A skin refers to the texture that is placed onto a player model or mob.
The skin is divided into areas that act as the surface area of the character (For example, there's the front head area, left leg area, etc.). A skin will only allow solid color; transparency is not allowed on the skin file except on the second head area, which is transparent by default; playing offline, pixels can be left free resulting in "holes" in the skin. The second head layer can be used to give the character glasses, hats, or other accessories (even a bigger head).
 World textures
A skin can also refer to other textures in the game, such as block textures, item sprites, mob skins etc. A list of these can be found here.
It is worth noting that Pigmen, Zombie, and Zombie Pigmen mobs can use typical player skins (and vice-versa). Skeleton mobs can use typical player skins as well, but keep in mind that they have their skinny arms and legs. (If a skeleton mob skin is used as a player's skin, their legs and arms will not be skinny.)
 Changing player skins
A player can only change their character's skin if they have purchased Minecraft. This is done on the minecraft.jar can also be changed and replaced, but the effects will only be visible to that player, and only players with the default skin will appear different.by uploading a valid .png image file, which will then replace the default skin. The steve.png file in
 Xbox 360 and PS3
There are currently 8 default skin types (with the exception of the skin packs), all of which appear to have Steve's face, but wearing different outfits and skin colors. The following are available through split screen and online only. The skins are available to be chosen in the 'Change Skin' area of Help & Options. The Xbox and PS3 (Playstation 3) allows transparent skins, because you can't create your own skins on the Xbox or PS3 edition. This prevents issues with completely transparent skin users "haunting" other players.
|Default Skin (Steve)||Player 1's Skin||The classic Steve.|
|Tennis Steve||Player 2's Skin||A blond Steve in a tennis outfit and a sweatband.|
|Tuxedo Steve||Player 3's Skin||Steve in a fancy-looking tuxedo.|
|Athlete Steve||Player 4's Skin||A darker version of Steve with a sleeveless top, a gold medal necklace, and track pants.|
|Scottish Steve||Player 5's Skin||Steve in a kilt with fancy hair and clothing. This skin was used by Conan O'Brien when he reviewed Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition during clueless gamer.|
|Prisoner Steve||Player 6's Skin||Steve as an escapee from prison in a bright-colored, prison uniform. It seems as if he resembles an albino, with red eyes and off white hair.|
|Cyclist Steve||Player 7's Skin||A Steve with bicycling shorts, a jacket, and shoes.|
|Boxer Steve||Player 8's Skin||A Steve with boxing gloves, a belt with short shorts, no shirt, and fancy boots.|
 Skin Packs
Skin Packs are available in the Xbox 360 Edition as downloadable content. Skin Packs add additional skins that players may choose from along with the 8 default skins packaged with the game. They often feature characters from other video games (usually games on Xbox Arcade), alongside original designs. PlayStation 3 Edition currently only has one skin pack.
 Skin Pack 1
Skin Pack 1 was released on July 16, 2012. It contains 45 different skins to choose from. It is purchasable through the Xbox 360 Marketplace or directly in-game through the Downloadable Content section and costs US$1.99. A trial version of Skin Pack 1 is available as a free download, which enables the full use of the original design skins, but not the skins based on copyrighted game characters which include those based on Minecraft's own characters.
|Skins in Skin Pack 1|
 Skin Pack 2
Skin Pack 2 was released on August 24, 2012. It contains 45 different skins to choose from. It is purchasable through the Xbox 360 Marketplace or directly in-game through the Downloadable Content section and costs US$1.99. A trial version of Skin Pack 2 is available as a free download, which enables the full use of the original design skins and some skins based on certain indie game characters.
|Skins in Skin Pack 2|
 Skin Pack 3
Skin Pack 3 was released on October 17, 2012. It contains 45 different skins to choose from, including figures from Valve's Half Life 2, Portal 2, and Left 4 Dead 2. It is purchasable through the Xbox 360 Marketplace or directly in-game through the Downloadable Content section and costs US$1.99. A trial version of Skin Pack 3 is available as a free download, which enables the full use of the original design skins and skins based on indie game characters.
|Skins in Skin Pack 3|
 Skin Pack 4
Skin Pack 4 was released on March 13, 2013. It contains 45 different skins to choose from. Some of these skins include capes. It is purchasable through the Xbox 360 Marketplace or directly in-game through the Downloadable Content section and costs US$1.99. A trial version of Skin Pack 4 is available as a free download, which enables the full use of some designs.
