Garry’s Mod is a sandbox mod for the Source Engine. Unlike normal games there aren't any predefined aims or goals. Players are given tools and are left to entertain themselves. The player is in a world where objects can be created and destroyed on demand. Where people can be created and destroyed with the click of a mouse. A world made for him. A world he made.

Post tutorial Report article RSS Feed Garry's Mod 10 Personal Skin Making (Updated 08/08/09)

My First tutorial here it's to help everyone learn how to skin and make themselves personal skins for their use or others use.

Posted by Ziminvader on Aug 13th, 2007
Basic Skinning.

Ok so you want to learn how to make a skin? You've come to the right place.

You will need:



Photoshop VTF Plugin

To start us off exit Steam completely.

Next start up GCFScape and go to File>Open it will take you right to your Steamapps folder, open up source materials.gcf

After you open source materials.gcf you will see these files" class="linkification-ext">

Browse to hl2>materials>models>humans>male and Right click Group01 and extract it to somewhere, I suggest making a folder called C:\My Skin and save all your skins there to keep organized, so extract Group01 to C:\My Skin

Go to C:\My Skin and open up Group01>citizen_sheet.vtf with Photoshop (make sure you have installed the vtf plugin correctly)" class="linkification-ext">

Now for the fun part: skinning
First things first, go to Image>Image Size and change it to 2048x2048" class="linkification-ext">

Now take out your Polygonal Lasso tool, and cut out both of the shirts. Make sure you get just the shirts and nothing else (like the small under shirt round triangle things)." class="linkification-ext">

After cutting out the shirts go to Image>Adjustments>Desaturate while the shirts still selected create a new layer, fill in the layer with whatever color you want, and then right above Layer 1 there will a box that says Normal, change it to Overlay" class="linkification-ext">

You will notice the color takes form to the shirt and you have recolorized it." class="linkification-ext">

Move onto the pants now, cut them out like you did with the shirt, careful not to cut out anything else.

I usually don't edit the pants too much, just make them brighter, or put a pattern over them

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Now we move on to the under shirt which are these." class="linkification-ext">" class="linkification-ext">

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We're almost done now! Just go back and look at everything and make changes to what you want and get things how you like it. After you have done that save it as citizen_sheet.vtf in your C:\My Skin\Group01 folder, when it asks to overwrite the old citizen_sheet.vtf say Yes." class="linkification-ext">

Congratulations! You've just completed a skin, now time to go test it in game.

Browse to your Steam\steamapps\garrysmod\garrysmod\materials\models\humans\male now open up C:\My Skin and copy paste "Group01" into "male". The skin will now be put in game and ready to use.

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Thanks for reading, I hope I helped someone.

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AttackerPant Aug 9 2009, 2:47am says:

I cannot find my steam \ steamapps \\ garrysmod \ garrysmod\ materials\models\humans there for I cannot find humans\males and put the folder there.

I've gotten to materials, then inside there, there is no folder named humans.

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Filthma May 6 2011, 9:52pm replied:

Try making one with the files in it.

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Ziminvader Author
Ziminvader Aug 9 2009, 6:14pm says:

You need to make the folders yourself if they aren't there already.

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Oblivion*man Jan 14 2010, 3:41pm replied:

Dude I love The Sass Skins Can you Upload the file somwhere for me

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the_smasher Oct 5 2009, 5:54pm says:

I know its frowned upon in most areas but... I use the undead patch and im wondering if there is anyway to custom make skins with the undead patch because it says i havent fully aquired the files and im sure it has something to do with the undead Patch and i know im gonna get alot of hate for this comment.

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Ziminvader Author
Ziminvader Oct 11 2009, 11:41am replied:

I have no clue, sorry.

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I_like_dirt Oct 26 2009, 9:48pm says:

They don't show up in garry's mod. I put them in the materials folder and put them in their own folders too, but they don't show up. Any help would be appreciated.

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Ziminvader Author
Ziminvader Nov 4 2009, 7:38pm replied:

Make sure you are putting "citizen_sheet.vtf" into materials\models\humans\male\Group01

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I_like_dirt Nov 11 2009, 8:24pm replied:

I got it to work. They were in the right folder and everything. I just saved it in VTFEdit and they showed up.

