Minecraft

How To Make Minecraft Texture Packs?

Minecraft was first launched in 2009, and it has a distinct aesthetic that sets it different from other games. This design has a different tone that has helped it maintain its dominance throughout the years.

You can easily change the outlook and the feel of any entity using a Minecraft texture pack. It may appear complicated, especially identifying the files you need to change, but it’s pretty simple, depending on your level of graphic editing skill. Modifying the texture can improve your gaming experience by allowing you to immerse yourself in the environment fully you’re in as well. After all, Minecraft is all about being creative, customizing your experience, and letting your ideas flow. And what better way to do so than by making your own resource pack? By altering the graphics and sounds, you may immerse yourself in a new branch of construction ideas unique to your resource pack.

This article will show you how you can make your own texture pack and also customize it. It will also tell you where to get each file and provide some basic tips and tactics to assist you in creating your texture pack.

How to make texture packs in Minecraft:

A step-by-step process of creating and editing Minecraft texture pack is mentioned below:

Step 1: Copying the JAR file

The first step is to copy the JAR file placed in your Minecraft “versions” folder. There are two ways to do that:

  1. Using the Minecraft game launcher
  2. Using the Run command

Method 1: Using the Minecraft Game launcher

Here, you need to open the Minecraft game launcher and then go to the installation tab and click on the folder icon that will be displayed on the right side of the screen when you select the game version as shown below:

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Clicking on the folder icon will directly send you to the “.minecraft” folder from where you need to open the “versions” folder and copy the .jar file, as shown below.

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Method 2: Using the Run Command

You can also access the “.minecraft” folder using the command window if you don’t want to open the game launcher. You can do that by pressing the “Window+R,” which is the shortcut key, and type the command mentioned below:

%appdata%

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This will open the “roaming” directory, where you need to select the “.minecraft” folder as shown below.

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After that, follow the exact same procedure mentioned in the first step, and copy the .jar file from the “versions” folder.

Step 2: Extracting the JAR File

In this step, you need to extract the JAR file that you have copied from the “versions” folder in the “.minecraft” directory.

After that, create a new folder with any name you like, for example, it is “Custom texture pack”, and then place it in the “.minecraft” folder, as shown below. You need to paste the JAR file in this newly created folder and extract it, as shown below. Winrar or 7-zip is recommended for data extraction.

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You need to open this extracted folder and click on the “assets” folder and then “minecraft” folder. Now you need to open the “texture” folder, where you will see a list of folders that you can modify and change, as shown below:

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Here we take an example of blocks used in the Minecraft game. For this, you need to open the block folder, and then you will see a variety of block icons available in the Minecraft game, as shown below:

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Step 3: Editing the Texture Pack

You need to edit any block of your choice using paint, GIMP, photoshop, or any other similar tool. For example, let’s take the “oak_planks.png” file in our case, and we colored lines and save it with the same name.

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As you can see, the above-edited image is quite simple, as we want to see the modifications, but you can edit any way you like.

Step 4: Creating the resource file

To create a resource file, you need to open a notepad first and type the following code mentioned below:

{
"pack":
{ "pack_format": 7,
"description": "My resource pack" }
}

After you’ve finished writing the code, save the file as “pack.mcmeta” and place it in the “custom texture pack” folder, which we have created earlier and where the assets folder is also present. Because the notepad document’s default extension is “.txt,” you must ensure that it is changed to “mcmeta.”

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Here “pack-format” value depends on the Minecraft version that you have, such as:

Pack Format Minecraft Version
1 1.6.1 – 1.8.9
2 1.9 – 1.10.2
3 1.11 – 1.12.2
4 1.13 – 1.14.4
5 1.15 – 1.16.1
6 1.16.2 – 1.16.5
7 1.17+

Using the Custom Pack in Minecraft:

After creating the pack.mcmeta file, the next step is to use any image displayed as an icon inside the Minecraft resource pack. So, in our case, we are using a simple image displayed below:

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You need to rename this image to “pack.png” to make it work. If you have followed all the above instructions properly, then it means that now you have pack.mcmeta file, and the image that you like to display in the resource pack.

If you have followed all the above instructions correctly, then the last step is to create the Zip file with any name you like. Having assets folder with icons modification, pack.mcmeta file and any image of your choice with the name of pack.png, as shown below:

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After creating the Zip file, you must confirm that all three should be present inside it, as shown below; otherwise, it won’t work.

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After creating the Zip folder, you need to place it in the resource pack folder that you can find in the “.minecraft” directory, as shown below:

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Now, you are ready to test your newly created texture packs.

For this, you need to launch the game first. After that, select the options tab and then the resource pack option, where you will see our created “custompack.zip” file with the image that we have used, as shown below:

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All left is now to select the custompack.zip file and move it towards the right side by clicking on it and then selecting the “Done” button, as shown below. After that, the game will restart, and then you can use this texture pack with ease.

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Now it’s time to play the game to see the change in “Oak planks” that we have done above. Let’s place the default oak plank and the newly created oak plank on the ground first and then compare them to see any difference that can be shown below.

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As you can see, the difference is quite visible, and now it’s up to you to turn your imaginations into reality.

Conclusion:

One of the major advantages that you get while playing Minecraft is the flexibility of customization. You can modify and even create any resource pack to make your gameplay impressive. We learned how to create your own custom texture pack by changing the existing assets in this write-up. We thoroughly discussed how files are modified and use in your game. After comprehending the process mentioned above, you can create and manipulate any resource file in Minecraft and use it in your gameplay.

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Taimoor Mohsin