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Hello everybody, today I am writing up a new shading tutorial considering I have been asked to do this quite a bit already. Also my previous one is outdated. And honestly, this could be a bit boring to read, but it is worth it.







Pre-skin






Firstly, I would recommend reading these:
Sneeze7o s Where To Shade
The_soupo s Palettes and Hue Shifting blog



And KnobleKniveo s tutorial with heaps of stuff in it



Teddyo s skinning tutorial






Another thing I would highly recommend is studying how your favourite skinners shade and pick their colours. Dono t study just one skinner, but study multiple to get a feel on how different people shade.






I would also highly recommend downloading Parilo s McSkin3D or SkinEdit.






Now to get started on my tutorial. XD







Basic start






Start by picking your colours. (Use the above tutorials.) As for this tutorial, I will only be making the skin with on colour, skin colour.

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Start by laying down your colours the way you want, since Io m only using 1 colour, Io ll cover the whole skin with the second lightest colour/base colour. (Lightest is the highlight.)

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Head






Now is where we actually start shading. XD I usually start with the head, so this is where we will be starting from, and with the darkest shade. Start by laying down your darkest colour like so:
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Note: The black is where you will be putting your eyes. (You can also place them one pixel lower than what I have.)






You will then be taking your second darkest shade and placing around the darkest shade, this is how I would do it:
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And this is the bit where you add highlights, yey. XD For highlights, I use a little bit of dithering, not too much, but not too little either.



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Arms






Now we can move on to the arms, probably my favourite parts of a skin. :)



For the arms, as per usual, start with your darkest shade. Dono t forget the hands for this either, darkest shade will be used to form the hands.
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Again, we take the second darkest shade and lay it around the darkest.

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And lastly, the highlights. Again with the dithering, not too much, not too little.

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Body






The body of the skin, the largest part. For the body, the front and back can be shaded similar, but not entirely the same. As with every single other part to shading a skin, start with your darkest shade.

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Again, lay the second darkest shade over the darkest. XD

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You might be wondering why the front and back still look the exact same, this is where it changes, this is where you place your highlights.

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As you can see, the highlights have been placed to show the stomach and the spine of the person.







Legs





Legs should turn out looking very similar to the arms, however without the hands. XD






As always, darkest shade first.

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Like the previous parts of the skin, next is the second darkest shade. :P

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And for the last bit of shading the skin, the highlight on the legs. XD

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Extras





Make sure your skin parts all tile together with other parts. Use the 3D preview for this.



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Take a preview picture for people who cannot view PMCo s 3D preview. You can take this picture by using Minecraft Skin Viewer.

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Remember to include these previews in your skin post.



If you want the skin that I made in this tutorial, I will provide you with a download. Just right click, save as.

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Thank you to all of you who have read this tutorial. :) I hope it helps you with your shading. If you like this tutorial/have found it helpful, it would be nice of you to leave a diamond/favourite/comment. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to ask me or another great skinner.
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  • SemiSpike
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Unicorn
  • January 21, 2016, 11:07 am
A W E S O M E!!!! I'll use this now! Thx
  • Punkamoar
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Gent
  • March 22, 2015, 7:50 pm
is this still canon or no...?
  • DXWang_
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Nerd
  • December 26, 2013, 6:21 pm
diamond, favourite, thank you.
  • DragonsDungeon
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Button Pusher
  • November 20, 2013, 6:34 am
i like the presentation of the toturial. really understandable and easy to follow expect one part! its easy to repeat the same highlights but when you experiment with dithered highlights for the first time its really hard to make it look good :) i know you are very good at it yuki but many will have a hard time evolving this to their own shading style i think :) else really good
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • November 20, 2013, 5:28 pm
Why thank you for you lovely, kind and generous comment. :)
Thank you! X3 I'm a new skinner, and this really helped me learn how to shade! :D I was looking for a tutorial that was like this! :3
  • XyaMorph
  • Level 68
  • High Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • August 12, 2013, 2:52 pm
Okay, so i tried this new method, here is the reslut:http://www.planetminecraft.com/skin/new-shading-feat-yuki/

