How to Make a Custom Skin in Minecraft Java Edition

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How to Make a Custom Skin in Minecraft Java Edition

Stand out from the crowd. Make your own custom skin — no pesky application downloads required!

Minecraft is a game all about using creativity to express yourself. Whether that’s building a cozy little house by the lake or a giant castle, there’s no limit to the things you can create. This doesn’t include just building, however. You can also express yourself through the look of your own character.

This is where skins come in. Skins are textures that can be applied to the player character’s model, changing their look and allowing the player to express themselves for others to see. But did you know you can easily make your own custom skin? And in this guide, I’m going to be telling you how!

Creating The Actual Skin

The easiest way to make custom skins regardless of skill level is by visiting a website or using an app that specializes in making custom Minecraft skins. The best one I’ve seen so far is called Blockbench, and you can visit it by clicking the link here. This website allows you to easily make custom skins using a 3D model of your character that you can draw directly on.

To get started, first, follow the link I posted and select “Minecraft Skin,” which is found toward the bottom left of the screen. Then click on “Create new model.” You can choose between the character model being either wide or slim. Either one is fine, but I’d recommend the slim if you do a lot of PvP as it has a slightly lower hit-box. Leave all other settings as default, then click “Confirm” when you’re done.

Now it’s time for the fun part: drawing your skin! You can select a color from the right side of the screen. Then simply click with your mouse to draw on the model. Press and hold right-click to pan around, and press and hold left-click on the empty space around the model to rotate around the character. Get to work drawing on the model, and feel free to play around with some of the other tools if you want.

Exporting & Applying Your Skin

Once you are done with your skin, look at the top left corner of the screen. Select File, then Export. This will download the skin to your computer. If you have not changed where your browser downloads its files to, then the skin should appear in your downloads folder. Now, launch the Minecraft browser. Go to the skins tab (shown in the image below).

A screenshot of the Minecraft browser for update 1.20.
Image: Microsoft via HGG / Blockbench

Once you are there, select new skin. Give the skin a name, select whether it is wide or slim, and then press the button that says browse. This will open up your file explorer. Head to the place where you downloaded your skin. After you selected it, look to the bottom right of the screen and press the green button that says Save & Use.

There you go! Your skin should now be applied and you’ll be good to go. You can safely delete the skin file that you downloaded from Blockbench, as the game saved a copy of your skin’s texture automatically.


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