Proper Skinning Etiquette

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avatar PotentialCreepr
Level 16 : Journeyman Skinner
I have been making skins for a long time even though it doesn't show on this account) But i consider myself a intermediate skin maker. And I was getting ready to make this tutorial, and I saw that the Minetorials Contest was up so I thought "What a awesome way to get my tutorial out there" and here I am, typing this. But enough chit-chat, time to give a tutorial.

First off you make a basic layout of where skin will show and where it won't.

Then you fill in the blank spots with what color is going to be there, and the shape the hair will take. (hair looks best if symmetrical)

Now that you have your basic skin set up here, it is time to make details in the cloth and face. As everyone knows, I'm sure, where to put the eyes, and to put black on the inner side so you don't end up with Herobrine. We will add a white stripe to the character's black shorts, shoulder blade outlines to the back of the shirt with the shader, a mouth, and fingers to the hand.

Now, this skin is mostly done. What we need now is a hat/hair overlay. The hat overlay is made so you can either make a 3-d hair style, or a hat, as the label reads. For this we will do a hat overlay. To make a hat, you can make either a helmet, a bowler hat, or a top hat. I made bowler, because it is pretty generic. the hat doesnt consist of just the hat layer, you also have to skin the top and part of the upper portions of your head and sides of it too. Then, you add the actual hat part, with a bowler it would be a black stripe all the way across the 3rd block down.

I also realized how pink the skin was at this point in time so i fixed it.

And now that the hat is done, only 1 step remains. Add noise! Noise is what adds texture to your skins. To add noise, select edit button, then add noise and choose the level of noise. I prefer 10-20.

Thank you for reading this tutorial, I am PotentialCreeper, and I don't know why I wrote this. The photos would not work, so if someone can write a tutorial for that, please do so, but for now here is the list of the photos:

07/19/2012 2:10 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Skinner
07/19/2012 2:07 am
Level 26 : Expert Engineer
What program did you use in the image? It would greatly help me when making skins.
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