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Hey everyone! So, I've been noticing a lot of skins that are done nicely but are missing some finishing steps. These steps are easy and really make your skins look better, and it's really important that skinners spend an extra few minutes doing them. So, I'll break it down into four easy steps complete with illustrations using my own skins as examples.

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Step 1. Continue hair and clothing onto the top of the body and the bottom of the head
When you're using your skin you'll be tilting your head up and down, and it looks odd if the textures on the body and head just stop underneath the head. If your skin has long hair at the back, continue the hair texture to the middle of the top of the body and the middle of the bottom of the head. Add clothing to the front half of the top of the body. If it doesn't have long hair, draw a realistic clothing neckline and continue it to the front of the body. The bottom of the head should have shading, as though the neck is casting a shadow.

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Step 2. Don't forget the insides of the arms and legs and the sides of the body
You'd be amazed how many people forget to color and/or shade these areas. The insides of the arms and legs and the sides of the body should be shaded darker than the other sides of the limbs and body. This is to give the appearance that the limbs are casting shadows onto each other and the body. The simple example I give shows darker shading, and the advanced example shows more subtle shading. How dark you want the shading is a stylistic choice and completely up to you!

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3. Don't forget the bottom of the body and the tops of the legs
Here's another area that a lot of skinners forget. The bottom of the body and the tops of the legs are exposed when the character is walking, so they should be colored in as well. Continue the texture of the front of the body onto the front half of the bottom of the body, and continue the texture of the back of the body onto the back half of the bottom of the body. The same goes for the tops of the legs. You can shade in tops of the legs to be a bit darker if you like, as well.

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4. Add texture to the hands and feet
Don't forget to give your character hands and feet! There are a ton of different hand models out there, so choose one you like the best and give your skins hands. As for the bottom of the feet, you can draw treads or just use some noise. Be sure to make these two areas darker than the sides of the limbs, just simply because they are usually facing down and therefore in shadow.

I hope this helped some of you! If you've got an questions, write a comment or send me a PM and I'll do my best to help you!
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  • Munchgirl
  • Level 23
  • Expert Toast
  • August 24, 2016, 12:46 pm
I've been getting better at skins, and this was very helpful!
I Wanted to improve some more.
Thanks!
first time for 2 years since somebody commented 

*tries to make minecrafters rage*
  • Artificial
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • September 5, 2013, 3:57 pm
180 diamonds :3
Being a beginner at skinning I'm kind of surprised that I actually remember to do all of the things listed here. At least in my recent skins since I've mastered the art a bit more. My beginning skins are pretty horrible. I've been slowly going back and reskinning them when I've got time.
Is that Lara Craft from Tomb Raider in the part about hsving hair on the top?
  • CuteMurphy
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Unicorn
  • March 29, 2013, 11:11 am
Actually, it's from Mojang's game, Scrolls. Not Elder Scrolls.
  • CuteMurphy
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Unicorn
  • July 5, 2013, 3:16 pm
ah sorry
  • jloop8
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Lava Rider
  • March 2, 2013, 6:12 pm
I've always done this for all of my skins, people need to listen to this and their skins will definitely look better, and they'll get recognition :3
  • Robin169
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • February 17, 2013, 4:18 am
What about the underside of the head? On most skins I see, it's the wrong way. It's kind hard to explain...
  • the_soup
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Button Pusher
  • February 17, 2013, 7:13 am
  • Robin169
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • February 17, 2013, 8:43 am
Oh, atleast someone knows about the problem :D
  • Shinxgod
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Hunter
  • February 15, 2013, 6:24 am
this on a HD skin would look GREAT, i think i should try that some time
Thx ill be trying this next time
  • spike43884
  • Level 23
  • Expert Taco
  • February 3, 2013, 5:36 am
Hmmm doign this to my controversial skisn seems to be coming out well (must not reveal the skins secrets!)
the skins like that do get that much views.
  • KEYPHUR
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Toast
  • December 26, 2012, 1:37 pm
Kool good help
  • Akki Shu
  • Level 1
  • New Network
  • July 31, 2014, 3:48 pm
Funny Avitar Icon ^•^
  • Emma179
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • December 24, 2012, 5:52 pm
I learned something new today. Diamond 4 this! :D
  • Tempbro21
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Mage
  • November 3, 2012, 6:19 am
can u send me that file of the simple skin plssssss!
  • CuteMurphy
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Unicorn
  • March 29, 2013, 11:12 am
  • Lava4267
  • Level 20
  • Expert Robot
  • November 2, 2012, 11:16 am
i often do most of this, and my skins get only like 2 views
  • CuteMurphy
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Unicorn
  • March 29, 2013, 11:13 am
I'm guessing that's because your shading isn't the best. Maybe try looking at skin tutorials and get tips from that :D
  • Lava4267
  • Level 20
  • Expert Robot
  • March 29, 2013, 11:34 am
OK I see what you mean. Though shading doesn't make skins better in anyway.

I've seen skins with the simplest shading and over 1000 views
  • CuteMurphy
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Unicorn
  • March 29, 2013, 11:38 am
Shading makes skins better. Just try it :D
  • Lava4267
  • Level 20
  • Expert Robot
  • March 29, 2013, 12:30 pm
Skins that have shading are not always good. I try shading it makes my skins look horrid. Not all skins need it
  • CuteMurphy
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Unicorn
  • March 29, 2013, 12:37 pm
All skins need shading. Not all shading looks good. Like noise just stinks
  • Lava4267
  • Level 20
  • Expert Robot
  • March 29, 2013, 12:38 pm
Still thats the thing.

