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avatar Sneeze7
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Level 67 : High Grandmaster Hero
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Hey guys, many people has asked how i make my skins, and since im really really lazy, i didnt bother making a video so heres a picture/text tutorial :3

First of all id like to say that i first use Skinedit to make the skin itself and then Gimp for shading. Another awesome program for skinning is McSkin3D which you can find here.

This tutorial i am going to show you guys how i make my skins and more specifically how i made my despicable me. The result can be found here.

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First, I take all the colors im gonna use and put it into the box where it says head.


mruajpg

Then i make the skin itself in Skinedit(with no shading), I use Skinedit for this so i can see how the skin will look on the 3D preview on PMC. McSkinedit is awesome for preview aswell!

foilypng

And then, I save the skin and upload it onto gimp where i start to shade

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This is how i shade:

Step 1: Take the pencil tool

Step 2. Choose the color you are going to shade on, in my case blue, and make it darker, like in my case, Darkblue like i have it on the picture below.

Step 3. Drag down the opacity to around 10, in my case 11,3.

Step 4. Draw once, and it gets a bit darker. Draw on that spot again and it will get even darker.

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Now ive shaded the body.

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Now ive shaded the whole skin.

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Now this is very important when shading, these areas should be darker because they get shadows by other areas.

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Now another good tip when shading is that when something that is located ontop of something or on something, like a Top hat or the head ontop of the body, under it, its supposed to be darker, simulating that the head or the top hat is leaving a shadow below it. :)

Final Picture

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So heres a link to the final skin; www.planetminecraft.com/skin/despicable-me-minion/
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Update #1 : 01/15/2012 11:02:48 amJan 15th, 2012

Fixed a lot of typos xD

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  • JJulie
  • Level 49
  • Master Blockhead
  • December 17, 2014, 1:01 pm
When i upload my skin to Minecraft, it says something like this: Invaild Skin file: Content is not an image.
  • SoulsUnknown
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Unicorn
  • January 5, 2013, 12:47 am
Gosh! This was easy to understand and remember!
A diamond for yous :)
  • l3god3vil
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Narwhal
  • December 17, 2012, 3:47 am
A sub and a daimond!
  • l3god3vil
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Narwhal
  • December 17, 2012, 3:45 am
this is a great tutorial! wow. my skinning will be so much better now!!!
  • koolkat_gold
  • Level 43
  • Master Nether Knight
  • August 14, 2012, 6:58 am
:)
  • abdulrahim3
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • July 12, 2012, 11:52 am
Once again, very nice Sneeze, your work is quite inspiring to us PMC members and it helps :)
  • NinjahCookeh
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Spleefer
  • July 7, 2012, 11:10 am
Thank you so fucking much
  • Hnybnny
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Dragon
  • May 28, 2012, 10:48 am
instead of using gimp, can you just use either the dodge/burn or lighten/darken tool on mcskin3D? Because thats what i use :) my shading never looks as awesome, prob since i dont do it realistically!!
  • Kooljasper
  • Level 25
  • Expert Narwhal
  • May 28, 2012, 3:16 pm
This was made before McSkin3D was. Well either that or he hadn't switched to it yet but he uses it now
  • Eratheon
  • Level 42
  • Master Zombie
  • May 20, 2012, 9:42 pm
Great tutorial! I love your work! Keep it up! :D
  • network2
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • April 30, 2012, 4:54 am
äru svensk eller?
  • Googlaser
  • Level 18
  • Journeyman Architect
  • June 4, 2012, 2:58 pm
what?
  • Reni
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Pirate
  • April 29, 2012, 11:14 pm
Very nice, Sneeze.
You and this tutorial, have helped and inspired me so much in the times when i didn't know how to shade, or even how to make a good skin. This is so helpful to me, and thank you for your support, i really appreaciate it!
  • Luthery
  • Level 21
  • Expert Explorer
  • March 5, 2012, 9:34 am
Sometims shadings looks like they're wet from swimming in water :/
  • big_butcher
  • Level 39
  • Artisan Droid
  • March 5, 2012, 7:07 am
how do you make it so you can flip a selected area on gimp?

