Skill Level: Level 2
Badges Earned: Minecraft Level 2
Description: In level 1 you created a world to solve a problem. Can the user experience be enhanced in any way? In level 2 you are going to create a custom texture pack that enhances a user’s Minecraft experience.
Background Info: There are several type of image files including .jpg, .gif, .png formats (next time you download an image, check which format you are saving). Minecraft maps .png images onto the blocks essentially giving them their look. This means that if you want to change how a block looks in Minecraft you need to modify the .png file(s) that maps to that block. Below is the grass block and it’s default side and top texture images.
Contrast with a grass block with custom texture images (Dragon Mount).
Notes: The default texture images shown above are magnified x4 to show detail. All default texture images in Minecraft are 16×16 pixels (actual sizes ). Note that the Dragon Mount texture pack uses images that are 64×64 pixels, 4 times larger, which allows for more details. So why are the default textures only 16×16 pixels? Smaller file sizes take up less hard drive space, but more importantly, load much faster and there is less of a chance that the computer will lag. Those are definitely things to consider when designing you own texture pack. But feel free to experiment with different sizes. And though there are texture pack up to 512×512 pixels, those texture pack may require a more robust system to play on. The only requirement is that the images are square and .png.
Getting started: Sometimes a good way to start is to get inspiration. Click here to check out some texture packs created for our current version of Minecraft. After a little bit of exploration, don’t forget to fill out a challenge proposal.
Starter pack: One way to get going on your own texture pack is to edit a copy of the default texture pack. Click here to watch a tutorial on where to save, unzip, and rename the starter texture pack. You will need this link during the video.
Editing the pack: Use your preferred image editor such as Pixlr Editor or Photoshop for example. In this video you will see a tutorial on editing the texture pack using Photoshop.
Ideas: Think outside the box on this one. Think about audience. Who is this world for? Could this be a service learning project or idea? Your job is to brainstorm and design that texture pack. Then share it! Create a YouTube Screencast of your world using your texture pack, using Screencastify for Chrome.
Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your final project, and get an instructor to visually check out your project, if you can. Create a video “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges. Only needs to be about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Earn Your Badges: When you’re done, earn your badge!