I made a skin for MineCraft and when I went to use it the head was all white. Every time I try to make a skin this happens. What do I do I've tried countless skin editors and always end up with a white head.

First I made a skin, then I install it, next I start MineCraft, then I go in my inventory and bam! My head is white.

I've used skin editing tools and installed the skin and every time the head is white.

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    Post the skin or we can't tell you why. Nov 2, 2011 at 1:46
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    I'm going to postulate that you've left a section of the skin picture white when it should be top-of-head colored instead. Nov 2, 2011 at 2:03
  • Make sure you're not wearing an iron helmet.
    – Maerlyn
    Nov 2, 2011 at 5:44
  • You used Microsoft Paint at least once to edit your skin. MSPaint turns everything transparent white and if you save it it will be white in any photo editor.
    – Timtech
    Aug 21, 2013 at 21:28

2 Answers 2


There are two likely possibilities here.

1. You didn't colour in the head in the head region.

Minecraft skins have particular regions for particular parts of the skin. Wherever you're colouring, it's not where the head is supposed to be.

Colouring regions for Minecraft skins

Skin-sized version: Skin-sized colouring regions reference

I didn't make this reference image - only the smaller version. It's one of the most useful references I've found.

2. You didn't make the Head Accessory transparent

Here's the default Minecraft skin viewed in Photoshop zoomed in:

Default Minecraft skin showing transparency

The limbs, body and head are fully coloured, as is required.

The head accessory - which is a box that wraps around your character's head, allowing you to give it a helmet or crown (for instance) is transparent.

It's very probable that whatever skin you're using, you've left the head accessory regions white. So now you have a white box wrapped around your character's head (not an invisible box) - so your character appears to have a white head.

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    While not pertinent to the question, it's worth noting that the head accessory is the only part of the player skin which supports transparency. Any transparency on other parts of the body appears solid black in-game. (So it isn't possible to make, for example, a headless character.)
    – Ben Blank
    Nov 2, 2011 at 4:43
  • @BenBlank This isn't true! Only the outer head (head accessories) can be made transparent!
    – Timtech
    Aug 21, 2013 at 21:27
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    @Timtech That appears to be precisely what he is saying. :P Aug 21, 2013 at 21:35
  • @JonathanHobbs Oops I thought he said it was possible to make a headless character. My mistake :)
    – Timtech
    Aug 21, 2013 at 21:38

The simple answer is that you edited the skin in microsoft paint, which doesn't maintain the transparency of the skin, so the "helmet" area ends up white.

The quick fix is to download a copy of Gimp, or Paint.net

Each of these can properly handle transparency in PNG images, and are legally free.


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