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FM 2018 FLUT skin dark - Version 2.1

A skin for the regular career mode of Football Manager 2018. Version 2.1 released on 26 August 2018.

By Updated on Aug 25, 2018   385970 views   739 comments
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Football Manager 2018 Skins - FM 2018 FLUT skin dark - Version 2.1

FM 2018 FLUT skin dark - Version 2.1

Skin for FM 2018 regular career mode and widescreen (1920x1080).

This skin is compatible with cutout, DF11, scope and PMSC facepacks.

In this version, I included:
- “round country flags” and “round continents logos” specially made in metallic style by brian-q from sourtitoutsi. Those graphics will be displayed in the title bar.
- background maps for confederations, also made by brian-q. Thank you brian by your great work and for your collaboration!!!
- pitch textures for 3D match edited by myself

NEW pack of sites for news panel: If you want to replace the current news sites pack in the news panel by other different pack, you can download HERE a pack specially made by Doddo04 for dark FlutSkin. Thank you my friend!! The pack includes a read me file in order to know how to install it.

Once again, thanks to all FM fans (your suggestions keep me trying to make the skin better) and especially to all the fantastic FM skinners whose creativity contributes a lot to produce the FLUTSkin as it is today since FM 2013. Thank you all!!

Main changes in FlutSkin V 2.1 are in
  • Nation overview panel
  • Match review panel
  • Inbox Press conferences
  • Inbox content with competitions player odds panel
  • Inbox content with home grown info panel
  • Inbox content with player training focus
  • Pre-match opponent scout report news

"New" in FlutSkin v. 2.0
  • Restyled boxes (subsection and bordered) in most of panels. Now the boxes have round corners
  • Some country locator flags and round flags were also tweaked by brian-q

  • The main tweaked panels are:
  • Contract Offer Inbox
  • Inbox team of the week panel (animation front/back kits)
  • Training overview panel
  • Target List/Development list/Unwanted list panels
  • Team managers history panel
  • Team injuries overview panel
  • Risk assessment panel
  • Panel overview league table
  • Team container records summary
  • Board room
  • Affiliated clubs panel
  • Non player profile
  • Team training coaches panel
  • Past meetings fixtures panel

Main changes in FlutSkin V 1.9
  • Club overview panel tweaked and new information included in drop down arrows (club icons, legends and favourite personnel)
  • Match in between highlights tweaked
  • Full match review tweaked
  • New selection information default views included in the team squad panels
  • “New” match preview panel (new tabs with home and away analysis included)
  • “New” coach report panel, overview player report, analyst player report
  • “New” medical report panel
  • Scouting assignments tweaked
  • Scouting centre tweaked
  • Club knowledgment tweaked
  • Other tweaks here and there…

Main changes in FlutSkin V 1.8
  • New coloured country locator
  • “New” match overview panel
  • “New” match lineups panel
  • “New” match in between highlights panel
  • “New” match full time review panel
  • “New” match mid time panel
  • “New” team staff overview
  • Match titlebar tweaked
  • Competition fixtures roundup tweaked
  • Fixtures details panel tweaked
  • Player attributes changes tweaked

Main changes in FlutSkin V 1.7.
  • "New" match titlebar with new scoreboard
  • Match inbetween highlights teams stats tweaked (some information included/changed)
  • Non player profile and non player profile popup tweaked (now with attributes background boxes)
  • Player profile popup tweaked (new information included)
  • Tutor information panel tweaked (current ability and potential ability included)
  • Icon in actions bar displaying the number of unread messages included
  • Bugs due to SI update fixed

Main changes in FlutSkin V 1.6.
  • “New” player overview popup panel (new information and new options in drop down arrows included)
  • New inbox training (new information included)
  • New match preview panel (new opposition manager information and tab with lineups included)
  • Player overview tweaked and PMSC faces option added
  • Autohidden sidebar included (however the pack includes the alternative files for those who prefer the regular sidebar)

