As this post is becoming quite popular i will make it into a publishing ground for everyone who has made a texture pack using this guide. Please use the format which i have posted in the publishing section of the guide.
If you are using a windows computer you will need to find your own editing software as this guide was made for mac but most of it is the same for windows
1. Finding the Files
2. What to edit
3. Installing and Testing
I have made a folder containing all the files needed. This can be found here.I recommend that you download this if you want to speed up your process of editing and not having to find all the files
1. Finding Files
I recommend that you use the download link above but if you want to find the files your self you will need an archiving, normally there should be Archiving Utility or something like that installed on your mac if not go to this link and have a look at some of the programs there.
Ok now we need to extract the files from minecraft.jar to do this we need to go to the minecraft folder in the Application Support folder. First of all click 'Macintosh HD' then 'Users' then Your user name then 'Library' then 'Application Support' then 'Minecraft' and then 'bin'.
Then the file 'minecraft.jar' to your desktop and unarchive it.
You should get a folder named 'minecraft' with loads of files inside it which end in '.class'
Now search through this folder until you find folders/files with the names:
- Armor, Art, Environment, Font, Font.txt, GUI, Item, Misc, Mob, Pack.png, pack.txt, particles.png, terrain, terrain.png, title
The file with the name terrain.png is the file which you will work on most.
2. What to Edit?
When you come to the stage where you have to edit the files you need to have the right program to edit with. There are many programs which you can edit textures with. The program which I recommend that you use is Adobe's Photoshop. However not everyone can afford this as it can cost quite a lot of money. There are also many free photo editing programs such as Gimp: http://adf.ly/323739/gimp or pixelmator: (free trial) http://www.pixelmator.com/try/
What files do what?
Armor Used to edit in-game armor.
Art Edit this to change the art you can out up in-game.
Environment Edit files that create clouds, snow and rain.
Font Edit the font which is used to write on signs, this is quite complicated though.
Font.txt Similar to font.
GUI Backgrounds such as the inventory or main menu background.
Items Edit items.
Mob Edit the way that creepers, zombies and all other non player controlled characters look.
Pack.png The image that will be displayed when in the texture packs window in the main menu.
Pack.txt The text that will be displayed below your pack.png in the main menu texture pack window.
Particles.png Used to edit the animations when you break a block and other small things.
Terrain Used to edit the sun and the moon
Terrain.png The file you will edit most. Used to edit the way blocks look in-game.
Title Edit the files to change the flashing messages in the main menu.
The default texture pack size is 16x16 but if you want to make an HD pack change the terrain.png to 128x128 pixels for a 32x32 texture pack. Change it to 256x256 for a 64x64 texture pack. And to 512x512 for a 128x128 texture pack. However when you install the texture pack you must use an HD texture pack Fixer.
3. Installing and Testing
To install the texture pack make a folder and place all the files into into. Then right click the folder and click compress. You should create a file called Archive.zip. Rename this file to what you want to name your texture pack and drag and drop it into your minecraft texture pack folder. This is found in the Application Support Folder. Open minecraft and select your file from the texture pack menu in the main menu. Then click done and i should be installed. Now test your texture pack.
To publish your texture pack upload the .zip file to any file hosting company and link it in the forum you found this guide in. Make sure to show the viewers some screenshots.
If you wish to use this guide to promote your texture pack please use the following code when posting:
[img]put the url of your photo here[/img] [b]name of your texture pack[/b] [b]link to download or minecraft forum topic link[/b]
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