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Leostereo
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I just thought that I'd go through a few quick tips for beginners when making texture packs. There wont be any images (though a few links will have), but I'll do my best explaining it.

  • Try to begin with 16x textures. Going any higher might make it hard because you'll need to add a lot of detail to the textures, and going lower is tricky to make it look good. It's also more handy to being able to work with the default resolution.
  • Choose a theme. A texture pack should always have a theme. My RPG pack speaks for itself a bit, it's simply an RPG pack, which means that it's based around rather dark, realistic and medieval textures. Browse around a little and look at different texture packs styles, and work with the one you like the most. There's ton to choose from!
  • When choosing colors for your texture pack, don't use the default ones unless that's specifically meant for your texture pack to have. The default ones are not that good, and they will look very boring an unoriginal since everyone is used to them. Experiment a little with new colors. Also, a quick tip is to never use fully grey colors, they tend to look very dull and boring. Too saturated colors can almost feel hurtful to look at, try to find a good amount of saturation. You can read more about coloring here
  • Adding proper shading is always a good thing to do, it will give the textures more depth and detail. Never rely on adding noise for getting detail!
  • When making a texture that is often found in large amounts you'll need to have tiling in mind. What that means is basically that it should be hard to find a pattern when the texture is side by side in a large scale, like a mountain wall, or grass field for example. Here's a little tutorial I made a while back which could help you fix tiling problems.
  • Don't rush your textures, spend time perfecting them. When releasing your pack you want to have real quality textures to give a good first impression of your pack, otherwise people might just remember it as bad even if you update your old textures. Your texture pack can't get featured if it's been on here for a while, so remember to have an epic opening for it (becoming featured is really good publicity!).
  • Your first texture pack might not turn out that great, and might not get all too many downloads, but it's always a good start to have released something, we all started from somewhere.
  • If someone gives constructive criticism, take that as a really good thing. There's always place for improvements, and respect what other people think of your work (unless they're flaming you, then you report them to a moderator).
  • Take good screenshots for your page! Good screenshots will for sure make people download it, but you should never heavily edit your screenshots to give a false impression.
  • If you're using someone else's textures as a placeholder, ask for permission before uploading them!
  • If you find it hard to make a texture pack yourself, ask someone else if they want to help you, being two or more people will make it more fun, and you can easily give comments on each others textures before releasing them. I suggest using DropBox to share your textures with each other.
  • When uploading images that are not in the gallery, use Imgur, it's free and easy to use.
  • A ton of more technical information about texture packs can be found in this amazing guide by our fellow minecrafter Steelfeathers (go check her texture packs out too!).

I hope you found these useful, so please give a diamond and/or favorite to help this become featured, and subscribe to stay updated with my content!

All the textures shown in the image are made by me.

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  • cakezero
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • January 18, 2014, 12:41 am
I find that in most cases adding noise to a simplistic texture is enough :)
...sometimes
  • Stickyman10
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Artist
  • November 2, 2013, 7:55 am
great Guide man! Now I am currently working on a texture pack That breaks most of these rules and is fairly basic shading and bright colours some used from the defualt colours and it is getting a good response from people, yes it is a bit of an experiment but i enjoy making it none the less and i have been told MANY times how to do it, but thats the best thing about mc is that you cant be told what to do there is no wrong or right :) excuse my gibberish and my typing:P
  • SuperSodaPops
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 42
  • Master Lad
  • December 9, 2012, 5:25 pm
Thanks for the help, Leo! I'm starting up on a pack themed towards Hobbits / fantasy farmers and I need all the help I can get.
  • the3rdnumber
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Artist
  • April 11, 2013, 2:15 am
Hobbit you mean the movie?
  • SuperSodaPops
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 42
  • Master Lad
  • May 12, 2013, 3:03 pm
The book and movie, more or less. :) Think the Shire village, a texture themed around that.
  • CaliMkali
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Artist
  • August 3, 2012, 1:31 pm
Is there any programs at all like MC Skin Edit for texture packs? :D
  • the3rdnumber
  • Level 65
  • High Grandmaster Artist
  • April 11, 2013, 2:16 am
If you want to make really great work use ps cs6 :)
  • TehGamerXeo
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Dragonborn
  • October 9, 2012, 10:04 am
There's a program called Minecraft Texturepack Editor that's a work in progress, but available.
  • Leostereo
  • Level 84
  • Elite Meme
  • August 3, 2012, 1:35 pm
Not what I'm aware of.
  • CaliMkali
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Artist
  • August 3, 2012, 1:40 pm
Ok :)
  • mrman928
  • Level 12
  • Journeyman Skinner
  • July 26, 2012, 5:05 am
It helped!

