Minecraft made the jump to 1.1 recently and still (unofficially) holds on to the title of the most successful and addictive, single-player indie and MMO game that we’ve seen in a long, long time. I’m addicted to it right now and if you aren’t then it’s only because you haven’t played it or you haven’t played the right server. There’s one out there for you.
Minecraft lets each user customize their own player “skin,” which identifies you across the offline and online worlds. Your skin says a lot about what type of player you are and the possibilities are only as limited as to how many pixels you can squeeze into that small template size. You can turn yourself into a Minecraft mob, a knight, a thug, a shirtless beach bro, or just a blob of color. It’s all up to you. The more unique, the better. By default, every new player is Minecraft’s Steve.
You don’t want to be a Steve like every other total newbie. Let’s get you looking a little more unique and creative. If you’re on board, here are a few tools that do a great job in making your skinning experience easier.
SkinCache is a website dedicated to indexing Minecraft skins. It’s a great place to go if you’re looking to browse skins for ideas or use one that another player has made. Their skin creator is web-based so it’s incredibly easy to get to and use.
SkinCache allows you to isolate each part of the skin and use a grid for easier editing. It comes with a gradient line tool, fill, ellipse stroke, and more. You can rotate, undo, make colors lighter, add a hat, and do basically everything you need to perfect your skin, all from the same panel. When you’re done creating the skin, you can save it or upload it straight to SkinCache.
This one is for the less creative of us (like me). MSV allows you to type in any player’s username and pull up what skin they are using. From there, using the right click context menu, you can save the skin to use or edit on your own, change the background, look through the different animations, and more.
This is a good little piece of software for when you see someone running around in a skin that you really like and want to replicate. It’s only available for Windows and .NET Framework is a dependency, so you’ll need that.
Skiner is about as simple as it gets. I’d recommend this tool for pixel artists who need a better platform for the editing of Minecraft skins.
If it doesn’t look special, that’s because it’s not and it doesn’t need to be. Skiner allows you to control your skin editing by mouse or keyboard and offers a pencil and box tool. No extra stuff, just gets the job done in a small Windows application.
These three should be everything you need to customize your Minecraft skin. I’ve done a few other Minecraft articles, also! If interested, check those out:
- Use ModLoader To Make Installing New Minecraft Mods Very Easy
- 5 Must-Have Bukkit Plugins For Your Minecraft Server
If I’ve missed anything or if you have a question, feel free to ask in the comments.