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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offers a limited range of emotes, it is rarely updated with new emoticons and many of the emotes on there have become outdated.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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: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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:iconervilyn:
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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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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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  Hobbyist General Artist
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  Hobbyist General Artist
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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Synfull Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
Over here, emotes are only the round smilies like :) and :hug:
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