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DIY Skins! - Make your own Minecrap skin!

Post by TaxiService » Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:59 am

Tired of the original skin? Haven't found a skin you like or do you feel that it does not belong you? Well, you've come to the right place! In this thread i will point out the basics on…
¡HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN MINECRAFT SKIN!
…yeah. <_> It's simple! Simpler than translating ‘supercalifragilistichespiralidoso’ to english! :shock:


(•_•) What do we need for this tutorial to start?
- SkinEdit.
- An image editing program like Photoshop or Gimp, i guess!
- A general idea of what we want to do.
- Force of will.


(•_•) Okay, i've got them all. Now what?
Now, before starting, let's take a look at what we've got.
A player's skin is a 32x64 image that bears all the faces of the cubes and parallelepipeds that the player is made of.
This is the original texture, I wrote:Image
SkinEdit is a java app made by Patrick Sweedman. It is meant for real-time rendering of what a skin will look like and has some nice features such as the PartPicker. You should get familiar with how what you draw on the texture will look in three dimensions by looking into the preview box in SkinEdit.
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Why using Photoshop then? Well, for how cool this program may seem, it obviously lacks the level of customization that PS has. :-\ With Photoshop one can use layers and a lot of useful stuff that SkinEdit can't do, so we'll be using SkinEdit mainly for previewing what we do with Photoshop.


(•_•) Come onnn! We don't have the whole day!
Yeah yeah, all right. Here's what you have to do:
- Open in Photoshop the original skin file named "char.png" that can be found here or above.

- It might help you to trace some guides like this, to help you remember the boundaries of the cube faces.
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- As you can see, there is a sort of shading on certain sides of the player's body. Make a new layer with the selected parts like in the picture and fill it with black.
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We will later put this layer above all the others, and set its opacity at 10%
In this way the final skin will not look like a flat horseshit cube.

- Let's take a reference picture. I'll be using this random picture i got on /fa/.
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- Start drawing the parts of your model. In this case i'll start with the shirt and torso area, so i'll make a new layer called "Shirt" or something like that. The important thing is: make a new layer per each new part.
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Hmm… let's preview it using SkinEdit…
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Hm. Well, good enough for now.

- Do the same for the whole body…
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Meh, looks all right. But we are not finished yet.

- Now, a key to make skins not look as flat and shitty as they would be, is to add a bit of Noise to it.
So, go on each of the levels you made and apply Filter > Noise > Add noise… to them individually.
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You should mess with the values and ratios until you get the result you want. Not too noisy, but not just a flat color.
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“Haters gonna hate”
(in this render it does not seem all that different, but it is noticeable in-game)

- One note about the skin texture: The space to the right of the head texture is what SkinEdit defines "Hat" space. Something drawn on it gets rendered on a sort of concentric cube outside of the head, like this example:
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This can either be used to make hats or various accessories. in the PartPicker there are some examples of how to use that space along with the head texture itself.
Like in this example:
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- When you are satisfied with your texture, save it in .png format and upload it to http://www.minecraft.net/profile/ after you log into your minecraft account.


And that's it! It was harder to write a tutorial about it than to do the whole process! I hope you find this useful!

Bye!

PS: it translates to "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious".
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Post by Amy » Sun Apr 24, 2011 3:29 pm

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Post by Sven » Sun Apr 24, 2011 5:30 pm

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Post by Amy » Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:59 pm

Hey taxi any chance we can get that skin image without the tracing lines?
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Post by kiddten » Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:55 pm

My scout skin was better than that one you showed :P
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Post by TaxiService » Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:50 am

Divine wrote:Hey taxi any chance we can get that skin image without the tracing lines?
you mean this one?
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or the scout?
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MistuhBunnie wrote:My scout skin was better than that one you showed :P
Show it to me! I think the one i posted was pretty decent!
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Post by Amy » Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:07 pm

my first skin!

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Post by Mgalekgolo » Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:56 pm

Divine wrote:my first skin!

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Post by Amy » Tue Apr 26, 2011 5:08 pm

I would flame you and all, but thanks ;).

Also no just random.
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Post by Mgalekgolo » Tue Apr 26, 2011 5:19 pm

yep.
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Post by kiddten » Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:55 pm

I don't have it on this computer...
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Post by pseudotsuga » Thu May 12, 2011 10:30 pm

I would make a skin, but I'm a freaking moose in Minecraft, so I'm good.
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Post by Dead Site » Tue May 17, 2011 1:48 pm

Nice program and tutorial thar. *claps* I just modify the default template in Fireworks, though. It works really well, especially the change colour tool.

Also, your examples off /fa/....his clothes change colour from picture to picture! MAGIC!
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Post by TaxiService » Tue May 17, 2011 9:05 pm

yeah, the picture i got was from a thread about monochromatic dressing. It was made by somebody who was trying to prove somebody else wrong by coloring the guy's clothes in different colors.

also, fireworks? ha! wow!
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Post by Dead Site » Sat May 21, 2011 6:59 pm

Yeah. Gotta love Fireworks. I hope you guys have also seen Miners Need Cool Shoes. I (sort of) know the guy who made it. It's a similar editor with the boxes and has pretty fluent sharing and previews. Like usual, you can import your own images. You can also steal and edit someone else's skin, like Notch, Kayar's(you don't like my recolours?), or Taxi's amazing skin. A cool part of this is that there's also an iPad/iPhone app—you can use them in-game and share them after!
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