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Tutorial - How to use the new skin format in 14w03b+

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created 01/19/2014 1:24 pm by Speedy
last reply 08/30/2015 10:23 am
An explanation of the skin update:
In 14w03b, further customization to skins was added. This gives us two new great abilities. We now have the ability to have different limbs, so we can now make proper Edward Elric or Mega Man skins, due to their limbs being different on each side. We also now have the ability to include a hat layer to each part of the body, to make things pop out and look really amazing. However, the skin format has changed, and new things had to be added to it to make these awesome looking changes.

The new format:
The image size is now 64x64, previously 64x32. This new image size gives us that extra space for the new features. I'll go through the layout with you in a list to help familiarize yourself.
- Head, top left corner
- Head hat layer, top right corner
- Body, below the right side of the head
- Body hat layer, below the body
- Right arm, to the right of the body and below the head hat layer
- Right arm hat layer, below the right arm
- Right leg, to the left of the body and below the left side of the head
- Right leg hat layer, below the right leg
- Left leg hat layer, bottom left corner
- Left leg, to the right of the left leg hat layer
- Left arm, the the right of the left leg hat layer
- Left arm hat layer, to the right of the left arm
These are all of our body parts. Now it's time to get a template and start skinning!

A great template is one made by Paril testing the new format, which can be downloaded from here:

Make your skin:
Doodle whatever you want on your skin with whatever program (most skin programs aren't updated just yet, try using gimp or Be creative, I had a lot of fun making a skin with this. When you get to the left limbs, take a look right beneath this paragraph.

How to use the left limbs:
Your left leg and arm are not the same as your right limbs, they are actually mirrored. You need to point the brightest shade towards the opposite side that it would be on your right limbs. For example if I had this right arm:

and I wanted to make it a left, it would have to end up looking like this:

You should do the same thing for the limb layers.

That's it!:
I believe that's all you need to know. If you have any suggestions/edits, put 'em in a reply. I am looking forward to seeing all of your creative skins!

One more thing:
Yes, you can still use the old skin format after this update. It may not look as cool, but it still works. Anyways, thanks for reading.
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08/30/2015 10:23 am
Level 25 : Expert Network
Oooh, quite interesting.
edit: wait... I'm stupid... damnit necro!
08/30/2015 10:12 am
Level 1 : New Caveman
loloolololololool ty
08/30/2015 2:20 am
Level 1 : New Miner
02/22/2015 3:37 pm
Level 19 : Journeyman Engineer
Yeah, this helped me a lot in the my contest entry.
01/16/2015 3:25 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Tnx! really halped me
07/30/2014 2:04 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Very helpful and nice tutorial thank you
07/27/2014 9:27 am
Level 22 : Expert Pony
You can use Skincraft. It now supports the new skin format.
07/27/2014 9:09 am
Level 2 : Apprentice Network

Why is my newest skin only for 1.7+ Only? I made it in Skincraft, and I want it to be universal.
06/10/2014 5:50 pm
Level 14 : Journeyman Skinner
This helps so much
06/08/2014 8:35 pm
Level 49 : Master Blob
MCSkin3D is in fact updated to the new skin format and you can find out how to use it on mac by looking at the tutorial on La_Pixel's profile.
06/04/2014 3:46 pm
Level 9 : Apprentice Artist
06/04/2014 3:49 pm
Level 59 : Grandmaster Batman
it's cool man, it's just that he prob never would get the message this way
05/31/2014 9:19 am
Level 17 : Journeyman Pony
Very good. I Didn't actually know this. So this should allow More detail on skins?
05/08/2014 5:39 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Warrior
Lady Knight Scythe
so, can they show up in game? if so, how does that work?
05/08/2014 6:35 pm
Level 83 : Elite Scapegoat
Yes. It works because it's implemented in Minecraft since ~1.7.2.
06/04/2014 3:38 pm
Level 9 : Apprentice Artist
Paril make MCEdit 3D support this and Mac platform please
06/04/2014 3:40 pm
Level 59 : Grandmaster Batman
send Paril a message instead of commenting on a random thread that he commented on
04/01/2014 2:00 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Good tips, Thanks
01/23/2014 9:25 pm
Level 17 : Journeyman Skinner
ok here is the question were can i make the 1.8 skin remodel p
01/24/2014 5:29 pm
Level 49 : Master Blob
Not sure I understand, what do you mean by "remodel"?
01/21/2014 9:33 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Batman
I wish I could give this a diamond...and fav.....why do u hate blogs?
01/21/2014 9:45 pm
Level 46 : Master Pixel Painter
Because we wanted it to stay sticky.
01/20/2014 7:49 pm
Level 49 : Master Blob
I don't believe any are up to date just yet, I would recommend using ( or gimp ( Keep an eye on MCSkin3D (, which will be updated soon.
01/20/2014 5:19 pm
Level 35 : Artisan Spider Rider
Could I ask what skin editors can currently use the 1.8 skin editor?

Unless you can't make these kind of skins until 1.8 is released, just asking.
01/20/2014 1:20 pm
Level 49 : Master Blob
Alright, thanks, edited.
01/20/2014 1:03 pm
Level 83 : Elite Scapegoat
Left Leg and Left Leg Armor should be swapped - also, the left sides aren't mirrored. I am getting those two fixes pushed.

01/20/2014 1:01 pm
Level 49 : Master Blob
hehe, thanks.
01/20/2014 12:08 pm
Level 49 : Master Blob
Paril is going to update it once he's finished with the site's updating.
01/20/2014 11:45 am
Level 13 : Journeyman Dragon
I really hope Paril & Whitdragon update MCSkin 3D for this new template soon...
06/04/2014 3:37 pm
Level 9 : Apprentice Artist
I also think they should make it MAC capable I had a windows but that sorta just fell apart so my dad baught me a mac laptop to replace it but now I can't use a lot of my art programs and games and stuff because it was all windows stuff.
01/20/2014 11:42 am
Level 59 : Grandmaster Batman
01/20/2014 11:21 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Necromancer
the new format is so straightforward

i guess some people just need tutorials to live
01/20/2014 11:22 am
Level 49 : Master Blob
I got asked a lot how to use it.
I made this partly to link it to anyone who asks.
01/20/2014 11:19 am
Level 49 : Master Blob
Thanks, guys!
thomacreeper, please look in the tutorial again. I linked one.

To any forum moderators, this might be good to sticky, but I know how unlikely it is for a topic by a normal member to be stickied.
01/20/2014 12:14 pm
Level 51 : Grandmaster Grump
I was going to sticky even before I read this comment so... lol
01/20/2014 11:17 am
Level 9 : Apprentice Turtle
01/20/2014 11:16 am
Level 33 : Artisan Pirate
Template please? .-.
01/20/2014 11:15 am
Level 38 : Artisan Pixel Painter
01/20/2014 11:14 am
Level 42 : Master Droid
Thank you
01/20/2014 11:12 am
Level 49 : Master Blob

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