Good Evening Guys and Girls hope you are all well. Grendel takes a look at how to Make The Default Kodi 17 Skin Your Own. Some very simple touches you can make to the new Estuary to make it feel more your own.
Make The Default Kodi 17 Skin Your Own
Hi guys, I really hope you have been enjoying our recent mini series of blogs on Creating your own Build in Kodi 17.
Today we are going to take a quick look at a little bit of customisation you can do on the default Kodi 17 skin.
This skin is called Estuary (please don’t ask me why) and if you don’t want to go the whole hog with creating your own build, here are a few things you can have a little dabble with.
The great thing about Kodi 17 is that it is way more customisable that previous versions. This means more fun for us!
For example , you can choose which sub-sections show up under sections like TV and Movies, and also pick custom backgrounds and colours. Here’s how to tweak Kodi 17 to look just the way you want it, without going all the way and installing a new skin.
To access this click the gear icon on the main screen just below the Kodi logo
Now chose Skin Settings
Within the General section there a few tweaks we can make.
If you chose to show weather info it will display the current outside temperature just below the time.
There are also a couple of other options to play with regarding small on screen changes. Why not try toggling them on and off and see what they do.
Home Screen Options
Drop down from General to the Main menu items submenu and you can turn on/off any of the screens that show up in the main menu.
This is really useful and allows you to remove all those redundant options you may not be needing. I really like to keep my choices as limited as possible so I do like the ability to be able to just turn off what I will not be using.
You can even edit what categories show up under each of the main menu items. For example, if you don’t want to see “Recently Viewed” TV shows, or “Currently Watching,” you can remove them by clicking “Edit Categories” under TV Shows. If you want to change this, you’ll be prompted to install the Library Note Editor add-on. Go ahead and choose Yes.
You will now see the list of Categories.
With an item highlighted, bring up the context menu (press C)for all the options.
Now drop down to the Artwork menu for some more fun.
The first options, will change the fanart behind your skin depending on the currently selected media. If you select to chose a new fanart pack you will be given options
You can make loads of small changes in this section that can apply to different screens and genres. Have a play and see what tickles your fancy.
Lets go back to the System Settings screen and select Interface Settings.
Here, you’ll find the option to change the skin’s colour, which gives you a variety of options.
This completely changes the feel of the screen
There you go. Now you’ve seen how to have a little dabble with these options, I’m sure you can be a bit braver when tweaking your system.
Don’t forget, we really want to see just what you can do with your own builds or just the changes to your skin.
Send us some screenshots on twitter @Bestforkodi.
We will re-tweet the best ones
If there is any other items you would like us to cover in this series, let us know.
I can also highly recommend taking a look at the fantastic blogs by our very own Ezzerman on kodi skinning. This will really take your system and your knowledge of it to a whole new level. Why not dive in and gave a go.
Give us a follow in Twitter @Bestforkodi and send us some screenshots. If you’re lucky Sparky will re-tweet the best ones and your screenshot will be shown to our 45.5 thousand followers !
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Make The Default Kodi 17 Skin Your Own
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