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How to make your own original skin (Shading, tips, and more!) (UPDATED)


How to make your own skin

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Level 7 : Apprentice Crafter
I'm really sick of all those obnoxious one-color skins walking about Minecraft with little or no effort. Well, since you're reading this, you obviously want to create your own original and simply amazing skin! It doesn't take long if you have practice!


-Adobe Photoshop or Gimp (Gimp is free!)


-Basic knowledge of how to use Gimp or Photoshop


-Use a 1 pixel pencil brush

-Blur, blur, and blur!

-Don't be afraid to be original :D!

Step 1

You should start out with a very basic idea of what you want it to look like, no shading, no details, no anything. Just solid colors. Make sure every part is on a different layer (e.g the body w/o any clothes, hair, hats, and clothing). You really need to have them on separate layers, or your skin might turn out looking yucky.


Step 2

After you have a good idea of what you want your skin to look like, add basic details like darkened spots (not really shading, more like... giving... dunno... let us just call is details), hair coloring like highlights or detail, etc.


Tip: Don't go too crazy with this! You'll add more detail later!

Step 3

When you're happy with the detail, begin shading. Select parts that you want to shade (e.g the hair, head, pants). After you've selected something, use the eyedropper tool to get the color of the part. Then you darken the color that you got, and outline the perimeter of the part in that color. Then again, use the eye dropper tool to get the original color (BOTH ON A DIFFERENT LAYER THEN THE ORIGINAL PART). You then lighten that color a bit and put it in the center. Make sure the lighting isn't too boxy!

Step 4

Blur everything to your liking! Whether it's the blur tool, gaussian blur, whatever! Just BLUR BLUR BLUR! Also, feel free to add more color for extra brightness, or shading! You may need to add or take layers, if you didn't put the shading and the color on different layers.


Ta Da!!! And you're done! I really hope this guide helped you, and if you need additional help, feel free to comment! Gimme a diamond if you like this ;3?

Here is the finished result!


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hey just a tip to add to your post.. the hats should be done on novaskin, much easier for hats
  • Kitkat8D
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • April 26, 2013, 3:33 pm
I know that much. I just prefer making my hats directly in Photoshop. It's less of a hassle for me, and I'm more used to it.
ok, so once you make a skin, what format do you save in and how do you use that skin in game. Im new here, and am def a noob.
  • Kitkat8D
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • January 7, 2013, 11:56 am
You save your skin in a PNG format (and a PSD format, if possible, just for extra backup). then you log onto Minecraft.net, and upload your skin. If you have cracked Minecraft, I don't know :P.
  • Kitkat8D
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • January 5, 2013, 7:58 pm
Thanks, and once again I apologize for the pictures not showing up :x
  • xryanx6
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • January 5, 2013, 7:47 pm
helpful . . .i gusse.
  • cgoan99
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Lumberjack
  • January 5, 2013, 7:39 pm
  • Kitkat8D
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • January 5, 2013, 7:34 pm
Ugh, it appears none of my pictures loaded! Here are the pictures, in case you can't see them.
Step one pic: imgur.com/x3BNc
Step two pic: imgur.com/a7oKK
Step three pic: imgur.com/dJA8i
Step four pic: imgur.com/nuPqc

I'm so sorry about that, guys D:. I have no idea what happened.

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