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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How To Change Pictures/Artwork in Minecraft

I was asked to post a tutorial on changing the artwork in minecraft once I figured it out. Well,... I did,... so here's the tutorial:

First you'll need something to open the minecraft.jar file and an image editor.

As always I like to use free stuff. So to open the minecraft jar file I use 7zip and to edit the picture I use paint.net. You can also use winrar and photoshop or paint.



So,... navigate to: C:\Users\[Your Username]\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft\bin\minecraft.jar

Back up any files before you change them. Just copy past into the same folder and windows (7) will automatically append a -copy.

Note: If you are using a texture pack then navigate to it instead since minecraft will be using the art folder in the texture pack zip not the minecraft.jar.

Right click on minecraft.jar and select "7zip" and "open archive."

Navigate to the "art" folder and click on Kz.png then select "extract" above the address bar.

 

Once you have extracted Kz.png you can open it in your image editor. You'll need to zoom in.



Open the artwork you want to add by going to Image > Import From File, navigate to the picture you want and click OK.






Now you'll need to re-size the image over an existing image by grabing and draging the small boxes around your imported image. Make sure your image covers the existing one exactly.

Like so:

 

Tip: If you import a large image your canvas size will change and you'll need to trim it back to its original size.

Once you are done editing the Kz.png file drag and drop the "art" folder into 7zip to save. Don't try and change the file but change the folder with your new file inside it.

Here is my new image file:


Save this file if you want to use it. It's the right size and good to go.
Screen shots:






 I'm using an HD texture pack and mod so my images look way better than they would otherwise.

Overall I think it spruces the place up ;)





18 comments:

  1. those graphics are on another level, good tips

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  2. Thanks for the tutorial, I'm probably gonna mess around with this now.

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  3. Get troll face all over your wall! lol.

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  4. thanks, i might be able to use this. :D

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  5. Man those buildings must have taken so long!

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  6. There is no way to add more paintings to the file? Seems to be so much white space within the file.

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  7. re: Malvisk

    The easiest way I know is to install an HD pack that already has more paintings and then mod that. After that I think you'd need to actually mod the java.

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  8. can i make less art? if possible plz tell me

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  9. it didn't work for me :(

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  10. How did you get tem resised w/o them pixelating?

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    1. The mod for installing HD texture packs takes care of that.

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  11. Is there a way to re-purpose the unused space so that one may make a larger picture without having to combine separate paintings to make the large one?

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    1. I know some HD texture packs have larger pictures and more pictures. I would recommend playing with them for the simplest solution.

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  12. for some reason I tried this with one of the texture packs I use, and everything works in the texture pack except for the paintings. Not only are my edits not showing up, but neither are the original texture pack paintings. It's just using the default minecraft ones.

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  13. Did you rename the file? If minecraft can't find the specified file it will do to default.

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