As I have said before, user-requested custom skins tend to turn out excellent. Perhaps this is because the skinner feels some kind of pressure to deliver quality content, or perhaps it is simply a matter of the desire to produce a great skin for a fellow Minecrafter. Regardless, this custom skin by LeSplashy for ReD_ZeBRA33 is awesome, adorable, and any number of other assorted positive adjectives one would use to describe a skin!
This almost entirely red skin may be tough on the eyes, and certainly clashes with most of Minecraft’s original color palette, but with those two negative points aside I cannot help but love it. I mean – who wouldn’t want to run around in a red winged dinosaur costume?
The detail in this skin is rather light (as in sparse), but it is nonetheless used appropriately given the fact that it is meant to be a costume – which would have a similarly moderate amount of detail. The spikes on the back are my favorite part, with the teeth and claws tied for second.
I am not quite so fond of the wings, however. They look great when the model is still, but as I have said many times, having graphics that stretch across multiple moving limbs just ends up looking bad during motion.
Shading-wise, this skin is pretty solid. There is not much detail to work around, so the shading really stands out. The highlights are a bit exaggerated, giving the sense that this is a very tight dinosaur(?) suit – which is not necessarily a problem. Otherwise, the shading describes the form pretty well!
Ultimately, I enjoy this skin. I award LeSplashy eight out of ten awkwardly tight birthday party dinosaur costumes.
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:
Download the skin’s .png file;
Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.
Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.
Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.
Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.
Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.
Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).
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.
There have been many skin requests throughout Minecraft’s history, some of which have become quite popular skins among other users. Which is your favorite? Post a link to it in the comments, and if applicable, a link to any skins you have made for others or have had made by others for you!