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A Guide For Skinners! (From the very start)

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avatar CuteMurphy
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
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So, here is a complete guide on to skin from the very start of choosing a program, to give you basic idea of what you are about to read here are the sections!

Suggested Programs: In this section I have links to most of the downloads and programs that I suggest using! If you have any suggestions please comment!
Skin Bases: In this section I have links to my skin base, leostereo's skin base, and just the normal steve. If you don't like any of those you can click on the links I have to skin base searchs from PMC!

Skinning Tips: In this section I have important tips that will really help you to start skinning! Be sure to check them out :)
Skinning: In this section I try to help you come up with what to skin! 
Basic Shading: Here I have 2 shading tutorials, the first is VERY simple, and the second one is a little trickier but both come out looking way better than it unshaded and are fairly simple :)
Posting the Skin: Here I recommend how to post your skins, it isn't really that helpful or necessary, but I thought I might as well :)


Suggested Programs

Ok, there are lots of programs you can use. There really isn't a best one overall, because everyone is different.
MCSkin3D: It's a highly suggested program for skinners, the parts are labeled and there's a preview, easy to use and helpful. I don't use it though. [WARNING: It does not work on Mac, so please don't try :)]
Paint.Net: It's really good, simple, easy to use and awesome! I use it so of course I'm gonna suggest it. Lots of good skinners use it like Leostereo. I would highly suggest this one, but everyone is different :) [WARNING: It does not work on Mac, so please don't try :) but, if you would like to try and find on for the mac click here!]
Gimp: It's basically a free Photoshop. Mymagic uses it and she's awesome. Haven't used it so I don't know how hard or easy it is but lots of people use it and make good skins.
PhotoShop: I don't have a link to the direct download, but there's a search for you if you want to use it. It cost a lot of money but I've heard it's great. Sabre_tooth[CZ] uses it, and so does a lot of other amazing skinners like Aquatta!


Skin Bases

Now that you've picked a program, you now need a base to make your skin with.
My base (pale):
My base (tan):
Leostereo's:
Minecraft's Steve: Thumbnail for version as of   March You can save the image with the link or the one here.
If you don't want to use these you can find some here!
Or Here!

Skinning Tips

Ok, so you have your program and your base. You can start skinning now. Now, I started out a terrible skinner. I'm still not very good, but I'm a lot better than I was! But, here's some basic tips so you'll start out better than me!
1. If you choose to do steve than don't keep the skin like that. You need to change the skin somewhat or it will look terrible and may be removed by a moderator.
2. If your doing eyelashes with black hair make the eyelashes either dark purple or dark blue that way it doesn't blend in together. You can also do the hair dark purple/blue, both work :) 
3. If you're really new to skinning then I would start out not shading. Shading at first is really complicated and if you already aren't good then don't start out shading (Unless it's basic. Complex shading is really difficult) Just make a few skins without shading and then start trying :)
4. If you've made a few skins and feel like you are good at making the basic skin, then I would go to shading ^-^
5. If you are doing bows, bangs, glasses, or other hair accessories then you should probably use the hat Layer! At first it's hard to understand but then it gets easier the more you do it.
This might help: FileSkinzonespng
6. If you have trouble understanding the parts use that above ^^^^^^ It really helps! Just save it by right clicking and doing "Save as..."
7. Remember to shade under sleeves and stuff. You don't have to but makes the skin more realistic

Skinning

Now, if you do all the tips and the picture to help you know the parts, your skin shouldn't look deformed. Now we come to the hard part....the real skinning part! You can make video game characters (Examples: Link, Zelda, Mario, Princess Peach, Mega Man, etc...) Or you can do things from pictures (Like a picture based of an anime girl or something like that) Another thing is just do ideas that come in your head. Sugarbun and Mymagic do that and their skins are great! (You should check them out...they're awesome!) And, it doesn't have to be girl skins. You can do that with boys. If you have trouble thinking of ideas then you can make a skin shop in the Forums, or you could make a blog for ideas. (You never know what someone else could come up with!) [WARNING: I don't know if making a blog for ideas is allowed anymore, so be sure to contact a moderator about it before you do. If you contact one please tell me what he says :)]
But, make sure that you do a good job, and that it looks like what you want it to!

Basic Shading

So, first you just make your base. Then you get a darker color of the thing you are shading. you start out just going to the side 4 pixels.
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Then, you go down 8. Simple enough, huh?
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and then you o to the left 3 and go up! that's as simple as it is.
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Then you go to the next part. you just make a block around that!
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You just keep doing that and you'll get it!
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That's really it. The only thing to watch out for is the 2 pixels and the 1 pixel.
2 pixels: you just go like this:
easy right?
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1 pixel: all you have to do is:
simple!
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That's a very, VERY simple way to do it.

