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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.

Useful links :D

Personal Links

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

26 hours left to enter this years EmoteSecretSanta!! 

22 deviants said Frosty by melonhead-emotion
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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


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



Sun Apr 5, 2015, 2:53 PM


As always, life has been busy recently. I seem to be stuck in a never ending cycle of Work -> Volunteer stuff -> Sleep -> Repeat, and this is the first time in a while I've had enough time and energy to sit down and concentrate on writing a journal.

Overall, life is ok. Work is going well, and I've now been there a little over a year. I'm still learning new things, enjoying what I do, and feel quite proud of some of the tutorials and booklets I produce.

After an initial string of problems, things are also going well with my flat. I'm well settled in, have all the things I want/need and I'm enjoying the freedom it gives. My attention has now shifted over to the garden, which was left in an utter mess by the previous tenant.

Whilst I don't particularly enjoy gardening, I am using some of the nice weather as motivation to tidy things up and make it a more enjoyable space.


With all that is going on elsewhere, I have very little time to think about making any emotes. But I do keep an ear to the ground to see what the community is up to.

The emote community is my family - always has been and always will be. It's not had the best of times over the past year, but to steal a quote from Stitch "It is little, and broken, but still good."

I am happy to see that it is on the mend. A few dedicated community members (special shoutout to a-kid-at-heart - because he's awesome) are trying to kick start things, and I'd like to take a moment to promote some of the awesomeness:

Emoticon Gallery


If you browse the actual emoticon gallery, it is full of nothing but miscats. Whilst we can't tackle that problem,  the community can feature the new submissions elsewhere, preventing  the need to dig through 997 spam deviation to find the latest submission.

Be sure to check out their March round up which features a range of submissions and the latest emote news.



a-kid-at-heart has also taken on the job of kick-starting the Opus. For those who may not remember, this is a community run emote contest group. Every 2-3 weeks a new host is appointed, who runs a contest through the group on a theme of their choice.

This group has been around since 2007, and has seen some fantastic contests over the years. I am really happy to see it re-started, and look forward to seeing the entries for the newly launched contest.



One of the other long standing groups, Emoticiety is also making a come back with a fun new Easter Contest. With some fantastic prizes on offer, it's definitely worth looking at.

Emote A Day


And not to forget Emote-a-Day which features one emoticon a day. This could be a brand new submission, or something from 10 years ago. It's a great way to see some fantastic emotes from the comfort of your inbox.

Other Groups

:iconemotication: :iconemoticon-stamps: :iconemoticon-projects: :iconnanoemo: :iconpack-it-in:

If you're interested in emotes the groups above offer a selection of resources and opportunities to feature specific emoticon types.


Community Snapshot by a-kid-at-heart

I'm not sure if there's a better example of community than this awesome piece. Go check it out!

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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Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
The other cat shouldn't be there either - people are abusing the system to add other images in which aren't emoticons
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catcupcake Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
What program do you use to make emoticons?
I`ve been looking all over Google a I got nothing!Crying 
Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
I use one called PaintShop Pro 12. Howevere there are a range of free ones listed here:…
JeanaWei Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Merry Christmas Syn and thank you so much for willing to do this with me on such short notice~ Happy Holidays!
Is it possible to edit me into the ESS journal? >v<
Synfull Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014

I've added it in now :)
JeanaWei Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! <3
LoonyBoB Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
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 Dec 20, 2014
Go ahead :)
LoonyBoB Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
Thanks so much! :)
LoonyBoB Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
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 ^^
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