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Here's my process for shading using templates!

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The Multiversity avatar The Multiversity
Level 53 : Grandmaster Nerd
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Hey folks!

I can't shade, but I feel like I've gotten enough attention in spite of that fact that I figured I should share with you, the fine people of Planet Minecraft, my process for making skins!

Now, as you can see, my skins aren't ultra artistic skins that adjust to the direction of light sources, like these ultra cool and popular skins. You know the type. Mine are, I feel, still decent skins, and I consistently earn upwards of 15 diamonds a pop.

My single biggest piece of advice for anyone on PMC who, like me, isn't confident in their shading abilities but still wants to be original, is to spend a whole lot of time making 3 or 4 templates, then refer to those.

Okay, let's get started.

1. Sketching out the body

When the mood strikes me, I can usually get a skin out in under an hour. I like doing skins based on comic books, so I find as many pictures as possible of the version of a given character I'm interested in doing. Then, it's off to the races.

Then, I go into the advanced edition of PMCSkin 3D. I choose from three base templates that I have - a male Alex template, a female Alex template, a male Steve template, or a female Steve template. I haven't had the opportunity to use a Steve-sized skin for girls, but if the opportunity comes up, I will. I also really, really don't like using the Steve-sized arms for anything other than big characters, like Thanos, Darkseid, or Swamp Thing (forthcoming!), but that's just a matter of preference.

Then, I'll start editing. I'll usually use the second layer to create a sort of musculature (these are, after all, superheroes that I'm making!) if the character demands it. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. From there, I'll start painting at 50% opacity. This way I can paint over the template, while still keeping the design intact. In this phase, I don't do the hair. I don't do capes. I just do the face and body.

I think I've found a good balance when it comes to making adult men, adult women, and kids. For adult men, I organize the face with a longer jaw, and tighter lips. For adult women, I add eyelashes on the sides of the eyes, redden the lips, and move the mouth up a level higher than for dudes. (Side note: I've never like the trend on PMC of literally erasing women's mouths. I find that odd) For kids, I move the eyes and hairline down a level, then keep the male jawline.

Once I'm happy with how the face and body have turned out, I'll select the HSL Shift Mode and shift the saturation (usually by 120% to 130%, except for skin, which usually exceeds 140%) and lightness (usually between 70% and 90%). This creates a much more vibrant skin that would otherwise have existed if I'd just kept it as the 50% opacity paint job.

After that, I will erase the part of the head that will have hair. Gonzo.

The following is an early diving skin I never published. Here's what a skin will look like at this point in the process:
Here's my process for shading using templates!

That's the end of phase 1! Download your skin.

2. Adding s'more templates

Hopefully this is allowed on PMC, but imma gonna plug another site. After I download my finished head and body, I open up Miners Need Cool Shoes. This site has a super function (that PMC should definitely adopt. cough cough) that allows you to add layers. Import your skin into Novaskin, then import your hair template. My hair template comes in two layers, so that you can just cut what you don't want out of the outer layer without having to copy it over, pixel by pixel. Make sure your layers are in the right order on Need Cool Shoes so that the base layer of the hair template fills the part of your heard that you erased on the PMC editor.


In Need Cool Shoes, you can also add the cape or a trench coat template!

Here's what I'll look like in Need Cool Shoes (side note: Need Cool Shoes doesn't seem to do transparency. Oh well):
Here's my process for shading using templates!


Once you're happy with your skin, download it off Novaskin, and upload it again to PMC!

3. Colourizing the added components

Pick out your colours for the cape and hair, then repeat the process you went through in Phase 1 with 50% opacity, again. Re-saturate it, and behold your works!


Here's what the finished version will look like:
Here's my process for shading using templates!

4. Publish your skin!

After you're happy with your skin, publish that thing! If you're referencing a comic book, there are a couple of ways to insert an image:
  1. The easiest way is to find an image you want to stick in the description, right-click, and select "copy image," then go to the PMC submission description, right click again, and hit "paste." This can also lead to blank images depending on the source, so I don't do it this way anymore.
  2. You can right click on the image and select "copy image address," then go to the PMC submission description, look at the bar the starts with the option to bold text, then move along until you see the little image thumbnail. Click it, and paste the image address. I find this has a lower fail rate than option 1.
  3. The 100% best way to do it, and the way I do it now, is get an imgur account. Download the image to your computer, then upload it to your Imgur account, copy the image address, and repeat the rest of step 2.
Once you get good with a template, whether they're the ones I posted, others', or your own, you can start experimenting with the template while maintaining a consistent detailed look for your skin!


I hope you found this post and the templates helpful! If you use my templates, don't feel any need to credit me. Take 'em and enjoy!

Please let me know if you have any questions/comments/concerns!

Good luck!

Regards,
The Multiversity
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04/03/2021 11:26 am
Level 28 : Expert Princess
DianaOfThemyscira
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this is such good advice!! especially for players who are wanting to begin to make skins, definitely will refer people to this if they are wanting to make skin. Good job!!
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04/03/2021 11:48 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Nerd
The Multiversity
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Thanks! Yeah, I think this process, even if its lengthy, is easy to use. If it helps someone make a skin they really love, that's awesome.
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04/03/2021 10:37 am
Level 39 : Artisan Crafter
_NatyAsReversalCreatorDC_
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I've had my best pleasure reading this ! Such an amazing way you explain things, so perfect. I hope that'll help an enormous amount of people who have problems in shading like me. I'll start trying to shade Skins like you do, using your Templates.

Also I also thought of reducing the Opacity so that it'd look more realistic.
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04/03/2021 11:51 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Nerd
The Multiversity
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Thanks so much for your kind words! And yeah, messing with the opacity and saturation was so helpful for me.

That'd be so cool to see you shading with my templates! For what it's worth, and you already know this, I love your skins as they are, so no pressure, but cool!
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04/03/2021 12:42 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Crafter
_NatyAsReversalCreatorDC_
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Ayy thanks man for those kind words you too ! Of course using your Templates would be a good thing since you're kind of an inspiration to me, not gonna lie.
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04/03/2021 12:42 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Crafter
_NatyAsReversalCreatorDC_
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Ayy thanks man for those kind words you too ! Of course using your Templates would be a good thing since you're kind of an inspiration to me, not gonna lie.
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04/03/2021 2:58 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Nerd
The Multiversity
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Thanks so much! Right back at ya, mate!
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04/04/2021 8:55 am
Level 39 : Artisan Crafter
_NatyAsReversalCreatorDC_
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You're so welcome !
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04/03/2021 7:30 am
Level 35 : Artisan Ninja
JMCT
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Great work! This will help alot of people get started in making skins!
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04/03/2021 11:35 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Nerd
The Multiversity
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Thanks! Yeah, that's the hope.
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04/03/2021 5:19 am
Level 23 : Expert Modder
Nitsa
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Dam super detailed, great work
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04/03/2021 11:35 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Nerd
The Multiversity
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Hey, thanks!
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04/03/2021 2:49 am
Level 9 : Apprentice Crafter
Maximoff
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Holy god that is elaborate!!!!
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04/03/2021 11:49 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Nerd
The Multiversity
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Yep. But I think its straightforward. It gets intuitive after you mess around with it a bit.
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04/03/2021 7:50 pm
Level 9 : Apprentice Crafter
Maximoff
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I can see that you have a system!!
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04/03/2021 2:40 am
Level 1 : New Miner
Doooooom
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Thanks for posting this
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04/03/2021 11:49 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Nerd
The Multiversity
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No problem! I'm glad you like it.
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