but now I need to know how to MAKE one...
  • VeryMadCrafter
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Slime Tamer
  • May 11, 2012, 11:49 pm
Thanks so much!
  • Minelegend
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • April 23, 2012, 2:03 pm
I am trying to make a medieval texture pack, but I can't get the stone just right. Any suggestions?
When making a stone texture, remember, to use the blur tool, just not so much that there is no texture, you still want a light texture for shapes in the stone. This will come in handy when making your ores. But you can also go the other way and not use the blur tool at all. SphaxpureBDCraft is a GREAT example, as the stone has no blur, and it turned out wonderful. This should help anyone with problems with stone textures :D enjoy texturing!
  • soccerfanm7
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Blacksmith
  • April 22, 2012, 6:43 am
I've tried making texture packs, but when I tried to use it, none of the textures were changed in game
  • Leostereo
  • Level 84
  • Elite Meme
  • April 22, 2012, 6:47 am
I believe all information on how to create a texture pack should be found here: http://www.minecraftforum.net/topic/659230-the-all-inclusive-guide-to-texturing/
  • soul117eater
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Geek
  • April 16, 2012, 6:53 am
I started out with a 128x texture pack that is still in progress while being limited to cruddy macbook preview, AND LOOK WHERE IT HAS GOTTEN!
Very nice guide!

I would recommend you to try out a painting program called GIMP! It have a really simple way to make textures seamless if you want to make higher resolutions texture packs!
  • Leostereo
  • Level 84
  • Elite Meme
  • April 15, 2012, 5:33 am
I have Gimp, I just don't find it as easy to work with as paint.NET. :)
  • hullio
  • Level 41
  • Master Dragonborn
  • April 15, 2012, 9:06 pm
im with you paint.net :P
It's not, but it have some nice features that paint.NET doesn't have!

