How to Create Minecraft Texture Packs

You really like playing Minecraft, Mojang’s historic sandbox title that has become one of the most famous video games in the world, and you know how much in the world of “cubes” the only limit to your possibilities of playing is your own imagination. For this reason, you have been looking for new ways to customize the game and have become aware of the possibility of creating custom texture packs (i.e. visual elements that can change the look of the game world), but you have not still well understood how to use it.

That’s the way it is, right? Then know that you have come to the right place. In this guide, in fact, I will explain in detail how to create Texture Packs for Minecraft taking into consideration the various editions of Minecraft, both for computers and for mobile devices.

Courage: why are you still standing there staring at the screen? I bet you can’t wait to be able to create your own textures and admire the final result. Come on then, just read the quick instructions below and put it into practice. There is nothing left for me to do, except wish you good reading and have fun!

Index

  • Preliminary information
  • How to create a Texture Pack for Minecraft
    • Find the Texture Pack folder
    • Create a Texture Pack
  • How to create a Texture Pack for Minecraft PE

Preliminary information

Before going into the details of the procedure on how to create Texture Packs for Minecraft, I think it may interest you to know more about this possibility.

Well, as already mentioned above, textures are nothing more than visual elements that change the look of the game world. For example, it is possible to change the default textures to those in HD, in order to make the visual impact of the game more detailed (as I explained to you in another tutorial ), or you can simply create customized visual content to give a touch of originality to the game.

In other words, we are talking about two-dimensional images that are applied on three-dimensional models, thus forming the visual elements that the player can admire on the screen. To understand even better what has just been stated, you can also find an example of texture in my guide on how to have the cape in Minecraft.

In any case, the goal of this tutorial is to allow you to modify game elements with textures created directly by you. To give you a concrete example, users often want to change the elements present in the game.

For example, some people want to put their initial on their clothing or change the color of an item. In short, the only limit to the possibilities offered by the textures is the imagination and in this guide I will show you how to express yourself creatively on Minecraft through this tool.

How to create a Texture Pack for Minecraft

After the necessary premises above, I would say that you are ready to take action and create your own texture pack in Minecraft. Below you will find all the relevant information.

Find the Texture Pack folder

As explained in the introductory chapter of the tutorial, Minecraft users can customize the elements present within the game world through texture packs. For this reason, the first thing to do is to find the folder dedicated to the default textures, which will be used as a base. The version of the game I am referring to is the Java version for PC.

Well, on Windows the path to follow is C:\Users\[nome utente]\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft\versions\[versione], while on macOS it is ~/Library/Application Support/minecraft/versions/[versione]. If you can’t reach the path on Windows, I invite you to check out my tutorial on how to view hidden folders.

Once you enter the folder dedicated to the version of Minecraft you usually play, you will find a jar file. At this point, it is necessary to extract the files present within the latter. To do this, you can use any zip file program, such as 7-Zip or WinRAR.

To give you a concrete example, I will explain how to proceed from Windows using 7-Zip. Once you have identified the jar file, in my case 1.16.1.jar, press the right mouse button on it and select the items Open with> Choose another app from the context menu. After that select 7-Zip File Manager and click the OK button.

The jar file will then be opened with the indicated program. Go, therefore, to the path assets> minecraft and enter the textures folder. Then select the latter and click first on the Extract button and then on the OK one, perhaps extracting the folder on the desktop to always have it at hand.

Create a Texture Pack

Perfect, now you have the default texture pack available. At this point, the “highlight” has arrived: the phase of creating the texture pack.

To take a look at the images, just open the textures folder and enter one of the folders contained within it, which represent the various elements present in the game. For example, by entering the item folder you will find the default textures for all the objects that are usually found in the game inventory.

Therefore, choose the object you want to modify and open its image with any editor, for example Paint on Windows, if you do not have particular graphic skills. Alternatively, I recommend that you take a look at my guide to programs for editing images.

This is where your imagination comes into play, as you can modify all the objects in Minecraft. It counts that we are talking about very small images, so it is necessary to use the display in zoom mode (I recommend, do not change the images in terms of size) and it is also difficult to insert some elements, such as photos, inside them, so it is better to just apply small cosmetic changes.

The simplest change to make is, of course, the one involving the color of the object, but in reality there are many other changes that can be made. To give you a concrete example, I decided to modify the diamond armor by placing the Italian flag on it (remember to also modify the file present in the models> armor path to make the modification complete in the case of armor). Also, I colored the bread blue and put a picture of myself in place of the Moon.

Once you have made all the necessary changes, remember to save them. At this point, it’s time to put the modified textures into Minecraft.

