Showing off your custom skins in Minecraft has to be one of the best parts of playing this legendary game, and by the time you finish reading this guide, you’ll know how to create your own.
There isn’t much else to say before we jump into it since we assume everyone knows about Minecraft already, as it’s one of the most successful games of all time.
So, if you’re regularly playing it and now willing to change your in-game looks, this is what you need to know.
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1. Nova Skin
Nova Skin is amongst the top choices when it comes to Minecraft skin creators/editors, and we’ve tested it to see whether or not it lives up to its name. Hint – it does.
Upon loading the NovaSkin website, you might feel a bit overwhelmed by all the controls and options on your screen. Frankly, they do seem a bit too much, but as you keep using the editor to perfect your Minecraft skins, you’ll be thankful they’re so “out there.”
In the top-left corner, you’ll see the “Open” control, which allows you to choose a file from your computer and load it into the editor. So, if you have some unfinished skins, base models you’d like to perfect, or simply a well-put base you wish to work on top of, you can start doing so in just a few seconds.
From the left-bar menu, you can select pre-built models and easily edit them. This will save you some time or simply help you learn how the editor works if you’re just starting. There are some cool pre-made skins here to be fair, such as the example in the image below called “The Ender”.
Using the second set of tools in the bottom bar you can make your designing process even easier and more fluid. You don’t need to be an expert to get started and create at least a few awesome skins without spending too much time.
Oh, and we almost forgot, using the Pose tool from the top-bar menu, you can make your character pose with any in-game item you can think of, so you can easily get an accurate picture of how the skin is going to look in-game while you’re using items.
All in all, a very solid Minecraft skin creator that should fulfill your needs even if you are an expert in this field.
2. Miners Need Cool Shoes
Another great Minecraft skin editor is Miners Need Cool Shoes. Not only does it have a cool name, but it features some of the best customization tools as well.
Upon loading the website, you’ll see a few skin templates showcased on the landing page, which is more than enough to get you started right away. The designs are cool and creative and should inspire you to design your skin with ease.
What we’ve noticed right away are the tooltips right under the design showcase section, which are very helpful, especially if you’re new and it’s your first time using an MC skin maker.
Specifically, we saw a tip that reminded us to use the keyboard buttons when rotating the character models, which was super helpful and made the rest of the designing process convenient.
As for importing models, you can upload files you have stored locally on your computer, or directly from Minecraft.Net.
We’ve chosen to work on one of the models listed in the website’s “Most Popular” section, put our skills to the test, and came up with this masterpiece.
No, seriously, the editor has a lot of great tools to offer, and you can create astonishing designs without any previous experience.
For example, we explored the Most Popular section and set the filter to all-time, and the results were not disappointing at all. From what we saw, users come up with all sorts of unique designs, often following trends, memes, and everything else that’s cool in the Minecraft world.
This skin editor features a gallery where you can browse by categories, packs, wallpapers, and even 3D prints, so it’s pretty safe to say that you’ll find everything you need for your Minecraft journey.
Overall, very solid, and we certainly recommend it.
3. The Skindex
The first thing we’ve noticed upon opening Skindex is that the website loaded in a split second. A blazing-fast service is always a great sign, but this was just the beginning, as we kept being pleasantly surprised by the rest of the features.
The best Skindex feature is its simple and easy-to-follow interface.
In the top-bar, you have all the things you need to get started, such as the options to create an account or sign in with an already-existing one, all sorting options (filters), the skin upload button, and most importantly, a button to load the Editor which we’ll get to in just a few moments.
Moving on, you can see a large area of skins that are automatically sorted by “Best”, meaning all you see are skins voted as awesome by the Minecraft community members.
At the bottom, you’ll see there are a lot of pages you can scroll through, so if you need inspiration, you will find it here. If you click on one of these skins, you can then click “Edit Skin” and get right into modifying it.
This is already too cool, and we haven’t even gotten to the best part yet. Let’s take a look at what the editor itself has to offer once you fully load it.
The Skindex editor is just a very solid, if not the best Minecraft skin maker we’ve come across so far. Its interface is so clean and easy to follow, yet still provides all the tools you need to come up with an astonishing skin design.
It allows you to quickly upload and download your skins, so continuing your work on an already-existing model is very easy and quick to do.
The feature we liked the most is the one in the bottom-right corner, which allows you to easily and visually de-select specific body parts of your character’s skin, so you can edit and paint without accidentally touching the rest of the model.
This, combined with all the other tools in the left-sidebar will lead to impressive designs, so if you haven’t tried Skindex yet, we wholeheartedly recommend you do.
Even if this website doesn’t offer the most complex editor, compared to NovaSkin’s, for example, its rich and easy-to-follow library of models will help you turn your ideas into reality without spending a lot of time, and that’s something we appreciate.
If you’re just now getting into the world of creating and editing Minecraft skins, you’ll find Skindex to be the most friendly and convenient option.
Last but not least, if you don’t have the time, inspiration, or patience to create your skins, you can always rely on freelancers to help you turn your great ideas into playable Minecraft skins.
Of course, this method is not free like the rest on the list, but it can often yield good results if you find the right person for the task.
We recommend Fiverr for this type of task as both the Minecraft and the gaming communities, in general, are quite developed on this platform.
Now you know how to craft your own Minecraft skins with ease, which should ensure you never spend another moment crafting or mining without looking fresh.
Remember, you can always design a fully custom look for your character, but that usually requires a bit of designing knowledge. Fortunately, you can always find someone to help you out with it on freelancing websites such as Fiverr or Upwork if the editors suggested above don’t offer enough options for you.