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Minecraft Skin Viewer on Mac - A Skinning Tutorial

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If you clicked on this blog, you probably use a mac to make skins, and if you use a mac to make skins, you probably know that Minecraft Skin Viewer is not available for mac.

You've all seen people like Leostereo and other good skinners say they use this program to create their skins, and it is, in fact, extremely useful. Before, this has always been seen as a handicap for mac users.

However, there is actually a great way to run the MC Skin Viewer (which is, in fact, a .exe file), on a mac! This tutorial is basically going to talk about how to run Minecraft Skin Viewer on your mac easily, as well as what programs I use to make skins (a great alternative for Paint.NET, another program used by great skinners).

First, let's get to why you came here in the first place - to find out how to run Minecraft Skin Viewer on your mac. First, you need to download an app called Wineskin, which can be found over here. You'll need to update the engine - click the plus sign...



and then hit "Download and Install.."



Next, you'll need to update the "wrapper version" as well by just hitting update over here -



Both of these buttons are immediately available when you open the Wineskin Winery app.

Once you do that, hit "Create New Blank Wrapper," and type in whatever you want the name to be. For convenience purposes, I suggest calling it Minecraft Skin Viewer, though it doesn't matter.



Wait for everything to finish, and CLICK CANCEL WHEN IT ASKS ABOUT GECKO. This is an unnecessary browser that Wineskin prompts you to install as a replacement for Internet Explorer, which macs do not have installed.

Finally, when everything finishes, it'll prompt you asking to view the wrapper in Finder. Hit "OK," and you should be brought back to the 'homescreen,' if you will, of Wineskin Winery. If you'd like, you can exit out of this window.



Once everything is complete, search for the name of the Blank Wrapper that you just created in spotlight (the little magnifying glass in the top-right corner of your mac). Click on it when it comes up in the results, and you should come up with the following window:



Now, before you do anything, you'll need to download the Minecraft Skin Viewer program over here.

When it finished downloading, double-click on the the .zip file in Finder, and then drag the .exe file that appears to your Desktop (this is just so you can find it easier later on).

Go back to to the Wineskin window, and click on "Install Software." Click on "Choose Setup Executable" on the top, and select the .exe file you dragged to your Desktop.



Once it finished loading (this can take a minute or so), you should have Minecraft Skin Viewer running on your mac :D

Note: After you close it, to be able to open it again, you'll need to quit all Wine-related apps, including the Skin Viewer, and search for the wrapper again, click "Install Software," and choose the .exe file again. I have not found a working method to do this more efficiently :/

Note: To be able to access your skin files in the Skin Viewer, you'll need to right click on the window, and get to the drop-down menu of "toolbars," and then select Skin File. Store all of your skin .png's on your desktop as well, so that you can find them when you click on "choose file" on the toolbar.




Now, on to part two, which is about what I use to make skins. It's a free app called "Paintbrush," and you can download it over here. This is a great replacement for Paint.NET, which for some reason did not work properly with Wineskin.

Once you download it, open it, and click cancel when it asks you about the size of the canvas. Open another skin file, or a skin template, and zoom in however many times you'd like (small button in the bottom left). Although many don't know about this, Paintbrush actually has the transparent pencil tool, as well as the HSB Sliders (Hue, Saturation, Brightness) which are so dear to the Paint.NET community. I won't teach you about hue shifting - you can find that somewhere else, but I will show how to do it in Paintbrush.

First, make sure that the following toolbar is available. If not, hit Shift+Command+T on your keyboard.



Quick Side Note- Make sure you're set to Stroke 1, which is exactly 1 pixel in size.

Next, hit the colorful square on the bottom of the toolbox, and you should get this window. If you already have it, bare with me :P



Don't worry about my sliders and such, I was in the middle of making a skin while writing this tutorial. To get to the HSB Sliders, click the second button from the left in this window (it looks like a red and a green slider), click the drop down menu, and change it from Grayscale to HSB Sliders. Boom.

Once you're done, it should look like this:



From here on out, the Saturation/Hue shifting should be obvious as far as what to do/slide.

To use the transparent pencil technique, simply change the opacity on the bottom of this window, and click on any given pixel as many times as needed to blend colors. Boom.

Boom.

Boom.




Anyway, that's the end of this tutorial, it took quite a long time to create, so I hope you enjoyed it :D

feel free to diamond and favorite this tutorial if you like it, and subscribe if you want to see more of my work!


~DatMuffinMan

DISCLAIMER - I did not create Wineskin Winery, nor did I create Minecraft Skin Viewer, and nor did I create Paintbrush for Mac. I don't claim any rights to any software mentioned in this tutorial, and I made it simply to educate readers.
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You use a Mac?
Awesome! xD helped meh quite a bit bro
  • DatMuffinMan
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • November 13, 2013, 3:33 pm
glad to help :D
Very helpful :)
  • DatMuffinMan
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • September 20, 2013, 10:58 am
:)
Ahhhh yess! Thank you so much! I had SkinEdit.jar for the longest time because I couldn't find a better skin editor for mac... but now... thanks!
  • DatMuffinMan
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • September 3, 2013, 4:06 pm
you're welcome! glad this tutorial is still relevant :)
Do you still use this skin editor?
  • DatMuffinMan
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • September 3, 2013, 4:53 pm
yup.
  • lecraeman
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • June 13, 2013, 2:36 pm
From what I know you can export a native .app for mac from wineskin. Why didn't you just give a download?

UPDATE: Just finished reading. I see now that you couldn't find a way to. Plus, They seem to have completely redone the way Wine works :L I had used it several years ago.
  • Steely_Glint
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • February 9, 2013, 10:11 pm
Oops!

[size=10pt]No new executables found![/size]

Maybe the installer failed...?

