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Do you skin on Turkey day? Get it.... Turkeys....skins......oh never mind.

As we have discussed before, Halloween and Christmas are the two biggest skinning holidays of the year, but we do have one more between that, and that would be Thanksgiving. It hasn't been a big skinning holiday and there's only about two pages worth of uploads. 

My question is though, is it something you skin your desktop for? Just wondering if we should be looking out for more or just focusing on the next big holiday. 

 

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We're getting closer to Halloween and we've been featuring many of the fantastic Halloween skins we have here on WinCustomize. I was browsing through the CursorFX gallery this morning and noticed another Halloween themed cursor, so I thought CursorFX would be fun to spotlight this week. 

Use CursorFX to easily change your Windows mouse cursor to one of thousands available on WinCustomize!


Toxic Halloween

 

Black Widow Halloween

 

Pumpkin

 

Creepers

 

Halloween

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DeskScapes is a great way to manage your wallpapers, whether they are animated or static wallpapers. If you are not familiar with DeskScapes, it allows you to have animated wallpapers on your Windows desktop, and even lets you apply effects to those wallpapers for even more customization.

One of the questions I get asked the most about DeskScapes is how you can have wallpapers change randomly. It’s a cool feature but it seems not everyone is aware how to enable it, so I wanted to focus on this feature today.

Get DeskScapes


Open the DeskScapes configuration.

You'll see Random backgrounds in the left menu. Select that and this is where you can add and manage the wallpapers you want to be shown at random.

To add wallpapers to the random folder, just right-click a wallpaper and select "add to random backgrounds". You can select multiple wallpapers by holding down the Control key while selecting.

Just hit Apply and these wallpapers will change at the random times you select. You can change the intervals by clicking the random background settings button and changing to your preference.


Learn more about DeskScapes here.

 

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Let's all give a big congrats to our newest Journeyman....BONEHEADdb! BONEHEAD has been a member of WinCustomize since 2004 and has shared many skins with the community including tons of great CursorFX themes. 

With his recent return to skinning we thought of no better time than now to recognize his contributions. Congrats from all of us at WinCustomize!


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We're getting closer to Halloween and I've been digging through WinCustomize looking for some of the best animated wallpapers for DeskScapes. There are a bunch to choose from, and you have a favorite be sure to post it the comments below!

Don't forget we have our October desktop screenshot thread ready, so let's see those Halloween desktops!

Spooky Halloween Forest with Bats

 

Halloween Scenery

 

4K Smoky Skull

 

Pumpkin by Night

 

Halloween Night

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CursorFX allows you to apply custom cursor themes to your Windows PC. Users can easily apply skins, shadows, motion trails and sounds to your cursors. CursorFX comes complete with several unique cursors installed, but you can also create your own to use and share with others in the WinCustomize community. We'll show you how in this tutorial.

Get CursorFX here



Creating the graphics

I'm going to show you how to create and put together the actual cursor, but something you have to do on your own is create the graphics for your cursor. Skinners use a wide variety of tools to create their works, including 3D graphic programs that create stunning animations.  However, that is not a necessity, you can make your graphics with any image editor such as Affinity Photo, Photoshop, Paint.NET, etc. The only thing you really need to make sure of, is to export your graphics in the .PNG format as it will keep the transparency that you make.

If you want to create animations from static images, the one tool to use is AniUtil. It will create a "strip" of images in the .PNG format that you can use in CursorFX. Other tools that can do a similar function is Animstrip.


CursorFX Theme Editor

As you can see in the screenshot above, the theme editor has vastly improved. You can now see all the cursor states at once, and most of the tools you need to make the cursor are all on one tab.

You can find the theme properties in the File menu. Here you can input the theme name, author name, e-mail, description, etc. Also from the file menu you have the common options such as "new", "open", and "save".  Saving your theme will put it into the .cursorfx format.

You can also apply your new cursor from the file menu as well.

TIP: Download more CursorFX themes on WinCustomize

Creating a Theme

Once your images are ready, and you have a new theme started in the CursorFX Theme Editor, then it's time for us to start building a new cursor. There are twenty cursor states that we can change in the theme editor. These cursor states are going to define what cursor image is shown for that particular state. An example would be the "normal state" is the cursor you see and use the most, and "text select" will show the cursor that changes when you are going to enter text.

Select the cursor state you want to change and click the "import graphics" button that is near the bottom right of the window. From there you can browse and choose your image for that selected state.  For my example I will change the "normal select" state with a simple cursor image I made.

TIP: The CursorFX Theme Editor can be found in your CursorFX directory

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As seen in the screenshots above, the image I made and imported is now occupied in the "normal select" area. The next step is assigning the hotspot, which is the active part of the cursor image. Clicking your selected cursor with your pointer will move the target to where you want this active spot to be.  You can also refine the target by adjust the x and y values of the hotspot configuration.

If you want to remove the image you just place, you can either import another image in its place, or click the "remove this cursor" button. Remember that it will only apply to the cursor state that is selected.