To proceed, create a new folder and name it, for example, Modified Texture Packs. Move the textures folder into the one you just created. Then create, inside the folder you created, a text file called pack.mcmeta (pay attention to the fact that it is just a .mcmeta as an extension and not .txt). On Windows, you may have to press the View item, present at the top of File Explorer, and check the File name extensions box.

Once the .mcmeta file is opened with any text editor (e.g. Notepad), you will need to enter information about the type of package and its description inside it. The package format number depends on the Minecraft version you have. For example, I used version 1.16.1 of the game and, therefore, the format is 5.

If you’re also using this version of the game, you can insert in the text file the following code: {“pack”:{“pack_format”:5,”description”:”Texture Pack Aranzulla”}}. Of course, you can change the description however you like. If you want more information on how you can further edit this file, I recommend that you consult the Minecraft wiki (in English).

Once you have finished editing the file. Return to the textures folder and extract the assets folder inside the jar file of the Minecraft version you have chosen. You can do it all the same way you extracted the texture one in the previous chapter. After that, you’ll need to replace the default texture folder with the one you just edited. Eventually, you will need to have the path assets> minecraft> textures (modified).

Once this is done, you need to create a ZIP file containing the assets folder, which contains the two folders above (one inside the other), and the pack.mcmeta file you created earlier. After that, move the compressed file to the path C:\Users\[nome utente]\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft\resourcepackson Windows or to the path ~/Library/Application Support/minecraft/resourcepackson macOS.

At this point, launch Minecraft, obviously in the right version, and create a new game in Creative mode. Therefore, press the Esc button on the keyboard and go to Options> Resource packages. If everything has been done correctly, you will find your texture pack.

Then press on it and you will see that it will come moved to the right. After that, click twice on the Done button, wait for the event to load and you will have the texture pack available within the game.

At this point, just press the E button on the keyboard and search for the elements you have modified using the compass icon at the top right. Alternatively, if you have changed aspects of the game environment, such as the Moon, just wait for it to appear.

Great, now you know everything there is to know about the ability to create modified Texture packs in the Java version of Minecraft for PC.

How to create a Texture Pack for Minecraft PE

How do you say? Wondering how to create a Texture Pack for the mobile version of Minecraft? Don’t worry, I’ll tell you how to do it right away. But I warn you: you will need a PC .

Well, to proceed you have to start from the default texture pack for the Bedrock version of the game (i.e. the version of Minecraft for Windows 10, smartphone, tablet and video game console). To download the latter, simply connect to the official Minecraft site, scroll down the page and click on the resource packs link.

This will download the Vanilla_Resource_Pack_ [version] .zip file, obviously compatible with the latest version of the mobile game. At this point, extract the .zip file, perhaps on the desktop for greater convenience.

You will see several folders appear, including this one textures. Perfect, now the method to proceed to modify the images contained in it is exactly what I showed you in the chapter dedicated to the Java version of Minecraft.

However, there are differences with the PC instructions. In fact, in this case the file to be modified is manifest.json: I suggest you open it with a text editor (eg. Notepad ) and simply change the description and name.

Also, in the end, you have to change the format of the ZIP file (which in this case contains all the folders you extracted) to .mcpack and copy it inside the memory of your mobile device. For more details, I recommend that you consult my guide on how to transfer files from PC to phone.

Once this is done, you need to go to your mobile device and use a file manager that allows you to open the .mcpack file directly with Minecraft. For example, I used FX File Explorer, which can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store or from alternative stores.

Once the latter is open, go to the folder where you saved the .mcpack file, hold down on it and tap first on the three dots icon and then on the Open With item. Finally, click on the icon of Minecraft, grant permission and the game will open and confirm that the texture pack has been imported.

Once the game has started, tap the Settings button, go to the Global Resources tab , expand the MY PACKAGES item, tap the custom texture pack and press the Activate button.

At this point, go back to the main menu and go to the path Play> Create new> New world> Create new world and choose the Creative mode. After that, move to the Resource Packs tab and expand the MY PACKAGES item. So, tap on yours custom package and press the Activate button.

Perfect, now you just have to press the Create button to start playing. If everything has been done correctly, you will find the elements you have changed. To search for them, just press on the three dots at the bottom right, tap on the lens icon on the left and type the name of the element you have edited.

If, on the other hand, you have changed elements of the environment, you just have to run around the map to notice the changes. Great, you have now correctly learned how to express your creativity through texture packs for Minecraft, both for the PC version and for the mobile device.

Since you are a fan of the Mojang title, to conclude, I would recommend that you take a look at the page of my site dedicated to Minecraft, where you can find several tutorials that could be for you.

 

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