|Skins in Skin Pack 4|
 Skin Pack 5
Skin Pack 5 was released on July 31, 2013. It contains 45 different skins to choose from. It is purchasable through the Xbox 360 Marketplace or directly in-game through the Downloadable Content section and costs US$1.99. A trial version of Skin Pack 5 is available as a free download, which enables the full use of some designs.
|Skins in Skin Pack 5|
 Summer Of Arcade Promotional Skin Pack
The Summer of Arcade Free Promotional Skin Pack was available through July 18 and August 22, 2012. It was available through the Xbox home page, and was free. It contained 15 different skins to choose from, all from popular games in the "Summer of Arcade" XBLA event.
|Skins in Summer of Arcade Promotional Skin Pack|
 Halloween Skin Pack
The Halloween Skin Pack was downloadable from October 26, 2012 to November 26th, 2012. It contained 55 different skins to choose from. 7 skins included capes. It was purchasable through the Xbox 360 Marketplace or directly in-game through the Downloadable Content section of the game and costs US$1.99. All proceeds went to charity.
|Skins in Halloween Skin Pack|
 Festive Skin Pack
The Festive Skin Pack was released on December 19, 2012 for Xbox and December 17, 2013 for PS3. It contains 24 different skins to choose from. 13 of the skins added extra pixels not available in the PC Version (ex. Santa's Hat). It is purchasable through the Xbox 360 Marketplace/Playstation Store or directly in-game through the Downloadable Content section of the game and costs US$1. A trial version of The Festive Skin Pack is available as a free download, which enables the full use of 7 of the designs.
|Skins in Festive Skin Pack|
 Battle & Beasts Skin Pack
The Battle & Beasts Skin Pack was released on May 8, 2013. It contains 45 different skins to choose from. It is purchasable through the Xbox 360 Marketplace or directly in-game through the Downloadable Content section of the game and costs US$1.99. A trial version of The Battle & Beasts Skin Pack is available as a free download, which enables the full use of some of the designs. Each Battle Skin has a Male and Female Variation.
|Skins in Battle and Beasts Skin Pack|
 Minecraft 1st Birthday Skin Pack
The Minecraft 1st Birthday Skin Pack was available for a limited time, from May 9 until May 31, 2013. It contained 23 different skins to choose from. All the skins were original designs. It was available, for free, through the Xbox 360 Marketplace or directly in-game through the Downloadable Content section of the game. Note Herobrine underneath the "M" in Minecraft.
|Skins in Minecraft 1st Birthday Skin Pack|
 Battle & Beasts 2 Skin Pack
The Battle & Beasts 2 Skin Pack was released on October 9, 2013. It contains 45 different skins to choose from.
|Skins in Battle & Beasts 2 Skin Pack|
 Marvel Avengers Skin Pack
The Marvel Avengers Skin Pack was released on December 23, 2013. It contains 35 different skins to choose from.
|Skins in Marvel Avengers Skin Pack|
 Creating a skin
When players first start playing Minecraft, they probably won't care what they look like; however, when they starts playing with their friends on multiplayer, they will likely want to have a new look, something which describes them. While you can always search the internet for a previously made skin, many players prefer to create their own.
A custom skin is a great way to personalize your player model and can be done either by using a variety of community-made skin editors, or by editing the "steve.png" file manually with an image editor like Photoshop, GIMP, Paint.net or similar image editors. The "steve.png" file can be downloaded from here. When editing the "steve.png" file manually, be sure to keep the original image dimensions and make the background of the skin (the unused pixels) completely transparent. Otherwise, Minecraft may fail to recognize the skin as intended.
Alternatively, some people find it easier to use a program, either downloadable or in-browser, which will allow them to have a live view of their character on a three dimensional model as they are editing the skin. One such program, called Skincraft, will further help players by providing them with a wide variety of pre-made selections, (such as hats, boots, sweaters, etc.) to give the skin creator exactly what they want, even without any artistic skill.
After making a custom skin, either by using a skin editor or by editing the "steve.png" file directly, one will still need to upload the .png file at the Profile page of www.minecraft.net before the skin is applied. Once completed, start up Minecraft and enjoy your new skin! Other players in multiplayer will also be able to see your skin. Note that you will not be able to see your custom skin if you are not logged in or if playing offline.