Did i do good? :p
  • Speedy
  • Level 49
  • Master Blob
  • August 11, 2013, 11:14 am
Could you give me the font download you used in the thumbnail? <3
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 11, 2013, 11:39 am
Now that...that is something you would have to ask my girlfriend, _FoxHound_. :P
  • Pagazz
  • Level 47
  • Master Pixel Painter
  • August 10, 2013, 8:46 pm
none of the pictures load... <3 my computer
sure it's great though XD
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 10, 2013, 8:58 pm
Oh Pagz. <3
  • marrioman13
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Engineer
  • August 10, 2013, 2:10 pm
not a huge fan of shading like this, unless the concept is inhuman, like this, but human skins should only have a very vague pattern-less shading, like the skins I make (not blowing my own trumpet)
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 10, 2013, 8:19 pm
This tutorial is made basically for human skins, while it can be used for creatures/monsters, it is best suited for humans.
  • marrioman13
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Engineer
  • August 11, 2013, 12:35 am
ok, in my personal opinion, I'm not a huge fan of these techniques on skins, but I know many are, I wasn't expecting such grief because I have an opinion (Shock Horror!).
  • Mystic_Tower
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • August 10, 2013, 7:13 pm
Dude, your skins don't have shading. The skin on your humans are just patching and random, they have no pattern and no realism. This is how many expert skinners shade full or partial limbs. Gradient, Toning (basically this in a nutshell), and Linear are the 3 most commonly used techniques in the business. Although many skinners have their own distinct styles, they usually began to develop off one of the 3, Toning being the one usually used for humans. Last I checked, randomly tossing in pixels that are lighter and dark than your basis isn't exactly shading. Don't know what you look like, but my skin isn't vague or pattern-less. Case closed. This has got to be one of the best and direct Toning (or of the like) shading tutorials. Nice job.
  • marrioman13
  • Level 4
  • Apprentice Engineer
  • August 11, 2013, 1:51 am
Have some respect, seriously! I did not insult any of this blog, I simply stated my opinion in a reasonable manor, not expected to be blasted by the likes of you. Just... people like you make me so angry!
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 10, 2013, 8:20 pm
Thanks for the paragraph. XD And thanks on the last bit as well. :)
Did you make this to share or for other people to use it?
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 10, 2013, 6:09 am
Well...I made it as a tutorial, so it's up to people who read it for how they use it.
  • xXPecuniamXx
  • Level 8
  • Apprentice Miner
  • August 10, 2013, 4:37 am
Hey yuki.

[img=aElfTFzpng]i.imgur.com/aElfTFz.png[/img]
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 10, 2013, 4:47 am
Told you we could fly!
  • PixelBit
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Network
  • August 9, 2013, 7:19 pm
Potato.
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 9, 2013, 7:24 pm
Baked.
  • PixelBit
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Network
  • August 9, 2013, 7:32 pm
Aha, this is where you're wrong. See, if you bake a potato, it's no longer a potato, it's a baked potato, which makes it not potato-ish.
  • Selective
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • August 9, 2013, 4:12 pm
Thanks Yuki I appreciate it I made this skin check it out later maybe?Ã http://www.planetminecraft.com/skin/surfer-2386306/ Inspired by this tutorial.
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 9, 2013, 7:17 pm
Not bad. :) Could still use some improvements, but still not bad. :)
  • Selective
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • August 9, 2013, 7:29 pm
Thank you that means something to me.
  • wldscarlet
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 74
  • Legendary Senpai
  • August 9, 2013, 11:10 am
Good blog.
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 9, 2013, 7:16 pm
Thanks ScarletBox. :)
  • OliverFrenchie
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Scribe
  • August 9, 2013, 10:29 am
poop
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 9, 2013, 7:16 pm
  • OliverFrenchie
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Scribe
  • August 10, 2013, 12:26 am
GMEPiga;wkc/me
  • Jorjak1209
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Taco
  • August 9, 2013, 9:52 am
:O So Awesome. T.h.a.n.k y.o.u It really Helped. Diamond.
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 9, 2013, 7:16 pm
Thanks for the diamond. :) Glad I could help you. :)
  • mcc489
  • Level 41
  • Master Lad
  • August 9, 2013, 9:35 am
seems legit

