How do you Make Minecraft Skins?


Learning how to make minecraft skins is probably not on the top of your list when you’re first dumped into the Minecraft world. You’ll see your character on the left side of your inventory, his head following every movement of the mouse intently. The default character is blue and blotchy brown with a rather thuggish look. If he isn’t part caveman, he has at least spent way too much time in the sun. But he'll do at the start.

But as you become more of a pro in the world of minecraft, you will undoubtedly want to change up your look. Fortunately Minecraft allows the player to upload custom “skins” to their account. Minecraft skins completely change the look of your character to make Minecraft more personalized. This is especially important on multiplayer servers where your Minecraft skin is your unique avatar that other players will see. But even if you only play alone, the brutish blue warrior can get a little old.

Many players make Minecraft skins to share on the forums or Minecraft offshoot sites such as The Skindex—more about that in our article on how to install Minecraft skins. The downloads from these sites are full, ready-to-use Minecraft skins (though some of them can be buggy).

If you have time to look, there is a skin to fit every individual and special interest. You can get a more human-looking generic character (male or female), or you can play as your favorite hero from almost any video game, TV show or action-adventure novel on the planet. There are even Creeper and Zombie skins.

To make Minecraft skins of your own, you will probably need Minecraft Skins Editor and a photo-editing program such as Gimp or Photoshop. You can download the “reference skin” (Mr. Blue) from your profile on and edit it with any image-editing program, but SkinEdit is a program specifically designed for making Minecraft skins, which makes the process much easier. To read more about using SkinEdit, visit our secondary article The Skindex—more about that in our article on Minecraft skins editor.

Whether you make Minecraft skins for your character or download them, you will need to log into to upload your skin to your Minecraft account. For more help uploading Minecraft skins—as well as some of the best sites to find ready-made skins—
visit our article on The Skindex—more about that in our article on how to install Minecraft skins.


Tips from experience:


Unfortunately, even if you’re playing a cute, blond, blue-eyed princess character, Minecraft always makes the same awkward “oof” noises if you get hurt. Maybe future updates will include some more gender-appropriate sounds (…Notch?).

If for some reason you can’t connect to (if your internet connection is glitchy or the site is down for updates), you won’t be able to log in and your Minecraft skin won’t load. You can still play offline on worlds saved to your computer, but you’ll be back to the standard blue-clad caveman.

This isn’t really an issue unless you have tame wolves. For some reason, pet wolves only respond to you when you’re logged in. If you’re not yourself (so to speak), they won’t follow you or sit. So long as you’re logged in under your own account, though, if you change your custom Minecraft skin, the wolves don’t seem to notice.