How to Add a Skin to Your Minecraft Character





Introduction: How to Add a Skin to Your Minecraft Character

Hello fello 'iblers!
This 'ible will teach you how to install an make you very own totally customizable character skin in the game Minecraft. This is my first Instructable so if you haters are gonna hate, go somewhere else! 

These are all the links to the websites you will need: for downloading McSkinEdit for uploading you skin because everyone needs to follow in the steps of Creepers and stalk their friends!

Step 1: Getting Started

The first thing you are going to have to do is download a skin editing software called mcskinedit (you can use others but I find this is the best one) Search mcskinedit in Google search to find and click on the first link (or whatever one says minecraft forum) Click on the link that says latest next to it, then click download file. If you are on a Mac the downloads window should pop up.

Step 2: Opening McSkinEdit

While the download window is still open click on McSkinEdit and while in the folder open up the .jar file. In older version you would have had to enter a code to get the preview working but they have fixed that in this new version. Follow the picture notes because a picture tells a thousand words. Once you have the actual application open you can start!

Step 3: Saving the Application

I don't have pics for this step but just click 'view in finder' and save the entire folder to wherever is most convenient for you.

Step 4: You Are Technically Done!

You are now done and are free to express yourself creatively through your Minecraft skin! Keep reading this instructable for how to make a pig skin.

Step 5: Making a Pig Skin (not a Football)

With the application open you are ready to start drawing. Just choose a colour (left-click) and move it onto the grey area, then imagine you are breaking a block in the game and hold down left click. Move your mouse to spread it. If you click on tool settings you can change the size of the brush. Watch your preview carefully to make sure it looks how you want. To add noise click on the drop down menu 'Edit' then click add noise. Set level to however harsh you want it. When everything looks how you want it save the file. Make sure you can still find it.

Step 6: Adding You Skin Into Your Game

This part is on how to add the skin into your actual game. *Note: this will not work if you play offline as the skin is cloud-based. To upload you skin to your game you must first go to the website  Once there click on Login and (obviously) log in. Once logged in as you, click on the link called "profile' at the top of the page. Once now once again look at the picture notes to get the full picture (lame pun) After following the steps listed above you can change your skin as many times as you want, with no charge, and make your character look however you please! 

Thank You for reading my 'ible on how to make and install a character skin in Minecraft. I hope you liked it.

You can also just download skins of the internet but where's the fun in that? You're a maker aren't you?!




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    i know this was made a while ago, does it work on 1.8 though?

    works well! Here is also a video that should help as a visual aid to this really good guide.

    I found it easier and much more effective to open minecraft.jar look in mob then make a copy of char.png then open in photoshop elements (my prefered program) then save it as a different file and put it on your desktop or wherever then install it via

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    That would be for altering the skin of Steve. If you did that I suppose it would still show up even if you were offline, is that right?

    you could do that by renaming the custom char.png and saving it in minecraft.jar but I just gave it a name and uploaded it to

    I might do an instructable on how to change the skin for offline playing

    You wouldn't have to rename it, if you did it woukd work, because the gameaccesses the file name not the contents

    unless you had renamed the custom skin based on steve then you'd have to rename it char.png

    Thats what i meant

    For those of you who are interested:

    Google Chrome has a plugin on the Chrome web store, called Minecraft Skin Preview, that will let you see how the skin looks on your player, on your profile page.

    Hope this helps someone.

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    Thanks! That's really cool!