i like my shading to be the same :(
  • Azul719
  • Level 23
  • Expert Pokemon
  • March 2, 2012, 2:11 pm
already know how to make skins but thanks
  • Star_blinder
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Pixel Painter
  • March 2, 2012, 11:45 am
i will sub too you
  • SupaServay
  • Level 1
  • New Ranger
  • February 29, 2012, 5:44 pm
Seems easier to just use NovaSkin, no offence Mr. Sneeze
  • Stevenleonon
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Steve
  • February 22, 2012, 9:08 am
Pretty good guide, but you should make a blog dedicated specifically to shading. It's kinda hard to do what you did, just by reading and looking at the picture.
  • repasa
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Ninja
  • February 14, 2012, 5:58 pm
No one diamond this anymore it's at the perfect number!!!!!! ;). 69
  • x_creeper!
  • Level 23
  • Expert Narwhal
  • February 11, 2012, 12:56 pm
Question: Is using the burn tool on a lower oppacity equivilent to that?
Can i have the link to GIMP?
is it free?
  • Gutripper66
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Musician
  • February 13, 2012, 9:01 am
Yeah download it!
  • Shirosuki1
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Spelunker
  • February 5, 2012, 8:37 am
Sneeze i have a problem uploading the skin here after shading from GIMP.
It says:

Invalid Skin : Detected transparency in the body of the skin. This will show black in the game. Fix and reupload.
  • Sneeze7
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Hero
  • February 5, 2012, 8:40 am
Did you possibly not add solid colors and draw with transparency from the start? or did you use the smudge?
  • Shirosuki1
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Spelunker
  • February 5, 2012, 8:42 am
I used solid colors on skin edit, and then every step from what you showed on GIMP
  • y a n
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Explorer
  • May 30, 2012, 12:24 pm
go to layers> transparency> remove alpha overlay... hope that helps
  • ThePixel
  • Level 24
  • Expert Nerd
  • February 4, 2012, 11:58 am
Awesome tutorial, I will have to try this with my skin.
  • Pixelated_88
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Dragonborn
  • February 2, 2012, 1:43 pm
Cool skin but this is not a tutorial on shading. You just show what you did you don't actually tell what to shade or anything.
  • oxSkittlezxo
  • Level 41
  • Master Nether Knight
  • January 31, 2012, 12:13 pm
This is going to help a lot Sneeze :D Thank you so much :D
  • ThePixel
  • Level 24
  • Expert Nerd
  • January 29, 2012, 11:36 am
I use the finger icon thing which works too
  • Sneeze7
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Hero
  • January 29, 2012, 11:37 am
That makes it a bit too smooth but it works :)
  • ThePixel
  • Level 24
  • Expert Nerd
  • January 29, 2012, 11:40 am
So is the finger thing the reson your shading is way darker than mine?
  • Sneeze7
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Hero
  • January 29, 2012, 11:41 am
maybe, i stopped using it because the shading got way to subtle.
  • ThePixel
  • Level 24
  • Expert Nerd
  • January 29, 2012, 11:50 am
Can you give me some diamonds because my computer won't let me upload.
  • ThePixel
  • Level 24
  • Expert Nerd
  • January 29, 2012, 11:49 am
Can you give me some diamonds because my computer won't let me upload.
  • ThePixel
  • Level 24
  • Expert Nerd
  • January 29, 2012, 11:49 am
Can you give me some diamonds because my computer won't let me upload.
  • Sneeze7
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Hero
  • January 29, 2012, 11:51 am
lol u lag?
  • ThePixel
  • Level 24
  • Expert Nerd
  • January 29, 2012, 11:53 am
Idk Mabie it's because I use a Mac
  • Sneeze7
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Hero
  • January 29, 2012, 11:56 am
haha, i got 6 notifications from you xD
  • Lokibo127
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Grump
  • January 24, 2012, 9:08 pm
DAMN! I was using airbrush. I was wrong the whole time!
  • sviat
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Fox
  • January 24, 2012, 1:10 pm
oh thank you =)
  • Knarfer
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Network
  • January 22, 2012, 5:14 pm
I like to get the perfect colors for my skin in GIMP.
Then again, everyone has their own way of skinning
  • iTried2
  • Level 43
  • Master Unicorn
  • January 21, 2012, 11:03 pm
Amazing :)
  • AquaUmbreon
  • Level 25
  • Expert Skinner
  • January 21, 2012, 9:38 pm
Oh and using skin edit will I be able to get the same exact color as on the picture
  • AquaUmbreon
  • Level 25
  • Expert Skinner
  • January 21, 2012, 9:00 pm
This will change the way i skin forever!
  • danfoxx
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Artist
  • January 21, 2012, 11:24 am
Great guide sneeze! Might help with my attempts at skinning...
  • freakydog1
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • January 20, 2012, 5:39 am
Hey I had got this and made a skin but I can't post it on here. Why?
  • Sneeze7
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Hero
  • January 20, 2012, 6:08 am
I dont know, what does it say?
  • freakydog1
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • January 20, 2012, 11:56 am
Upload the skin file; but how?
  • Ele_meno
  • Level 28
  • Expert Spelunker
  • February 5, 2012, 12:57 pm
Type the browse button and like most uploads go click on the skin then the tiny save button beside it.
i just shade in skin edit, for me its easier
  • Sneeze7
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Hero
  • January 19, 2012, 5:26 am
Well if that works for you, keep doing it! :D
ahaha :D
  • Flitnet
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Warrior
  • January 18, 2012, 5:53 am
Thx dude really helped me out ur awesome! :D
  • Sneeze7
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Hero
  • January 19, 2012, 5:26 am
Youre welcome! :D
  • lothian1200
  • Level 29
  • Expert Architect
  • January 17, 2012, 8:34 pm
nice
  • Sneeze7
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Hero
  • January 19, 2012, 5:26 am
Thanks :3
  • Sc0oBy_Do0
  • Level 24
  • Expert Unicorn
  • January 17, 2012, 11:45 am
Hey I was just wondering what skin edit program you use?
  • Sneeze7
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Hero
  • January 17, 2012, 11:48 am
Did you read my blog?
  • Sc0oBy_Do0
  • Level 24
  • Expert Unicorn
  • January 17, 2012, 11:50 am
Oh well I can't get gimp to download on my computer!
  • Sneeze7
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Hero
  • January 17, 2012, 11:52 am
Then this tutorial isnt for you sorry :/
  • viper_98
  • Level 27
  • Expert Skinner
  • January 17, 2012, 10:29 am
Umm awsum tutorial and all! =D

