How Herobrine images are FAKED

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Level 66 : High Grandmaster Ghast Rider
Hello everyone. As many of you may know, I'm pretty active in the forums. There's one part of the forums, though, that I rarely venture to--the Ghost in the Code section. This is the part of the forums dedicated to discussion of Herobrine and other unusual Minecraft finds. Well, last night, I decided to look in that part of the forums...and wow. The number of badly and obviously edited 'proof' pictures is insane. The more I read, the more I realized that people are really unaware of how easy it would be to photoshop convincing images of Herobrine. That lead me to begin thinking about this blog.

Most people are able to easily spot re-skinned zombie 'Herobrines' or re-skinned iron door 'Herobrines', so I wanted to take the images up a notch. Using only basic photoediting abilities and Paint.net (a free, simple, dumbed-down version of Photoshop), I was able to create these pictures. They required no advanced editing skills, and in fact I'm such a beginner that I don't even know how to use Photoshop in the first place. Still, though, they look convincing and you would probably be able to stump many people with them.

All of these images were taken on the PMC server. The role of Herobrine was played by kvSketch.

omg herobrine is in my houseee!!11!!!!!11

This is the first image and the simplest to create. The main issue presented was that people in Multiplayer have name-tags, which will easily identify anyone in a Herobrine skin. I could try to draw the background over the nametag, but that would be easily identifiable under close inspection. So, I needed another way to be able to paint out the name-tag.

After a bit of thinking, I came up with an easy way to erase the name-tag. What I did was that I didn't just take one screenshot, I took two. I stood in one spot and took a picture without Herobrine. Then, without moving, I instructed kvSketch to come into my field of view, and I took another picture. If you compare these images you'll see that the background is exactly the same, which is what I wanted. Then, in Paint.net, I layered the Herobrine image over the empty image. I took the eraser tool and simply erased the name-tag out, revealing the name-tag-less image underneath

And...voila! I have a convincing Herobrine image in only two steps. It's possible to do this with yourself in the image too...

take my peace offering of redstone!!!11!!!!1 (remember, in Multiplayer you can't see your own name tag)

It's also possible to get a bit fancier with your images. I used the magic wand tool and selected Herobrine. I then copied and pasted the image of Herobrine onto a new layer in front of my empty image. From that layer, I was able to add effects to Herobrine without affecting the backround. That can give you effects like...

ghostbrine!!!!!11!!1!! (I simply decreased the opacity of the 'Herobrine' layer)

noise...brine? noisebrine!!!1!!1! in ur house corruptin ur worlds!

The more effects you add the faker the image looks (see the title image of this blog for an example), but you still get the picture. It's really, really easy to create convincing Herobrine images with only minimal photoediting skills.

So...what's the point of all this? Aren't people just going to use this blog as a tutorial on how to fool people? Well...probably. But for each person who will do that, I hope that I've convinced another person to be a bit more skeptical when looking at alleged proof of unproven things--whether it be Herobrine, UFOs, conspiracy theories or anything of the like. It's human nature to give people the benefit of the doubt when they say they've seen something odd. From what I've seen, though, people will not hesitate to lie on the internet if it means they get to be the center of attention. Do you know how many people have told me that 'Oh I promise that I made that skin legitimately, and it's just a coincidence that someone else uploaded an identical skin a year earlier! I promise!!'? Because it's a lot of people. You might feel like a jerk for calling someone out on a lie, but I think it's high time that people start thinking logically when discussing Herobrine.

Speaking of logic...

Herobrine does not exist in PC Minecraft. Period. It's impossible to 'hide' something in the code of the game, let alone a mob with complex AI. The only 'proof' is easily-faked images (like above) and unsubstantiated firsthand accounts. If you use logical thinking, it shouldn't be too difficult to come to the conclusion that Herobrine is, in fact, fake.

Update: Ever seen (or made) bad Herobrine pictures yourself? Post them in my accompanying thread!
Tags:Herobrine, Images, Fake, Ghost, Code, Photoshop, Soup, Kvsketch, Article
Credit:kvSketch, for volunteering to be my Herobrine

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New Miner
November 13, 2014, 3:19 pm

What is the resource pack you are using??? ^-^

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High Grandmaster Hero
November 19, 2013, 4:43 am

Cool tutorial. I might use the effect sometime.

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High Grandmaster Wizard
November 5, 2013, 1:58 pm

You know who I think started this whole "Herobrine" thing? The last person you would think: Notch. It might sound crazy, but, if you think about it, he was the one who said "he liked the rumours". Notch always was a person who liked secrets, so he might as well like to have a creepy pasta related to his game. It would be really unique in my opinion.

Level 47
Master Architect
October 19, 2013, 3:52 am

We would of found Herobrine in the code by now if he existed, which he doesnt

Level 1
New Crafter
October 2, 2013, 8:12 am

Btw All These are using a texturepack so That means that the default skin for notch can be herobrine

Level 27
Expert Pokemon
July 29, 2013, 7:15 am

He did exist in an unrelased verson by Notch. BTW Herobrine is an real user :3

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Apprentice Architect
March 7, 2014, 8:59 pm

And where did you find this so called "proof" about this "unreleased version by Notch"? And he is, it's just some idiot with a troll account. Give me proof, because he's fake.

