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Karen's FAQ

What programs do you use to make emotes?
I use 2 programs - PaintShop Pro X2 to make the individual frames and then Ulead Gif animator 5 to animate the frames together

How do you make an emoticon?
That's not something I can easily explain here. However, there are over 200 different emoticon tutorials over at Emotication, or you can check out my personal tutorials here

What programs would you suggest for making emotes?
There are a range of different programs out there and its about finding one (or two) that suit you. There's a list of free programs and trials on this page which is a good place to start

How do I use your emotes in a comment?
I've written a nice tutorial to explain this which you can find here. You can also check out my list of plz accounts on this journal

Will you make me an avatar?
I sadly no longer take free personal avatar requests. However you can check out my commission details on this page and my list of free to use avatars here

Will you comment/critique an emote I made?
As long as you ask politely, sure :) It may take me a while to get around to it, but I really don't mind. Just send me a link in a comment or note.

Avatar Contest Winner

First Place


Avatar Syn(full) by a-kid-at-heart

Love Is In The Air by a-kid-at-heart Emote Seasons by a-kid-at-heart :minion-laugh: by a-kid-at-heart

Second Place


Avatar entry by Krissi001

underwater by Krissi001 V-day by Krissi001 December-1 by Krissi001

Third Place


Avatar for Synfull by TheWritingDragon

Painting Emote by TheWritingDragon Fallen-star by TheWritingDragon Biggest Book Ever Emote by TheWritingDragon

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Emote Resources

Awards board

Emote Award Nominee - 2012 by Krissi001 Syn Judge by Krissi001 Best Static Emoticonist - 2012 by Krissi001

EMTC Rainbows Close Contenders by happy-gurl EMTC Stamps Close Contenders by happy-gurl EMTC Blue Honorable Mention by happy-gurl

participant badge by Krissi001 Completed the VP NaNoEmo - badge by Krissi001 bronze by Krissi001

silver by Krissi001 gold by Krissi001

Competitor's Badge by IceXDragonEmoticon Tournament Semi-Finalist Badge by IceXDragon Emoticon Tournament Finalist Badge by IceXDragon Emoticon Tournament Winner Badge by IceXDragon

NaNoEmo hosts by Krissi001

Art you involved in Scouts/Guides (or the equivalent in your country? -…

18 deviants said Nope
11 deviants said I used to be when I was younger
6 deviants said Yes - Please let me know which country :)

Rubik Cubes

Rubiks Cube solver stamp by smgbas
I'm a fan of solving Rubik's Cubes and other twisty puzzles. You can check out my collection below:

Part 1 | Part 2


:iconemoticonopus: :iconnanoemo: :iconemotesecretsanta: :iconpack-it-in: :iconemoticon-projects: :iconemoticon-stamps: :iconemotication: :iconweemote:



Wed Jul 16, 2014, 4:47 PM

I feel it is about time for another journal update, so here goes.


2014 has been a hectic year for myself, and we are only just half way through. I've had a constant string of commitments since around February, and I'm now in middle of a 2 week lull before everything kicks off again.

Sadly this leaves little time for anything else. If I'm not at work, working on another (often Scout-based) project or sleeping, I'm generally escaping somewhere to forget about how hectic everything is.

I miss having the chance to catch up with friends, but its certainly trickier trying to find time when people are online when everyone's schedules seem as busy as mine.

I'm also in the early stages of looking for somewhere to move out to. I've been living with my parents since I graduated 2 years ago, but now I have a steady income it would be nice to have my own space.

It will also problem help de-stress me (though I'm sure the trying-to-find-the-right-place part will be stressful in itself).


Trying to find time to make art has been rather tricky, though I have been getting the urge to emote over the last couple of weeks.

The only problem is trying to pin down an idea that appeals. My head is so full of everything else that I can't form a clear idea of what I want to do.

I'm just hoping some time soon some inspiration strikes so I can release some of this creativity I've been bottling up.


The emote community has been rather dormant over the last few months, but slowly things seem to be coming back to life. A number of community focussed deviants are starting to breath some life back into the community, and this certainly lifts my spirits and gives me hope for a positive future,

It saddens me that I do not have the time and strength to be even a fraction of the community member I once was. However it is nice to see the torch passed on to a new generation of emoticonists to continue to nurture and develop this community.

On that note, please check out the list below for a few emoticon related items I'd like to support:

:bulletblue: iAmoret is considering creating a new emoticon challenge to encourage emoticonists to make more emoticons. "No prizes, no pressure, just a prompt to keep our gears grinding". It sounds like a neat idea, but needs your support. More info here:

:bulletblack: a-kid-at-heart has an awesome contest for this month with some great prizes on offer (including mugs!). Be sure to check out the rules here:

:bulletblue: Don't forget to subscribe to EmoteADay to receive an awesome featured emote direct to your inbox every day. It's a fantastic way to find great emotes both old and new, and definitely deserves more support.

Deviousness Award

Deviousness Award
`Synfull has firmly rooted herself at the heart of the emoticon gallery and made it her mission to bring pixel passion to every part of deviantART. With a personal gallery that's filled to the brim with exremely detailed emoticons and informative tutorials, Karen has developed an reputation with many deviants for being somewhat of a legendary emoticon artist. We very much agree that Karen's dedication and inspiring efforts deserve recognition, and therefore it's without any hesitation that we bestow the Deviousness Award for July 2013 to `Synfull, congratulations!
-awarded July 2013

About Me

About me

My name is Karen though a number of people around dA call me Syn or Synfull. I joined deviantART back in 2006 as an art appreciator, but over time I have tried my hand at a number of different art forms, before eventually finding my place in emoticons.

Offline,I recently graduated from the University of Birmingham, UK with a degree in Computer Science (Programming) . I like to spend my free time relaxing with friends, watching films, travelling, dabbling in crafts, helping at my local Scout group or messing with one of my Rubik's cubes.

Please note:

Instead of thanking me for faves, please spend the time looking at stuck-in-suburbia's gallery

:knitting: by stuck-in-suburbia :MissedTheBandwagon: by stuck-in-suburbia Ah, the Noble Pirate by stuck-in-suburbia


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SweetCreeper132PL Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Synfull Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
diamond281 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Boo :heart:
Synfull Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Hey :)

How have you been?
diamond281 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Doing well thanks. Just been insanely busy with my university work. However, with my course about to finish I've been exploring doing more art stuff again. Wouldn't might trying emoticons and pixel art again :giggle:

How are things with you?
Synfull Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Rather busy. Had a lot going on this year and as soon as one thing ends, another begins. So I haven't really had time to relax since about February. Equally I've started work, so that takes up quite a bit of time and sucks up a lot of my energy.

But apart from that, I've been doing ok
gyroidsir Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Synfull Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
:) hey
SakuraSamora Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
Hey Syn! How have you been? Been a long time :).
Synfull Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
Hey! Certainly has been a while. Not too bad - just super busy with work and offline stuff. How about you?
SakuraSamora Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
I'm great! Nothing really to complain about :). You still chat?
Synfull Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
I rarely go in the chats anymore. All my old ones are dead and I've struggled to find any new ones
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kysl7777 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Gonna enter in the emoticon contest?!? You should!?! really! You would be good!
Synfull Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Nope. I only really work with pixelled emotes - not the style which is needed for the contest
kysl7777 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
:'( Okay.

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