Another way (not as simple) is this way:

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So, first you make your base. I'm doing a simple one for starters. You can do a lot more complex one but I wanted something simple. Note: I did the bangs shorter because I'm doing short hair. I would suggest doing that
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Let's start with the hair. You get a dark color and go darker like that. It's very simple.
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You just do that for the rest of the hair except the top. Note: Don't go through the eyelashes or any other part, just skip the pixel/pixels.
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With the top of the hair, simple do it the other way. You don't have to it's just how I do it.
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For this hair you need to make a new layer. It is right there where the red is circled.
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Make it transparent. I do around 70-98.
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Then do lines every other.
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You keep doing that until you're finished. Then you have to flatten the image. it is where the red is circled. Note:You do the same shading with the bangs. We've just finished the hair!
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To do the chest you start out like this.
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Then you do like this! it's very simple, really. You just keep doing this until you get the final product
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Tada! But...the darkest color looks a little to blue for me...I'm gonna change that.
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Tada! Now that's perfect! You do the exact same thing with the back.
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See, you can copy and paste it or copy the colors and do it again.
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Next is the inside of the shirt. You do dots like this.
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Then you go around it like this!
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Then you take the next color and finish up!
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Then you just do the exact same thing on the other side.
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Then you do the exact same thing with that part. Now to the sleeves!
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You start out doing simple dots like that.
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Then you kinda....outline? it like that.
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Then you just fill the rest in! Very simple.
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Then you just do the rest like that. Note: the elbow goes the exact same.
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Now to the shorts. You do the exact same thing that you do with the sleeves. You put dots on every other spot and then outline, and fill.
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See, you do the same thing! Remember, don't make the contrast on the shorts too much because then it won't look very good.
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Shoe shading is simple. On the bottom of the shoe make it dark. The center the darkest, remember that the bottom of the shoe is where people are walking so it's gonna be dark. On the sides just do something like that. If you are doing boots or something more do the same shading that I showed you with the sleeves and shorts.
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Then with the hands, and legs you do the same shading that you do with the sleeves. On the neck you just make a block, you don't need much detail there. on the face just do what you did with the hair. Only no layers or transparency.

Posting the Skin

Ok, so when posting the skin (if it's off of a picture...) you should give the reference pic. Maybe say why you made the skin, and put a signature at the bottom like:
~CuteMurphy

Well...sadly, that's it. I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope it helped!

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Creditall of the programs, everyone's bases
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Update #2 : 03/06/2014 6:56:35 pmMar 6th, 2014

