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avatar GeXile
Level 52 : Grandmaster Skinner
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This blog, i invented, just to say what i think about some skins and how i think everyone, even the laziest person can improove his/her skills in skinning.

WATCH UPDATE LOG TO SEE WHAT I RECENTLY CHANGED

Some things that make me go RAGE:
(you can skip this, skinning tips are at the bottom)

Stop making Ender, Steve, Creeper or Hoodieskins.

Those skins help no one and the only thing theyre supporting is group pressure D:
I saw really good skins going to the neverland with 5 diamonds only because they were posted, exactly the same moment, together with a hoodie-derp-girl-hurr-creeper-thingy, wich got 30 diamonds, FACEPALM.
Once i made those skins myself .... and i can tell you iam not proud ^^
I still have one up on pmc but thats just because it was my very first skin :P

Stop overusing the same shading template again and again.

Those skins made with these so called *helping programms* might look awsome on the first look.
On the second look ..... awwww not again exactly the same shading.
Sure those skins will get a lot views, dias, dls and and and, but can you be proud if you watch ur submissions and
nearly every skin has the same shading/light effects ?

Stop stealing.

No comment ... really just gtfo pmc.

Stop skin hopping.

I saw users typing in every submission they did not like : DATS UGLY
wtf ......
You dear derp user could give feedback or tell us skinners WHAT you find ugly, that would help much more.

Stop insulting me for being rude to newbies.
I got tons of pms wich said something like, WHY YOU WRITE SUCH A BLOG, YOU WERE ALSO A NOOB.
Sure.
I was, but this blog is to help not to insult someone Oo
And if you (those ppl who pm me with mentioned content) cant stand my *sarcasm + rage part* of this blog then why the hell you read it ?

Stop blaming someone for abusing the update log.
Sometimes PMC does not show the actual skin or pictures, clear your browser and java cache and look at it again.
Usefull programms for PC-cleaning at bottom of blog.

PMS i like to show here because they are maybe usefull .... or funny, origin stays anonymous ofc. :

Q: Did you ever create a creeper skin ?
A: I did shame on me xD but as i said everyone starts as a skinning derp =)

Q: The skins in the examples look nice where do i find them.
A: I STOLE THEM xD ..... nah check my submissions ^^

Q: How old are you ?
A: 26 but without coffee i feel like 102 xD

Q: Your skins look ugly !!!!
A: Then why are your eyes not morphing into cancer ? D:


Here a list of some steps you should follow while making a skin, you dont have to but i think it might help.

Click Me <<< BASICS IN USING MY FAV. EDITOR >>> Click Me

Editor links you find in the helpfull Programs Section.

1. Get a picture, or draw a basic picture, of what you want to make a skin of, better invent something on yourself.
Google picsearch is your best friend for finding an example picture for your work.
And for hosting images i usual use this: Imageshack

2. Get shure that you have a direction, where *the light* comes from, that will result in much better skins then using a shading template.

3. NEVER place 2 blocks of the same color next to each other (brighten or darken it by 1), diagonal its okay to place the same color.
And create shadows by darken a dot by 2 steps.
Create lighten areas by brighten the dot one by one.
Thx to Dinowcookie to mention that in some situations its better to place 2 of the same color next to each other.
For example i will imagine a dark cape, it has no shadows (on the most parts,because its dark itself), it would be plane black and has no grey or lighten blocks, maybe only on the shoulders or at the neck.
Well here i suggest that its the best to finish the part of the skin, and take a close look to it after you finished.

4. Use the helmet layer to create optical illusions of hair and eyes, u can manage it easy to create holes or hairstrings in that way.
Or make moving eyes by placing the eye on the head and the hole on the helmet layer.
Here dont forget to paint the head itself, the skin might look ugly otherwise if the user wears a helmet ingame.

Click Me <<< BASICS IN MAKING A MOVING EYE AND HEAD >>> Click Me

Click Me <<< BASICS IN CREATING HAIR >>> Click Me


5. Create glow effects by placing a very bright dot, then mix the dot color with the surrounding color and light it up as high as possible, so you get the illusion of a light.
Leave a black or skincolored part between the light and the glow to create the illusion of a light inside a socket.

Click Me <<< BASICS IN MAKING A LIGHT EFFECT >>> Click Me

6. Dont forget to color the top and bottom of the body part AND the top of the legs.
Create natural shadows there, these areas are hidden but they have to be darker then the outsides.
Same for the inside of the arms.
Very often users forget to color those areas, it will look ugly then, especally when the skin is walking.

