Dreamhowl has been playing "Minecraft" since 2012. She enjoys building, farming, and breeding animals. She especially enjoys magic modpacks!
Note: The following article only applies to the PC version of Minecraft. You cannot make your own skins in the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft.
What is a Skin?
In Minecraft, a skin is a texture that is placed onto a player in the game. A skin is divided into areas that cover different parts of the player - the hat (outer layer of the head), head, body, arms and legs.There is no transparency allowed on a skin, excluding the hat area. You do not need to color in the hat area, but it can be used to draw in a hat, glasses or other head accessories. Many Minecraft players love to customize their own skins to make their avatars more unique.
When a player first purchases Minecraft, they start with the default Steve skin. Some players don’t mind using the default skin throughout the game, but most prefer to customize their own skins, swapping when they get bored of it. While skins can be edited in an image editor like Paint.NET, there are many online skin editors that offer easier creation and better options. If you’ve never made your own Minecraft skin before, an online skin editor is the way to go!
How to Create a Skin
When creating a skin in Minecraft, you can either start from scratch - coloring the entire texture yourself - or edit an existing skin and make alterations to personalize it. For example, you can download a skin and change the color of the hair or clothing. You can even use the premade skin without making any alterations! It all depends how much effort you want to put into your skin. The following web pages are popular outlets for downloading and editing Minecraft skins.
1. The Skindex
Visit The Skindex!
- The Skindex - Minecraft Skins
Welcome to The Skindex - the largest collection of community generated minecraft skins. Download, upload or share your creation.
The Skindex is a massive archive for uploading, downloading and editing Minecraft skins. Visitors can search for skins with specific keywords (like “ironman” or “warrior”) or check out the tabs at the top of the site: “top”, “latest” or “archive”. Clicking on a skin will show you it in more detail and provide more options; you can upload the skin to Minecraft, download the skin to your computer, add it to your “wardrobe” (if you have a Skindex account) or edit the skin. The skin editor is fairly simple and allows visitors to color and erase textures, as well as darken and lighten colors.
2. Minecraft Skins
Visit Minecraft Skins!
- Minecraft Skins
A selection of high quality minecraft skins available for free download. Create your own skins with our online editor.
Minecraft Skins is a popular Minecraft resource because it separates its skins into helpful categories: “movies”, “TV”, “games”, “people”, “fantasy”, “mob” and “other”. Visitors can also search for skins with keywords. However, there are far less skins on Minecraft Skins than can be found on the Skindex. Furthermore, there is no built-in editor here - visitors only have the option to change their Minecraft skin or download it to their computer. On the other hand, the site has a cleaner look, and the skins are of higher quality.
Players can use Skincraft to create new skins, edit preexisting skins and rate other people's skins.
Skincraft is an unofficial Minecraft skin creator with a twist - you can start from scratch with a blank slate, or upload premade “parts” according to texture location. By selecting “new layer”, players can choose premade parts and pieces or make their own; selecting “premade” gives the player four categories: “head”, “upper body”, “lower body” and “full character”. There are even more subcategories of parts that can selected and used. Colors can be altered, as well as transparency and color tones. Using Skincraft to create a Minecraft skin makes it incredibly simple and fun!
4. Miners Need Cool Shoes
Miners Need Cool Shoes is another popular website dedicated to Minecraft skins. Visitors can browse the site for a premade skin to use, or they can edit existing skins with the built-in skin editor. Clicking on a skin brings up four familiar options: “edit”, “upload”, “download” or “armory”. The armory acts like a skin creator of sorts, allowing players to make a Minecraft skin based on existing parts and skins. The editor itself lays out the many parts of a Minecraft player skin and allows them to be colored in. The editor layout makes it very easy to understand the many parts of a player texture.
Did You Know?
Did you know that you can be banned from public servers for having an inappropriate skin? Try to avoid skins that appear nude or are otherwise adult in nature.
As a Minecraft player, you don’t have to create your very own skin. These four websites have numerous skins available for download that don’t need to be edited. There is nothing wrong with using a premade skin for your Minecraft avatar - in fact, there are some really awesome ones out there! There are a few courtesy rules when it comes to using someone else’s premade skin, however:
- Don’t claim the skin as your own on other websites and forums
- Don’t re-upload to other Minecraft skin sites in your name
- If you made edits to a premade skin, you do not own the skin
- If you upload an edited premade skin to a website, say it isn’t yours
Minecraft skin creators put a lot of time and effort into their digital work; like any artists, they request respect when it comes to using and crediting their customized skins. While uploaded skins are free for any Minecraft user to download, they still belong to their creators. If you are feeling generous, you can even compliment them on their work!
How to Upload a Skin
Once you’ve got your Minecraft skin ready, it’s time to upload it to your account! If you have downloaded or edited a premade skin off of a website like The Skindex, you probably have the option to upload your skin directly to your account. To see if you can upload your skin off of a skin editing website:
- Click on the Minecraft skin (if necessary)
- Click the “Upload” button to the side of the skin
- Get redirected to official Minecraft website
- Enter your account name and password
- Confirm the change to your Minecraft skin
The four Minecraft skin sites mentioned earlier have the option to upload a skin directly to your Minecraft account. However, if you customized your skin on your computer or previously downloaded it to your computer, the uploading process is different:
- Log on to the Minecraft official website
- Click on the Profile tab at the top
- Select “Choose file” to change your skin
- Select “Upload” to confirm the change
Both options will change your Minecraft avatar to your chosen skin file. There is no limit to how many times you can change your Minecraft skin - whenever you feel bored, simply download or create a new one! If you play custom maps with other players, you can tailor your skin to match the theme of the map. The opportunities are endless.
If you have any other ideas or suggestions on making Minecraft skins, feel free to leave feedback in the comment section below! You can also share what your favorite Minecraft skins and skin websites are.
© 2013 Jessica Peri
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Jessica Peri (author) from United States on August 18, 2016:
@TheToxicCz I'm glad you liked it!
TheToxicCz on August 14, 2016:
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