It's a mod (duh) that allows the use of skins with a higher resolution than the default 64x64 (64x32 in the pre-1.8 format)
How do I use it?
1. Install Forge (If you don't know, google it)
2. Install the mod (drop it in the /mods/ folder)
3. IMPORTANT! While you're in the .minecraft folder, go to /assets/skins and delete everything there. Why? Because Minecraft 1.8 caches skins and if you don't clear this cache, it won't download you new HD skin!
Be aware that this is a beta build, and some features don't work all the time.
For example: Skins load reliably most of the time, but player heads don't. When placed normally they work most of the time, but certain ones won't. Known offenders are the "Hats" on servers like Hypixel
Now, for those of you wondering how this works, or why you need to upload skins to a different site, here's a brief explanation of how the mod works.
By default, Minecraft will only accept two image sizes for skins, 64x32 or 64x64. The mod removes that limitation. minecraft.net will still only accept these sizes, so the mod steps in again to tell the game to look at a different server for skin files. If a skin doesn't exist on the new server, it will forward the appropriate one from minecraft.net.
All of the old post:
[Update] November 12, 2015: Uploads are now working.
[UPDATE!] November 10, 2015: Wow! I didn't plan on being gone that long! But, I'm back, and I've brought the mod back with me! New uploads aren't being processed at the moment, so the mod will only work for people that have used it in the past. If that's you, head on over to my last post in the thread where you can grab a beta version of the mod for Minecraft 1.8!
Also, as a bit of a side note, it seems like the 1.8 update contained code specifically designed to prevent skin/cape mods from working... It's not that easy to stop me Mojang!
[ UPDATE ] November 14, 2013:
The mod will be updated again at some point, but I don't know when. The past 6 months have been pretty rough for me, and I've made a lot of decisions that I regret. Stepping away from this was one of them. I've decided to completely start over from scratch this time. I've meant to rebuild the website a few times now, but it never gets finished. I feel like I can do it this time... like I have have to do it this time.. Because, quite frankly, coding about the only thing keeping me sane these days.I don't know how long this will take. The first version of the site was thrown together in a few hours, and that rough build has been coming back to haunt me in every update for nearly two years. Every update since then has just been tacked onto the old code, creating a huge mess when there are far more efficient ways it could have been done. I don't want to make that mistake again, so I won't be releasing anything until I have something stable, that can easily and safely been added to and modified in the future.I also need to work out a different hosting solution. The current one is too expensive, and relatively unreliable.For now, I'll keep this thread posted with any updates there may be. In the future, the news will be moved back to the main site.One final note: when things are a bit more complete, I'll be looking for a team of coders and moderators. Another lesson I've learned the hard way is managing a site with 32 thousand users is not a one man job.
Even older post:
IMPORTANT NEWS IS POSTED HERE FIRST:http://www.hdminecra...m/e107/news.phpHD Player Skins (and capes) Support for 128x64/256x128/512x256/1024x512 player skins About this mod:This mod allows Minecraft to use 128x64, 256x128, 512x256, 1024x512 player skins in addition to the default size of 64x32. Any players using the mod are able to see higher resolution skins on other players that have them, while those without the mod are shown normally.Feel free to post your own screenshots Installing the mod:Instructions vary, consult the download page for each version.Using the mod:If you only want to see other player's skins just install the mod. If you want your own HD skin, go to HDMinecraftSkins.com, create an account (use your Minecraft username, but not the same password), login, then click Skin ManagerDownload:All downloads are now at HDMinecraftSkins.comWant up to the minute info on the status of the mod, along with occasionally some other topics? Then follow me (@angrykhan) on twitter!Mod Changelog (incomplete, check website for versions after 1.3) :
v1.3 Minecraft 1.2.5v1.2 Updated for Minecraft 1.2.4C2 Player API version updated to Minecraft 1.2.3v1.1 - Fixed crash on joining serverv1.0 - Minecraft 1.2C1 - PlayerAPI Compatibilityv0.6.1 -Performance tweaks on v0.6 bugfixv0.6 - Fixed a bug that can occur when the HD skin server is offlinev0.5 - Transparency now supported anywhere on the skin or cape, not just the head like before A bug in which some black pixels could appear along the bottom of the head should be fixedv0.4 - Capes!v0.3R - Minecraft 1.0 compatible version of v0.3v0.3 - Fixed solid black skin glitch, minor performance tweaksv0.2 - Fixed minecraft.net skins not loading
Disclaimer:THIS MOD IS PROVIDED 'AS IS' WITH NO WARRANTIES, IMPLIED OR OTHERWISE. THE OWNER OF THIS MOD TAKES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DAMAGES INCURRED FROM THE USE OF THIS MOD. THIS MOD ALTERS FUNDAMENTAL PARTS OF THE MINECRAFT GAME, PARTS OF MINECRAFT MAY NOT WORK WITH THIS MOD INSTALLED. ALL DAMAGES CAUSED FROM THE USE OR MISUSE OF THIS MOD FALL ON THE USER.
"Username" is your user name for the site, but it also needs to be the same as your minecraft name. "Name" is just an extra field I forgot to remove when I set the site up. You can put whatever you want there. I'll remove that from the registration form when I get home.
Thank you for the help. I tested it out and it worked great. Hopefully this mod starts to really get popular. You can do SO much more with HD skins, very similar to the likes of HD textures.
All you really need to do is get more people to use it.