Ariel Skin

Disney princesses are a fairly common subject for skinners on Minecraft.  I have not seen many fantastic Ariel skins, so coming across this one by Aquatta was a nice surprise.  Allow me to introduce possibly the best Ariel skin on the web:

 

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My assumption is that most (if not all) Minecraft players have at least some idea of who Ariel is, but for the sake of completeness here is a reference:

 

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Ariel has multiple costumes, as do most characters in any story, so what is really important with this skin is just getting the general appearance of the character down.  It’s not a faithful 1:1 replica, which is a nice change from the typical fan skin.

 

Disregarding the character, this is also the best “mermaid” skin I’ve ever seen, and one of the best female skins in general.  It is simply very well done in every facet – descriptive shading, interesting colors, good use of detail, and even some depth with the helmet layer.  I give this skin ten dinglehoppers out of ten.

 

Installing the Skin

 

For online play, skins can be installed by simply uploading the file to your profile on Minecraft.net.  Skins posted on certain websites can be uploaded directly from their page, including this one; click on the button on the right-hand side labeled “change my skin” to be taken directly to the appropriate page.

 

For offline play only, the process is similar to installing mods:

 

  1. Download the skin’s .png file;

  2. Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.

  3. Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.

  4. Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.

  5. Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.

  6. Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.

  7. Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).

  8. Change the name of your skin’s .png file to steve.png and insert it here.

 

Remember to keep your meta.inf and original steve texture backed up somewhere just in case.

 

Comment below and leave a link to your favorite Disney fan skin – bonus points if you find an Ariel skin better than this one!

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