with Start10 for a complete customization experience
If you're a Windows 10 user and want the Start menu to...
January 18, 2017 by Island Dog
WindowBlinds 10 gives Windows users the ability to change the look and feel of the desktop by applying custom skins to the user interface. There are thousands of skins available to create a truly custom feel. WindowBlinds has an interface that is very easy to use, but I wanted to go over the basics of the app and how to get started with changing your desktop theme.

Get WindowBlinds here.

WindowBlinds Overview
When you first open WindowBlinds, the main ‘Style’ configuration s...
April 24, 2018 by Island Dog
We had some questions come in asking about some of the additional features of WindowBlinds regarding textures and backgrounds, so I wanted to write a post going into more detail about it.  These are all features that aren’t really difficult to use, but if you are a new user you just might not be familiar with where everything is and how they work.

If you are completely new to WindowBlinds, let me recommend you also take a read through the WindowBlinds 10 Walkthrough: Chan...
December 11, 2017 by Island Dog
Animated wallpapers were introduced to Windows back in the Vista days, and has since been continued with the DeskScapes app created by Stardock.  By using DeskScapes, you can have beautiful animated wallpapers on your Windows 8 and Windows 7 desktops.  DeskScapes also lets users manage both animated and static wallpapers, add effects, and more.  You can get a more detailed of what DeskScapes does with this article found here.

There are thousands of animated wallpapers, also cal...
March 14, 2014 by Island Dog
The ability to customize your Windows desktop has been around for quite some time now, and there's never been a better time to jump in and start making Windows look and work how you want it to.  We've previously talked about how Stardock has several $5 apps to make Windows 8 more usable, and today we're going to take it a step further with some other customization and enhancement apps that are just $10.

Lets take a look at some of the best and most popular desktop customizati...
February 5, 2014 by Island Dog
There are a lot of Object Desktop users out there, and while there are some great resources available for skins and themes like, but some people just want a custom theme pack that can give them a new desktop look.  We have a bunch of premium themes designed and built by the top skin artists available, and they include a premium WindowBlinds skin, icon package, wallpapers, and useful desktop gadget.  When you purchase a premium theme, you will receive a .zip file t...
August 24, 2012 by Island Dog
This is just a real quick video demo showing WindowFX 5.1 running on Windows 8.  Nothing new if you are familiar with Windows 8, the same fun animations and effects are just now available on Win8.

August 21, 2012 by Island Dog
Every so often I like to focus on the new users of WindowBlinds, as although it’s very easy to use, there are some things that a new person skinning their desktop could miss.  Some people just apply skins and go no further, and while that’s perfectly fine, WindowBlinds can let take things a bit further to enhance that experience even more.

Lets take a look at 5 of my favorite tips for new users.

Get WindowBlinds –

1. Make Finding Installed Sk...
June 22, 2012 by Island Dog
Welcome back to another edition of This Week in Skinning!  It’s nice to see that people aren’t slowing down much summer in regards to skinning.  Typically, summer is a slow time for skinning but that doesn’t seem to be the case as the uploads keep rolling in.  Hopefully we’ll have some more GUI Champs 2012 news coming up soon as we are hard at work behind the scenes getting things ready. 

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Now for this weeks picks!

May 25, 2012 by Island Dog
Hey folks!  Welcome to another edition of This Week in Skinning where we show off some of the coolest desktop skins and themes from the past week.  Lots of good stuff this week so lets get to it!

Now for this weeks picks!



Andromeda by theAVMAN

This is a really slick and detailed cursor theme for CursorFX.  Just download it and see.


Fantasy by DolphinDoc

A new desktop theme for DesktopX which a clean and functional design.
April 26, 2012 by Island Dog
I think I can safely say ObjectDock Plus is the app I have the most interaction with on the desktop.  I say that because it’s how I launch most of the applications I use during a given day.  I have some in the Windows 7 taskbar, but those are mostly browser and e-mail apps.  Everything else is stuffed into tabs in ObjectDock which I organize by category.

For example, I have tabs for the games I play and another for my Adobe apps.  Along with several others tabs.

April 20, 2012 by Island Dog
Hello everyone!  April is moving fast and we’ve had a bunch of great skins come in – including some fabulous Master skins.  We have also had some app updates recently too, including WindowBlinds 7.4 and the release of Acoustic Bridge 1.0.

Now for this weeks picks!



EurekaFX by RedneckDude

This is a CursorFX theme which is part of a bigger package of other great skin.  Check them out here.


Tropico T1 by joyton

March 30, 2012 by Island Dog
We are getting ready to close out another month and not a better way to finish it off than with a new edition of This Week in Skinning.  It’s been a pretty good week for skinning as we had several Master skins released along with a bunch of other skins in the galleries. 

Now for this weeks picks!



Alice the Madness Returns by Vampothika

I don’t need to go into much detail here.  Beautiful design as always.


Vernal by Wh...