I havent made a skin in days, kinda quit ;/
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 9, 2013, 9:39 am
Mek moar skens! But no, seriously...sucks to see someone else quitting. :( If you don't mind me asking, why?
  • mcc489
  • Level 41
  • Master Lad
  • August 9, 2013, 10:00 am
Lately I've been feeling like my skins aren't that good, colors aren't good, shading ain't good. I've also been in a creative slump, so I can't come up with good ideas. I haven't touched my skinning program since I posted my last skin. :(
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 9, 2013, 7:13 pm
Ahh...well, I hope you get some ideas soon enough. :) As for your colour, they are good, I like them, same with your shading. :)
  • Unnatural
  • Level 20
  • Expert Toast
  • August 9, 2013, 9:26 am
but yuki, i no skin :c
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 9, 2013, 9:29 am
But Apple bby, it helps you skin.
  • Unnatural
  • Level 20
  • Expert Toast
  • August 9, 2013, 9:31 am
but yuki bby, I cant skin :c
  • +Sheena+
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Vampire
  • August 9, 2013, 8:41 am
oo yuki good job
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 9, 2013, 8:46 am
Yey. :D Thanks Sheena. :)
wow, I should use this also, this will really help thanks!
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 9, 2013, 8:39 am
Glad I could help. :) I hope it helps you further into the future when developing your own style. :)
  • Zaku
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 9, 2013, 8:09 am
Awesome tutorial! It really helped seeing as I am a beginner.
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 9, 2013, 8:38 am
That is why I made it. :) To help out beginners and maybe even give more experience people something to try. :)
  • Zaku
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • August 9, 2013, 8:43 am
Well it certainly helped me out, so thank you!
  • Beta_Alpha
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Meme
  • August 9, 2013, 7:26 am
I just want to say that I use Nova Skin Editor for the picture, but not to make the actual skin. It has the ability to bend arms and legs and the chest :3

I might use this tutorial. Maybe some parts of it.
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 9, 2013, 8:37 am
Mm, I tend to avoid NovaSkin as it seems a bit too laggy on this laptop. XD
  • Beta_Alpha
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Meme
  • August 10, 2013, 10:17 am
:D Octopus!
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 9, 2013, 8:37 am
Yup. :D
  • Nananah
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Meme
  • August 9, 2013, 7:12 am
Personally I don't like adding dark shades at the top of the head but it still looks great
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 9, 2013, 8:36 am
I just personally find that it adds a little bit of roundness to the skin, however...using the darkest shade at the top is something I don't always do.
  • Chanezium
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Dragon
  • August 9, 2013, 7:03 am
I don't really like your finished product, but this type of shading seems like a good way to go about making a skin
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 9, 2013, 7:04 am
Yeh, I wasn't exactly going for a pretty finished product. XD It was just an example skin that people can look at if they wish, used to show off how I shade.
I work that way too, but with higher contrasts (methinks).
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 9, 2013, 6:58 am
Oh nice. :) Contrast is a thing that varies between many people. XD
  • Matt
  • Level 43
  • Master Princess
  • August 9, 2013, 6:49 am
I never knew you could change it from grass until now o.o
Great tutorial :D
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 9, 2013, 6:50 am
Haha, yeh...kind of a hidden feature...well, hard to find. XD
  • Matt
  • Level 43
  • Master Princess
  • August 9, 2013, 6:54 am
Well, I never knew looking through some folders could be hard :P
  • Rox
  • Site Moderator
  • Level 44
  • Master Ladybug
  • August 9, 2013, 6:45 am
eeew wurs da butts.
  • Yuki
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 64
  • High Grandmaster Bunny
  • August 9, 2013, 6:46 am
He has a very...flat? Butt.

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