Take some time to surprise your friends and spice up your conversation.
1. Decide on the concept
If you are reading this article, then most likely you already have some idea. Recall that for greater consistency, stickers should be united by one theme, character, funny phrases, or something else.
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2. Select emoji
Stickers replace emojis. The latter are now over 3,000, and you are unlikely to cover everything. Therefore, it is logical to take the most popular ones in order to use them more often. Then, if desired, the sticker pack can be expanded.
The most popular emoticons invariably include the following: 😂, 😭, 🥺, 🤣, ❤️, ✨, 😍, 🙏, 😊, 🥰, 👍, 💕, 🤔.
By the way, a sticker can be assigned not to one, but to several emoji at once . This will make it more likely to appear in recommendations when typing. How to implement this option, we will consider below.
3. Prepare pictures
The hardest part is creating images for future stickers. They must meet the following requirements:
- file format – PNG or WebP;
- resolution – 512 × 512 pixels;
- transparent background;
- white outline;
- free license to use.
An example of a template in PSD format is available here . You can make stickers in any graphic editor that is at hand. For example, let’s take Photoshop as the most popular, but in other programs the actions will be about the same, since the tools are similar.
Open the template from the link above or create a new 512 × 512px file.
Drag the picture into the program window and scale it to the desired size, holding down the Shift key and grabbing the corner of the image. Confirm the changes by clicking on the checkmark.
Select the “Magic Wand” from the toolbar and use it to select the background around the object. If you can’t exactly do it at a time, work through one section, then, holding the Shift key, – the second, and so on.
When you’re done, press Shift + Cmd + I on macOS or Shift + Ctrl + I on Windows to invert the selection. Or use the menu “Selection” → “Invert”.
Press Cmd + J on macOS or Ctrl + J on Windows to copy the selection to a new layer. Now delete the previous layer using the appropriate button.
Click on the E key or select the eraser from the toolbar. Then clean up any unnecessary pieces of the background that are not related to the object on the sticker.
Switch to the background layer and change its opacity by setting 0%.
Double click on the sticker layer, select “Stroke” from the menu on the left. Use the parameters as shown in the screenshot or set your own.
Here, in the side menu, select “Shadow” and set the desired values. Click OK.
It remains to save the image through the menu “Export” → “Quick export to PNG”.
Then repeat the process for the rest of the pictures that will be included in the set.
4. Collect the stickers in a pack
Next, you need to create a sticker pack from the prepared pictures using the special Stickers bot in Telegram. Go to the dialogue with him by this link and click “Start”.
Select / newpack from the menu or from the command list.
Enter a name for the set.
Drag the first picture into the chat and send it as a file.
Specify the emoji that the sticker corresponds to .
Repeat the process for all the other pictures in the set. When you’re done, hit / publish to publish your sticker pack.
In this step, you can assign a separate icon to display the set among others. But this is not necessary: click / skip, and the first sticker in the package will play its role.
Come up with a short name for the link where the sticker pack will be available.
5. Share your new stickers
All that remains is to distribute your new images. To do this, use them in chats with friends on Telegram and share the link to the sticker pack in social networks.
If you want to look at the set we created, this is it.