…. And now, for something different. I didn’t expect to find myself liking this texture pack, but as far as simple edits go, it is pretty ingenious. Welcome to my review of the Outline texture pack by TheBatCow!
This pack is not quite finished yet, but its premise is simple. Every pixel of the original Minecraft textures will be outlined by a darker color. You may be having the same initial reaction that I did: “that sounds like a terrible idea!” But take a look for yourself and see how awesome it is:
Up close the textures don’t look incredible, but that is to be expected for a pack faithful to the original Minecraft texture resolution. From a decent distance however as you can see in the screenshot above, it creates an interesting visual effect. The pixels somehow seem more detailed, with a slight plastic look to them.
One of the unfortunate side effects of this is that some textures appear confusingly flattened and dimensional, though. Adding outlines to objects in drawing and painting is a technique used by cartoonists to reduce the effect of shading and abstract the form they are trying to depict. Here it makes the cobblestone’s dimensionality a bit ambiguous:
It works somewhat due to the fact that the dark spots seem much darker, but again the highlights are flattened. I would suggest possibly outlining highlights with lighter colors, and keeping midtones/shadows outlined with darker colors.
Lastly, some of the finer items like the brewing stand are also outlined:
Especially on something like a brewing stand (and I imagine the furnace, crafting table, and chests), this gridded texture works excellently.
Based on what is complete so far, I award TheBatCow 7 out of 10 selectively tinted outlines. The pack is being updated pretty quickly, so keep an eye on it! Definitely give this one a try if you want something different!
Installing the Outline Texture Pack for Minecraft 1.8
Download the latest version of the texture pack here.
Click on Texture Packs (or Options > Texture Packs).
Click Open Texture Pack Folder OR press WindowsKey+R and type %appdata%\.minecraft\texturepacks
Place the texture pack in this folder and wait until it shows up in your client.
Select the texture pack and click done.
How do you feel about the outlining effect? Also, do you agree with my statements about flattening the form on the cobblestone block? Let me know in the comments below!