Skins with simple ideas and great execution are always high up on my list of favorites. This female Dino Hoodie skin by Whale_ is a perfect example of this.
The overall quality of this skin is apparent at first glance. It is a well-polished product with great shading that fits the model perfectly and appropriately defines each facet of the character’s clothing. In addition, Whale used the helmet layer to add some more dimension to the hood and bangs, which I love.
Color-wise, it is excellent as well – the contrast between pastel blues and greens with medium skin tones and dark hair adds a nice visual effect.
Finally, the rainbow spikes on the back are adorable! Can’t say much else about them – great idea, and it worked perfectly.
I do have one small gripe with this skin – there is a line of shading in the back of the hoodie that confuses me. It seems as though it is the beginning of shading for the hood being down, but the hood is ever so clearly up. Perhaps I am missing something – let me know if that’s the case.
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.
Skins are fairly easy to modify. What other color(s) would you like to see this skin in? I think the green and blue works great, but wouldn’t mind seeing a version with a white or light gray hoodie. Leave your ideas below!