Some Bright Rainbow Skin

This Bright Rainbow skin is by Cheezystar, whom you may remember from yesterday’s Emotions contest overview.  Cheezystar quickly became one of my favorites; if you have not seen his/her Akane skin, I highly recommend checking that out as well as the rest of Cheezy’s gallery.

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Some Bright Rainbow was crafted for the Bright Colors contest, a celebratory event hosted by Sidtom in commemoration of hitting 150 subscribers.  This contest is simple: entrants must simply submit a skin that makes use of bright colors.  Entrants are meant to interpret the theme in an interesting but logical way, and not just throw a bunch of bright colors together.

 

Cheezy definitely followed the rules!  This skin is undeniably bright, but in such a way that it is not obnoxious or straining to the eyes.  It is nothing incredibly out of the ordinary; simply a person wearing colorful clothing.  Nonetheless, it is fairly well shaded and well executed.

 

My only gripe with this skin is that some of the shading doesn’t seem to fit.  The character looks like it is a round plastic toy in some parts – for example, the shading on the stomach and back are exactly the same with some changes to brightness.  Everywhere else this mirroring trick works pretty well.  The back, however, has a much different structure than the front of the torso.

 

Anyway, I think this is definitely one of the best skins so far in this contest.  I award Cheezy eight out of ten rainbows.

 

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.

 

I am strongly considering starting reviews and interviews of specific users, featuring many of their skins with some comments by the artist.  Do you like this idea, hate it, or don’t care either way?  Let me know in the comments below.  Additionally, if there is anyone in particular you would like to see featured, feel free to post their names!

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