This page will help you find the necessary software needed to make your own Visualboy Advance skins!
Some of the software is not free, but they have demo's which you can use to make the skins and decide whether you want to buy the software or not! Or you can even look for freeware alternatives, (if you have any freeware alternatives then please let us know!).

VisualBoy Advance 1.5a

The emulator! One of the best and most popular emulators for Gameboy Advance! Version 1.5+ now supports the use of skins (hence the existence of this website!)
Version 1.5a will now support skins in Windows 95/98/ME and 2000.
Download it from

Adobe Photoshop (Windows)

One of the most popular image editing software for Windows (the one shown in the tutorial). It's not free but you can download a demo from their website. Click on the title to go to their website.

Adobe Photoshop (Mac)

The popular software is also available for Mac, click the title to get more information and a demo.

Paint Shop Pro

My personally preferred image editing software! Used by many others. You can download a time trial demo at their website, click the title for more.


Use this to create the .RGN files needed for your skins! It's a command line based tool, if you don't know how to use it - please read the tutorial before e-mailing us for help!

Regioncreator GUI

A GUI for Windows for the Regioncreator tool!