Thesis skin is a part of the Thesis theme. It’s like a child theme. It is a very good tool that Thesis team has developed. To know more about Thesis skins goto you can read more info at the Thesis Skin Manager page.
Thesis Skin Manager and skin installation
Thesis skin does not come with the default Thesis1.8 theme. To install the skin we need the skin manager. Click here to get the skin manager. After downloading the skin manager, you can see a custom/skins folder and a custom/custom_functions.php.
If you have edited custom_functions.php for customizing your theme and want to make changes to it, just add the following code at the end of the custom_functions.php file to include skin manager.
// You can copy and paste this code block into your own custom_functions.php if you want require_once(TEMPLATEPATH . '/custom/skins/skins_admin.php');
Alternatively, you can just replace custom_functions.php if you are not going to customize it yourself. Click here to get free skins. After downloading a skin, extract the skin into the custom/skins/ folder. Now that your skin is installed, You just need to activate it and click on Import Options. Import options enables you to change your theme settings such as colors, fonts etc.
Screenshot of the admin screen:
Like other themes, you can also add a theme options page.
Here is my options page :
Thus by using skins you can have multiple options page and theme can have multiple skins. You can easily switch to other skins. You can customize theme settings in different skins such as colors, fonts, etc.