But i have a problem.. i am noob to gimp :P Never used it before only skin edit.. And i do the same as you i left click and nothing :P It doesnt do anything... -.- Could you help me out? And if i click right click it says something like tools and crap :(

Please help me and thank you! =D
  • Luckylucy
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Crafter
  • January 17, 2012, 8:33 am
Great tutorial!
  • Luckylucy
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Crafter
  • January 17, 2012, 8:35 am
Great tutorial! Your skins are awesome.
  • danianrobbo
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Blockhead
  • January 17, 2012, 7:13 am
i find your tutorial is great but i have had a problem can you help me out.


i downloaded gimp 2 and i shaded my skin in but when i tried to upload it to the site in came up with ' this file has parts of transparency you need to fix this and re upload' or somthing on those lines i tried it numerous times and that came up every time.


any way that is my problem i hope you can help me out with my problem


please get in touch


your sincerly danianrobbo
  • Sneeze7
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 67
  • High Grandmaster Hero
  • January 17, 2012, 7:14 am
did you use smudge?
  • danianrobbo
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Blockhead
  • January 17, 2012, 7:22 am
i am not sure
  • Exurbia
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 58
  • Grandmaster Elf
  • January 16, 2012, 9:57 pm
Wow, so that's how you do your shading so well!
  • NeoTalon
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Droid
  • January 16, 2012, 8:39 am
MLS: Major League Skinning, Nice Job!
  • heartshapedBox
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 22
  • Expert Miner
  • January 15, 2012, 11:30 pm
Thanks, Sneeze! Now I can be a pro skinner like you :P.

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