Prior to 1.8, there can only be 26306674688 different unique skins. As of 1.8, there can be up to 54760833024 unique Minecraft skins. This is calculated by taking every available pixel and multiply it with every color available (amount of pixels in a skin * 256 * 256 * 256)
Capes (previously known as cloaks) are vanity items and are worn in addition to the player's skin. There is currently no way to obtain a cape on one's own, however there are various client mods that allow players to obtain one, only visible client-sided. On the Xbox 360 Edition some skins from various skin packs, such as the Grim Reaper in the Halloween Pack and Ezio Auditore da Firenze in Skin Pack 4 have capes.
|The Mojang Cape||All Mojang AB employees have Mojang logo capes.|
|The Christmas Cape 2010||On December 24/25, 2010; all users were shown with this Christmas tree cape. This cape was not added to user accounts.|
|The New Year's Cape||On New Year's Eve, 2010; all users were shown with this fireworks cape. This cape was not added to user accounts.|
|The Bacon Cape||Miclee was given this cape by Notch, presumably due to his idea of the Pigman. However, later it was removed from him due to other users asking Notch for personal capes.|
|One Million Cape||This cape was made for akronman1, the lucky buyer of the 1,000,000th copy of Minecraft.|
|dannyBstyle's Cape||This cape was given to dannyBstyle.|
|JulianClark's Cape||This cape was given to JulianClark in return for bringing Notch the TV presenter and actor Ray Cokes.|
|Crowdin Translator Cape||This cape was given to 29 translators on the Minecraft translation project at Crowdin using a fair dice roll. Previously, there was plans to give more capes to translators from time to time. 
However, jeb_ later said that he canceled those plans after seeing abusive behavior from some translators like using auto-translation and down-voting legitimate translations. 
|MINECON 2011 Attendees Cape||This cape was automatically added to all MINECON 2011 attendees' registered username.|
|MINECON 2011 Xbox Cape||A card was given to all MINECON 2011 attendees and contained a redemption code for Xbox Live. It uses the same design as the in-game cape from the PC version of minecraft. The cape was then put on Minecraft: XBOX360 Edition as avatar downloadable content.|
|MINECON 2012 Attendees Cape||A redemption link for this cape was emailed to all registered MINECON 2012 attendees.|
|MINECON 2012 Xbox Cape||A card was given to all MINECON 2012 attendees upon check-in that contained a redemption code for Xbox Live. It uses the same design as the in-game cape from the PC version of Minecraft.|
|1st Birthday Xbox Cape||On May 9 till May 13, 2013; all players of the Xbox 360 edition were shown with this birthday cake cape (except for players using skins that have their own capes) to celebrate the 1st birthday of the Xbox edition of Minecraft. A PC version of the cape currently does not exist.|
|cheapsh0t's Cape||On October 19, 2013; the user cheapsh0t received this cape for help jeb_ and the Mojang team in Tokyo. The cape is identical to the Crowdin cape except for the Japanese flag on the reverse side of the cape.|
|MINECON 2013 Attendees Cape||On October 30, 2013 Tobias Mollstam (@mollstam) of the Mojang Team tweeted out an image of the 2013 MINECON cape. The cape shows an extended piston on a green shaded background.|
 Unused MineCon 2011 capes
These capes were featured in a poll where MineCon 2011 attendees could vote for their cape of choice. The red creeper cape won MineCon 2011 and the blue cape with the pickaxe was used for MineCon 2012. These following capes are still unused though may appear in the future.
|1.2.2||Player skins can be modified.|
|1.0||Exclusive cloaks (later renamed capes) were added on December 20, 2010.|
|1.6.6||The player skin originally had a beard that was commonly mistaken for a smile. The beard was removed in Beta 1.6.6.|
|October 2011||Notch renamed the cloak to the cape mentioning that the name was already wrong in the first place.|
|1.9pre1||All "bottom" textures (including hand and foot) have been flipped 180 degrees. It's worth mentioning that the textures were specifically flipped and not rotated because an updated texture with the bottom surface rotated as opposed to flipped may display incorrectly depending on the intended alignment with relation to the rest of the skin.|
|On 23 November 2012, the MineCon 2012 Cape was leaked out when Curse was showing off the MineCon Goodie Bag. The Cape that the Avatar had was the Golden Pickaxe and Blue Background. Then revealed to also be MineCon 2012's Official Cape.|
|1.8||14w03a||Skins have received an overhaul; right and left legs/arms can now be edited independently and the hat layer now counts for the whole body, meaning things such as tattoos and bracelets can now be added on skins.|
|Xbox 360 Edition|
|1.7||The first skin pack is available as downloadable content.|
 See also
- To share your skin with other users, please do so on the skin gallery page.