I am looking to make some slight alterations to the default resource pack. Is there a place where I can download a copy of the resource pack so that I can edit it, or are the files somewhere in the .minecraft folder? I tried looking for it in there but I couldn't find it, sorry if I am ignorant. Thanks
1.7.4 Executable Jar File is found in this folder, right click it then go to 7zip, then open the archive.
Make your resource pack in the resourcepack folder, then take any archive folders you need (With there names) and extract them to the desktop, then copy and paste them into your resource pack folder. Open up any file you want to edit with Gimp/Pixlr/Photoshop for textures, and Audicity for things like sounds