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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

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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


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Juggling Pandas

Sat Jul 18, 2015, 6:06 PM

It has been over 3 months since I last wrote one of these journal-y things, so I think it's about time for an update.


For the last couple of months life has just been plodding along with nothing new really to report. Work has kept me busy, and Scout related stuff has kept me busier. It's now less than a week until a major Scout camp, so currently every moment of my free time is being consumed by some sort of preparation work.

Following the camp, life will hopefully calm down a little. That is at least until the end of August where I've now booked flights over to see my sister and new baby niece in America. It's been a few years since I was last over, so I'm looking forward to revisiting a few places, and of course meeting my niece who I've so far only seen on Skype.

I can't say my plans currently extend much past the beginning of September, but I can imagine life will start to slow down again and I may actually get some time to work on some art.


I haven't had the chance to even think about making some emotes since the beginning of the year, as proved by the fact my animation program hasn't even been installed since my computer was wiped.

However, things do keep happening in the emote world, so I'll give a couple of shout outs:


NaNoEmo is hosting its annual Visual Purpose event, encouraging artists to make emotes which are designed purely to be looked at.  I would really like to be taking part, but simply can't spare the time right now. But if that's something that interests you, check it out.


With life being so busy, its been fantastic to see a steady stream of emotes appear in my inbox as they are posted to TheEmoticonGallery. If you are fed up of seeing spam in the gallery, or want a bitesized view of new art work, definitely check the group out.


That's about all for now. How have all of you been? Anything interesting in your lives?

And if you've made it this far, let me know what your favourite flavour of ice cream is!

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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KingBo0 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You seem to be a emoticon expert. could you tell me how to create emoticons that you can use in comments such as this one-->Rainbow Sheep 
Synfull Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
Provided they are actually emotes (and not animated gifs of anime) then they can be placed in one of the chat friendly emote galleries. Then they will appear in add media after a period of time.
black-cat010 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
hi dearNeko Emoji-41 - (Kawaii Waving) [V3] 
how are you?
sorry if i am bothering you but i was wondering if its possible to add this and how do i add her in the emoticons box or in add media box i guess Sweating a little... please?
thank you & Take Care Happy Neko 
Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
Things like that shouldn't really be placed in add media - It's supposed to only be for emotes like :) and :hug:
black-cat010 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
well cant i add it there please?
i mean how do people add new emoticons in the community emoticons box all the time?
and by the way, the little cat is already there but i just recolored her to black because i like her that way more Nod Love
thank you & Take Care Happy Neko 
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
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