Changes and fixes in FlutSkin V 1.5.
  • “New”
    • match full time review panel
    • human profile
    • manager home
  • Major tweaks
    • Last eleven (club overview panel)
    • Main tabbed box in player overview panel
    • Non player profile
    • Match team talk panel
    • Team hierarchy panel
  • Other tweaks
    • Match preview panel
    • Various inbox panels
    • Various graphics files

    Changes and fixes in FlutSkin V 1.4.
    • “New” Player Attributes panel
    • “New” team report summary panel
    • “New” non player profile
    • News (drop down arrow to choose different leagues/continents news included)
    • Non player popup profile (tweaked)
    • “New” inboxes panels: Pre-Season report; pre-match opponent; post-match team.
    • Player overview panel (tweaked in some panels)
    • Other small tweaks here and there
    • Instant result (fixed, although is not the same I used in previous versions since that older code causes crashes)
    • Match-team talk (bug regarding morale fixed; some new information included)
    • TV Logos (removed, since I couldn’t found the way to make it works well, yet)

    Major changes in FlutSkin V 1.3.
    • Player overview popup (tweaked)
    • Team Squad Tactics Panel (row height decreased)
    • Player Overview panel (new information included in the boxes; position ability bar graphics included)
    • League stage views (capitals letters included; different colour for the club points)
    • Continent overview (tweaked and missing information included)
    • Team talk panel (half time rating included in the full time view)
    • League overview panel (tweaked and missing information included)
    • Agent Profile (tweaked)
    • Person Information panel (new)
    • Pre-match opponent scout report news (inbox) (player positions included in the pitch view)
    • Match lineups (kits on the pitch moved to not cover the player picture)
    • Tactics overview panel (kits on the pitch moved and subs bench kits increased and tweaked)
    • Tactics overview panel match (tweaked)
    • Opposition instructions (tweaked)

    Major changes in FlutSkin V 1.2.
    • Match squad team talk (new stats included)
    • Human profile (awards panel included)
    • Match mid review (new panel and information with drop down arrows; some match stats information added)
    • Match full review (new match stats included)
    • Player Overview panel (height and weight units fixed; some "new" information added in drop down arrows)
    • Stadium overview panel (pitch description information added)
    • Match inbetween highlights panel (new, with more information and 6 panels)
    • Training overview panel (bar graph for team happiness included and some layout changes)
    • Sidebar (club logo included)
    • Many tweaks in several inbox panels

    Major changes in FlutSkin V. 1.1.
    • Many inbox panels tweaked (pre season, pre,match, post match, etc, etc)
    • Match Preview Panel (new panels included)
    • Match In between highlights (tweaked and with new information included in the drop down arrow)
    • Tactics overview match/Tactics overview panel (tweaked and player faces included/new background pitch included)
    • Sidebar and back/next buttons (sidebar moved to down and includes the buttons)
    • Match titlebar (now transparent)
    • Match lineups panel (player faces with kits included)
    • Player overview panel (height and weight information included)
    • Match Introduction included (with automatic animation and option to choose the introduction of several leagues made for FM17 by JOVOVICH)
    • Opacity selector included

    Released: 26 August, 2018

    A special thank you to PATRES10 from fmslovakia for the 2D default kits (especially tailor-made for FlutSkin).

    As always FlutSkin is completely free to download and I hope you enjoy it. However, this year, if you want, you can reward my work donating whatever amount you wish. Any small amount is really appreciated.

    You can do so by clicking the button down below:

    Resolution requirements:
    This skin was made to work properly in 1920x1080 (1080p) full screen mode. As a result, some panels won’t work properly in other resolutions (and also in 1920x1080 windowed mode).

    In this pack I included a read me file in order to install the skin, the pitch textures addon and the default sidebar (I included two versions: a) "normal" sidebar; b) sidebar coloured according the club colour). I also included a TUTORIAL PDF with instructions regarding the structure of your Graphics folder in order to view the citypics, the kits and the competition logos in player details and in title bar.