Level 27
Expert Pokemon
March 7, 2014, 10:09 pm

I though it was a unrelased version 7 months ago...
Well, it DID exist a "Human" mob, and sometimes a render glitch coused this mob to have no pupils. And then a troll came up with the "Herobrine" idea.

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Journeyman Cake
July 28, 2013, 2:20 am

Also, if you go and think, if Herobrine was actually in the game, why would they make a mod about him? And also, if you o into the default texture files of VANILLA minecraft, you will not, I repeat NOT find a Herobrine texture. At this point you will go into your texture files of something like BdCraft and say "L00k n0Ob 1 got ur her0br1n3 txture s33 n00b ur a n00b" *Ahem* No. That is because it supports the Herobrine mod. VANILLA MINECRAFT HAS NO HEROBRINE TEXTURE.

Level 14
Journeyman Unicorn
July 24, 2013, 3:27 pm

Photo shop or paint for single player for multiplayer that player plugin :L

Level 1
New Explorer
July 14, 2013, 3:22 pm

Thank you for this blog I have always been really afraid and this really calmed my nerves about Herobrine.

Level 43
Master Blob
July 11, 2013, 9:48 pm

lol Noisebrine XD

Level 38
Artisan Blockhead
July 7, 2013, 12:33 am

What TP is that XD

Level 38
Artisan Blockhead
July 7, 2013, 12:38 am

Thanks, I was wondering XD

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Apprentice Archer
July 2, 2013, 4:33 am

Herobrine does exist because in every update mojang always puts -Removed Herobrine
But it is so rare to find him its like 1/100000000000000000000 chance,
but people over exaggerate and make they're own herobrin to get attention.

Level 12
Journeyman Cake
April 14, 2014, 7:22 am

In a letter, people write a dash, and then their name. Mojang write the update blogs as though they are a letter from  Herobrine, Removed being his title, like Mr or Mrs.

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Level 66
High Grandmaster Ghast Rider
July 2, 2013, 10:17 am

They put that in as a joke. If herobrine was actually real, why would they need to remove him *every* update?

Triple Scoop
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Apprentice Dragonborn
July 8, 2013, 3:36 pm

Im sure they say that everytime because they want to get the to the point NO HEROBRINE

Level 28
Expert Geek
July 6, 2013, 2:43 am

It is a bit silly that they do put removed herobrine in every update although i pranked my friend with it! :)

Level 22
Expert Herobrine
July 2, 2013, 11:09 pm

Right, I did contact Notch, Jeb, and Mojang itself on the whole" Herobrine" issue, turns out it's all a creepypasta, go figure

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Expert Creeper Hugger
June 28, 2013, 10:11 am

What texturepack is this? O.o Btw nice blog. Its getting annoying to log on to someone named Herobrine though... Or someone screaming and spamming it. :/

Level 43
Master Grump
June 26, 2013, 10:47 am

Ever heard of that Sombre thing?

Level 14
Journeyman Taco
June 26, 2013, 1:11 am

I really like it, and I actually use Paint.NET too. I started it for making of small sprites. But anyway... Really well written! Also, that nametag thing is the way people make figures float when doing Claymation.

I don't really know what to say... I like it.

Thomas Bray
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New Miner
June 26, 2013, 12:10 am

God I hate it when people go OMG HEROBRINE NOW FOLLOW ME FOR MORE BULL***

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Artisan Nerd
June 25, 2013, 9:09 pm

Just saying, the link to kvSketch's page dosn't work, you typed 'members' instead of 'member' thus taking it to the leaderboard thing.
Nice blog though

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High Grandmaster Ghast Rider
June 25, 2013, 9:16 pm


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June 25, 2013, 5:50 pm


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Master Nerd
June 25, 2013, 8:51 pm

Never have I agreed with a statement more in my whole life.

So dang deep bro, I get you man... I get you and I accept you.

Level 22
Expert Pixel Puncher
June 25, 2013, 3:29 pm

A while back I made this little thread.
Obviously, nobody believed my legit proof, but somebody says "You are so trying to make him a joke."

Why won't you people use some COMMON SENSE? Anybody who seriously believes in Herobrine is just... AGH.

Level 35
Artisan Pyro
June 25, 2013, 1:57 pm

darn all my secrets EXPOSED!!

jk great blog +diamond

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New Network
June 25, 2013, 10:20 am

This is just getting ridiculous. :3 Lol nice job though! Definite sub and diamond, if and ONLY if you like my work, work I like the same from you. Yes? :p

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Master Gent
June 25, 2013, 9:46 am

*Walks over to goodie chest* Hmmmm....
*Takes out all diamonds* This seems about right..
*Chucks them all at the_soup*


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Grandmaster Hero
June 25, 2013, 4:18 am

OMG. HEROBRINE IS REAL </3 no soup 4 u.

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Journeyman Ranger
June 24, 2013, 11:04 pm

This blog should clear the doubt in many people's minds. DIAMOND 4 YOU!

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