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The Way of the Skin- Learn Skinning from Pros!

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Sumpumpolis started 01/08/2012 6:13 pm
the_soup replied 04/05/2012 10:56 pm
Hello PMC!
Have you ever wanted a place to get good, reliable advice, tips, and feedback on your skinning? Here is a team of skinners who can help! Blender,Fantasyhound, Sneeze7, and IamIBAM (and me). We will be here to help you out in becoming a better skinner, be it shading, composition, using the 3d hat section, or anything else!
We are currently recruiting more teachers! So, if you are interested in helping out, just post something saying you are interested and what kind of things you look for in a quality skin, and I or one of the other team members can check out your submissions and decide if you can join.
Here are some examples of our own skins, so you can trust us to give advice.
Skins by Sumpumpolis:
View Captain Gantu (Lilo & Stitch)
View A Hungry Cyclops
View Mister Incredible
Skins by Blender:
View Ghast of the Nether
View Waterfall
View Russian Soldier (contest entry!)
Skins by Fantasyhound:
View Ferb [Phineas and Ferb]
View Humbert the Elephant
View Cole McGrath [infamous 2] [contest]
Skins by Sneeze7:
View Dolph The Baker [Skin Battle: Sneeze VS Judd]
View Frog
View Chris Griffin
Skins by IamIBAM:
View Coach- L4D2
View Shao Kahn- Emperor of Outworld
View Duke Nukem

You can ask for tips on general styles and techniques, or you could post your skin by pasting the embed code from the skin's page, and ask us to give constructive feedback!
Oh, and for better advice, tell us what program you use.
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Sumpumpolis
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Egyptian
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04/05/2012 10:56 pm
Level 71 : Legendary Button Pusher
the_soup
^^See my post above yours
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04/05/2012 7:11 pm
Level 14 : Journeyman Architect
dabomb1254
I've never made a skin before, and I was wondering how to make one xD I feel like such a noob, but I really want to learn how to skin.
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03/28/2012 8:54 pm
Level 71 : Legendary Button Pusher
the_soup
Alright, the new thread is up, so please everyone post there! skinning-tips-advice-and-feedback-t64450.html
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03/28/2012 8:34 pm
Level 35 : Artisan Pixel Puncher
ginga_ninja99
Can I help out be a teacher. If you look at my skins I try hard at making it life like and make the proportions right. If they are not even if it is shaded to perfection the skin will look off. Now I have always wanted to be a "skin teacher" but I never really found a good teaching team. Also I own a skinning team called BlackSheepSins here is our link to see our work are-blacksheep-skins-t58224.html . Hope you accept me as a teacher.
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03/28/2012 8:07 pm
Level 28 : Expert Toast
4drenalinerushh
Hey, is there a new thread yet? if so link me!
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03/28/2012 8:40 pm
Level 71 : Legendary Button Pusher
the_soup
Not yet, I'll probably make one tonight so keep a look out for it on this board.
Also, I'll probably do away with the 'teacher' idea unless I can get some really expert skinners on here to help judge who should be a teacher and who shouldn't be. So as of now everyone can give advice. Of course, though, I'll expect everyone who gives advice to do it in a polite and professional manner...I really don't want the thread to devolve into a flame war with people being rude and arguing about skins and whatnot. So, yeah, I should have it done today. If you know any expert skinners it would be great if you could ask if they'd consider helping out here!
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03/28/2012 8:42 pm
Level 35 : Artisan Pixel Puncher
ginga_ninja99
i can help if you want. I'm pretty sure you cant call me expert but im good
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03/27/2012 3:25 pm
Level 71 : Legendary Button Pusher
the_soup
Sorry, iknowsomething, I'm already backed up with a few requests, FriendlyPack and a possible, hypothetical texture pack. I'll gladly give help or advice though!
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03/27/2012 3:04 pm
Level 71 : Legendary Button Pusher
the_soup
I PM'd Sump to see what he or the other teachers plan on doing with this thread, we can start a new thread if he doesn't plan on continuing it.

EDIT: Oh, uh, actually it looks like he hasn't uploaded anything in 2 months, so I'm starting to doubt whether he's active here anymore or not...So, yeah, go ahead and make a new page
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03/27/2012 3:10 pm
Level 19 : Journeyman Skinner
anime_wover
ohhh could i be a teacher on the new post? and maybe you could help me with shadeing like somone previously said i couldnt shade good to save my life
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03/28/2012 1:36 am
Level 41 : Master Herobrine
yoavsnake
No - you steal and remix skins.
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03/27/2012 2:50 pm
Level 24 : Expert Ninja
iknowsomething
Hey, i know im not very good at making skins, but i think im okay, so i would kinda request to being a teacher, im interested and i want to help people out, i will release my steam information and such on my profile so people can just ask me if they need any help, and soon when im get better i will begin making livestreams where i show ppl how i make my skins
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03/27/2012 2:57 pm
Level 71 : Legendary Button Pusher
the_soup
The original 'teachers' don't seem to be posting anymore, unfortunately, so I think it's more of a free-for-all of advice giving at this point. You can certainly give advice if you want.
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03/28/2012 11:50 am
Level 40 : Master Unicorn
Strikerjacob
I could be a teacher
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03/27/2012 3:01 pm
Level 41 : Master Herobrine
yoavsnake
Time for a new page.
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03/27/2012 3:11 pm
Level 24 : Expert Ninja
iknowsomething
yeah thats a really good idea, i would also ask if any of you guys that are skinners wanna make a skinning team with me?? well i will post a request on the blogs but i will kinda need 1 to start it with, we will be making livestreams and such and we will be kinda making a series of skins and such please let me know if you wanna start it up with me.
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03/26/2012 4:08 pm
Level 23 : Expert Miner
Emma5000
I wasn't too impressed my my last skin; is it alright?
http://www.planetminecraft.com/skin/epic2s-fox-better-in-3d-712775/