    You can download the 2D kits for displayed in player overview panel and titlebar HERE

    You also can download the citypics (and much more…) in the Backgrounds Superpack made by DAZS8 and VULRAK (with some contribution from myself and other FM Fans), HERE

    For those one who experience crashes during the match (for example, when a yellow card is shown) the “alt match in between highlights panels folder” contains a file (match in between highlights.xml) for replace the original one. That xml is from FlutSkin 1.1 and works well in this version. You just have to follow the instructions in the read me file.

    How to add Flut Skin in FM18

    Download and extract the .rar file (using either 7-Zip for Windows or The Unarchiver for Mac).

    Place the "fm2018flutskin_dark21" folder here:
    Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2018\skins

    1. Create the folder "skins" if it doesn't exist.
    2. Start FM18 and go to Preferences screen and then into the Interface tab.
    3. You should see FM 2018 Flut Skin dark - Version 2.1 as an option in the skin drop down of the Overview box.
    4. 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.

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    Discussion: FM 2018 FLUT skin dark - Version 2.1

    739 comments have been posted so far.

    • Shanican's avatar
      Amazing work! If I just wanted the scoreboard, which files would I need?
    • Flut's avatar
      Ho kfnielsen and wise: you can choose the oppacity you prefer in the BS button (in the right of the help button). However, since everytime you exit and reload the game, the oppacity returns to the default mode, if you want you can do the following:

      1. load the game
      2. click on BS button
      3. click on the box where the percentage is displayed (10% by default) and choose the oppacity you prefer (memorize the correspondent percentage)
      4. go to panels/background_selector folder and open backgrounds.xml file
      5. change the code

      <!-- 10% -->
      <container class="plain_box" id="10bg" appearance="boxes/overlay/10/10" >
      <layout class="stick_to_sides_attachment" alignment="all" inset="0"/>


      <!-- 10% -->
      <container class="plain_box" id="10bg" appearance="boxes/overlay/10/10" hidn="true">
      <layout class="stick_to_sides_attachment" alignment="all" inset="0"/>

      6. choose the code correspondent of the percentage you want as default and delete the code hidn="true"
      7. Now you have the oppacity you want as default and you can exit the game and reload it. However, if you click on the BS button, the percentage displayed is not correct (the oppacity is ok but the percentage doesn't correspond). There is no problem since only the pecentage value doesn't correspond. Thus, if you want tweak the game in order to have the right correspondence follow the next steps.
      8. Open the file workings.xml and change the code

      <widget class="button" id="os10" text="10%" font="title" colour="secondary" size="80" appearance="boxes/bordered/standard/paper19" red_replacement="primary" blue_replacement="secondary" auto_size="all" hidn="false">


      <widget class="button" id="os10" text="10%" font="title" colour="secondary" size="80" appearance="boxes/bordered/standard/paper19" red_replacement="primary" blue_replacement="secondary" auto_size="all" hidn="true">

      9. Choose the code correspondent to the percentage you have chosen as the new default and change hidn="true" by hidn="false"
      (for example, if you have chosen 30% as the new default change <widget class="button" id="os30" text="30%" font="title" colour="secondary" size="80" appearance="boxes/bordered/standard/paper19" red_replacement="primary" blue_replacement="secondary" auto_size="all" hidn="true"> by <widget class="button" id="os30" text="30%" font="title" colour="secondary" size="80" appearance="boxes/bordered/standard/paper19" red_replacement="primary" blue_replacement="secondary" auto_size="all" hidn="false">

      10. Reload the game and everything will be as you want.
    • kfnielsen's avatar
      Hi Flut I must say that I also miss the old oppacity from 1.9 can we have that back.I think its way to bright now
    • wise90's avatar
      Hi man. Can you explain me how to do make oppacity like previous version? I don't understand sorry :(
    • Flut's avatar
      Hi wise90: if you want you can use the oppacity button (in the top right of the panel - the button have the letters BS). However if you want an older version of the skin send me a PM.

      Hi richbell: thanks :) Did you already tried to download again the skin? There was a file missing (I deleted it inadvertently) but I already included in the skin pack.
    • Umbridge1991's avatar
      Hey guys I followed your instructions but the skin still isnt showing up in preferences. I have downloaded other skins and they appear. What could I be doing wrong?
    • richbell82's avatar
      By far my favourite skin for FM, so firstly thank you for bringing this into my life!!!!
      Question though, do you have to delete the previous version or just paste over it? Reason i ask is i have always deleted the previous version and then add the new one. But i have noticed that this version when going into a game i no longer see the two teams lineups when the teams are on the pitch warming up.
      Any advice would be awesome,
      Many thanks in advance
    • wise90's avatar
      Hi man, is it possible to have the previous versions of the skins? Because I do not like the image visible under the writings (in the latest version 2.0). Thank you.
    • Flut's avatar
      Hi shenryo: if you are playing in 1920x1080 you will not have problems. If you are playing in a greater resolution if the problem arise try the instructions I recommended.
    • shenryo's avatar
      Thank you Flut. I reinstalled game, cleared cache etc. and it seems to work, but I'm guessing I could run into trouble later?

      Appreciate the help :)
    • Flut's avatar
      Hi shenryo: Thanks!! Regarding your problem, is due to your screen resolution. Try the following: go to the graphics folder of the skin/boxes/subsection/standard and open the paper.xml
      Change the following code

      <colour id="red_replacement" name="black"/>
      <colour id="green_replacement" name="white"/>
      <colour id="blue_replacement" name="black"/>


      <colour id="red_replacement" name="black"/>
      <colour id="green_replacement" name="black"/>
      <colour id="blue_replacement" name="black"/>
    • shenryo's avatar
      Hey Flut. Firstly, top, top work on the skins. Used them in previous games, my favourite by far.

      However, just tried installing on recent 2018 purchase (game updated) and I seem to be having problems with white boxes affecting the appearance. Any help to get around this?

    • WhiteHorse's avatar
      Flut thanks, now everything works)))
    • Flut's avatar
      Hi WhiteHorse: you're right. Use this file (place it in panels/non_player folder. However if you want to return to the numbers mode, you should also return to the current file. Thus, not delete the current xml (just change the name for, for instance non player attributes panel__.xml
    • WhiteHorse's avatar
      nothing helped, but on other skin everything is fine
    • Flut's avatar
      Hi eoinh, ruuddude and WhiteHorse: all the problems you report (team talk; Instant Result and boxes with the skills) work well in my game. Thus, my advice is that you clean the cache, exit the game and reload it.
    • WhiteHorse's avatar
      such problems with graphical skills
    • ruuddude1's avatar
      Hi! My favorite skin and thank you for all the hard work you put into this. However, in the latest version the Instant Result button has disappeared
    • eoinh90's avatar
      hi cant do team talk its blanked out
    • Flut's avatar
      Hi all: the missing file for match intro flut is now included in the pack.
    • Flut's avatar
      Hi Bartdude: thanks!!! Regarding the Flut match intro, if something is missing it was not my intention. Could you please tell me what is the file missing or send me the file you are talking about in order I can understand what I forgot to include? Cheers and thank you again.
    • Bartdude's avatar
      Nice touches,as always my friend. However,not sure why you omitted the Flut match intro screen but no worries as I added the required config.file from v1.9
    • Flut's avatar
      Hi Rekoshooter: for that panel I don't remember. Sorry.
    • Rekoshooter's avatar
      Thanks. One more question:
      Which file responsible for this one (the colours blue and green):
    • Flut's avatar
      Hi danymatrix: thanks!!!

      Hi shashikiran: I use cutout facepacks. The cities and stadiums you can find it in the bavkgrouns superpack (is not exactly those I have but overall is the same).

      Hi Rekoshooter: the xml is the game processing panel.xml. However you should note that that xml also points to okther xmls.

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