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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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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

26 hours left to enter this years EmoteSecretSanta!! 

12 deviants said Frosty by melonhead-emotion
1 deviant said More info -
1 deviant said Sign up now before it's too late :eager:

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


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



Mon Dec 8, 2014, 4:58 PM

Everything has been a bit crazy recently, but I've finally found a few minutes to write a new journal.

Moving Out

So the biggest piece of news on the life front is I'm going to be getting my own apartment. I've been living with my parents for over 2 years after finishing uni, and I'm at the point that I need to move out and have some space of my own.

I've now been employed for over 9 months and said I'd like to be seriously looking for a place by my birthday (this Saturday), and definitely moved out before I hit the 12 month mark. So I recently stepped up my search and today came across a small flat with a reasonable rent (for the area) which is about 8 minutes from my parent's house.

Whilst not 100% perfect, it seems a good place to start so I've just applied to move in. If all goes to plan, I'll get the keys just before xmas. I can then get everything ready and look at actually living there at the start of the year.

It all seems a bit scary right now, especially when looking at the costs add up as I have to buy furniture and appliances. But ultimately I think it will be the right decision and dramatically reduce my stress loads.

That being said, I think the next few weeks are going to be a bit on the hectic side as I fit in shopping, packing and sorting out bills and utilities, all whilst still at work and with Christmas in the middle.

Other Life News

Other parts of life are also going OK. Things have been a bit busier than I would have liked, but hopefully over the next few months things will change. 

Work has been going pretty steady. Some weeks are busier than others, but the range of tasks that get thrown my way keep me on my toes and I enjoy learning new things.

As normal, Scouting seems to be sucking up a great deal of my free time. I can't say that has been a positive thing - my last two down periods were both brought on by the stress related to volunteering, so I am determined to cut back on how much this is ruling my life. On the positive side, I've actually been presented with an award for all the work I've done both with my group and in the County. It's great to get some recognistion for the work I've done, but it does seem a little like bad timing.

In the remainder of my free time I've been playing games (mainly Minecraft) and binge-watching tv shows like Orange is the New Black :eager:


My lack of enthusiasm seems to be ever growing when it comes to emotes. From time to time I get a small spark of inspiration, but it always seems to die out before I can get anything down on screen.

I will however be making an emote pretty soon as I've committed to creating an entry for this year's advent calendar. I just hope to find an idea pretty soon :shakefist:

Though talking of the advent calendar, I really suggest you check it out. There are some awesome pieces this year and CubicInsanity is doing a great job running it.

2014 Emoticonist Advent Calendar by CubicInsanity

Emote Secret Santa

The emote secret santa is in full swing and I look forward to seeing the presents as they come in. Taking into account that I will be moving a couple of days after the deadline, it is vitally important that all the gifts get completed on time.

If you are having any problems, please let me know asap so I can try and work out alternative arrangements in the limited free time I have available.

dA Logo

The big piece of news going around dA recently is the new logo. Personally, my opinion is 'Meh'. I can't say it screams 'deviantART' at me, and I'm sad to lose yet another connection to the version of the site I joined.

Whilst I can see why they did it, I find it difficult to see it in a positive light as its just another reminder of how much things have changed (and not necessarily for the best). There isn't a day that goes by where I don't miss the old style dA. The communities seemed stronger, the art more impressive and a real sense of passion could be found in every corner of the site.

That said, dA is free to do what they like and I've long passed the days where I'd make a big fuss over something which I can ultimately ignore along with countless over changes.

Round up

This journal has gone on far longer than I expected - I guess that's a sign I shouldn't store things off and then try and fit them into a single journal.

If I don't speak to you all before, have a great Christmas and Holiday season and all the best for the new year. :holly:

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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LoonyBoB Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Hello!  I noticed your FAQ lacks an important question - do you mind if we use your emoticons on other forums?  I own Eyes on Final Fantasy and there are a couple I'd love to use there.  Is that okay? :)
Synfull Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Go ahead :)
LoonyBoB Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Thanks so much! :)
LoonyBoB Featured By Owner 3 days ago
PS. Happy belated birthday. :D
TheRejectPhoenix Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy late birthday!
Synfull Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
:) thanks
momiji250 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Student Artist
Birthday cake  icon birthday cake Cupcake GIF Icon - Five Nights at Freddy's Happy birthdayCupcake GIF Icon - Five Nights at Freddy's  birthday cake Birthday cake  icon 
Synfull Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
:D thanks
momiji250 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Student Artist
np ^^
ScorpianAkio Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! :iconmagi9plz:
Synfull Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
:) thank you
Fullmetal0Thunder Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Happy Birthday! ^^
Synfull Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
:) Thanks
Fullmetal0Thunder Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
You're welcome. :)
AurelieBonhoffen Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
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