How to Make Minecraft Skins

Written by timothy baron
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"Minecraft" is a massively multiplayer role-playing game (MMORPG) with a twist. Rather than emphasising combat and quests, it emphasises collaborative creation. Players can build homes, mine mountains, clear-cut forests and design new graphics such as skins. The player controls a virtual character called an avatar, and his "skin" is both his flesh and his clothes and hair. By making a new skin, players can tailor every aspect of their avatar's appearance.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Download and install SkinEdit. This program is designed exclusively for editing avatar skins in "Minecraft."

  2. 2

    Select a colour. The "Swatches" include 256 commonly used colours, though if you click on the "HSB" or "RGB" tab, you can choose more specific colours. To select a colour in "HSB," slide the arrow next to the colour you want. Then choose a particular tone from the palette on the left. In "RGB" you can manually enter the numerical values of the colour you want.

  3. 3

    Click "Brushsize" and select a size. In general, anything larger than "4" is excessive, given the small pixel size of the template. A size "5" brush, for instance, is larger than the arm of your avatar.

  4. 4

    Paint the template. It is divided into sections, including head, torso, arms and legs, and each section is clearly marked. You can see the effect of your paint on the model in the lower-right corner of the screen. You can correct mistakes by painting directly over them.

  5. 5

    Click "File" and "Save As" when you're satisfied with your skin. Name it.

  6. 6

    Go to your "Minecraft" preferences webpage. Click "Choose File" and then select your new skin. Click "Upload File." Once it's done uploading, this skin will replace your old one.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want a new skin but you don't want to make one from scratch, you can download one from "The Skindex." If you want to share your skin with other players, you can upload yours to "The Skindex" as well.
  • You need a paid "Minecraft" account to change your skin or use SkinEdit.

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