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Sneeze's How to Skin! :D

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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.


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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!

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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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1 Update Logs

Update #1 : 01/15/2012 11:02:48 amJan 15th, 2012

Fixed a lot of typos xD

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12/17/2014 6:01 pm
Level 50 : Grandmaster Blockhead
JJulie
When i upload my skin to Minecraft, it says something like this: Invaild Skin file: Content is not an image.
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01/05/2013 5:47 am
Level 37 : Artisan Unicorn
SoulsUnknown
Gosh! This was easy to understand and remember!
A diamond for yous :)
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12/17/2012 8:47 am
Level 12 : Journeyman Narwhal
l3god3vil
A sub and a daimond!
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12/17/2012 8:45 am
Level 12 : Journeyman Narwhal
l3god3vil
this is a great tutorial! wow. my skinning will be so much better now!!!
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08/14/2012 10:58 am
Level 44 : Master Nether Knight
koolkat_gold
:)
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07/12/2012 3:52 pm
Level 3 : Apprentice Explorer
abdulrahim3
Once again, very nice Sneeze, your work is quite inspiring to us PMC members and it helps :)
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07/07/2012 3:10 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Spleefer
NinjahCookeh
Thank you so fucking much
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05/28/2012 2:48 pm
Level 40 : Master Dragon
Hnybnny
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!!
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05/28/2012 7:16 pm
Level 26 : Expert Narwhal
Kooljasper
This was made before McSkin3D was. Well either that or he hadn't switched to it yet but he uses it now
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05/21/2012 1:42 am
Level 43 : Master Zombie
Eratheon
Great tutorial! I love your work! Keep it up! :D
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04/30/2012 8:54 am
Level 1 : New Miner
network2
äru svensk eller?
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06/04/2012 6:58 pm
Level 20 : Expert Architect
Googlaser
what?
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04/30/2012 3:14 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Pirate
Reni
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!
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03/05/2012 2:34 pm
Level 21 : Expert Explorer
Luthery
Sometims shadings looks like they're wet from swimming in water :/
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03/05/2012 12:07 pm
Level 40 : Master Droid
big_butcher
how do you make it so you can flip a selected area on gimp?

i like my shading to be the same :(
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03/02/2012 7:11 pm
Level 24 : Expert Pokemon
Azul719
already know how to make skins but thanks
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03/02/2012 4:45 pm
Level 37 : Artisan Pixel Painter
Star_blinder
i will sub too you
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02/29/2012 10:44 pm
Level 3 : Apprentice Ranger
SupaServay
Seems easier to just use NovaSkin, no offence Mr. Sneeze
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02/22/2012 2:08 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Steve
Stevenleonon
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.
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02/14/2012 10:58 pm
Level 20 : Expert Ninja
repasa
No one diamond this anymore it's at the perfect number!!!!!! ;). 69
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02/11/2012 5:56 pm
Level 24 : Expert Narwhal
x_creeper!
Question: Is using the burn tool on a lower oppacity equivilent to that?
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02/05/2012 9:56 pm
Level 5 : Apprentice Miner
anonpmc93046
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02/05/2012 9:56 pm
Level 5 : Apprentice Miner
anonpmc93046
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02/05/2012 10:03 pm
Level 5 : Apprentice Miner
anonpmc93046
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02/13/2012 2:01 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Musician
Gutripper66
Yeah download it!
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02/05/2012 1:37 pm
Level 32 : Artisan Spelunker
Shirosuki1
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.
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02/05/2012 1:40 pm
Level 67 : High Grandmaster Hero
Sneeze7
Did you possibly not add solid colors and draw with transparency from the start? or did you use the smudge?
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02/05/2012 1:42 pm
Level 32 : Artisan Spelunker
Shirosuki1
I used solid colors on skin edit, and then every step from what you showed on GIMP
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05/30/2012 4:24 pm
Level 15 : Journeyman Explorer
y a n
go to layers> transparency> remove alpha overlay... hope that helps
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02/04/2012 4:58 pm
Level 26 : Expert Nerd
ThePixel
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02/03/2012 3:33 am
Level 7 : Apprentice Toast
Voice_Of_Autism
Awesome tutorial, I will have to try this with my skin.
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02/02/2012 6:43 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Dragonborn
Pixelated_88
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.
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01/31/2012 5:13 pm
Level 42 : Master Nether Knight
oxSkittlezxo
This is going to help a lot Sneeze :D Thank you so much :D
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01/29/2012 4:36 pm
Level 26 : Expert Nerd
ThePixel
I use the finger icon thing which works too
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01/29/2012 4:37 pm
Level 67 : High Grandmaster Hero
Sneeze7
That makes it a bit too smooth but it works :)
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01/29/2012 4:40 pm
Level 26 : Expert Nerd
ThePixel
So is the finger thing the reson your shading is way darker than mine?
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01/29/2012 4:41 pm
Level 67 : High Grandmaster Hero
Sneeze7
maybe, i stopped using it because the shading got way to subtle.
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01/29/2012 4:50 pm
Level 26 : Expert Nerd
ThePixel
Can you give me some diamonds because my computer won't let me upload.
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01/29/2012 4:49 pm
Level 26 : Expert Nerd
ThePixel
Can you give me some diamonds because my computer won't let me upload.
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01/29/2012 4:49 pm
Level 26 : Expert Nerd
ThePixel
Can you give me some diamonds because my computer won't let me upload.
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01/29/2012 4:51 pm
Level 67 : High Grandmaster Hero
Sneeze7
lol u lag?
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01/25/2012 2:08 am
Level 36 : Artisan Chef
Lokibo
DAMN! I was using airbrush. I was wrong the whole time!
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01/24/2012 6:10 pm
Level 38 : Artisan Fox
sviat
oh thank you =)
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01/22/2012 10:14 pm
Level 13 : Journeyman Network
Knarfer
I like to get the perfect colors for my skin in GIMP.
Then again, everyone has their own way of skinning
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01/22/2012 4:03 am
Level 45 : Master Unicorn
iTried2
Amazing :)
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01/22/2012 2:38 am
Level 27 : Expert Skinner
AquaUmbreon
Oh and using skin edit will I be able to get the same exact color as on the picture
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01/22/2012 2:00 am
Level 27 : Expert Skinner
AquaUmbreon
This will change the way i skin forever!
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01/21/2012 4:24 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Artist
danfoxx
Great guide sneeze! Might help with my attempts at skinning...
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01/20/2012 10:39 am
Level 1 : New Explorer
freakydog1
Hey I had got this and made a skin but I can't post it on here. Why?
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01/20/2012 11:08 am
Level 67 : High Grandmaster Hero
Sneeze7
I dont know, what does it say?
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01/20/2012 4:56 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
freakydog1
Upload the skin file; but how?
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