Released: 17 November 2013 - v1.0
Updated: 27 November 2013 - v1.1
I didn't release my version for FM 2013 as I wanted to create a sidebar version, but that was unfortunately impossible.
The versions for FM 2011 and FM 2012 were mostly based on the classic Steklo X1 skin for FM 2011 made by Tom Dixon. The original header is still used in this version, but it looks very different now in FM 2014.
I added custom graphics as well as "Extended Information Panels” which I got to work with this skin. Adjustment of many standard panels were made, which resulted in bigger player pictures, mostly 180x180 size, bigger pitch in tactics screens and logo's.
MASSIVE recognition goes to "Bergkamp" from FMKorea.net. His creative work with panels is amazing and almost every skin that is released uses panels created by him.
In this skin I also implemented some graphics effects and panels from "Flut" for which I want to give recognition, especially the "ticket" in the match preview screen caught my eye and I think it makes the skin look even better.
This is version 1.1, available since 27 November 2013.
v1.1 DetailsVersion 1.1 a "must have" for all of you who are using the first release of the skin.
This update includes:
- slow performance issues resolved
- more 180x180 player faces in screens
- an opacity/background selector
- in-game editor button added
- darker match scoreboard (it should look darker now, so better visibility of buttons and text)
- commentary bar standard in game that replaces the footer
- panels optimized for low(er) resolutions included in separate download
- many graphical updates to enhance the FM experience
- bug fixes and other adjustments, based on your feedback
Don't overwrite the old skin as files that remain in the skin folder will cause problems with this updated version.
BackgroundsThe opacity/background selector which you will find in the the top left corner of your screen allows you to easily change the backgrounds and change the opacity.
It is now very easy to customize how transparent the backgrounds will be and switch between backgrounds.
If you want to use your own favorite background(s), just copy them to ".....\cl2014\graphics\backgrounds and replace the existing ones.
(they are named 1....6.png so rename your pic and after reloading the skin yours should be available)
Click on the "20%" text and you will see the opacity change between 20,40,60 and 80.
There is a file named "overlay.png" in the backgrounds folder.
This file makes the background look less bright, if you want you can delete it and your backgrounds will now look much lighter/brighter.
FooterThere is also an alternative "footer.xml" available in the "cl2014/panels" folder.
If you like to get the original footer back: replace "footer.xml" in the panels folder of the skin with the original file, now named "footer.xml.alt". After that rename the "alt" file to "footer.xml" and reload the skin again.
This "real footer" appearance changes with the colour of the header and it adds something different to the skin. However, this element will remove the "commentary bar" from the match screen. This is a matter of preference, some users feel the commentary bar is annoying and takes away from a "real match experience", others like to have it in there, so here it is!
Alternative profile panelsI have included alternative personal profile panels created by Bergkamp.
The panels included in the skin are the one with Kevin Strootman.
If you prefer the Daniele de Rossi panels, download and unpack the file "alt. player profile panels.7z" in the "panels" folder and overwrite existing files when prompted.
After reloading the skin you will have changed the player profile panels.
Lower resolutionsThis is a dark skin, optimized for high(er) resolutions, my computer has a resolution of 1920x1080. If you have run with a lower resolution some graphics like the "titlebar scoreboard" and "match in between highlights" might become too big. So I prepared special resolution panels are a separate download: DOWNLOAD LOWER RES PANELS
Remember that even when some graphics have been adjusted to look better on lower resolutions, it will be impossible to have the same amount of information on your screens as is the case with the high resolutions.
ATTENTION: completely DELETE the existing "panels" folder before extracting the new files into a new "panels" folder, otherwise it won't work properly.
After unpacking the 7z file, as always, reload the skin with caching option "un-ticked" and the logos, player pictures, kits and other enlarged portions of the screens should now look smaller, so better, on lower resolutions.
This has not been tested extensively, so there could still be some issues with lower resolution PC's.
Start ScreenSome people don't like the Jose Mourinho picture on the "start screen", you either "love" or "hate" the guy......LOL
If you want to replace it, I have added a file in the folder "cl2014\graphics\main menu" called "manager.png.alt" You can delete the "manager.png" and either delete it or replace it with the alternative picture.
Feedback is appreciated as always!
Step 1Download the skin and extract the file (using either 7-Zip for Windows or The Unarchiver for Mac).
Step 2Move the extracted folder "cl2014" into your skins folder:
Win Vista/7/8: C:\Users\<username>\Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2014\skins
Win XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2014\skins
Mac OS X: /Users/<username>/Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2014/skins
Create the folder "skins" if it doesn't exist.
Step 3Start the game and go to Preferences screen and Interface tab.
You should see "Champions League Skin" as option in the skin drop down of the Overview box.
Hit the Confirm button.
Please note this skin is provided as is. It has nothing to do with Sports Interactive or SEGA and won't be supported by them.