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How To Make Custom Paintings in Minecraft

Posted by Arch on July 1, 2019
Custom Paintings Minecraft

As a Minecraft player, you have almost certainly run into custom paintings made by other players. If you ever wondered how they did it, this article will tell you how to add your own custom paintings to the game in a few easy steps. Read on and learn how to make your Minecraft home unique and unforgettable.

First Thing’s First

Before we get to the how-to part, we have to explain what you have to do.

Minecraft has 26 available paintings you can use to decorate your buildings in the game. The smallest ones are 16×16 pixels, covering only one block, while the largest ones are 64×64 pixels, covering 4×4 blocks.

If you want to add a custom painting to your Minecraft server, you will have to replace one or all of the original paintings with your new images. The process requires you to find the app folder on your PC and replace the art before you enter the game. Once you do that, you will be able to select and use the newly uploaded paintings the next time you open the game.

You will need extraction software like WinRAR, as well as any photo editing software – for example, you can use CS6 but Paint will work just fine. You can add any image or photo you want, but you can also create images in the game and then screenshot them as photos to add later.

Folder Fishing

To start the process, you will first have to find a folder named “%appdata%.” From there, find the Minecraft app and select the folder with the pre-designed art available in the game.

painstings example

Here is how you can do that:

  1. Press the Win+R keys from your PC’s Desktop.
  2. Enter “%appdata%” into the box and hit “Enter.”
    run
  3. Your AppData folder will now open. Select the folder called “Roaming.” (The folder could be located somewhere else, so you can type “Roaming” into the Run window to navigate to it directly.)
  4. Open the folder and select the “minecrarft.jar” folder. Right-click on it and select “Open with.” Use WinRAR or other unzipping software to unpack the folder.
    minecraft.jar
  5. Find and select the “art” folder. There, you will find a single file called “kz.png.”
    art
  6. Copy the file to your desktop.
  7. Open the copied file in a photo editing software. You can use any program, even Paint.
  8. You will see a file with pink cubes that represent the cubes in the game. Grab the image you want to add and place it over any of the existing images in the file itself. Resize the image until it’s the same size as the original painting you want to replace.
    photo replace
  9. Save the new “kz.png” image you have created and replace the original file in the “art” folder from the previous steps.
    replace kz file
  10. Re-open the new “kz.png” file to see if the image is still replaced.
  11. Run Minecraft and place the image you’ve added in the game.

You can repeat the same process for all of the images to replace the original art with your own photos, pictures, or drawings.

In-game Image Creation

If you want, you can create screenshots in the game and use them as new art. You can create objects in the game, take screenshots, and add them to the original “kz.png” file as a replacement for the stock images. The process is the same as the one above, but instead of adding images from the internet or your own photos, you have to find the “screenshots” folder in your game file and add the images from there. The possibilities are endless, so you can show the world how creative you are.

custom painting

It takes time to build a custom scenario you can take a screenshot of later, but the reward will be worth it.

done painting

Make Your Minecraft World Unique

Paintings were introduced a few years after the game release, and the demand for custom paintings appeared almost instantly. The customization feature became available soon after. You can upload any photo to make your in-game creation fun and exciting. Recent updates made it possible to add videos as well. Try the process yourself and create some cool environments for other players to discover.

Have you ever tried adding your own images to Minecraft? Tell us about it in the comment section below.

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