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How To Improve / Shade Your Skin [For Beginners!]

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RandomC's Avatar RandomC
Level 34 : Artisan Pixel Painter

Beginners Only!

Hey Guys,

I got asked a lot on how you shade your skin... Well, luckily I will tell you in this tutorial and I hope this helps you. :)

Skin What Was Used In The Video: Click Me


1# First you will need to download MCSkinEdit HERE and run it on your desktop.

2# Now, you will have a layout in front of you. Now, I suggest not to create any other skins than human shaped because you will need to get used to painting the skins before you create monsters and etc.

3# As you will see, the Program has everything you need to know. Like as Paint, you don't have a direction on what is which part of the body. The top left is your hat/hood/glasses, whatever you want his head wear to be. Bottom left will be his Legs and Feet. Top Left will be his Face and Head. Bottom right will be his Arms and Hands / Shoulders.
4# Now you know the Basics, now lets go onto the tools.


1# Pencil - The pencil is going to be the one you use the most. It is the Large Icon of a pencil at the top left.

2# Eraser - If you do something wrong, you use this bad boy to rub it off. It is the Rubber Icon.

3# Colour Picker - This picks your colour, when you left click a Pixel. Very handy when shading.

4# Shading - This is the most important tool of all, it brings light and shadows to your skin and makes it stand out. This is the Black Puddle thingy at the top right. :)


When you press the Icon at the top, you will have the Shading Tool activated. To use this tool, Left Click to make it Brighter and Right Click to make it Darker. You can make an effect on your skin by going down vertical, diagonal, horizontal. By doing a sequence you left click/right click once on the first line and then do it twice on the next and continue the pattern. And it should look like a Wave of colours. But choose a good place to start and then do it, maybe experimenting on the colours on what looks best and that might boost your experience with SkinEdit. Shading is a hard technique to master, I spend about 2 and half hours shading one skin and about 30 minutes adding the small details such as the Eyes, Mouth, Ears and etc. A lot of people spend about 10 minutes making a skin and its just one colour for the whole skin. Try to avoid, from sticking to one colour, as I said "Experiment with the colours".

Thank You For Spending Your Time Reading Tutorial. I Hoped This Skin Tutorial Helped You Out Wish You Good Luck. Maybe, Post Yours Skins In The Comments And I Will Look At It. I LOVE Feedback!
Diamond If You Liked It And Subscribe If You Want More Like This! Love You All!

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Update #9 : by RandomC 12/25/2012 4:48:46 pmDec 25th, 2012

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07/25/2014 2:15 pm
Level 29 : Expert Dragonborn
Marissa_Frost's Avatar
Wow! This is so helpful! Thanks!
01/15/2013 8:53 pm
Level 35 : Artisan Dolphin
lauren121902's Avatar
Thanks, at least I learned how to make it darker, I'm sure that this helped someone :)
12/18/2012 8:44 pm
Level 38 : Artisan Creeper Hugger
CreeperKiller999's Avatar
Finally I found out how to shade! Thank you so much!
12/17/2012 7:02 pm
Level 22 : Expert Nerd
GrizzWald's Avatar
How do you shade there is nothing that tells you how
10/09/2012 6:27 pm
Level 2 : Apprentice System
ChristusAllein's Avatar
I forgot to export a Gimp file of a skin I was working with, and I loaded it in MCSkinEdit, and EVERYTHING exept the black guy with yellow SKIN EDIT on his head VANISHED. Its all white exept the guy and the guy's blue background, and I cannot quit it!!!! I tried throwing it in the trash, deleting it, and shutting down but it cant because of Skin Edit is still up! HELP ME! THIS IS A FAMILY COMPUTER AND MY PARENTS WONT LIKE THIS!!!! IM STUCK! PLEASE HELP!!!!
09/13/2012 10:00 am
Level 1 : New Explorer
Shellcrafter's Avatar
This is going to be so useful in the future C: Thank you :D
09/13/2012 10:09 am
Level 34 : Artisan Pixel Painter
RandomC's Avatar
Good Luck :D Subscribe For An Advanced Tutorial. :)
08/22/2012 9:45 am
Level 29 : Expert Nerd
Fire_Water's Avatar
thnx bro :D
08/12/2012 12:37 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Pirate
Karuzence's Avatar
The program I use is McSkin3D. :D I use it, and it's super usefull.
08/13/2012 11:37 am
Level 22 : Expert Engineer
samst1000's Avatar
mac users can ONLY use MCskinedit
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