How To Make A Minecraft Skin

By Nic •  Updated: 10/05/21 •  5 min read

In this article, we will show you exactly how to make your very own Minecraft skin. Our goal with this tutorial is to make creating a Minecraft skin as easy as possible. However, if you do want to use more advanced programs to create your skin, you can. This tutorial though will allow anyone to quickly make their very own Minecraft skin from scratch and start using it right away! We do this using the Skindex's Skin Editor. You can find a link to the Skin Editor below, and this tutorial will give you a more in-depth look at how to make a Minecraft skin with the Skindex Skin Editor!

How To Make A Minecraft Skin

Step 1) Go to The Skindex Skin Editor

To create your skin, we will using a web program called the Skin Editor from Skindex. This is, by far, the best way to create a Minecraft skin. Luckily, you can access the Skin Editor by click the button above by clicking here. That will take you to the Skin Editor page on The Skindex, and we can start creating your own custom Minecraft skin.

Step 2) Learn the Skin Editor's Tools

There are a bunch of different tools you can use when you make a Minecraft skin. Starting at the top, we have the pencil. This will allow you to draw free-hand on your skin model. This can also be good for coloring individual pixels on your skin. Under that, there is an eraser. This is for erasing drawings on your skin. After that there is the ‘background' color tool. This is similar to the drawing tool, but instead of being the same color, it does a variant of colors around the color you have select. This is great for blending and can make a skin look more natural. The last painting tool we have is the bucket fill. This will fill large sections at a time in your selected color.

After that, we have the undo and redo buttons. Then, there is the lighten and darken color buttons. This is good to quickly change your shades and get more variation around the color you are using. Next up is the zoom in and out buttons to let you see the skin more closely, and last but not least there is the ‘mirror' button. Use this to mirror what is done on one side of the skin on the other side.

I do want to mention selecting your colors here as well. You can select colors in the top right of the skin editor. You can use color codes or use the color wheel to select the color you want to use to make a Minecraft skin.

Step 3) Understanding the Skin Model

Now that you know the tools, feel free to play around with creating a skin. However, I think it is important to understand the skin model as well. The buttons and features around the model can be found on the right-hand side of the Skindex Skin Editor under the color selector.

There are two layers you can edit a skin on. The body layer and outer layer. The body layer sits under the outer layer, but it does show through in some cases. You can see these layers by clicking them to remove them. So clicking ‘Body' will hide that layer and just show the outer layer. You can bring it back by clicking ‘Body' again. The same can be done for the outer layer of your Minecraft skin. You can also hide parts of the skin like the arms, legs, or torso by clicking on the model under these layer selectors.

Step 4) Uploading An Existing Skin to Edit

This step can be skipped for some users. However, if you want to make a Minecraft skin using an existing skin as a template, you can update a skin using the Skin Editor. To do this, click the ‘Upload from Computer' button in the bottom right and select the skin you want to edit. The Skin Editor will then open that skin on the model in order for you to change and edit. This can also be used to edit skins you have made in other programs like Photoshop or GIMP.

Step 5) Make A Minecraft Skin

It is now time to finally make a Minecraft skin. Truly, the options here are endless. Just play around with the Skindex Skin Editor and see what you can create. You can add anything you want to your skin, so get creating.

Step 6) Download Your Minecraft Skin

Once you have created your skin, we can download it. This is also really simple. Just click the ‘Download' button in the bottom right of the Skin Editor. This will automatically download the skin file. This can be added to directly to Minecraft as it is by default a compatible skin!

Step 7) Add Your Skin to Minecraft!

Finally, you can add your skin to Minecraft. This can be done just like any other skin you have ever added to Minecraft. We recommend doing it directly from the Minecraft launcher, but you can also add your skin to Minecraft from Mojang's website. There is an in-depth video tutorial above that will show you how to add your skin to Minecraft and start using it in game. It even shows you how to easily switch skins!

Congratulations! You now know how to make a Minecraft skin. If you have any issues or questions about creating a Minecraft, let us know in the comments below. We will try to help you out!


I have been playing and modding Minecraft since 2010. In 2014, I started getting interested in creating Minecraft servers and teaching people how to do it online. This led to thousands of videos covering how to do anything and everything in Minecraft!

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