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How to: recolor skins in Paint.net

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DinowCookie avatar DinowCookie
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Level 68 : High Grandmaster Dinosaur
Note: only recolor your own, self-made skins!
Recoloring somebody else's skin without permission is considered skin theft, and a copyright violation!

Step 1

Grab yourself Paint.net [​download link]: a free, lightweight & simple image editing program.

How to: recolor skins in Paint.net

Step 2

Open your skin in Paint.net and copy each skin part to a new layer.
Select the parts with the selection tool.

How to: recolor skins in Paint.net

Grab your layer pop-up

How to: recolor skins in Paint.net

Grab each part by copy-pasting it from the original layer to a new layer, like so:

Having parts in separate layers allows you to play around with recoloring each bit without ruining progress on other parts.
If a recolor goes wrong you can just delete the layer and make a new one.

Step 3

Select the layer you want to recolor and use the available tools in Paint.net to do so.
Hue / Saturation, Curves and Brightness / Contrast

Step 4

Merge all layers with the bottom one & save your new skin variation as a .png file.


To prevent spam: post the variations of your skin in the description of your original!
You can host their files and previews on imgur.com.

Example skin:

Romecraft (+3 versions)
by DinowCookie

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03/15/2021 4:07 pmhistory
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The PMC Sheep
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Instructions unclear, human skin turned into doge.
03/30/2020 7:06 am
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03/04/2020 2:17 am
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Personally, I use a combination of the Hue/Saturation tool and a few other Paint.NET plugins I've installed such as one that allows me to make something the same hue and something that lets me tint a certain colour. Along with brightness/contrast and the recolour tool using these methods is very useful for customising colour.
02/29/2020 2:21 pm
Level 68 : High Grandmaster Modder
dreamCritting avatar
I just use the hue shift tool on PMCskin3d for this, I didn't know you could do it with paint.net
02/29/2020 2:52 pmhistory
Level 68 : High Grandmaster Dinosaur
DinowCookie avatar
Aye it surely is a useful feature about PMCskin3D 😁
The reason why I use Paint.net for it is because that also has the curves and brightness/contrast tools and a combination of those is a better way to go about recoloring. Simple hue-shifts don't always respect palettes. 😅
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