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Halcyon [16x] — Programmer Remastered

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Programmer Art Remastered!

What it is:

For the past few years, Minecraft's artwork has been left to gather dust following 1.14 — never to be updated again by Mojang. As a result, there exist prominent issues such as disparity between blocks and items both new and old, like Netherrack, when using the built-in Programmer Art resource pack.
Many folk have attempted to rectify this by redoing Jappa's artwork in the style of old, but the results often look messy and further disparate. So, in an attempt to rectify these issues, I took another approach — bridging the gap between Old & New, enter Halcyon [​16x].

Using methods such as manual & AI-aided profiling, quantization, and hand redrawing — Halcyon [​16x] is a remastering of Programmer Art's assets done in the style of Modern (Jappa) Art's limited coloring, ensuring that the classic look of Pre-1.14 Minecraft remains both consistent and visually pleasing in 1.17.1 and beyond.

What it isn't:

This is not intended as a supplementary resource pack to be layered atop of Programmer Art like many other packs available — this is meant as a replacement, and as such DOESN'T work alongside the default Programmer Art pack.
Naturally, translating old textures in this manner is not 100% accurate and I've taken many creative liberties in fixing what I feel are minor issues on some of the textures, such as correcting outlines or adding polish. These amendments were made purely for the benefit of retaining visual clarity or consistency with the old artwork, but I assure all users that I took careful consideration with each texture on whether it would remain faithful or not, or if it was even worth remastering.
As a result, many of the items still remain their modern variants, or look off. If you insist on using Programmer Art alongside this for the items which I did not change, then by all means; use at your own peril if you insist, but don't expect any support for compatibility.

What's remastered:

  • All planks, logs, and doors
  • All Pre-1.14 stones & cobble
  • All Ores including Nether Ores
  • All Pre-1.14 brick-types
  • All Quartz-types
  • All Prismarine-types
  • Netherrack, Soul Sand, Glowstone
  • Most flowers & plants
  • All saplings
  • Oak, Spruce, and Jungle leaves
  • All Glass-types
  • Entities such as beds, boats, and Slimes
And much, much more!

Aside from what's already mentioned, there's not much else left to do. However, I don't consider the pack itself complete rather it's as complete as it can be for the time being, barring any bug fixes or updates in the near future. You can rest assured I will continue to improve upon this pack as much as I can. Your support in this endeavor will be greatly appreciated, as well as thoughts on how this pack can be improved!


Please do not modify and reupload without permission. PM me on here if you have a project in need of these assets and I would be happy to oblige you, or even help! Provide credit where credit is due, and do not claim as your own!

Special Thanks:

The OptiFine Discord — for their feedback and technical assistance!
Friends and fellow players of the /v/craft SMP server — for putting up with my shenanigans!
Mojang -- for the original assets used and modified in this pack!

And of course, YOU! Thank you! I hope you enjoy this resource pack, there will be many more projects coming in the near future from me, so stay tuned!

Link to screenshot album, uncompressed!
Progress95% complete
Game VersionMinecraft 1.17.1

5 Update Logs

10/23 Update! : 10/23/2021 10:18:48 pmOct 23rd

Howdy everybody. Went ahead and compiled a new version of the texture pack for release. Included are a number of fixes and tweaks to textures that I've glossed over while working on the resource pack, plus some new additions to entities such as the classic skeleton horse, snow golem, and a tweaked creeper!

What's New:
  • Changed texture of Andesite, Diorite, & Granite[​1]; in addition to further modification to the Pumpkin/Jack'o'lantern and a tweak to both Sand and Red Sand, and the Furnace.
  • Tweaked the texture of some items — Pumpkin Pie and Flint & Steel
  • Added new entities — Snow Golem, Creeper, & Skeleton Horse[​2]
  • Removed Herobrine

[​1] Andesite, Diorite, & Granite textures tweaked; these look MUCH closer to their original Programmer counterparts, something I'm quite proud of accomplishing with little colors

[​2] Classic Skeleton Horse, Snow Golem, & Creeper (aw man); The Creeper was faithfully redone in a limited color palette so it would match with the rest of the resource pack, since it was never edited in 1.14.

I apologize if this seems so sudden, as I DID plan a Halloween patch with more changes. Unfortunately work has kept me from really doing more additions to Halcyon without extensive research, and to top it off — my Filezilla has been uploading test versions of the resource pack to my Mediafire by mistake which I've since corrected. Users may have accidentally downloaded any number of versions I've backed up, so I encourage EVERYONE please update the resource pack as soon as possible. Going forward updates will be far and few, as I'll be focusing more on work. Again, I apologize for the inconvenience.

Hope everyone has a safe Halloween!

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10/24/2021 10:55 am
Level 12 : Journeyman Hunter
Pittofer avatar
vanilla + programer art = perfection
10/21/2021 9:09 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Sus
iloveflareon avatar
this actually looks amazing
09/30/2021 7:42 pm
Level 10 : Journeyman Dragon
Napero avatar
Hey I've been playing with this texture pack for some days. Today I saw a lily pad for the first time, they definitely look wierd, lol, idk if that was the intended texture or whatever but I'm telling you just in case. :)
09/30/2021 8:03 pm
Level 21 : Expert Miner
Jesha avatar
Thanks for the spot, yeah I must have missed that one before so I'll add it to the next compile.
09/30/2021 6:52 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Beninja2009 avatar
can u do a remaster of the netherrack blocks?
09/30/2021 7:41 pm
Level 21 : Expert Miner
Jesha avatar
Already in the pack
09/29/2021 3:57 am
Level 1 : New Explorer
astr00 avatar
ooh, i like the idea of the old and new style being mixed!
09/24/2021 7:41 pm
Level 10 : Journeyman Dragon
Napero avatar
This is awesome.

Btw a tiny thing I noticed is that the outline of buckets looks out of place next to other iron objects'.
09/25/2021 4:49 pmhistory
Level 21 : Expert Miner
Jesha avatar
As in iron items like the ingots or armor?
I'll look into it.

Edit: I see what you mean. Yeah that's a consequence of using the color palettes Mojang uses for the modern art + some liberties taken for visual clarity's sake. I can try to rectify it in the next update but no promises.
09/07/2021 2:17 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Procrastinator
DreamsieWasTaken avatar
It's amazing. Stunning Work!
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