Shading does not match the world of minecraft, such as the default skin doesnt have 'shading'
  • CuteMurphy
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Unicorn
  • March 29, 2013, 12:40 pm
Well, that's just opinons
  • Lava4267
  • Level 20
  • Expert Robot
  • March 29, 2013, 1:20 pm
It's not, deep shading doesn't suit minecraft
  • CuteMurphy
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Unicorn
  • March 29, 2013, 1:45 pm
Look, I like minecraft skins with good shading and I'm very stubborn and set on that. I am trying to drop it so we can still be on good terms with each other. An opinion is an opinion. I know me saying what I believe isn't going to change your mind if you're set on it. So, let's just back off and respect each other for their opinions.
  • Lava4267
  • Level 20
  • Expert Robot
  • March 29, 2013, 2:38 pm
OK, lets stop 'fighting' so we dont have to read a ton over springbreak :P
  • stealthop
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • October 23, 2012, 6:14 pm
what skin app do u use?
  • the_soup
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Button Pusher
  • October 23, 2012, 6:16 pm
MCSkin3D is the program I use
  • stealthop
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • October 23, 2012, 7:11 pm
ah , ok i use the same one. you have very nice skins by the way
  • BlackHawk185
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Pixel Painter
  • October 16, 2012, 10:18 am
I gave the 108 diamond. :P
its surprising how many people forget to do this stuff. it just seamed like common sense to me when i started doing skins. i still don't shade enough, but i like simplistic skins :P
  • DerpyZ
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Lava Rider
  • October 2, 2012, 6:07 pm
I gave the 100th diamond.
  • SlurgeCraft
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Pony
  • September 22, 2012, 12:32 am
  • CuteMurphy
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Unicorn
  • March 29, 2013, 11:13 am
really? Spam isn't necessary
  • LoLEugenius1
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • September 18, 2012, 2:16 pm
WOW U CAN DO THAT ''look down''
  • LoLEugenius1
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • September 18, 2012, 2:16 pm
  • OokiePigster
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Architect
  • October 22, 2012, 9:51 pm
  • CuteMurphy
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Unicorn
  • March 29, 2013, 11:14 am
Again with the spam -__-
  • Kat
  • Level 40
  • Master Sweetheart
  • September 11, 2012, 1:29 pm
Soup, I gotta ask you how to shade the tan part of your skins. I got shading the hair, and pants. I am still working on the shirt and tan. Can you help me?
  • the_soup
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Button Pusher
  • September 11, 2012, 1:51 pm
Do you mean, like, exposed skin parts?
  • Kat
  • Level 40
  • Master Sweetheart
  • September 11, 2012, 3:08 pm
like the arms and legs, yea.
  • the_soup
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Button Pusher
  • September 11, 2012, 3:31 pm
Hm...if you've got some free time, try watching video shading tutorial, that might help
  • Kat
  • Level 40
  • Master Sweetheart
  • September 11, 2012, 3:40 pm
alright
  • Zeylander
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Scribe
  • August 16, 2012, 7:21 pm
nice blog. gives really awesome advice for newb skin makers like me :)
a diamond for you my friend
  • kat12304
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Skinner
  • August 16, 2012, 6:20 pm
wait oh nvm wrong person oops
  • kat12304
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Skinner
  • August 16, 2012, 6:19 pm
thx for the help:D! sorry i didn't answer 7 days ago :C
Could you recommend any skin designing software?
  • the_soup
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Button Pusher
  • August 15, 2012, 2:10 am
MCSkin3D is what I use
  • a-b
  • Level 39
  • Artisan Artist
  • August 20, 2012, 6:50 am
Ahahaha... That's what I use too! Your skins still turn out a ton better than mine, though! :P
  • minergod90
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Unicorn
  • July 24, 2012, 3:01 am
thx 4 the help
"There are a ton of different hand models out there,"
I seem not to find them. :/ Could you send me some examples?
  • JudgeJohn
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Pixel Puncher
  • August 3, 2012, 2:28 pm
leostereo's realistic hands
thx :]
  • Darkrai48
  • Level 62
  • High Grandmaster Skinner
  • July 12, 2012, 12:17 pm
oh my gosh! This is it! that blog that first inspired me to start skinning! thank you so much soup! I saw this ages ago and wanted to try making that left skin in the main picture, and that's why I started skinning <3
  • majed9
  • Level 40
  • Master Nether Knight
  • July 12, 2012, 11:20 am
GAYYYYY jk cool blog
  • Swalezee
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Lumberjack
  • July 3, 2012, 7:00 am
Love this thread thank you! :)
  • Gold_Rebel
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Artist
  • May 26, 2012, 4:22 am
Put a download link for the skins shown?
P.S. LOVE IT!
  • the_soup
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Button Pusher
  • May 26, 2012, 4:56 am
These are all my skins, just look under my subs :3
  • mygelz
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Taco
  • May 25, 2012, 6:50 am
Very, Very, Very helpful,Thank you. :D
I never paid attention to the 1st and 3rd thing, thx for pointing it out
  • the_soup
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Button Pusher
  • May 6, 2012, 4:57 pm
I'm glad it helped!
  • Zaralith
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 57
  • Grandmaster Wizard
  • April 25, 2012, 11:55 am
Just remember to mention that the tilting only clips half of the bottom/top faces, so if the front and back are different, you will need to make that section split. My PMC skin is a good example of a drastic split like that.
  • Danori
  • Level 63
  • High Grandmaster Senpai
  • April 20, 2012, 4:17 pm
How am I just now subbing to you? You are definately one of the greatest when it comes to "simple" skins. I love that creeper skin you submitted the other day :)
  • JZH10000
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Engineer
  • April 19, 2012, 11:31 am
oh i also agree with your blocky skins

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