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September 27, 2011


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Welcome to the help corner:Emoticons.  If you have any questions about anything Emoticon related go ahead and send me a note. Not all questions have to be serious, I am  looking forward to all kind of questions ;D    The questions will be answered in the next edition of the help corner.  

I had the idea for this News article when I recently went through the Tutorial list of Emotication.  I normally send deviants to Emotication when they need help to create Emoticons. Now that I went through the list I noticed that many tutorials aren't helpful at all.  It is "just" a list with very good but also very bad tutorials.

In the first edition of the help corner I want to share tutorials with you that I find helpful. These don't necessarily  reflect my preferences in the emoticon creation process :paranoid:

Let me first tell you something about different shadings. Every Emoticonist has different preferences when it comes to Emoticon shadings.  Some don't like when the gradient tool has been used, some don't like when too many colours have been used,  some don't like when you use  black for your outline and many other things.  
Don't worry if you think that your first shading attempts aren't perfect, keep in mind that there is no perfect shading!  In a few years you will look back at your shading and you will think that it didn't look that great at all ;D
Most important is that the facial expressions are visible, most deviants will ignore it if it's just a dark blob with no clearly visible face :noes:

Which program shall I use?
I can't tell you which program you should use to create Emoticons or which is the best for that. There are many programs out there which can be used. Static Emoticons can be created with any program that has a pencil tool. Some Programs also support animation, you need an extra program if yours don't support animation.    Download the programs and see which is the best for you.
A list with programs that be used to create Emotes can be found here
EasyToon can also be used but you can just create animations in  black and white.
  • Before you start to create Emoticons (or anything else) you should get familiar with your program at first. You can do that by trying everything you can find in the program or you search for tutorials. Nothing is more frustrating than having no clue where to find the tools that you need to create emotes.

Gradient tool or hand pixeled shading?
You have to decide which tool you want use to create your shading.  The gradient tool is good for those who don't want to spend too much time on the shading and immediately want to animate them.  The pencil tool is good for those who want to create a more personalised shading, you have more control when you use the pencil tool.  And it is easier to modify the shading if you use the pencil tool.

Shading tutorials
Emote Tutorial by Teddy33 Complete Emoticon Guide part 1 by LeoLeonardo Emoticon Tutorial : bases by darkmoon3636 Emoticon Tutorial: Part 1 by Hito-Nau Emoticon Tutorial by 12hc12  EMOTE TUTORIAL by luckylinx

Animation tutorials
Animation-emote tutorial by MenInASuitcase  Emote Tutorial Part 2 by ChaosEmeraldHunter Complete Emoticon Guide part 2 by LeoLeonardo   Emote Tutorial for Fireworks by UnicornReality  GIMP Animation Tutorial by 12hc12  Emoticon Tutorial Part 2 by Jtcgh  2 program animation tutorial by Synfull

Miscellaneous tutorials
Emote tutorial: Walking by CookiemagiK  Syn's Emote Hints + Tips by Synfull   Tips and Tricks by stuck-in-suburbia

GIF TIPS: Choosing the right frame rates!

You can also go through the Tutorial list of Emotication yourself, maybe you are able to find tutorials that you like better than those i suggested :dummy:

That's all for now
I hope this News article was at least a little bit helpful: :noes:
I should mention that I don't know when the next edition of the help corner will be released since  it depends on how many questions I receive, if I receive questions at all xD

Don't forget: You can send me all kind of emoticon related questions :eager:
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parachute-tonight Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Oh yes, yes it did! :hug: Thank youuu.
Krissi001 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
maybe Emote tutorial: Walking by `CookiemagiK will help you :boogie:
LadySakure Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
:D :glomp:
parachute-tonight Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
How do you animate a bounce walk?
Krissi001 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
LadySakure Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Maybe one day I shall step into the realm of emotes. For now, I'm going to try to not suck at the male anatomy. Smh. :)
Xanderpus Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Krissi001 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Awesome :boogie:
Xanderpus Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
I recommend this by =BlissfullySarcastic as a shading tutorial for MS Paint :eyes:
BenaBooRox Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Ok. I;ll practice!
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