Awwwww, Everyone's got to start somewhere you guys.
Warrah, I like the background for the top skin but it's obvious because of the pattern of the design and the unfinished details that you used a skinning program.
Skinning programs are not necessarily a bad thing (don't all scream at me at once, lol), especially for beginners learning their way around a skin or if there's a pattern to the design or a celebrity skin that requires the images to be cut a certain way. However, in order for your "skinned" skin to be accepted as an original work, you need to add personal touches to the skin and get rid of all the skinning program elements.
After you run the image through the skinning program, go into the skin's folder and open each .bmp file seperately, add personal touches to the buttons and add some funky shapes and shadows to the display windows.
The Bottom skin, without a main window, is hard to tell what it really looks like, but the same advice goes for the finishing touches
. Get in the folder and spiffy up the buttons and display windows to make it more personal, orignal and less "skinned".
Here are a couple of sites that can help you accomplish this:
(made by Skin Love's own Jayn
Once you learn the in's and out's of a skin and how to effectively use your painting program's hidden treasure chest of tools, you won't need to use a skinning program anymore.