Based on this:
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03/27/2012 2:42 pm
Level 71 : Legendary Button Pusher
the_soup
NergalBS
what do you think about this ? some feedback would be cool
http://www.planetminecraft.com/skin/ski ... lood-hero/

They both look pretty nice, actually. To Theminemaster, I've having a bit of trouble figuring out what that bright red thing is on his back and why it's brighter than the rest of the red on his skin, so I guess making that clearer would be my suggestion.
To Nergal, I like the way you blended the white of the fur into the orange. My main suggestion would be adding some shading to his arms, legs and head like you did with the back of his arms. Right now it looks a bit flat. Also, it took me a while to realize that the thing on his back was his tail. Perhaps try shading it with highlights on one side and shadows on the other to make it look more 3D.

I hope that helps! Hopefully an expert skinner or two will show up to help with advice...
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03/26/2012 3:20 pm
Level 34 : Artisan Artist
NergalBS

what do you think about this ? some feedback would be cool
http://www.planetminecraft.com/skin/ski ... lood-hero/
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03/26/2012 3:09 pm
Level 41 : Master Herobrine
yoavsnake
Time to make a new group!
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03/25/2012 5:30 pm
Level 9 : Apprentice Ranger
Bearclawman
the_soup
Bearclawman View The Noob of Awesomeness (Hero)

This is my first skin qand I would like to see if people could give me some good feedback. thanks

I'd suggest adding some more detail and then attempting some shading (look up 'shading tutorial' if you don't know what to do). Right now your skin is just flat blocks of color. I understand you're a new skinner though, so definitely look at some tutorials and try to challenge yourself with your skins.


thanks a lot!!
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03/25/2012 1:59 pm
Level 71 : Legendary Button Pusher
the_soup
I don't know where everybody else went, but I'll be happy to help as much as I can.
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03/25/2012 1:54 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
hylianloach
Anyone still in this topic?
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03/25/2012 1:45 pm
Level 41 : Master Herobrine
yoavsnake
Argh... Nobody of the actual group ever posts here. Time to make a new one!
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03/24/2012 8:12 am
Level 43 : Master Nerd
kenniks
Im having ploblem with shading..a lot.

Whenever i try to shade from light to dark or dark to light,it always goes so random and messy.Check out my latest "Warrior girl" skin for what im talking about.All the shade just goes out of it's place.Any tips or solution?
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03/23/2012 8:24 pm
Level 5 : Apprentice Miner
ParkourManiac
I am using MCSkin3D and I would like some help with shading. Also, I am finding it hard to make detailed skins on the lowest resolution. I would do it on a higher resolution but it won't let me upload on Planet Minecraft.
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03/22/2012 9:54 am
Level 9 : Apprentice Ranger
Bearclawman
View The Noob of Awesomeness (Hero)

This is my first skin qand I would like to see if people could give me some good feedback. thanks
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03/25/2012 1:37 pm
Level 71 : Legendary Button Pusher
the_soup
I'd suggest adding some more detail and then attempting some shading (look up 'shading tutorial' if you don't know what to do). Right now your skin is just flat blocks of color. I understand you're a new skinner though, so definitely look at some tutorials and try to challenge yourself with your skins.

ParkourManiacI am using MCSkin3D and I would like some help with shading. Also, I am finding it hard to make detailed skins on the lowest resolution. I would do it on a higher resolution but it won't let me upload on Planet Minecraft.

Use either the burn/dodge tool or the lighten/darken tool to shade and highlight your skins. My skins were all shaded in MCSkin3D using those tools, if that helps you. As for details, you sort of need to look at the big picture of what you're trying to skin. Some details are crucial to making look like what it's supposed to, some aren't necessary. I guess for example, if I was making a cat skin I wouldn't worry about small details like nostrils or the whiskers above the eyes, but I would include important details like the whiskers on the side of his face and paw pads. That way, it's still recognizable as a cat without having pack in as much detail as possible. I hope that makes sense.

kenniksIm having ploblem with shading..a lot.

Whenever i try to shade from light to dark or dark to light,it always goes so random and messy.Check out my latest "Warrior girl" skin for what im talking about.All the shade just goes out of it's place.Any tips or solution?

