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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.

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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

It's time to sign up for EmoteSecretSanta if you want to take part - blissfullysarcastic.deviantart… 

3 deviants said 1 week left to sign up, so go, go go!
2 deviants said It's an awesome event each year :la:…
1 deviant said Not many people have signed up yet D:
1 deviant said And check out this awesome button: Secret Santa 2015 Ad Button by Emotikonz
No deviants said It's open to ALL emoticonists :D

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


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


Box of awesomeness

Sun Dec 27, 2015, 6:23 PM

I've been trying to sit down and write this journal for a couple of weeks now, but somehow something else always seemed to get in the way.

Firstly, thank you to all those that wished me a happy birthday earlier this month. I had a nice relaxed weekend at home with my family and received a selection of nice little presents to celebrate the day. It was lovely to see so many message on my page, especially some from friends I hadn't spoken to in a while.

The following week whizzed by really fast, with a selection of events (work xmas party, carol concert etc) to attend. I also hit the one year anniversary of moving into my flat - boy how time flies. I then rounded off the end of the week with a trip to see the new Star Wars. I hadn't actually watched any of the previous films until the start of this month (I knew the basic plot and all of the twists, just not how the story fit together) I really enjoyed episode VII and look forward to the next instalments.

I finished work on the 23rd Dec and in the blink of an eye it was Christmas. I again had a nice relaxed day with my family, and got a selection of neat presents (including a Lego Wall-e kit which I look forward to constructing at one point :D and a wide collection of Rubik's related items).

I return to work on the 4th Jan, and have no real plans between now and then. I think I've already watched as much TV/films as the entire of Jan-Nov combined, and started to give my flat a good tidy, organising boxes of stuff which was kinda just dumped in my back bedroom when I first moved in. The nice thing about this is once in a while you stumble across a box of awesomeness.

20151228 000453 by Synfull


2015 hasn't been a great year for emotes, both personally an in terms of the community. It really broke my heart to see that we didn't have an Emote Advent Calendar this year - the first time since 2009. But I know deep down we don't have enough of a community left to fill 24 slots ( how times have changed :( )

It was great to see a few people taking part in NaNoEmo this year, and my continued thanks for Mirz123 for having the drive to kick things off each year. I'd equally like to thank BlissfullySarcastic for running EmoteSecretSanta once again. It's a fantasic annual tradition and once again we had some amazing gifts made. You can check them out here: ESS Round up

Looking back at my gallery I only managed to make a single emote this year, which is still half finished and needs some work. As someone who has always received their motivation and inspiration from the community, the lack of action has hindered me a bit this year. Though I also know keeping up with a full time job, looking after a flat and keeping up with other life commitments.

I want to say that 2016 will be better, though I'm realistic about the matter and know there's a chance this is the end of my emote career. I never thought I'd say that. Though one things I do have to look forward to is my 10 year anniversary coming up in February (man, I feel old).

Whilst I haven't been making much art here, I have been trying a range fo crafts at home. I made a selection of Christmas decorations, along with some custom hama bead designs for my Christmas cards this year. I have to say, I'm most proud of the one I sent to blunaowl

Wall-E Christmas Card by Synfull


Back in  November I offered to feature the winners of an EmoticonOpus contest. It's taken some time for me to get around to it, but without further ado:


:YouCanBeAnything: by stuck-in-suburbia

:inadequate: by stuck-in-suburbia     :lonely: by stuck-in-suburbia     :foolish: by stuck-in-suburbia


Boring Office Job by Sijanca
Elve by Sijanca     Toothless Thanks by Sijanca     Rip My Loves by Sijanca

:jackhammer: by Emotikonz

:walkingtowork: by Emotikonz     Pageant: Talent DONE + PSD by Emotikonz     STAMP: Dancin' by Emotikonz    

That's all for now. I hope you all have a fantastic start to 2016, and see you all next year

syn by Syns-Stuff

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 graduated from the University of Birmingham, UK with a degree in Computer Science (Programming) and now work at a computer software company in Derby. 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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EmoticonKing Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, i remember we were friends years ago, while i maintained my old account ~Kosta-the-hun . Thank you for watching me again!
Synfull Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015
Ahh - I thought I recognised your emote style but couldn't work out your old account
birthdays Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015
:woohoo: :party: :iconcakelickplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconcakelickplz: :party: :woohoo:

On behalf of the birthdays team, I sincerely apologize that your greeting has arrived late this year.

We hope you had an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year!

Many well wishes and love from your friendly birthdays team :love:

Birthdays Team
This birthday greeting was brought to you by: KoudelkaW
Synfull Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
:heart: Thanks. I'm amazed this group is still going!
birthdays Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
of course <3
a-kid-at-heart Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday Karen! :bearhug: :cake:
Synfull Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
:backhug: Thanks
Jasperinity Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015
Happy birthday! :D
Synfull Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
:) Thanks
Jasperinity Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
You're welcome! :3
ImagineInventor Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
:party: :party: :cake: :cake:
Synfull Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
:dummy: Thank you
ImagineInventor Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
silverhammer Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday, hope you had a great day :aww: :huggle: :cake:
Synfull Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015
:hug: Thank you
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