7. Dont use shading tools, it will look too monotone or too unoriginal as mentioned above.
Handmade stuff will look 10 times better.

8. In my opinion you should just use the basic skin editor on skindex and open the file (for the correction) later with paint.
The easy things do the best work, believe me.
But its okay to CHECK the shading with a shader tool, maybe adobe, but dont create the shading with it.

9. TAKE TIME, a good skin isnt made in under 2 hours.
Paint the skin and save it, then rewatch it 1 or 2 days later with the picture (If you have one) of it in a second window.
YOU will find fails or something you can improove.

10. When you are ready in your opinion, make a screen and let friends watch the screen first, never send the skin file, even if your shure you could trust.
Short, get feedback before you upload a submission.

11. Make Shure you got 20+ fitting additional tags for the skin, the more Tags you got wich fit, the more the skin will be found on PMC.
Tags are one of the most important things to get a skin popular.

12. Invest time in answering comments on your skins and accept tipps of users who found something wrong with your skin.
Dont abuse the comment board, if you are not shure what someone said, send him a PM to prevent spam.

13. Save your skin while your working on it, maybe pc crash or something like that could destroy your work.
Another good idea is to save your work on an Usb-stick.

14. Use the updatelog and updatefunction of pmc,
Do not reupload skins, update them.
That prevents spam and your subs can see the update.

15. Combine programs like Gimp and Paint.NET with the Minecraft-Skin-Viewer: You can have the different windows next to each other. Save the image in Paint.NET or overwrite the .png with Gimp, the Viewer automatically updates the skin it's showing! really useful and those programs definately are a lot more advanced than editors that are purely made for minecraft-skins. Thx to mischajay to mention this.

Some freeware Progams wich are helpfull for skinning:

GIMP
The origin of this program is linux, its freeware and its awsome.

BASIC EDITOR

Pmc itself has no editor, so i use this one here sometimes, easy to handle and well programmed.

PHOTOSHOP TRIAL EDITION
Its just a trial version but i lasts some days, and it was helpfull.

ONLINE PHOTOEDITOR
I recomment advanced editing knowledge (thx to Aelous for showing me that)

PAINTNET
Here we also have no flippable skinmodel so i recommend advanced knowledge (thx to Darkdirxer)

FREE IMAGEHOST

Here you can host images for free and link then in blogs or skins.

SKINEDIT
Thx to Reacraft to remid me of that beautiful easy editor.

CC-CLEANER
ATTENTION: Be carefull to use the registry-cleaner of this programm it recommends advanced knowledge of PCs.
Very usefull programm to clean java and browsercache. So you dont see the wrong previews in PMC.

SKIN-VIEWER
Also useable on smartphones with java suport.

Also a good idea to check shading is, load your skin as a 3D file into your Nvidia (if you have) settings monitor, yes that works ^^. Images will come soon.

MORE PICTURES WILL COME SOON, HAVE MERCY WITH ME xD
IF YOU FIND GRAMMAR FAILS FEEL FREE TO TAKE THEM WITH YOU xD


@gexile;finest skins since 2010.
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UPDATE : 10/21/2012 10:57:45 amOct 21st, 2012

NOTES 21.10.2012:
- Added point 15, thx to mischajay
- Added Skinviewer.
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  • DXWang_
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Nerd
  • April 9, 2013, 6:57 pm
Search MCSkin 3D. I think it is better than SkinEdit but I would love your opinion!
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • May 21, 2013, 11:09 pm
I will check it out soon, iam very budy at the moment in my job :)
plz throw me a mail into pm box so i dont forget about it :)
  • lauren121902
  • Level 29
  • Expert Dolphin
  • December 27, 2012, 1:32 pm
I've just been looking at all skinning tutorials so I can have help with my skins, and I am a kid so I don't think my mom would let me spend a whole 2 hours on skinning, and I can't download skinning programs ( like I said I'm a kid ) so I'm stuck using minersneedcoolshoes! its okay though because I saved a blank thing so i upload it and make skins from scratch.
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • December 28, 2012, 10:06 pm
i managed some online programs here you could maybe try some of them :)
its not necessary to dl programms :)
  • lauren121902
  • Level 29
  • Expert Dolphin
  • December 29, 2012, 4:58 pm
I actualy downloaded MCSkinEdit, so i don't need online things anymore.
Ty soo much GeX for this guide. It has really helped me out with my latest skins, and if it's not too much trouble could you check it out and tell me how I did? Also! You've earned a Sub and Diamond from me :DD
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 22, 2012, 1:21 pm
i will do tomorrow at me its now 1 in the night i will go to bed soon ^^
and thx alot :)
  • Purple
  • Level 20
  • Expert Skinner
  • October 21, 2012, 1:36 pm
I disagree with you Gex!
I didn't start out as a skinning-derp.

