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Resource Pack Panoramas: Guide and Tips

Resource Pack Panoramas

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avatar jamesrazor
Level 53 : Grandmaster Scribe
Do you want to customise your minecraft homescreen?
Maybe with a panoramic view of your biggest and best creation?
Then look no further than this blog, as here I'll provide you with a step by step guide on exactly how to do so.

Now updated for Minecraft 1.13

To create your custom panorama you will have to make a folder.
Let's call it ExamplePack. From here you will have to create a number of folders within this folder.
Every time you create a new folder open that folder and create a new folder in that folder (long winded I know). For simplicity I will denote this action with ">"

ExamplePack > assets > minecraft > textures > gui > title > background

Here is what it should look like once you've finished:


My resource pack happens to be called Bic Resource Pack but you can call it whatever you like such as ExamplePack.
And as you can see from the picture above, in the final folder "background" you put the six images which make up the panorama on the minecraft homescreen. I will explain more about this in a second.

The next step is to create yourself an extremely simple custom background for your computer so that it is simpler to make the six images seen above. All you have to do is make a background for your screen resolution with a 922x922 square within it. You can do this by print screening and then pasting it in photoshop or another image editing program and then create a new file at 922x922 pixels, colour it and then paste it onto your print screen.
Here is an example of the background I made to get my panoramas:

Now you can open up minecraft and all you have to do is match up the window so the whole square is covered by the inside of your minecraft game, as shown below:

Now open up the world you want a panorama of!
You have to change one setting to make sure it will work properly: change your field of view (FOV) to 90. This ensures the images are stitched together properly by minecraft.

You have to take six screenshots to get a full panorama (as six images make a cube). The F1 button will hide your UI for the purpose of screenshots and F2 will take the screenshot.

The easiest and most accurate way to get your screenshots was provided by user 48productions so thanks for the help! Use the commands below in the minecraft chat window to get your six screenshots (replace the hashes with the coordinates of the block you want to be standing on/ floating on).

/tp # # # 0 0 (for panorama_0)
/tp # # # 90 0 (for panorama_1)
/tp # # # 180 0 (for panorama_2)
/tp # # # 270 0 (for panorama_3)
/tp # # # 0 -90 (for panorama_4)
/tp # # # 0 90 (for panorama_5)

Now you have your six screenshots and it is time for the easy part. Your images can be found by typing %appdata% into the windows search menu, then click .minecraft and enter the screenshots folder.

Create a blank file in photoshop or another program and ensure it is 1024x1024 pixels in size.
Copy and paste your first screenshot in. You will have to resize it and the quality will drop a little but not noticeably. (If you can fit a square of 1024x1024 on your desktop then that option is available but as most screens are 1920x1080 you cannot size your minecraft window as 1024x1024. If you can you will have to adjust the FOV from 90 to something a bit higher for it to work properly)
Save that picture as panorama_0.png (it has to be a png file) and save it in the "background" folder you created earlier. Now one by one paste the screenshots in, resize them and save them in the "background" folder as follows:

  • panorama_0.png
  • panorama_1.png
  • panorama_2.png
  • panorama_3.png
  • panorama_4.png
  • panorama_5.png

Now simply make your "assets" folder into a zip file and name it ExamplePack again or whatever you have chosen.
Type %appdata% into your start bar again. Click .minecraft and enter the "resourcepacks" folder. Put your ExamplePack.zip in here.
Now open up minecraft again. Go into your settings and click over your ExamplePack into the top position above the default or whichever pack your are running and voila! Every time you open minecraft you will now have a custom panoramic view of your greatest creation!

I hope this blog post helps, as it took me ages to figure out how to do this for my texture pack and I couldn't find much help anywhere, which is why I have written this. This is my first blog post so please leave some feedback and if you feel it could be explained a bit better then let me know and I'll edit the blog! Or if you think I could put some more images to help explain let me know and I can do that too. I will leave you with some extra tips that might help your panorama look even better.

Extra Tips:

The minecraft panorama is (as of 1.13) not blurred so make sure there is lots of interest in each direction and no empty spaces.

Please see other user's comments below for some amazing tips!

1 Update Logs

Update #1 : 06/12/2018 12:52:51 pmJun 12th, 2018

Now updated for Minecraft 1.13 which changed the file size for the panoramas.
Items changed:
Suggested game resolution and FOV increased for better quality panoramas.
Easier way of taking screenshots written into tutorial (provided by 48productions).
Extra tip changed because panoramas are no longer blurred.

