by Yoru in
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Here you will learn how to create your first remodeled custom skin. (This is the old version)

If you encounter any issues with this tutorial or you don’t understand part of it, you can ask for help on the Killerskins-Discord server
or you can contact me directly: IM#6715

Required tools

Video Tutorials

Installing RiotFileTranslator

IMPORTANT NOTE: The .env file is not fully correct in this video! If you do it like this you cannot load weighted models!
It is missing the \others in the path for scripts.
This is how it has to look (depends on your placement ofc, just the paths in red have to be the same):
MAYA_PLUG_IN_PATH = D:\Dokumente\Maya plugins\Maya 2018\bin\plug-ins
MAYA_SCRIPT_PATH = D:\Dokumente\Maya plugins\Maya 2018\scripts\others
XBMLANGPATH = D:\Dokumente\Maya plugins\Maya 2018\icons

After following the video you can load the plug-in like this:

Maya 2018 Basics

Basic Skin Creation Process

NOTE: The installation part of this video is OUTDATED!!
Refer to the second part of THIS VIDEO on how to create skins or just scroll further down.

Advanced/Smooth Weighting

Updating .skl after patch 11.3

Riot updated their .skl format with patch 11.3 so now it is necessary to update it on every skin you make.

Creating a mod in LCS-Manager

Closer Look at the UV Creation/Texture creation in GIMP



  • Make a basic concept of what you want to do and gather all the files you need beforehand:
    • I always get the folder of the champion base skin and all of the .skn and .dds files of the models I want to use

Who to start with

Champions which are somewhat easy to chose as a starter in my experience:
Diana, Katarina, Leona, Karma, Lucian, Lux, Miss Fortune, Sivir, Soraka, Vayne

Definitely stay away from those for your first remodel:
Evelynn, Neeko, Ezreal, Ahri, Nami, Kalista, Jhin, Zoe, Xayah, Rakan


 by TheNeotox in 20/10/2021

Hi. 2015 Maya with its 2015 plugin also doenst work?

 by Yoru in 20/10/2021

it does

 by Minediversion in 02/10/2021

I can't get my hands on Maya 2018, because of autodesk only let's me until 2019, does that mean I can't make custom skins? Because I can't find any othe way to neither open .skn nor compile from another format.

 by Yoru in 03/10/2021

there is only a plugin for an old blender version, but there are no tutorials available

 by Keiotque in 22/06/2021

Hi hi i'm having problems installing the plugin lol even seeing the video i've tried 2 times but when i open maya it's not there help me

 by Yoru in 22/06/2021

go to windows - settings/preferences - plug-in manager and see if it shows up there and if you can load it if not ask for help here:

 by Zomrixx in 18/04/2021

Can you only use Maya 2018? I have a latest version.

 by Yoru in 18/04/2021

we don't have more updated plugins, or rather the 2019 plugin doesnt fully work, so yes you can only use 2018

Comment your feedback or questions here (English only!). If you get any error ask for help on our discord instead: