[Guide] How to install custom skins

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Benoit

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03-19-2010

THIS GUIDE IS OUT OF DATE

THIS METHOD DOESN'T WORK ANYMORE

SORRY


A lot of custom skins have been created by LoL players. You can find them on HeroesMod forum.

The only problem is the way people used to install those skins needed you to modify your heropak_client and make a backup to be able to patch the game (you had to backup every patch).

But now, you don't need backup anymore if you follow this tutorial!
You will be able to keep all your custom skins every patch without even modifying your files.

Here's the right way to install custom skins:

1. Download the skin (it will be called "Champion".dds)
2. Go to \Riot Games\League of Legends\game\DATA\
3. Make a new folder called "Characters"
4. In that folder, make a new folder with the name of the original skin of the champion
(you can find the orginal skin names in the list below)
5. In that folder, paste the "Champion.dds" skin

For example, a custom Ashe skin would go to:

\Riot Games\League of Legends\game\DATA\Characters\Bowmaster\


If you want to test it out, I put the Ashe skin I use in the attachments. Download the .pdf and rename the "Bowmaster_Clr.pdf" into "Bowmaster_Clr.dds". Then follow the instructions above.
note: The file is in .pdf because the forum doesn't accept .dds files, thats why you have to rename it.


Original Skin names:

Quote:
Alistar = Alistar
Amumu = SadMummy
Anivia = Cryophoenix
Annie = Annie
Annie's Tibbers = bear
Ashe = Bowmaster
Blitzcrank = SteamGolem
Cho'Gath = GreenTerror
Corki = Corki
Dr. Mundo = DrMundo
Evelynn = Evelynn
Ezreal = Ezreal
Fiddlesticks = FiddleSticks
Gangplank = Pirate
Gragas = Gragas
Heimerdinger = Heimerdinger
Janna = Janna
Jax = Armsmaster
Karthus = Lich
Kassadin = Voidwalker
Katarina = Katarina
Kayle = Judicator
Malphite = Malphite
Master Yi = MasterYi
Morgana = FallenAngel
Nasus = Nasus
Nidalee = Nidalee
Nidalee's Cougar = Nidalee_Cougar
Nunu = Yeti
Pantheon = Pantheon
Poppy = Poppy
Rammus = Armordillo
Ryze = Ryze
Shaco = Jester
Singed = ChemicalMan
Sion = Sion
Sivir = Sivir
Soraka = Soraka
Taric = Gemknight
Teemo = Teemo
Tristana = Tristana
Tryndamere = DarkChampion
Twisted Fate = Cardmaster
Twitch = Twitch
Udyr = Udyr
Veigar = Veigar
Warwick = Wolfman
Zilean = Chronokeeper

Q&A

-Are you able to turn off the skin when you want?
You have to remove the .dds from the folder.


-If someone has a store bought skin, will the custom skin overwrite that skin with this method?
No, your custom skin will not overwrite a skin bought from the store because all skins have their own .dds files. For example, a custom Annie skin has to be named Annie.dds. If you want to overwrite the Goth Annie skin, your custom skin has to be named Annie2Black_Diffuse.dds.


-Can other players see my custom skin?
No, only you can see your custom skin, unless they installed the same custom skin too.


-I installed a custom skin for Annie, can I do the same for Tibber?
Yes! A custom skin for Tibber has to be named HogyoBear.dds, you have to create the folder "bear" in "DATA". \Riot Games\League of Legends\game\DATA\Characters\bear
p.s. Even if you use Goth Annie skin, you can install a custom skin for Tibber.
p.p.s. This is the one I use: Dark Panda by heureux


-How do you create your own custom skins?
-What programs do you need to create them?
The Skinning Start Up Kit by HappyNihil includes a PDF format Instruction guide and all the tools you need to make your very first skin!


Credits to BananaBoy and Najena


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IamGrimm

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03-19-2010

Usually when you post it makes sense. It does so this time too. +1


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Atropose

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03-19-2010

No love for heroesmod founder? Pshh. Anyways, glad you posted that since a lot of skinners want you to modify your heropak.

If you have accidentally modified your heropak_client, I've uploaded the latest one here http://www.heroesmod.com/skins/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=459 . So instead of reinstalling, you can just download this and replace your old one with it and voila! You can now update.

Here's a list from the install instructions for champions with different folder names than their in game name.

(Tibbers = bear)
Amumu = SadMummy
Anivia = Cryopheonix
Ashe = Bowmaster
Cho'Gath = GreenTerror
Corki = Corki
Gangplank = Pirate
Jax = Armsmaster
Karthus = Lich
Kassadin = Voidwalker
Kayle = Judicator
Morgana = FallenAngel
Nunu = Yeti
Rammus = Armordillo
Shaco = Jester
Singed = ChemicalMan
Taric = Gemknight
Tryndamere = DarkChampion
Twisted Fate = Cardmaster
Warwick = Wolfman
Zilean = Chronokeeper


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Benoit

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03-19-2010

Quote:
Originally Posted by Najena View Post
No love for heroesmod founder? Pshh. Anyways, glad you posted that since a lot of skinners want you to modify your heropak.

Here's a list from the install instructions for champions with different folder names than their in game name.

(Tibbers = bear)
Amumu = SadMummy
Anivia = Cryopheonix
Ashe = Bowmaster
Cho'Gath = GreenTerror
Corki = Corki
Gangplank = Pirate
Jax = Armsmaster
Karthus = Lich
Kassadin = Voidwalker
Kayle = Judicator
Morgana = FallenAngel
Nunu = Yeti
Rammus = Armordillo
Shaco = Jester
Singed = ChemicalMan
Taric = Gemknight
Tryndamere = DarkChampion
Twisted Fate = Cardmaster
Warwick = Wolfman
Zilean = Chronokeeper
Wow thanks for this info, i'll add it to the guide!


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Flammablez

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03-20-2010

sweet, before playing LoL, i was in the brawl hack community so i hav experience with this, i may even hav the ability to change the models if someone is able to convert the models to .mdl0 files

Edit: no seriously if i could get the model files in .mdl0 form i culd edit the models


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ChodeBigload

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03-20-2010

where can I find some custom skins?


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Benoit

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03-20-2010

Quote:
Originally Posted by tambreo View Post
where can I find some custom skins?
Use the forum search function. If you're looking for a Zilean skin, search: Zilean Skin

An easier way to find alot of skins is to go on this forum: HeroesMod


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Guardfather

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03-21-2010

Might want to correct the "Cryopheonix" to "Cryophoenix" in the quote. Unless of course Riot misspelled it in the game's files as well.


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Benoit

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03-21-2010

Quote:
Originally Posted by Guardfather View Post
Might want to correct the "Cryopheonix" to "Cryophoenix" in the quote. Unless of course Riot misspelled it in the game's files as well.
Done, thank you!


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CannabisKarl

Member

03-21-2010

few questions

1. Are you able to turn off the skin when you want?
2. I made all the folders first, is that ok?
3. I downloaded the file to the right palce but my computer said it doesnt recognized dds files or something. How do I fix?

thanks


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