:D

Good post, I present to you, this diamond.
Use it well! and please have a look at my stuff (hopefully I've uploaded something you didn't already see)
If I did, comment it! :D
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 21, 2012, 2:04 pm
i am still a derp, in the positive way, i laugh silly whenever i can :D
well as i said the style of every skinner evolves by time, and yours sir, has alot potential.
Thx for the diamond, *bows down* :)
  • Purple
  • Level 20
  • Expert Skinner
  • October 21, 2012, 2:06 pm
I'm an up and coming skinner, wish me luck :D
I'm heading to bed, have a nice day/evening, it's 1am here.

Goodluck mate :D
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 21, 2012, 2:07 pm
1 am same here well nearly 2 ^^
gn8 ^^
  • XxevenzZ
  • Level 1
  • New Network
  • October 21, 2012, 8:32 am
The best skin program is mcskin3D made by paril
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 21, 2012, 11:58 am
i will check it out, thx for that :)
  • mischajay
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 19, 2012, 10:36 am
Combine programs like Gimp and Paint.NET with the Minecraft-Skin-Viewer: You can have the different windows next to each other. Save the image in Paint.NET or overwrite the .png with Gimp, the Viewer automatically updates the skin it's showing! really useful and those programs definately are a lot more advanced than editors that are purely made for minecraft-skins.
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 19, 2012, 10:57 am
i will takeover that tipp for the blog on next update, thx alot for that : )
  • mischajay
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 19, 2012, 11:16 am
kein Problem ;)
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 19, 2012, 11:39 am
^^ okay dann halt so xD
thank you 4 my request :)
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 12, 2012, 10:14 pm
huh ?
what you mean ? xD
i can not figure out atm what your talking about, maybe cause iam half asleep xD
  • Vvardenfell
  • Level 27
  • Expert Mountaineer
  • October 12, 2012, 7:45 am
Well i deserve nothing then... :(
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 12, 2012, 8:03 am
you deserve to get your brain on 100 % and be creative, this is pmc, invent something ; )
  • ReaCraft
  • Level 29
  • Expert Nerd
  • October 12, 2012, 5:35 am
A good skin program is SkinEdit.
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 12, 2012, 5:37 am
a link plz
i will check it out ^^
  • ReaCraft
  • Level 29
  • Expert Nerd
  • October 12, 2012, 5:45 am
Here's a download link. minecraft-skinedit.en.softonic.com/ SkinEdit is for beginners.
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 12, 2012, 6:10 am
thx i will try it out
Coudlnt agree more man, Especially the stuff about the over used creeper hoody skins haha. Good man, Diamond +
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 12, 2012, 4:32 am
to hear that from you, a very good skinner, is a honor :) *bows down*
thx alot :)
Wow thanks man, means alot coming from you funny enough * Bows Down *
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 12, 2012, 4:46 am
we should not honor each other too much, it is starting to get a selfish smell xD
  • zakmaniscool
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Cake
  • October 11, 2012, 7:13 pm
Alright, man thanx for the heads up. This does seem to be an issue. However, you could use less harsh words and express your views through different ways. I might just be a new skinner myself, but u shouldn't hate too bad on these people.
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 11, 2012, 11:43 pm
in germany we would say now *Ich geb ihnen Zuckerbrot und Peitsche* you cant translate this word by word, but the meaning is : U cant teach some rowdys what they are allowed to do, without pain first.
Hopefully this now was understandable in a way xD
i thought y most recent skin was really nice but it hasn't been downloaded :/
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 11, 2012, 11:40 pm
same here, update + improove + add special things. whining helps no one, get the skin on the runway by updates. : )
  • Aragone
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • October 11, 2012, 4:34 pm
what sucks for me is that my skins don't work in multi-player it just shows me over and over again. but i guess that is because that i do not have the full version. >:(
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 11, 2012, 11:35 pm
thats illegal and i wont comment on that in detail.
  • HeroGuy426
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Ninja
  • October 11, 2012, 3:33 pm
I made a Rainbow Dash skin and I still only have one diamond. I saw some that were almost only one color and then the mane and they had like 12 diamonds. :(
