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avatar GeXile
Level 53 : 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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5 Update Logs

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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04/09/2013 10:57 pm
Level 35 : Artisan Nerd
DXWang_
Search MCSkin 3D. I think it is better than SkinEdit but I would love your opinion!
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05/22/2013 3:09 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Skinner
GeXile
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 :)
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12/27/2012 6:32 pm
Level 32 : Artisan Dolphin
lauren121902
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.
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12/29/2012 3:06 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Skinner
GeXile
i managed some online programs here you could maybe try some of them :)
its not necessary to dl programms :)
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12/29/2012 9:58 pm
Level 32 : Artisan Dolphin
lauren121902
I actualy downloaded MCSkinEdit, so i don't need online things anymore.
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10/22/2012 5:10 pm
Level 9 : Apprentice Architect
PotatoeMcWiggle
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
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10/22/2012 5:21 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Skinner
GeXile
i will do tomorrow at me its now 1 in the night i will go to bed soon ^^
and thx alot :)
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10/21/2012 5:36 pm
Level 22 : Expert Skinner
Purple
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
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10/21/2012 6:04 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Skinner
GeXile
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* :)
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10/21/2012 6:06 pm
Level 22 : Expert Skinner
Purple
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
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10/21/2012 6:07 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Skinner
GeXile
1 am same here well nearly 2 ^^
gn8 ^^
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10/21/2012 12:32 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Network
XxevenzZ
The best skin program is mcskin3D made by paril
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10/21/2012 3:58 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Skinner
GeXile
i will check it out, thx for that :)
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10/19/2012 2:36 pm
Level 61 : High Grandmaster Skinner
mischajay
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.
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10/19/2012 2:57 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Skinner
GeXile
i will takeover that tipp for the blog on next update, thx alot for that : )
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10/19/2012 3:16 pm
Level 61 : High Grandmaster Skinner
mischajay
kein Problem ;)
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10/19/2012 3:39 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Skinner
GeXile
^^ okay dann halt so xD
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10/13/2012 2:11 am
Level 43 : Master Zombie
minecraftworkers
thank you 4 my request :)
1
10/13/2012 2:14 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Skinner
GeXile
huh ?
what you mean ? xD
i can not figure out atm what your talking about, maybe cause iam half asleep xD
1
10/12/2012 11:45 am
Level 29 : Expert Mountaineer
Vvardenfell
Well i deserve nothing then... :(
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10/12/2012 12:03 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Skinner
GeXile
you deserve to get your brain on 100 % and be creative, this is pmc, invent something ; )
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10/12/2012 9:35 am
Level 30 : Artisan Nerd
ReaCraft
A good skin program is SkinEdit.
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10/12/2012 9:37 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Skinner
GeXile
a link plz
i will check it out ^^
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10/12/2012 9:45 am
Level 30 : Artisan Nerd
ReaCraft
Here's a download link. minecraft-skinedit.en.softonic.com/ SkinEdit is for beginners.
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10/12/2012 10:10 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Skinner
GeXile
thx i will try it out
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10/12/2012 8:30 am
Level 58 : Grandmaster Skinner
Right_Hand_Masenko
Coudlnt agree more man, Especially the stuff about the over used creeper hoody skins haha. Good man, Diamond +
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10/12/2012 8:32 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Skinner
GeXile
to hear that from you, a very good skinner, is a honor :) *bows down*
thx alot :)
1
10/12/2012 8:33 am
Level 58 : Grandmaster Skinner
Right_Hand_Masenko
Wow thanks man, means alot coming from you funny enough * Bows Down *
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10/12/2012 8:46 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Skinner
GeXile
we should not honor each other too much, it is starting to get a selfish smell xD
1
10/11/2012 11:13 pm
Level 17 : Journeyman Cake
zakmaniscool
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.
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10/12/2012 3:43 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Skinner
GeXile
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
1
10/11/2012 10:19 pm
Level 5 : Apprentice Architect
iamtylerharlow
i thought y most recent skin was really nice but it hasn't been downloaded :/
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10/12/2012 3:40 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Skinner
GeXile
same here, update + improove + add special things. whining helps no one, get the skin on the runway by updates. : )
1
10/11/2012 8:34 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Aragone
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. >:(
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10/12/2012 3:35 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Skinner
GeXile
thats illegal and i wont comment on that in detail.
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10/11/2012 7:33 pm
Level 38 : Artisan Ninja
HeroGuy426
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. :(
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10/12/2012 3:37 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Skinner
GeXile
give it more shading, update it, add interesting special clothes .... its missing something special :)
1
10/11/2012 12:33 pm
Level 29 : Expert Pixel Puncher
MarzipanCraft
Flagged for misuse of meme.
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10/11/2012 7:44 pm
Level 1 : New Network
SooperPkooper
Is that even posible?
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10/11/2012 6:19 pm
Level 50 : Grandmaster Programmer
Ukiyo_E
>.> uhm okay....weirdo
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10/12/2012 3:35 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Skinner
GeXile
i think i opened Pandora's box with this blog D:
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10/12/2012 3:22 pm
Level 50 : Grandmaster Programmer
Ukiyo_E
HAHA xD
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10/11/2012 3:31 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Skinner
GeXile
by the way, mememaker does not even have the cereal man :O
1
10/12/2012 12:49 am
Level 29 : Expert Pixel Puncher
MarzipanCraft
Not where memes come from you idiot.
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10/11/2012 1:07 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Skinner
GeXile
erm yes ofc. xD
1
10/11/2012 9:15 am
Level 67 : High Grandmaster Toast
sigurd4
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!
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10/11/2012 9:30 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Skinner
GeXile
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 :)
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10/11/2012 11:54 am
Level 29 : Expert Network
Evanchi
Lets face it, you guys both suck at grammar. (Just kidding, but seriously) .______.
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10/11/2012 6:22 pm
Level 50 : Grandmaster Programmer
Ukiyo_E
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".
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10/11/2012 6:28 pm
Level 29 : Expert Network
Evanchi
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
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