I like to think of these as my most favorite things to make. I use them to make my thumbnail art. I take my pencil and paper and start drawing. I use an app called “Hollow” to make my thumbnail art, and I use my own images to make my thumbnail art.
It’s a shame that Minecraft hasn’t been more widely used as a tool to help artists. Its simplicity and emphasis on the creation of art is what I love most about it. This is the reason I make minecraft thumbnails. I spend a few hours drawing my own Minecraft world in Minecraft, then I use Minecraft to make a thumbnail.
Minecraft thumbnail art is so satisfying. The simple process of drawing a world on the ground, then using that world to make a design for the art is incredibly satisfying. You can make a thumbnail that is just a basic color, then paint it using a color palette that you like. You can make a thumbnail that is a color with a big hiker or a small tree, then use that thumbnail to paint over it. This is a simple process, but its an experience that you’ll never forget.
In the past, the only way to create a thumbnail was to have the original designers make a screenshot of their world and paste it onto the art of the thumbnail. This was pretty tedious work, and it just wasn’t nearly as satisfying as a thumbnail made from your own world. Then in early 2015, the Minecraft team introduced a new thumbnail tool that allowed you to do all of this stuff with one click. It’s called Minecraft Thumbnail.
This tool is a bit like using the mouse to create a thumbnail in Photoshop. While you can still use the mouse to select some of the art that you want to be included in your thumbnail, you can now “upload” a screenshot of your world, and the tool will automatically add your art to your thumbnail. If you make a screenshot of your world that has your art but nothing else, then you can then apply the thumbnail tool to that artwork to get your thumbnail for free.
Thumbnail tools can also be used to create a “small” version of your artwork for your client. This is something that makes it possible to edit a “normal” image and then apply a thumbnail that will look exactly the same as the original. This is a great way to create new art for someone. My brother-in-law, Dan, uses minecraft thumbnails to create art for a variety of clients and has a really cool process.
This is also a really powerful tool when combined with the art editing tools or the pixel shader. By using a thumbnail or the pixel shader you now have a very customizable illustration. You can then apply that illustration to any other image or art piece from the same site or another site (that you have permission to use).
I have tried and I have had some trouble doing it. It can be really difficult to find the “thumb” or the “pixel shader” so that you can create new art, although I have found the art editing tools and the pixel shader to be pretty helpful. So I would recommend giving it a shot.
I had to spend a lot of time on this game. I was able to do it with just a single thumbnail, and I made a lot of adjustments for each photo.
It looks really great, really detailed and I love the art style. I’d say it’s one of the best looking games of 2013.