If you tried to install somewhere other than C: drive (drive_c in the wrapper) then you will get this message too. Ã All software must be installed in C: drive.

Please help :(
  • DatMuffinMan
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • February 10, 2013, 2:35 am
This happened to me too - All I did was redownload the .exe file for Minecraft Skin Viewer and then try again.
  • Steely_Glint
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • February 10, 2013, 9:15 pm
Didn't work :(
  • DatMuffinMan
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • February 11, 2013, 1:09 am
Did you click "show in finder" or "ok" when the wrapper was created?
  • Steely_Glint
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • February 11, 2013, 12:01 pm
I hit "ok" :3
  • DatMuffinMan
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • February 11, 2013, 2:36 pm
so you got all the way up to Choose Setup Executable, and in the middle of saying "Wineskin is busy," it said that?

sometimes if you move the .exe around, or drag it in random folders, that can happen...
  • Snurly
  • Level 27
  • Expert Pixel Painter
  • February 8, 2013, 6:14 pm
I use pixen, and exclusive mac thing (which saddens me, because it's amazing) for making pixel art and skins... but it's meant for pure pixel artsy sruff, since there is no AntiAliasing and fancy stuff xD
  • DatMuffinMan
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • February 9, 2013, 2:53 am
Sweet! I'll check it out :)
I use GIMP, which runs fine with Macs already c:
  • l3god3vil
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Narwhal
  • February 6, 2013, 3:26 am
i used to, but i discover that with my program there is a really good built in shading tool.
  • DatMuffinMan
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • February 5, 2013, 1:31 pm
Minecraft Skin Viewer lets you view the skins in 3D though.
  • Beast
  • Level 47
  • Master Pixel Puncher
  • February 5, 2013, 3:39 pm
I just use GIMP to draw and shade my skins and then view them in 3D on Novaskin and use the screenshot button there, it works fine.
  • DatMuffinMan
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • February 5, 2013, 3:51 pm
As far as I know, Novaskin doesn't allow you to position the skin any way you'd like. but whatever floats your boat.
  • Beast
  • Level 47
  • Master Pixel Puncher
  • February 5, 2013, 4:12 pm
It does actually. To do this, hit the Pose tab, then press the last, grey, semitransparent, option and then drag the body parts around as you wish while holding the left mouse button.
  • DatMuffinMan
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • February 5, 2013, 4:20 pm
huh. very cool.
Hmm... true. If only there was a program with the awesomeness of GIMP shading and the ability to see the 3D image... Oh and my technique is that I make an unshaded skin (using MCSkin3D) and then shade it in GIMP. So, I kinda already know where everything is c:
  • Skyier
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Archer
  • February 5, 2013, 4:32 am
When I try to download the engine it gets stuck at the beginning and stops downloading. Any Ideas?
  • DatMuffinMan
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • February 5, 2013, 11:58 am
perhaps it's already updated? I don't know, it worked fine for me.
  • Skyier
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Archer
  • February 5, 2013, 4:21 pm
Okey :/
  • l3god3vil
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Narwhal
  • February 5, 2013, 2:47 am
can i get MCskin3D??
  • DerpyZ
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Lava Rider
  • February 5, 2013, 3:06 am
Yes you can :3
  • l3god3vil
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Narwhal
  • February 5, 2013, 11:44 am
WOOHOO!!!!!!
If only I saw this when I used a Mac.
  • DatMuffinMan
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • February 5, 2013, 1:54 am
:P
  • xShae
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Artist
  • February 4, 2013, 7:52 pm
How do we 'update the engine' ?
  • DatMuffinMan
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • February 5, 2013, 1:40 am
updated the blog, I explained it now. sorry for the confusion.
  • FocusLight
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Pixel Puncher
  • February 4, 2013, 1:05 pm
This is -FocusLight- and I am a Mac.
Great blog DatMuffinMan!

-FocusLight-
  • DatMuffinMan
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • February 4, 2013, 1:22 pm
Thanks :D
  • Roobus
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • February 4, 2013, 12:15 pm
Nicely written and illustrated.
  • DatMuffinMan
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • February 4, 2013, 12:16 pm
thanks. think you'll make the change from SkinCraft?
  • Roobus
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • February 4, 2013, 12:18 pm
I haven't had a chance to try it out yet to see if it works on my older Mac.
  • DatMuffinMan
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • February 4, 2013, 12:33 pm
should work..
  • Maybe
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Princess
  • February 4, 2013, 11:47 am
something for me ;3
  • DatMuffinMan
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • February 4, 2013, 11:47 am
:)
  • Downn
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Droid
  • February 4, 2013, 11:28 am
Or just use GIMP and to view your skin go to one of the online skin viewers/creators <3
Thats what I do.
  • DatMuffinMan
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • February 4, 2013, 11:28 am
Minecraft Skin Viewer lets you move each body part (i.e arms, legs) anyway you'd like.
  • Downn
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Droid
  • February 4, 2013, 11:31 am
True, true. Although I do have Wineskin and Wine and Winebottler, I am lazy and if I want to move body parts I will probably just use Mineimator because I already have it >.>
Which just goes to show how lazy I am, because it is way easier to move the body parts on Minecraft Skin Viewer ( I am assuming, I have never used it)
  • DatMuffinMan
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • February 4, 2013, 11:32 am
Minecraft Skin Viewer allows you to just click and drag each body part.
  • Downn
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Droid
  • February 4, 2013, 11:33 am
Then yes, it is easier.
Nice blog by the way, when I am on my laptop I will probably try this.
Favorited for later use. ^-^
  • DatMuffinMan
  • Level 56
  • Grandmaster Pixel Puncher
  • February 4, 2013, 11:34 am
thanks, glad I helped.

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