Make Your Own Minecraft Skin in Photoshop

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In today’s tutorial I’m going to show you how you can utilize Adjustment Layers to quickly edit game skins, such as the one used to change the appearance of your Minecraft characters. I know a lot of my viewers are Minecraft players, so hopefully you can use this tip to quickly edit your character.

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Finding Your Skin

Your current Minecraft skin can be downloaded from your profile page, after logging into your Minecraft account. About halfway down the page, you’ll see a link to download the reference file.

Minecraft Skin Download

Once the image is visible, drag it into Photoshop, where it’s going to appear very, very small.

Minecraft Skin

Editing Your Skin

Because we’re dealing with a pixel based image, it can easily be zoomed to fit your screen. Command/Ctrl + 0 will perform this action.

Minecraft Skin Zoomed

When the skin is initially brought into Photoshop, you may not be able to perform many edits. This is because the image is set to Indexed Color mode. This happens a lot with png and gif files. (View my video on Indexed Color Mode)

In order to correct this, set your image to RGB mode, under the Image > Mode menu.

Minecraft Skin RGB

Shifting Colors

Now that the image is editable, we can proceed. The Adjustment Layer we’re going to add, will be Hue/Saturation.

Minecraft Skin Hue Saturation

Simply adjusting the Hue value will shift the colors on a global scale, which you probably don’t want. Instead, you can target in on a more specific range of colors using the drop down within the Adjustment Layer. For the shirt, we’ll want to target the Cyans.

Minecraft Skin Shirt

Once the new range of colors has been set, shifting the Hue will only change the color of the shirt.

Minecraft Skin Shirt

The same can be done for the pants, which will fall under the Blues range.

Minecraft Skin Pants

Adding Extras

Now that the main colors have been shifted, extra details can be painted in. However, instead of using the Brush Tool, which is what you would normally use for painting, the Pencil Tool will give you nice, square brushes, similar to pixels!

Minecraft Skin Pencil

Using the Pencil Tool, you can paint in additional colors and designs throughout the skin.

Minecraft Skin Details

You can also paint on a new layer, with the Blend Mode set to Color or Soft Light in order to change the color of specific areas, like the skin. This will ensure that the details of the skin’s shading is preserved.

Minecraft Skin Final

Saving and Uploading

Once you have finished editing the skin, save it out as a png, and the original size, which is 64 x 32 pixels, then back on your Minecraft profile, use the “Upload” button to save your new skin!

The next time you log into Minecraft, you’ll see the new you!

Minecraft Skin In-game

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