Honestly, I think your 'warrior girl' is pretty nice. I guess I'd suggest simplifying your shading down to the most essential shadows and highlights, and then slowly building up more detailed shading from there. Also, if I also have problems with shading I'll look to the great skinners for examples and try to incorporate their techniques with my own.
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03/22/2012 9:58 am
Level 41 : Master Herobrine
yoavsnake
Please, there are tutorials on this topic.
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03/22/2012 5:50 pm
Level 9 : Apprentice Ranger
Bearclawman
i'm a bit confused by what you mean. please explain
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03/23/2012 12:45 am
Level 41 : Master Herobrine
yoavsnake
There is a tutorial on the first page, between the comments, for example.
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03/22/2012 9:49 am
Level 46 : Master Gent
Jetthebuizel
Sumpumpolis I love your texturing tutorials on YouTube. I am glad that my friend told me about them. I have always wanted to skin, but was never really artistic. Now I can make stuff I couldn't before. ;3
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03/22/2012 9:47 am
Level 41 : Master Herobrine
yoavsnake
Is there a chance I cold join? Did an enchantment that costed 500 levels to my skinning skills.
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03/20/2012 5:05 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Artist
MinecraftZaq
Cheers. I am going to use the picture of how to shade from page 1 as a guide.
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03/20/2012 4:56 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Artist
MinecraftZaq
hi guys,
Do you have any tips for improving the skins I have made? The newest one is the wastelander which is a commission.
Im not sure how to put pictures in but if you check out my page you can see some of my skins.
Cheers in advance
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03/20/2012 5:00 pm
Level 32 : Artisan Miner
heartshapedBox
Shading, shading, shading.
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03/18/2012 5:33 pm
Level 37 : Artisan Chef
Lokibo
*bump*
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03/18/2012 4:01 pm
Level 40 : Master Lemon
Horn
Hey, I need some advice on shading my entry for the contest..

Any suggestions?:

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Thanks in advance,

--Horn
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03/18/2012 6:15 pm
Level 40 : Master Unicorn
Strikerjacob
Hi, you should add a bit more shading in small areas and make it less ruff.
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03/19/2012 10:21 am
Level 40 : Master Lemon
Horn
Like this, maybe? I worked on it a bit last night..

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I call him..... GrimBane >:D
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03/19/2012 1:17 pm
Level 40 : Master Unicorn
Strikerjacob
Nice! I think it is perfect!
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03/19/2012 7:43 pm
Level 40 : Master Lemon
Horn
Thanks! Will post it now.
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03/17/2012 2:39 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Hero
Eatoncheese
Hello i am satisfied with my shading i just run out of ideas quickly. What is a way you get ideas?
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03/16/2012 8:42 pm
Level 22 : Expert Artist
Alaeon77
Could I get some feedback or help on this skin? I'm not sure how to make it look better...
http://www.planetminecraft.com/skin/detective-652717/
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03/16/2012 9:14 pm
Level 71 : Legendary Button Pusher
the_soup
The shading is really nice. It might just be me, but the colors of the coat are a bit muddy looking, you should try playing around with those a bit.
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03/16/2012 6:41 pm
Level 29 : Expert Nerd
Skullsector
This is my contest entry:
http://www.planetminecraft.com/skin/the ... ion-entry/
I don't know how to get the shading correct, because it always comes up with a problem when I try and upload. I also have problems finding the hat section.
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03/16/2012 7:17 pm
Level 71 : Legendary Button Pusher
the_soup
The left hat section is immediately to the right of the back of the head, the front hat section is to the right of the left hat section, the right hat section is to the right of the front hat section, and the back hat section is to the right of the left hat section. The top hat section is directly above the front hat section, and the bottom hat section is directly above the right hat section. Here's a picture if that's not clear: http://i.imgur.com/y5GJ5.jpg
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03/16/2012 6:26 pm
Level 71 : Legendary Button Pusher
the_soup
Feedback on mine would also be appreciated, if anyone's still doing this:
View Sir Obscure, the hipster hero! With 3D Justache!
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03/16/2012 3:45 pm
Level 40 : Master Unicorn
Strikerjacob
Can I have some feedback on my contest skin?
http://www.planetminecraft.com/skin/dr-steel-677345/
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02/23/2012 9:30 am
Level 71 : Legendary Button Pusher
the_soup
Sneeze7
the_soup
deatheos222Hey can you tell me how to shade better? if you would please look at the skins ive posted i not the best at shading but what programs are good for it?

I'm no teacher but I'd be glad to help :3 Your Templar skins show the beginnings of some good shading--you've already got the vertical shading, now it's time to add some horizontal shading. Because humans have rounded arms/legs/torsos/etc you want to add darkness to those edges to make them look like they're receding (and are rounded). So, basically, do what you did before but on the left and right sides of your skin as well and see how that looks.

That was pretty much what i was gonna write if i had the capability of that good english skills xD Well written

Thanks! If you still need people and my skins are up to snuff I can give some more shading/etc advice.
Hm, what I look for in a skin? Creativity and visual depth (without noise) are probably my two main things.
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