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For years the dA community has been crying out for a way to use community made emoticons in comments all around dA. Whilst the Emoticon Legend offers a limited range of emotes, it is rarely updated with new emoticons and many of the emotes on there have become outdated. After several failed attempts at a revamped system, dA is starting to roll out an awesome new system for inserting community emoticons into comments.

Whilst this system has been in place on Sta.sh for a while now, it appears some people have missed it, so I thought I would throw together a short tutorial on the basics of the system. Along with community made emoticons, the new sidebar can be used to insert images from your own gallery and deviations from anywhere on dA. However, I will focus only on the emote side of things.

Step 1 - Add Media




When you click on the box to insert a new comment, there are now two options available at the bottom of the comment area. Select the one named 'Add Media'.


Step 2 - Search for an emote




After clicking the 'Add Media' button, a sidebar will appear on the right hand side of your screen. When it opens, it shows a list of the 'Official Emoticons' - all the emotes currently found on the Emoticon Legend. If you wish to use one of these, scroll through the list and find the one you want. Then skip to the next step.

Note: You can still use the codes from the Emoticon Legend to insert official emoticons. e.g. :hug: -> :hug:



However, this sidebar also allows you to insert unofficial emotes, also known as community emoticons. To find the one you want, simply enter a keyword into the search box and hit enter. If dA finds any emotes which match, it will display them in the sidebar.


Step 3 - Adding the emote




Once you have found the emote you want to use, simply click it in the side bar and it will appear in your comment. If you wish to remove the emote from the comment, simply use the backspace/delete key.


Step 4 - Submit the comment




Add any addition text to the comment, then submit it as normal using the 'Submit Comment' button.  The emote will appear as the image in your final comment.
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:icondragon-lover-power:
dragon-lover-power Featured By Owner Edited Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
 NVM it showed up after some time!  my bad i guess i was being impatient XD
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Synfull Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
Yeah. it can take a bit of time before it shows up
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dragon-lover-power Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
aah ok ill remember that :3 thank you~
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dragon-lover-power Featured By Owner Edited Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i uploaded my own emot but when i go to search for it it wont show up....  what do i do?  ive done everything on the tutorials...

i tried to type in the key word as well and it still did not show up, 
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Jadnygamestyle Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
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Jadnygamestyle Featured By Owner Edited May 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
hi
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:iconspottedclawlovescats:
Spottedclawlovescats Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015   Digital Artist
Tabmoticon My emoticon^ Thanks so much! I've been wanting to use my emoticon for a while now.
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:iconsynfull:
Synfull Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
:) Cute emote
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:iconspottedclawlovescats:
Spottedclawlovescats Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you :3 I made another one^Tabmoticon: Sunglasses 
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Asuma17 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This helps a lot, but my problem is more complicated. When I upload a emoticon that matches or is approximately goes around that exact same size (for example 150px150) that picture never appears for some reason they never appear in the community emoticons and even by their respective categories they never appear.

Here these are about a few of them of speaking of...

Now I need to know what is the problem. Please Help!Kick Buttowski (In Misery; WHHHHYYY!) [V1] 

Jurassic Park Rexy (Tyrannosaurus) [V.2] by Asuma17  Jurassic Park-Spinosaurus-icon [V.1] by Asuma17   Jurassic World - Velociraptor. nublarensis [Alpha] by Asuma17  Jurassic Park Indominus Rex By Hellraptor-d894mjq  by Asuma17  Jurassic Park-Velociraptor (F) [The Big One] V.1 by Asuma17  
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Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
To be fair, those aren't emotes so shouldn't be placed in the gallery anyway.
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:iconasuma17:
Asuma17 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
But these are static emotes, so why won't they work?
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:iconsynfull:
Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
"But these are static emotes" - Actually they are static images (not emotes like :hug: and :) )

Regardless of that, it's probably because they are extremely large (from memory the add media sidebar will only show things up to 50x50 pixels)

 
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Asuma17 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
But why not 150x150 pixels? After all there is an option for emotes that large regardless...
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:iconsynfull:
Synfull Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
I dunno. It's dA's choice.

