Changing the way FL Studio looks can be a great way to customize your experience and fit your style. Using skins for FL is the most drastic way you can change the look of the DAW. You can also use the options offered within FL Studio to tailor the look to your liking.
What You Will Need To Follow This Tutorial
The following article does not promote the use of FL Studio skins. Users should download and use these skins at their own risk.
How To Use FL Studio Skins
Download FL Skinner
First of all, you will want to ensure that you have the software ‘FL Skinner‘ downloaded, which can be found in this Google Drive link.
FL Skinner provides the easiest way to manage and download a custom skin for Fruity Loops at the moment.
If you use the link provided, you can also download the ‘Skins‘ folder, which will give you a range of different skins to change the look of your FL Studio.
Extract The Files
Once you have downloaded the FL Skinner, you can then extract the files somewhere where they are easily accessible. In my case, I simply dragged them onto my desktop.
For this part, you will need Winrar or a similar product.
After extracting the files onto your computer, you can open the ‘FL Skinner’ folder and run the program titled ‘flskinner.exe.’
Once selected, the skinner program will open, from which you can choose your desired skins.
FL Skinner should automatically apply skins to your FL Studio. If this doesn’t work, you can try using the ‘Change FL Studio Path‘ option. Ensure that you have the correct Fruity Loops installation location selected there.
Adding The Extra Skins
If you have downloaded the extra skins found in the google drive link, you can also add these through FL Skinner.
Firstly, select the ‘Open Skins Folder’ option, which will open the location where you place the downloaded skins for use in FL Studio.
You can then drag and drop any downloaded skins into this folder, and they will then appear within FL Skinner.
If they do not appear, try restarting FL Skinner.
Open FL Studio
Now when you open FL Studio, you should have a brand new look!
If you want to change the skin at any point, simply open FL Skinner and select a different one.
Other Methods Of Customizing FL Studio
One of the easiest ways to change the look of your FL Studio is by changing the color of various elements.
Luckily this aspect of Fruity Loops has been made much better with the latest FL Studio version.
It is now possible to choose different colors for almost all aspects of the DAW.
FL Studio Playlist View
From within the playlist view, there are many ways to change the aesthetics to your tastes.
In most cases, you can simply right-click on the desired section and click on the color option. This will open a popup window allowing you to manipulate and save colors quickly.
Most notably, you can change the color of patterns, tracks, and samples within the playlist view.
These options are also great for color organizing your work if your projects are larger in size.
FL Studio Background
Finally, we will quickly look at how you can set your own background in FL Studio.
To do this, go to the ‘View’ (1) drop-down menu from the top left of the DAW, and select ‘Background’ (2) and ‘Set image wallpaper. (3)
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Where can you find FL studio skins?
Sadly FL Skins are pretty tricky to come by now as Image-Line has been cracking down on their usage recently. Occasionally a google search may bring up some new skins; however, they are becoming increasingly rare.
Why do people want to change their fl studio skins?
Using FL Studio skin is an excellent way of changing the appearance of the DAW to your liking. You can select a skin that represents the colors and aesthetics that appeal to you and help make it feel like your FL Studio.
Do skins work with older versions of FL Studio?
There are ways to download skins for previous versions of FL Studio. However, this guide will not work if you are using a version before FL Studio 20. If you are using an older version, there may be guides that can help you out.
Can you change skins in Ableton?
Ableton Live features a much simpler method of changing skins for their DAW, requiring no external programs.
If you are using Ableton Live and want to change the theme, you can go Preferences>Look/Feel>Themes and use the theme selector to select the one you want.
Will changing FL Studio skins be easier in future updates?
Users are hopeful that new customization features will be added in the next big FL Studio update, due in 2022.
Image-Line cracking down on the promotion of external FL Studio skins may also signify that they are working on a similar ‘Official’ version of this feature.
What is the benefit of using FL Studio skins?
Skins are a great way to make FL Studio feel more like your personal DAW. It adds a level of customization that is not possible with the options offered in the box.
There is no other gain to your music production or anything of that nature, but it is simply a great way to tailor FL Studio to you.
Can you remove skins once you have put them on?
If you are using FL Skinner, you can simply select a different skin to change the look.
For those looking to remove skins entirely, you can remove the program from your computer, and it will revert your FL Studio to its default theme.
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about the author
Hi, I’m Max, a passionate UK-based electronic music producer, and audio engineer.
I have now been making music for around 6 years.
Over this time, I have developed a deep passion and understanding of various musical styles and genres, along with the different production techniques that separate them from one another.
In addition, I have also recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in electronic music production from dBs Sound & Music Institute.