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 11, 2012, 11:37 pm
give it more shading, update it, add interesting special clothes .... its missing something special :)
  • MarzipanCraft
  • Level 27
  • Expert Pixel Puncher
  • October 11, 2012, 8:33 am
Flagged for misuse of meme.
Is that even posible?
  • purplescales
  • Level 48
  • Master Botanist
  • October 11, 2012, 2:19 pm
>.> uhm okay....weirdo
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 11, 2012, 11:35 pm
i think i opened Pandora's box with this blog D:
  • purplescales
  • Level 48
  • Master Botanist
  • October 12, 2012, 11:22 am
HAHA xD
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 11, 2012, 11:31 am
by the way, mememaker does not even have the cereal man :O
  • MarzipanCraft
  • Level 27
  • Expert Pixel Puncher
  • October 11, 2012, 8:49 pm
Not where memes come from you idiot.
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 11, 2012, 9:07 am
erm yes ofc. xD
  • sigurd4
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Toast
  • October 11, 2012, 5:15 am
you have written sure wrong many times! its sure, not shure! X) and i also recomand paintdotnet for editing skins too! thats what i use and mojang also uses it!
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 11, 2012, 5:30 am
the problem is i cant find it :O
can you post the direct link plz :)
oh and the s*h*ure, i will correct xD
thx for that :)
  • Evanchi
  • Level 26
  • Expert Network
  • October 11, 2012, 7:54 am
Lets face it, you guys both suck at grammar. (Just kidding, but seriously) .______.
  • purplescales
  • Level 48
  • Master Botanist
  • October 11, 2012, 2:22 pm
I guess that's why you went all perfect grammar, like so, to give them a good example...really on the internet, unless you are talking to the president or someone like that, no ones cares about grammar as long as you dont "tlk lyke dis 2 evry1".
  • Evanchi
  • Level 26
  • Expert Network
  • October 11, 2012, 2:28 pm
I know it doesn't matter, but I'm just OCD about grammar, therefore I go crazy if I was to spell like some people do. :p
  • purplescales
  • Level 48
  • Master Botanist
  • October 11, 2012, 2:36 pm
Haha or like the annoying little kids on this site that talk like a toddler?? :)
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 11, 2012, 8:15 am
you no read my profile :O
i am from germany :P
  • Evanchi
  • Level 26
  • Expert Network
  • October 11, 2012, 8:39 am
Awesome! :p If you'd like, you could PM me your descriptions, and I could fix your grammatical errors/word usage, and send it back. I'm not sure why I like doing that for people who's native language is not English.
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 11, 2012, 9:09 am
well thats the behavior ppl should be used to on pmc :)
sadly about 50% do not -.-
i will think about that :)
  • Evanchi
  • Level 26
  • Expert Network
  • October 11, 2012, 9:18 am
Well as far as I know, most Members on PMC are immature children who are allotted access to the internet. .___. (Bad Mix) :p
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 11, 2012, 9:22 am
hmh .... shit happenz ? ^^
  • gab51299
  • Level 62
  • High Grandmaster Meme
  • October 11, 2012, 3:43 am
Diamonds.
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 11, 2012, 3:55 am
you can only give 1 thx xD
  • gab51299
  • Level 62
  • High Grandmaster Meme
  • October 12, 2012, 4:00 am
Awww
You are one of the best skinners ive ever seen :)
if anyone steals your skin and i see it somewhere ill instantly report (If possible)
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 11, 2012, 3:11 am
i have to say thx, but keep in mind there are alot better skinners out there :)
and very important is, that everybody gets his own style while evolving his/her skinng skills.
i just want to write down here, wich things are really NO GOS.
But really thx.
  • VikingBadass
  • Level 27
  • Expert Goblin
  • October 11, 2012, 12:27 am
Yeah when I posted my steampunk walrus In the middle of the day on sunday there were a flood of durp grape hoodie teen skins with it and I was overshadowed alot, I think my skin deserves more than 7 diamonds and 150 views that some generic flanellete wearing shirt teen. check it out if you want :)

Rant COMPLETE
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 11, 2012, 12:34 am
amen brother amen :D
  • duke_Frans
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Modder
  • October 11, 2012, 4:53 am
Dude your skins are epic
Not stolen ''teen and hoodie'' Skins like the ones that get posted
THEY EPIC
  • GeXile
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Skinner
  • October 11, 2012, 5:29 am
thx alot :)

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