The cursors we are changing here are in the normal state. If you want to add a different image to the pressed state, then click "view pressed state" and import the images as we did before.

Animated Cursors

What we did before is the basic steps of creating a cursor theme. If you want to create an animated cursor you just follow the same basic steps, but this time you will use the "strip" of images that we talked about before. Once that image is imported you need to enter the number of frames the image has in the Frames value area. You can also set the image to loop by checking the option box.

Another option you have for the animation is setting the interval between frames. This will determine has fast or slow your animation will appear. If you want to alternative the animation, or enter a separate animation script, you can also do that in this section.

8-29-2013 3-55-01 PMAll you must do now is repeat these steps for the remaining cursor states, and your cursor is done. You can now apply the cursor and save to upload to the CursorFX gallery on WinCustomize.

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Use your own custom cursors!

Oct 6, 2020 6:47 PM by Discussion: OS Customization

If you want to change the default Windows cursor to something way cooler, then we're going to show you how using Stardock's CursorFX!

What is CursorFX?

CursorFX allows you to apply custom cursor themes to your Windows PC. Users can easily apply skins, shadows, motion trails and sounds to your cursors. CursorFX comes complete with several unique cursors installed so you can get started right away.

Get CursorFX here

Changing Your Cursor Theme

Once you purchase CursorFX, you can find your download in your Stardock account or download via the Object Desktop Manager. You can get your products and keys here. Once it's installed, start the application and you will see the main configuration screen.

By clicking the magnifying glass icon on the right of the selection, it will show the full preview of all the included cursor states.  It will even preview the animations so you can see exactly what the cursor looks like in the center of the window you see the list of currently installed cursor themes. 

CursorFX by default comes with several themes included, but I will also show you where to get more later in the article. You can simply browse the list of cursor themes by scrolling through the list, and when you find one you like, just double-click the selection or hit the Apply button. That will automatically change your cursor to the selected one.

Special Effects

CursorFX adds many features including special effects and trails. In the main configuration window on the left side, you have a list of additional features like effects and trails.


You can select different cursor actions and states and apply the available effects to that selection.  It's a fantastic way to add some more customization to your cursor theme.

Adjust Color, Size, and More

In the Settings menu, you will also have a variety of ways to customize our cursor even further. Here you can adjust the coloring of a cursor theme, increase/decrease the size of the cursor, add shadows, and more.

Getting More Themes

CursorFX includes several high-quality cursors, but no need to limit yourself to those. There are hundreds available on WinCustomize.com that you can download and use with CursorFX!

CursorFX gallery on WinCustomize

 

 

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We have finally hit Fall and now we start our way through the holiday season! First up, we have Halloween coming up and we've been busy getting some Halloween wallpapers and other spooky themes up. We're also featuring a ton of Halloween skins this month so be sure to check the daily feature.

Here's a wrap-up of some new, articles, forum posts, and skins you might have missed!


Stardock News:

Curtains v1.1 is Now Available

"The newest version of Curtains adds a major new feature for Explorer background transparency and blur effects. While the new option only comes standard with certain styles in the app, users can edit other styles and apply the blur and transparency effects themselves for further customization. 

A new option to extend the title bar ribbon in Explorer windows also adds an extra layer of customization for those who enjoy editing every detail of their Windows experience. v1.1 also introduces several quality of life improvements and increased style application speed."

 

Community Posts You Might Have Missed:

WC Community Question: Do You Use Desktop Wallpapers on Your Mobile Devices?

New CursorFX Themes from BONEHEADdb!

The Mandalorian Season 2 Official Trailer!

A History of WindowBlinds

WC Community Question: WindowBlinds Skins - Minimal or Wild?

Getting an Early Start on a Halloween Desktop!

Netflix Offers Certain Shows and Movies for Free to Non-Subscribers

New Skins, Themes, and Wallpapers:

Astor (WindowBlinds)

Candy Corn (CursorFX)

Spooky Halloween Forest with Bats (DeskScapes)

Scary Pumpkin (Wallpaper)

9x Start (Start10 buttons)

RAM (Curtains)

 

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This week's question we'll focus on something that doesn't get talked about as much.......and that would be icons. We have a couple of different categories for icons here on WinCustomize.

We have been curious on how the community uses icons in their desktop setups. Do you change the entire icon set with IconPackager, or do you just change individual icons just for certain files or folders? 

Let us know how you use icons and if you'd like to see more on WinCustomize in the comments below!

 

 

 

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We are rapidly approaching October, and that means it's getting closer to Halloween! I recently asked the WinCustomize community about skinning holidays and Halloween came up as one of the top answers. We've always had great contributions from skinners with Halloween themes, so it's no surprise people enjoy these. 

Since we're just over a month out, I thought it's a wonderful time to start featuring more Halloween skins, and we've been working to get more Halloween themed wallpapers also.

Here's a few skins to get your started!

Bat O Ween (WindowBlinds)

 

Halloween Night (DeskScapes animated wallpaper)

 

Creepers (CursorFX)

 

Dark Halloween Pumpkin (Wallpaper)

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