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Resource Pack Panoramas: Guide and Tips

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jamesrazor avatar jamesrazor
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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:

Resource Pack Panoramas: Guide and Tips

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:

Resource Pack Panoramas: Guide and Tips

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 : by jamesrazor 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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05/07/2021 10:55 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Explorer
Yadokai avatar
Thank you so much for taking the time to share this. You very clearly explained everything. I really appreciate it.
01/16/2021 11:59 am
Level 1 : New Engineer
Spoterrrp avatar
thank you, was making a minecraft resourse pack and wanted to change the background in main menu, your guide helped a lot :)
08/20/2020 11:38 pm
Level 29 : Expert Electrician
Katzerax avatar
for those attempting to make it on 1.16.2, the resolutions that seem to work for me are 1000x1000 (although im sure itll work fine on other square resolutions) at an fov of 75.
10/21/2021 11:39 am
Level 1 : New Miner
kaytitulaer2008 avatar
woud this help when the sides of the screenshots repeat? cous tey repeat on the sides in the panorama by me
08/19/2020 3:36 am
Level 1 : New Crafter
PanLucky avatar
I was looking for that informations for months. Thanks
04/12/2020 5:19 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Dragon
VelocityRaptor11 avatar
What if my screen is not large enough to fit 922*922?
08/01/2020 6:22 pm
Level 27 : Expert Miner
benbenboyo avatar
I'm guessing your screen resolution is 1366x768? If so, try 720*720. I think all it needs to be is a square
11/19/2019 11:50 am
Level 67 : High Grandmaster Baconator
Pixlpainter avatar
Thank you for this guide! That was exactly what I was looking for.
Although I found that at a resolution of 922x922 a FOV of 82 worked perfectly for me (using 1.14.4)

07/09/2019 1:28 pm
Level 61 : High Grandmaster Guard
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04/10/2019 9:12 am
Level 8 : Apprentice Dragon
VelocityRaptor11 avatar
Good job and thanks! This is really helpful.
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