Lifeguard Skin

Summer is fast approaching – that means swimming, shorts, tee shirts and sandals are too!  This Lifeguard skin by Meggles is the perfect way to dress for summer on your favorite Minecraft server.

 

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This skin is appropriately bright and cheery.  Meggles’s shading is a good projection of the human figure onto Minecraft’s model.  The hands and knees in particular are well defined – something many skins lack.

 

My only complaint for this skin is the direction of shading in the hair.  It seems to fall straight down in the side views; I feel that the direction of the striations could vary towards the edge of the plane.

 

As a user kindly pointed out in the comments, this lifeguard’s hair is not properly restrained for active lifeguard duty.  Let’s assume this lifeguard is on break!

 

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.

 

Always keep any files that will be affected by a skin or mod backed up, just in case anything goes wrong.

 

I am always a fan of occupational skins like this – could you see yourself roleplaying as a lifeguard?  Let us know how you would utilize this skin in your world in the comments!

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