What programs can I use to make emotes?
There are a variety of programs around which you can use to make emotes. Some come with more functions which can assist you in emoting, but at the end of the day its about finding one you enjoy and can get a hold of. For those lacking in cash, there's a good selection of free programs, so don't be put off. You can find a list of those on this page. Some of the common programs are:
Ulead Gif Animator
Paintshop Pro (static only)
Paint (static only)
Where can I find tutorials?
There are over 200 different emote tutorials available covering a range of programs and a number of emoticon topics from simple shading to explosions to creating backgrounds. To help direct you to an appropriate one, they have split into a number of categories (and sub categories) to help make navigation easy.
To access these categories, head over to the Tutorial page
What is a Pack and how can I make a 'Pack'?
If you make a number of emotes which fit together as a set, it is possible to submit them together in a single downloadable file known as a pack. To do this all the emotes must be first places in a .zip/.rar file before being uploaded to dA. For more information on how to do this, take a look at:
Synfull's Emote pack tutorial
Which category do I submit my finished emotes to?
The general emoticon category is located under 'customizations > emoticons' and from there the category is determined by the contents and purpose of your emotes. To help you on your way, there are a couple of useful pages:
Emotication's Category explanation
Synfull's guide to emote categories
People keep mentioning '15x15 bases' and the '5-2-1-2 pattern'. What does this mean?
The coloured circle which is used within an emoticon is known as a 'base'. The most common size of base used within the community is 15x15 pixels. To make this look as circular as possible, the edge of the emote follows a pattern of 5 pixels, 2 pixels, 1 pixel, 2 pixels known as the '5-2-1-2 pattern'. For an illustration of a 15x15 base check out:
15x15 base explanation
Are there any existing bases or items which I can use in my emotes?
Certainly. There are variety of artists on the site which have made ready to use packs of coloured bases, faces and items. You can use these free of charge within your emoticons (always read the artist's rules) to help you make emoticons. There are again several places around dA which you can find these resources:
Emotication's Base Pack list
Emotication's Base pack and accessories collection
Pack-it-in's Base pack gallery
How can I use my emoticons around dA?
For information on using your creations around the site, check out the information on this page
Emote Exploration Vol 10 - Emote Related Scripts
Did you know... Emotication (https://www.deviantart.com/emotication) offers information on various Emoticon scripts to use on deviantART? With some popular emotes not being included in the official Emoticon Legend, various internet browser scripts have been created to help make it easier to use thumbs and icons of custom emotes around the site, including in the Forums, dAmn, and comments. To take advantage of these scripts, however, a certain set-up is required. Only certain internet browsers are compatible with these scripts, usually Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. If you don't have these browsers, a quick Google search will lead you to the proper download links. Certain a
Emote Exploration Vol 9 - News Articles
Did you know… Emotication (https://www.deviantart.com/emotication) keeps various resources on emote related news articles? deviantART has hundreds of different news articles for various types of art, and emotes are no exception. Even with emotes, there are different types of news articles, such as interviews, art features, and Community Volunteer articles. Emotication (https://www.deviantart.com/emotication) keeps up-to-date lists on all of the various emote news articles from the past and the present. These articles can also serve as helpful examples on what to do if you want to start your own news article series. The current lists that Emotication (https://www.deviantart.com/emotication) holds of news articles can be found here: :bulleto
Emote Exploration Vol 6 - Contests
Did you know... Emotication (https://www.deviantart.com/emotication) offers readily available information about various emoticon contests? Various group accounts around deviantART host different emoticon-related contests, usually on a monthly basis. These contests usually revolve around a given theme, and those that do the best win the contest, usually along with numerous prizes. Each group that holds contests has their own rules, themes, and prizes. Most groups accept prize donations as well, so if you feel like you don't want to participate in a current contest, you can donate a prize. Suitable prizes would include points, art / icon requests, prints, or journal features. T
Emote Exploration Vol 5 - CVs and DDs
Did you know... Emotication (https://www.deviantart.com/emotication) offers information on Community Volunteers and the Daily Deviation Process? With Emoticons having it's own place in the larger Customization gallery, there is a Community Volunteer (CV) to help support the community, write occasional news articles, and choose Daily Deviations (DDs) for exceptional pieces from the emoticon gallery to be featured in various places on the site, such as the Today page, page footers, and Daily Deviation page. Everyone can help take part in the Daily Deviation selection process, by suggesting DDs. To do this yourself, you can send a note to the current emote CV with a thumb of your