19 June 2018 - 17:00

These are the best custom Steam skins you can download

Custom colors, fonts, and layouts can help personalize your Steam experience.
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Easily the most popular PC gaming client in the world, Steam offers a ton of games and intense sales quite often. But while the user interface of the program itself has seen improvements over the years, the default Steam look can still be lacking.

Did you know you could download custom skins for your Steam? They’re simple to install and can change the entire layout of your gaming experience the next time you go to fire up your favorite PC title.

In the end, it all comes down to preference. Custom skins can change things like fonts and colors, so it’s all up to what you’d like to see. Here are a few of the best Steam skins to take a look at to get yourself started.

Blue Pulse

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Black and blue are the stars of this theme, combining to create a sleek, darkened vibe with white text that stands out. This theme is easy on the eyes, especially when it comes to the brightness factor. If you’re someone who darkens every window they can while using the PC, this is a good theme to start out with.

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This skin offers a similar color scheme to the default Steam layout, but in a neater and simplified design. The top panel features a large version of the Steam logo.

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One of the more dramatic and visually stimulating skins out there, Air is a colorful and much different take on the Steam UI. This one is for those who are bold and looking for something that will stand out.

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One of the most popular skins on SteamSkins.org, Metro is a clean take on the default Steam skin that works best in Windows 10.

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Team Fortress 2 Skin

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Team Fortress 2 and The Orange Box introduced many PC gamers to Steam. And this skin commemorates the game by mimicking Team Fortress 2's in-game look, particularly with its color scheme and cartoonish font. Old school fans in particular will appreciate this theme, which feels eerily similar to Team Fortress 2's original menu system.

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Compact Skin

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Looking for a sleek and minimal Steam experience that lets you jump straight into your games? Compact Skin keeps your Friends List, Library, and Steam overlay as simple as possible, letting you quickly hop in and out of play. For Steam users that want the least intrusive gaming experience possible, give this skin a try.

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Old Flat Green Skin

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For Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike: Source fans from yesteryear, this Steam skin is sure to delight. Inspired by the original Steam user interface from the mid-2000s, the Old Flat Green Skin is an old school Steam skin that replicates the classic Steam feel that was phased out over the years as the Steam design became more complex. Luckily, this skin brings back the past with a few new twists here and there.

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FACEIT has been around for quite some time now, and this Steam skin is actually based off another popular Steam skin, PixelVision. FACEIT Skin introduces a sleeker look to Steam's current UI, changing up the font and basic info display for a more seamless look. It's a relatively small tweak compared to some of the best skins out there, but sometimes less is more when it comes to improving a user interface.

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Let's face it, Steam's default UI is a little too clunky. Pressure² fixes that by drawing on Google's Material Design concepts, a visual language design that emphasizes "the physical world and its textures" and how "they reflect light and cast shadows." Case in point, Pressure² focuses on fluid and simplistic designs that are both visually appealing and easy to navigate, leading to a sleek design that's easy on the eyes and perfect for Steam users across PC, Mac, and Linux.

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Steam Customizer

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If you can’t find anything that fits your tastes exactly, then SteamCustomizer is a good place to go. This site lets you make your own custom skins letting you tailor nearly every facet of the client’s UI. There are a variety of fonts to choose from, a color wheel to customize most areas of the client, and it even lets you decide what your friends list will look like as well.

Not only that, but Steam Customizer has a ton of designs made by other users on the site. You have to connect your Steam to the site to download them, but the possibilities become great once you do. Here’s a few that we found on the site after just a few minutes of browsing.

Overwatch Tracer

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Dress your Steam profile up with Tracer from Overwatch. This skin is perfect for any Battle.net users who occasionally play on Valve's platform too.

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VaultBoy Wink

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Interested in Fallout 76 and Fallout 4? This Steam skin is the perfect way to show off your passion for everything from Bethesda's incredibly popular post-apocalyptic game.

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Good news, Skyrim has a skin available for Steam, too. Celebrate Bethesda's hit fantasy game with this Steam Customizer look for your account.

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Remember Hatsune Miku from Vocaloid? You can dress your Steam profile up with her colors as a digital tribute to everyone's favorite virtual singer.

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Rick and Morty

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Yes, someone went there. If you're into Rick and Morty, well, there's a Steam skin for that too.

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Whether you want to darken or lighten your UI, stand out, feel a little bit of nostalgia for the past, or just represent your favorite games, there's a Steam skin out there for every taste.

Ana Valens contributed to this piece.

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