+ Table of Contents 
+ Edited Suggested Programs
+ Added links to all pics 
+ Edited Skinning Tips
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04/26/2014 5:46 am
Level 1 : New Network
SugarBunni
Oh And Um Also ... Please Can You Make Me A Really Pretty Sweater Girl Skin =3 Who Has Brown Hair and blue eyes?? Please xxxxxxxxxxx =3 Im trying to find a really pretty skin =( since my friends copied my skin on hc .... Please Thankyou xxxx
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04/17/2014 5:03 am
Level 1 : New Network
SugarBunni
:D Omg This Helps Out Alot xxx Please Could You Make A Video Tutorial Aswell Please :D xx
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04/17/2014 5:11 pm
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
idk I might xD
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04/26/2014 5:39 am
Level 1 : New Network
SugarBunni
You Should Because Im A new Skinner And I Am SOOOOOOOO Stuck On How To Make A Skin D: Im Terrible
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04/02/2014 3:54 pm
Level 25 : Expert Network
Oen_R
Amazin! Helped alot :) Diamond, Sub, and Fav. Tips, please? :)
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03/18/2014 6:19 pm
Level 20 : Expert Skinner
conure
Awesome
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03/26/2014 10:47 am
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
Thanks ^-^
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03/26/2014 4:06 pm
Level 20 : Expert Skinner
conure
Np <3
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03/07/2014 1:34 pm
Level 28 : Expert Fisherman
mudkip45
Thanks for the tutorial
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03/07/2014 6:06 pm
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
I hope I helped you :)
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03/07/2014 6:44 am
Level 44 : Master Pixel Painter
Rainori
Damn, Im getting late on seeing your content >O< Good job though, as always x'D
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03/07/2014 6:04 pm
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
lol it's okay xD and thank you <33
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03/08/2014 7:33 am
Level 44 : Master Pixel Painter
Rainori
Haha you're welcome :3 I tried my hardest to skin again :oo But I still can't get motivated, I won't give up though xD It will happen sooner or later, i'm still leveling up which gives me a little bit of encouragement that i'm actually good at it >O< It always seems to take longer than needed, but now that ive seen your tutorial it all seems simple :oo
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03/08/2014 9:06 am
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
:o did it all just go like ***LIGHT BULB*** ? xD
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03/08/2014 10:01 am
Level 44 : Master Pixel Painter
Rainori
Lol what x3 If you were trying to confuse me you did well :'c Its not my fault I can't skin anymore ;~;
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03/08/2014 4:47 pm
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
LOL sorry, and lemme see.....*clicks on profile and sees super old skins* oh, just post one of the skins you tried to make :3
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02/28/2014 7:05 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Warrior
EnderGuy285
I'll use this tutorial and give you credit. xD
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03/06/2014 7:06 pm
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
(Late Reply)
Thank you <3 I hope you found it useful :D
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08/23/2013 2:01 am
Level 21 : Expert Robot
slayerviper914
why McSkin3d? it just crashed my computer
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08/23/2013 8:56 am
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
If you have a mac then it might. and you have to have this like flashplay thing with it. the reason I suggested it is because it includes a minecraft previewer and lots of people use it
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03/06/2014 4:51 am
Level 12 : Journeyman Artist
ambia
I have a Mac and its not a bad computer I hardly ever get lag, I did try to download McSkin3d but it kept crashing and it never turned up on my finder. but this tut is realy good, Thanks For making it!
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03/06/2014 5:52 pm
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
Yeah :/ Mac is great but it seems like a lot of games/programs don't work on it. Should I put a warning by the MCSkin3D? I'm glad you liked it :) I hope I helped!
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03/06/2014 7:23 pm
Level 55 : Grandmaster Meme
TheViridian
The reason MCSkin3D crashed his computer is because it's not made for Mac, only windows.
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03/07/2014 4:39 am
Level 12 : Journeyman Artist
ambia
I never knew, my friend says it is for Mac and PC. also i am female, so the way you should fo said it was "crashed her computer" but THANKS ALOT for telling me about it only being for Windows!
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03/06/2014 8:04 pm
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
I know~ That's what I said above :) I put a warning in the desc though for macs ^-^
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06/29/2013 11:41 pm
Level 46 : Master Lad
Siilan
Thanks a lot for this. I've never really been good at shading but this is gonna help me heaps
Diamond for you ^_^
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06/30/2013 8:49 am
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
I'm glad it helped you :)
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04/21/2013 10:47 am
Level 5 : Apprentice Network
KaitlinStaples
thnxs for the help , brilliant job , you have really put the time and effort into this blog , its highly detailed...it turned out amazing
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04/21/2013 10:52 am
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
Thank you! I'm glad you found it helpful. What program do you happen to use?
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04/21/2013 11:07 am
Level 5 : Apprentice Network
KaitlinStaples
i normally use skindex to skin but im going to try paint.net for a skin , i decided to make a cover photo first , than im going to make the skin
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04/21/2013 11:15 am
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
okay!
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04/21/2013 11:32 am
Level 5 : Apprentice Network
KaitlinStaples
would you happen to know why dinow left :/
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04/21/2013 11:37 am
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
Yes. PM if you wish to know
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03/06/2013 10:13 pm
Level 24 : Expert Princess
_rets
This helped me make my skin! Thanks! I've been having trouble shading too subbed and diamonded all your posts xD
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03/06/2013 10:53 pm
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
Glad I could help! And thank you!
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03/06/2013 8:37 pm
Level 2 : Apprentice Crafter
slygy
i use skincraft
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03/06/2013 8:38 pm
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
I would suggest NOT using a website. Maybe get one of the suggested programs?
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03/05/2013 7:32 pm
Level 28 : Expert Artist
TamashiNeko
I use Paint.NET as well! :D
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03/05/2013 7:34 pm
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
Awesome!
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02/18/2013 10:03 pm
Level 14 : Journeyman Cake
marygrace9
on a skin program like this,how do you add hats? I just got one similar but for mac only (pixen) this is really similar and I NEED to know how to make hats xD
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02/18/2013 10:10 pm
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
You just make a box in the transparent area. If you want a sun hat then you just make a box in the. First layer. Then you make a line on the outer layer for 3D effect. If you want I can make you a hat base later :)
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02/18/2013 10:11 pm
Level 14 : Journeyman Cake
marygrace9
Yes please :D Also I am definately dedicating my newest skin to you :D
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02/18/2013 10:15 pm
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
Ok, sun hat? I can't do it now. On my phone. Aww! You're sweet
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02/18/2013 10:21 pm
Level 14 : Journeyman Cake
marygrace9
a hair hat please :P
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02/18/2013 10:24 pm
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
Hair hat? Aren't all hats for the hair?
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02/14/2013 11:14 pm
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
^-^
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02/14/2013 8:48 pm
Level 49 : Master Pirate
SquishyZaUltra
You have 19 diamonds....Here, have one more, and go make yourself 5 enchanting tables. *Hands a diamond to Murphy*  >:3 And here's the other equipment in case you need it. *Gives Murphy the other equipment for 5 enchanting tables* And have a heart *Hands Murphy a Heart* ^^

--Squishy <3
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02/14/2013 8:53 pm
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
Thank you!
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02/14/2013 9:05 pm
Level 49 : Master Pirate
SquishyZaUltra
=3 Don't mention it.

--Squishy <3
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02/14/2013 9:08 pm
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
^_^
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02/14/2013 8:38 pm
Level 10 : Journeyman Artist
iApostolos
Hey, SkinEdit is also good. BTW, doesent shading vary on 1) the type of clothes and 2) where the shading is in relation to other parts of the body? I use skinedit ti make the basic skin and then use gimp to go into detail because you can use much smaller pixels by making the image bigger and then shrinking it.
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02/14/2013 8:41 pm
Level 58 : Grandmaster Unicorn
CuteMurphy
If you give me a link to SkinEdit I'll add it ^^ 1. You change the color but that's a VERY simple shading so no, the color doesn't change. 2. I don't understand. Please rephrase
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