Also, if you learn GIMP as good as you know paint.NET you will be able to make PhotoShop material, no doubt!
  • Leostereo
  • Level 84
  • Elite Meme
  • April 15, 2012, 8:34 am
Well, maybe I could need to use Gimp if I wanted to make realistic "photoshops"/HD textures, but as for now I'm only working with low resolution pixel art stuff, and paint.NET works perfect for that.
  • Doomdude5421
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Ninja
  • April 15, 2012, 2:13 am
how u make texture packs ??
  • Leostereo
  • Level 84
  • Elite Meme
  • April 15, 2012, 2:22 am
  • Doomdude5421
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Ninja
  • April 15, 2012, 2:48 am
tnx do u have a program to create texture packs ??
  • Leostereo
  • Level 84
  • Elite Meme
  • April 15, 2012, 3:25 am
I use paint.NET.
  • wms98
  • Level 45
  • Master Lad
  • April 14, 2012, 11:09 am
Great Help! Thanks.
  • monkeyguy820
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • April 8, 2012, 8:22 am
well do i need winrar to make a texture pack because all i have is paint.net and im using a snapshot update folder.
  • Leostereo
  • Level 84
  • Elite Meme
  • April 8, 2012, 8:24 am
Well, you'll need something to be able to open .zip folders.
  • monkeyguy820
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • April 8, 2012, 8:27 am
I already startid making it but im using the 1.2 snapshot floder to do it
  • Leostereo
  • Level 84
  • Elite Meme
  • April 8, 2012, 8:28 am
Okay, are you editing minecraft directly, or are you having it in the texture packs folder and selecting it in-game?
  • monkeyguy820
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • April 8, 2012, 8:32 am
i havnt put it in yet it is still in the making so i guess i cant select it in game
  • monkeyguy820
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • April 8, 2012, 9:12 am
i found out while looking at the pics in the folder for one of your texture packs that you use the 1.2 blocks so thx for your help
ill save this for later
A very good tutorial, but theres one thing im puzzled with, what type of pack is more popular:RPG or Space. I ask this question because I want the texture pack to suit my adventure map, but that has furturistic parts and tempels/mine parts. Please help!
  • Leostereo
  • Level 84
  • Elite Meme
  • April 2, 2012, 8:06 am
Well, RPG packs are very popular in general, and I can't even remember seeing one space-themed texture pack that got popular. :p
Aherm. Plaff656's sci fic pack
and TheSparko's YEAR 3000 HD pack
  • Leostereo
  • Level 84
  • Elite Meme
  • April 2, 2012, 8:42 am
About 3.6k and 8k ain't that many downloads. Wouldn't really call them popular.
its the same as yours.
  • Leostereo
  • Level 84
  • Elite Meme
  • April 2, 2012, 9:05 am
Did I ever say that my texture pack was really popular? And it depends, I have one with +63,000 downloads, two with about 20,000 and one I released yesterday with 2,000.
1. They have to.
2. O_O THATS BECOUSE YOU HAVE SO MANY SUBS
  • Leostereo
  • Level 84
  • Elite Meme
  • April 2, 2012, 9:13 am
800 subs = 63,000 downloads?
More like the other way around, haha. :p
Not that meant but:
800 subs going onto your texturepack (some maybe do twice)
will give at least 800 maybe after 2 hours, By that the texturepack will come on the front page and then even MORE will press it
THATS THE POINT
Btw it is actually a real cool pack
  • Leostereo
  • Level 84
  • Elite Meme
  • April 2, 2012, 10:34 am
Probably half about of my subscribers are barely active anymore, and if they are, it does not necessarily mean that they will download/diamond my pack. I don't think subscribers has all too much to do about this, now that it's featured, and that I posted it on the minecraft forums, probably gives me a lot of my downloads.
  • JellyInc
  • Level 1
  • New Enderdragon
  • April 5, 2012, 6:47 am
that and i have made 401 accounts just ssub to you and stalk you ;)
Thank you, I have encountered a promblem, not with making the texturepack, but wuth using it. It might just be because of the mods I installed, but when ever I click a Texturepack my minecraft crashes. Help if you can.
  • LV_Miner
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Architect
  • April 2, 2012, 6:50 am
In my first texture pack I get 145 downloads in 14 days :)
  • Leostereo
  • Level 84
  • Elite Meme
  • April 2, 2012, 6:51 am
I've had about 1,600 in the last 24 hours on my latest release (other download link has about 150 downloads). xD
  • Sir
  • Level 20
  • Expert Fisherman
  • April 1, 2012, 5:57 pm
Very good guide here leostero!
  • Leostereo
  • Level 84
  • Elite Meme
  • April 1, 2012, 6:49 pm
Thank you Sir.
What program should I use to create the pack[size=small]?[/size]
  • Leostereo
  • Level 84
  • Elite Meme
  • April 1, 2012, 8:40 am
paint.NET, it's free and easy to use.
Thanks.
  • unpplud
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Dragonborn
  • April 1, 2012, 8:30 am
Cool, nice and a BIG Diamond... Mob pack 2.0 Reborn, Thank You...
  • Bethamez
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 27
  • Expert Network
  • April 1, 2012, 7:01 am
Thanks for the help!
My pack's coming along
nicely!
I'm intrigued by the simplistic textures to the left of the log. Where were they from? c:
  • Leostereo
  • Level 84
  • Elite Meme
  • April 1, 2012, 2:18 am
They were just something random I made, but if you watched my livestream yesterday I started a very similar texture pack that I'm planning on releasing maybe today if I get the terrain done. It's going to be epic! Here's a preview: http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/9284/20120331225924.png
  • hullio
  • Level 41
  • Master Dragonborn
  • March 31, 2012, 9:02 pm
yur awesome
  • ACallander
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • March 31, 2012, 6:25 pm
I absolutely love your style. From your texture packs to your skins.

Would you consider making a skin for me?
  • Bethamez
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 27
  • Expert Network
  • March 31, 2012, 12:03 pm
One question
How does one create a new backround for the title screen?
It's the ONLY thing I've never figured out
  • Leostereo
  • Level 84
  • Elite Meme
  • March 31, 2012, 12:05 pm
Try watching this + other tutorials.
  • Bethamez
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 27
  • Expert Network
  • March 31, 2012, 12:08 pm
OK thanks
  • yoavsnake
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Herobrine
  • March 31, 2012, 8:47 am
In the tiling tutorial you made, there was a part you copy the texture four times, it could be a texture too!
  • Leostereo
  • Level 84
  • Elite Meme
  • March 31, 2012, 9:17 am
Oh, you mean like a 32x texture? A 32x texture should be unique on all "four parts", otherwise it might just look weird.
  • yoavsnake
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Herobrine
  • March 31, 2012, 9:19 am
It depends....
  • Leostereo
  • Level 84
  • Elite Meme
  • March 31, 2012, 9:23 am
Well, otherwise it's just a lazily made 32x pack. :p

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