To be honest, 'chat friendly' emotes should never really be that large and that category shouldn't exist
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Asuma17 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
HUH? Then why did they put that in in the first place!?Nozaki Surprised Icon 
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Synfull Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015
:shrug:
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Yushicus Featured By Owner Edited Jan 19, 2015
How do I find my own emote? 
I wanna use this one emote I made, but can't find it in "add Media" : yoshi4ever01.deviantart.com/ar…

EDIT: nevermind, I scrolled down to look at the comments and found out how.
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wolfturtle123456 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:onfire:
:tmnt4:
:jawdrop:
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:iconervilyn:
Ervilyn Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Adorable Girl Anime Emoji (Double kawaii wink) V6 Heart - Free Thanks :) I'm just new  Sweating a little... hehe 
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Synfull Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Welcome :)
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Ervilyn Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Thanks ! :)
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:iconlostsilver-tiffany:
LostSilver-Tiffany Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Artist
I made an emotion icon but it is not showing up in the media,what happened or what is it?:(
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:iconsynfull:
Synfull Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Tiffany (embarrassed)

You just have to be patient. It takes time before it will appear
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:iconlostsilver-tiffany:
LostSilver-Tiffany Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Artist
Oh thank you!It is the first time sorry.^^;I really did not know about this but thanks for telling me.:)
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SylarGrimm Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Okay, I submitted one to the community but I can't find it. I'm typing in the tags I used but it still refuses show. How long does it take for it to show up?? I wanted more Armstrong Emoticons so I made one, made sure it was the right size and everything, but how can i use it now?  
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Synfull Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
There is a delay between adding an emote and it showing up in the system. I'm not sure how long though, so you just have to be patient.

Though I will point out that what you submitted isn't an emoticon, and would be better suited for a plz account: fav.me/d2e2ra9
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SylarGrimm Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
Yeah I realized this. XD Thanks! The Emoticon showed up after about half a day later.

I read that page and it's not my icon. they're just Armstrong reactions used for convos. Like reaction gifs.
I'm really sorry I don't know DA lingo I know more of Tumblr where you can just copy and paste a gif in for reactions. SO much easier than all this emoticon jumbo :/
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:iconsynfull:
Synfull Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
Over here, emotes are only the round smilies like :) and :hug:
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:iconsylargrimm:
SylarGrimm Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
There's tons of useful reactions in the Community Media that are not like that. StaxiFMAfan Icon   :objection: v2 STITCH LLORA  :Momokawashima: shaoran 
These are the ones I like to use.

If there's another folder to submit them to where they still show up in the community I would like to know which one.
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:iconsynfull:
Synfull Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
You should only be uploading things to your dA account if you actually created them. Whilst I agree they are useful in comments, they shouldn't be placed in your gallery.

That's why the plz account system is used - there isn't the same restrictions on what can be placed in an avatar. So make a plz account, then share them with other people through a journal.
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:iconunlawfulvagabond:
UnlawfulVagabond Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
how do I use a gif I submitted to the "chat friendly emotes" section?
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Synfull Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
You shouldn't be submitting gifs to that category unless they are emoticons. That's not the purpose of that system.
Instead you should use a plz account: fav.me/d2e2ra9
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:iconfeline-intellect:
Feline-Intellect Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My only question is: how are community emoticons made? More specifically, how does one create them?
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:iconsynfull:
Synfull Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
You add them to the correct emote gallery
'customisation > emoticons > chat friendly > size'
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Feline-Intellect Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha ha, thanks.
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:iconshadow-stealer:
Shadow-Stealer Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm... I don't have an "Add Media" button. XD No wonder I couldn't figure it out!
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:iconsynfull:
Synfull Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
All deviants should have an add media button :confused:
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:iconshadow-stealer:
Shadow-Stealer Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it's pretty odd, huh? XD
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:iconfeline-intellect:
Feline-Intellect Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Question: Are you on mobile? If so, the box won't appear. There is a way to access it, though.
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:iconshadow-stealer:
Shadow-Stealer Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It doesn't appear on any device that I go on...
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:iconfeline-intellect:
Feline-Intellect Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm....
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:iconshadow-stealer:
Shadow-Stealer Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed, hmm...
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schmetterlingmx Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
You have no idea how helpful is this for me, i've googled around an hour without results of what i was looking for, i tried with so many tags and ppossible problem's questions/titles, til i found your guide.

A big THANK YOU! :)
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Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
No problem. Glad you found it helpful.

What were some of the terms you tried searching? I'm always looking for ways to make this easier to find, so I'm happy to adjust key words if you can say any that you tried.
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schmetterlingmx Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Well, i got the best results with this sentence: "deviantart thumbnails emotes won't appear in comments" Sweating a little... 

And also with these tags: emotes+in+comments

This is how i found your guide on the google search list (betwen 5th and 6th place)
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:iconsynfull:
Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
What were some of the words you used that didn't make it appear? If I add those words in it may help others find it
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:iconmootoss:
mootoss Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
:likeaboss:Thank you!
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Synfull Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
No problem :)
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Jadesprite413 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
thankYay 
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