The updates are very pretty, the gradient transparent borders especially so. I'm not sure about removing the parchment from the gylph and spellbook frames. You would probably want it to re-appear fairly frequently in the GUI in order for it to feel a part of the UI. If it just appeared in text n quest frames it might seem out of place.
Also the secondary text in the the spellbook doesn't show up well on black.
Finally (ref:The spellbook frame) the up/down texture on the selected/unselected tabs is very clever (and looks great) but it ruins the text offsetting (I assume you can't move the text depending on whether the tab is selected or not).
P.S. Background texture to the frames is very nice.
Edit: Since when did the proffession frame have buttons to each profession you have learnt? Is that a mod? If so please provide link, sounds very useful.
but Skinner is on of the biggest junk collections on WoWAce as it includes 1 or more files for almost every AddOn even if you dont use 200 of them
To be fair individual addon skins are in a seperate folder and you have to move each addon file into the skinme folder for it to load. AFAIK WoW doesn't load every file in the addon directory, so it's not like you're loading all 200 skins. Considering how many mods people use, getting consistancy from an entire GUI change is nigh on impossible. Perhaps someone needs to design a mod like buttonfacade where people add in support into their own addons rather than the original mod supporting everything.
To post on topic, I like the updated pic. Would love to see it inserted in the UI (as that adds so many more elements). I personally liked the original background textures, including the parchment. I felt they were textured, but still fairly subtle. The new one looks a bit to uniform and somewhat too light (IMHO!). I like gradients :D
I tried using Emblem as part of my UI but it doesn't have bold/italic/bolditalics. But it's numbers are very nice and clear.
The images are very nice. As Phanx said I'm not sure about the borders, but I'm an anti-border kinda guy - the reason why I use skinner.
Also not sure parchment type textures squared off so severely like that really work. It looks strange to me, maybe some sort of fade out round the edge would be better?
Otherwise very nice, would much prefer it over the default UI. But it seems to 'fit in' with the World of Warcraft styling more than skinner does. Skinner does cover everything in the same UI mod/gradients, so your UI can get a bit homogeneous with it. While seems somewhat this more unique and varied.