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When your trying to find good worlds for the shot but all you get is this.
  • RobotPantaloons
  • Level 60
  • High Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • July 18, 2018, 1:12 pm
Since 1.13 the edges won't line up right with an FOV of 90, after some trial and error I discovered that with an FOV of 96 you will get nice transitions.
  • jamesrazor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Scribe
  • July 19, 2018, 8:47 am
That's odd. I just tested it again and FOV at 90 still works for me in 1.13 with window size of 922 x 922.
As long as you got it to work for you then that's good.
  • RobotPantaloons
  • Level 60
  • High Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • July 20, 2018, 12:35 am
Could be the window size.
  • Ranuj
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • July 14, 2017, 7:40 am
Dude, this helped me so much!
  • jamesrazor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Scribe
  • July 14, 2017, 8:21 am
No problem.
  • roblitzmanguy
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Skinner
  • October 28, 2015, 1:37 pm
Do you know any good ways to do this in Chunky?
  • jamesrazor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Scribe
  • October 28, 2015, 3:33 pm
I'm afraid I've never used chunky.
  • roblitzmanguy
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Skinner
  • October 28, 2015, 3:46 pm
Its a Minecraft rendering program. I use it because I can't use shaders.
  • mitgobla
  • Level 1
  • New Network
  • July 6, 2017, 2:36 am
I know you asked this a while ago, but it is possible. Just set up your chunky scene with 80 FOV and set the frame size to a square (400x400 works). Then render each face of the cube. You can use the scene editing tool to adjust your position.
  • NJDaeger
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Programmer
  • March 26, 2015, 1:44 pm
Thanks man this helped a ton!
  • jamesrazor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Scribe
  • March 27, 2015, 5:28 am
No worries :)
This was incredibly helpful in getting myself a panorama for my personal texture pack.

Thank you very much!  If I publicly release this thing, you're getting a Special Thanks!
  • jamesrazor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Scribe
  • March 2, 2015, 5:36 am
Thank you very much, glad it helped :D
Thank you so much for this tutorial! The end result looks awesome! :D

I also want to suggest that (After 1.8) you can use the /tp command to help out with orienting yourself in the right direction for taking the screenshots. For each screenshot, you can use these commands (The last two numbers will point you in the right direction):
/tp ~ ~ ~ 0 0 for panorama_0
/tp ~ ~ ~ 90 0 for 1
/tp ~ ~ ~ 180 0 for 2
/tp ~ ~ ~ 270 0 for 3
/tp ~ ~ ~ 0 -90 for 4
/tp ~ ~ ~ 0 90 for 5
To do this before 1.8, it's a bit hacky and very annoying, but it's the only way
1. Get NBT Explorer
2. Close your world
3. Open your playerdata file
4. Edit the Rotation tags to one of these sets of numbers
5. Open level.dat > Data > Player
6. Edit the rotation tags here too
8. Close NBT Explorer
9. Load your world
10. Take the screenshot
11. Repeat until you have all 6 screenshots
  • Glayse
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Hunter
  • June 7, 2015, 5:23 am
  • jamesrazor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Scribe
  • February 24, 2015, 6:02 am
That's an excellent tip! Thank you very much :D
  • tobbiusness
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Wolf
  • February 13, 2015, 2:51 pm
Nice tutorial, though an easier way to setup screen res. now though is to use the resolution parameter in the edit profile option in the launcher. I think 700x700 would fit most modern monitors, so that would also improve the quality of the paranorma a bit.

Also, putting your sensitivity down all the way will help to align the NSEW bearings.
  • jamesrazor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Scribe
  • February 24, 2015, 6:10 am
700 x 700 would probably work but you would have to adjust the FOV to account for this otherwise the panorama would have overlaps/gaps (maybe i'll figure out an algorithm for calculating FOV from screen resolution). Also the file size in the resource pack is 256x256 (for my non HD pack) so you lose quality anyway. Definitely increase the size for HD resource packs though! 

And good tip about sensitivity, mine is extremely high so it was a bit fiddly at the time :P
Thanks for the comment :D
  • NeonCape
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • August 18, 2014, 9:39 am
You can actually change the resolution in the profile editor -http://prntscr.com/4e2euw - Thanks for the added help with Panoramas! :D
  • jamesrazor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Scribe
  • August 19, 2014, 9:41 am
That's ok, glad it helped :D
  • corszo
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • August 4, 2014, 2:47 am
thank you for your tutorial, hope it will work, and diamond + like for you :D
  • jamesrazor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Scribe
  • August 5, 2014, 10:37 am
Thank you very much!
  • nammerbom
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Architect
  • July 8, 2014, 12:26 pm
awesome it worked! thanks a bunch  man
  • jamesrazor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Scribe
  • July 9, 2014, 10:54 am
My pleasure :)
  • k4dudeMC_
  • Level 1
  • New Network
  • June 24, 2014, 10:06 am
Excellent! Helped me very much :) One problem I found *very minor - You misspelled "panorama_1" so if people are copy and pasting those it will mess it all up :)

Keep up the amazing work nonetheless!
  • jamesrazor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Scribe
  • June 24, 2014, 1:43 pm
Fixed! :D Thanks for letting me know I never noticed that in proof reading :P
  • Shores2510
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • June 3, 2014, 1:17 pm
You can ensure that your Minecraft game window is 628x628 by going to the launcher, then to "Edit profile", then in the profile editor, check "Resolution" and set the values to 628.
  • jamesrazor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Scribe
  • June 4, 2014, 7:18 am
Thanks, I didn't know that :)
  • Shores2510
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • June 13, 2014, 2:00 pm
No problem!
  • Pixelus
  • Level 27
  • Expert Pixel Puncher
  • December 8, 2013, 9:22 am
  • jamesrazor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Scribe
  • December 8, 2013, 9:43 am
Thanks :D

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