Thats a question I can't really give an answer to, since its personal preference. I personally start with a blank folder and the first thing I add are blank files for all the stuff I want to remove. A lot of other people take another skin as a base, this however has the risk that 1) you will be very close to the style of the skin you use as a base and 2) that you will leave some images from the base skin in your skin, making it a mixed skin.
A Normal Thing wrote:sorry to bother you
what is the best way to start a skin
do i start from scratch and make a completely new folder or do i copy and paste a skin
this is the first skin im going to make
I would probably recommend to start from a new folder, then doing the skin.ini and then whenever you make an element take one from another skin as a base and drop it into your image editor as a reference. This will prevent you from having files from your base skin in your final product