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How to shade a Minecraft skin

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avatar BobbieJoe
Level 22 : Expert Skinner
This is a skin shading tutorial, at least that's what I'm hoping for. Just try and follow the pictures because I'm terrible at explaining. This is also my first (and most likely last) blog, so it might be confusing or just terrible.


So have the darkest shade of the hair color and make this "pattern" with it.

Now lighten it a little bit and kind of surround the corner pixels.

Lighten again and make "O's" with it. At this point, you may need to change the base color so you can see it better.

Again, lighten the color and follow the picture.

Lighten the color for the last time and fill the rest in.

Body- front and back

Take your darkest shade(s) of the clothes and make "L's" in the corner like this. Also do this at the top a little to prevent clothes that are white on top. You can do the same with the sides, but the hair is covering the sides on this skin.

Now lighten it a little bit and "surround" your "L's" with it and anywhere else you painted the dark shade on. I'm too lazy to put more pictures right now. What you do is you just keep "surrounding" until you've shaded it all.

This is what the finished piece will look like. I ended up lightening the gray because I thought it would be too dark. (Note that your skin will not look like this. It will (hopefully) be a shaded version of your skin.)

Body- sides and bottom

For the sides, do a "u" on the top and bottom.

Now take a lighter shade and "surround" the "u's" you just made. Again, I will not show every little picture, just keep "surrounding".

The finished piece will look similar to this. Now for the bottom!

The bottom doesn't need much explanation. Just overlap the pixels with your color picker.

That's all for the bottom! (Note: The top should have similar shading, but hair will be covering that most of the time.)

Shading the arms should be easy.

This is the inside of the arm. I just darken it and overlap by one pixel to each side.

Take your darkest shade(s) and do this. The front and back of the arms are the same.

Take a lighter shade and "surround" it. Notice how with this shading method, it's just lots of overlapping and "surrounding".

Lastly, lighten once more and do the remaining pixels.

The leg shading is similar to the arms.

Take your darkest color of the legs and do this. The inside of the legs is just the darkened color(s).

Lighten the color and "surround" it. You do that for the rest of the leg.

This is what the finished leg should look like. The back is the same shading.

The top of it is done like this. Take your color picker and just overlap everything.

If you're confused about anything, just pm me or comment! (I was too lazy to make this blog colorful. I may change that later.)

For "smoother" shading, you can use MCskin3D.
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  • HyperSkyla759
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Princess
  • January 28, 2018, 10:51 am
i was confused when i came to the body i was using a plaid jacket on my skin so it made it difficult also i had no idea how to do the back help plz
  • HyperSkyla759
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Princess
  • January 28, 2018, 11:15 am
Nvm i figured it out btw this was very helpful i love it the skin i made turned out to be really pretty thnx ^-^
  • Aspirin60
  • Level 47
  • Master Demolitionist
  • July 28, 2017, 11:08 am
Not confused, Well explained...=)
  • Coshlyn
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • July 19, 2017, 6:49 pm
Very lovely, dear. ;)
  • BobbieJoe
  • Level 22
  • Expert Skinner
  • July 19, 2017, 6:51 pm
Thank you!
Nice tutorial, I'm terrible at this kind of things but I think this could help me.
  • BobbieJoe
  • Level 22
  • Expert Skinner
  • July 18, 2017, 7:17 pm
I'm glad this helped you! (Sorry about replying late)
This is soooooooooo cute!

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