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Ziminvader Nov 26 2009, 8:31am says:

Sorry about the broken pictures everyone, they should work again on 12/1/09

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Kazoka Nov 27 2009, 1:22pm says:

Where do I find them when I'm playing Garry's Mod?

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Ziminvader Dec 10 2009, 7:39pm replied:

You can find them in the "Half Life 2 Characters" category in gmod.

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GhettoGarden1 Jan 17 2010, 1:42pm says:

Can you use a program other than photoshop, i don't want to spend $700.00 to make a few skins

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Ziminvader Jan 24 2010, 7:38pm replied:

Yes you can use other programs, it's just Photoshop is what program i prefer. However there are such things called "torrents" if money is an issue.

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Dr.Grant May 22 2010, 5:41pm replied:

yeah can u make another tutorial on HL2tex or recomend a free program?

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Ziminvader Jun 3 2010, 11:36am replied:

If I had to recommend a free program, I'd go with Gimp.

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flobblob Jul 28 2010, 9:39am replied:

I hate photo shop! Paint shop pro is better. There are 1000 reasons why.

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asvigny Oct 6 2010, 8:42pm replied:

I love Paint Shop!

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Akito8 Mar 11 2011, 10:26pm replied:

Paint Shop Pro = My fav too <3

Its personal preference though really. It's just what I learned to use so it's easier for me but some people also prefer Photoshop.

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kiodrin Jul 23 2010, 7:51pm says: +1 vote     reply to comment
Playguy Aug 28 2010, 4:35pm says:

I open Citizen.vtf thing and it just comes up with white...
what should I do!?

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Ziminvader Author
Ziminvader Sep 1 2010, 11:42pm replied:

Make sure you download the photoshop VTF plugin, make sure you are opening citizen_sheet.vtf, make sure you are using photoshop.

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Playguy Oct 4 2010, 4:05pm replied:

I have done all of those and I have redone it all but still nothing.

And I'm not stupid I think I know if I'm using Photoshop or not.

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Ganix565 Sep 26 2010, 10:44pm says:

Um... My Gmod folder doesn't have Male01 or whatever. Only Female.

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Ziminvader Author
Ziminvader Sep 28 2010, 9:48pm replied:

You need to create a folder called "Male" then. I've mentioned this in the comments above, please make sure you look there for any questions first.

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MagicalUnicorn918415 Nov 30 2010, 5:14pm replied:

I need help, I have a custom skin but it has no player animations, can you help?
A lot of people want this to be a playermodel.
May I have instructions?
(Or just do it for me if its easier LINK: http: // www .garrysmod .org/downloads/?a=view&id=59216 It has NPC animations but no player animations. PS: Remove the spaces)

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KiiNG Dec 23 2010, 1:43am says:

This is a really good tutorial but it effects 1/3 of the male citizens. How do you apply it to only 1 male citizen so that hes the only one that has a custom re- skin?

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Ziminvader Author
Ziminvader Dec 25 2010, 1:38am replied:

You would have to follow a hexing tutorial for that, there are plenty out there. Try this one

So instead of opening a counter strike ragdoll open up the preferred male one.

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SuperWerdna1 Feb 13 2011, 9:07pm says:

Hey, awesome instructions! I have sort of a noobish question-How do you import pictures so that you can put the pictures on the citizen's uniform? For example, I'm trying to make a Dharma Initiative jumpsuit, but I can't figure out how to import the Dharma Initiative logo onto the Citizen sheet. PLEASE HELP!

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Ziminvader Author
Ziminvader Feb 18 2011, 3:56pm replied:

In Photoshop while you have the citizen_sheet open, go to File>Open in the top left corner. Then open the Dharma Initiative photo and when it opens click and drag the photo on the citizen uniform.

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Filthma May 6 2011, 10:03pm says:

I'm having trouble with getting photoshop. is there a way to do it without any new software? otherwise POOP TO THAT I SAY!

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Jcleader Jun 10 2011, 2:43am says:

It wont work with GIMP Anyone else get this problem?

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Jcleader Jun 29 2011, 5:07pm replied:

Well, i got it working WITH gimp but you need VTFedit

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Filthma Sep 28 2011, 8:19pm says:

It works with and the VTF thing from nem's tools. both are free.

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