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Emoticon Tutorial Part 1 by Jtcgh Emoticon Tutorial Part 1 by Jtcgh
I noticed that most of the emoticon tutorials here on dA refer entirely to specific software which may be too expensive (e.g. photoshop), or not powerful enough (i.e. MS Paint) for many members of the community.

I know that if the only option presented to me had been to shell out several hundred pounds in order to make emotes, I never would have started.

Good thing is, that isn't the only way.
Paint.NET is a powerful, but most importantly free piece of software which can be used to create emoticons, and this tutorial guides you on how to go about doing that.
Paint.NET can be downloaded from: [link]

I want this to allow people who have wanted to try their hand at emoticons, but haven't been able to due to the cost of photoshop to be able to give it a try.

This is part one of two. Part two discusses the basics of animating emotes with freeware: [link]
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:iconhamza62240:
hamza62240 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Used it here along with your part 2: hamza62240.deviantart.com/art/…

This one was way too hard to make D:
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hamza62240 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I mean that the emote I made was hard to make because I had to make him spin :D
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VaiointheFUTURE Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student Artist
awesome Momoko La Emoticon 
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robloxlittle Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
ty!
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:iconakky3210:
akky3210 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Fun and easy! (It works for GIMP too, but I like Paint.NET. It's simpler) I'm already addicted to making emoticons!
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ZeroResuraxx Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This Tutorial is perfect!
All the other ones I had found were software like SAI and Photoshop.

Now all I can draw are Emotioncons! ._.
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:iconwolfgirl0123:
wolfgirl0123 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
can you do emotes like this with other software?
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:iconhamza62240:
hamza62240 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Paint and Paint SAI. Though you are this lazy to download freeware? You can just go to the site and download. No need to pay because there is no "full version".
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wolfgirl0123 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
oh oki
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:iconhamza62240:
hamza62240 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
:)

Also you can use Paint.NET which is better than Paint.
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:iconwolfgirl0123:
wolfgirl0123 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Ok
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:iconhamza62240:
hamza62240 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
:)
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Tobi-Mudkip-Master Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did it with paint SAI and it worked perfectly
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:iconwolfgirl0123:
wolfgirl0123 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
o ok
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Sarracuda Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for this
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Aqua48474 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
that is cool i will try todo that!
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arman2003ahmadi Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Thank you VERY very much! I made my own animated emote :)
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Infinite-Carousel Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial is amazing! I really wanted to start doing my own emotes and this really worked for me! Thanks so much! :D
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Puppiesanddogsrule Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I already have Paint.Net so I don't need to download it! :giggle:
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MiCkIart14 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Awwww, .... the download of the Paint program is not working for me.
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MiCkIart14 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Exactly what I have been franticaly looking for! thanks alot!!!!!!!!!!!!
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topazXx11 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
[link] i followed your tutorial! :D
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:iconpercyjacksonrulz:
percyjacksonrulz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student Writer
this is EXTREMELY useful, thanks :D
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:iconlordolllle:
lordolllle Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
I LOVE IT ^^[link]
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darkmiko6 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist
thank you very much! fave it!
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HungaryAPH Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
THANKYOU!

I used to do these two years ago. I even started a 5 minute animation project. That was until i got busy, forgot all about it. Now im trying to finish and i couldn't even work out how to use pint net :S

Thanks!
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myralalachuu Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so long.... so precise... no one could fail making'em if they read this!! :squee:
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CatsInBlack Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
AWESOME! :squee: :la: :happybounce: :la: I LOVE IT!!! :squee: :la: :happybounce: :la:
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TameYetWild14 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
i didnt get the part after you finished the shading and then clicked 'multiply' i dont know how to paint the Emoticon a different color without ruining my shade :nuu:
btw this tutorial is very helpful :D
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stargatealpha Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Wow, cool! Thx!:peace::D
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:iconmychemmad:
mychemmad Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconthankyouplz: this is really helpful :)
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DeviousAngel5216 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is very helpful, thx!
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:iconthe-lostartistictype:
the-lostartistictype Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
im confused on the part where you make the body ca you help?
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:icondeviousangel5216:
DeviousAngel5216 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
maybe this guide will help??
[link]
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:iconthe-lostartistictype:
the-lostartistictype Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh i got it
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:iconcuppycake97:
cuppycake97 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are amazing. thank you for doing this on paint.net.... I so can't afford photoshop!
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BaRdOfRaGeGaMzEe Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Thanks a bunch :D I've been wanting to know how to make these :) It is a great tutorial!! :D
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mikey922 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I have a big question, how do u ge all the colirs and tools and all that other stuff back, i dseleted them, WHOOPS
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mikey922 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
never mind, i figured it out
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delade Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent tutorial! :icongrin-plz:
Goin' to Part 2 ...
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:iconthe-lostartistictype:
the-lostartistictype Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
im confused on the part where you make the body ca you help?
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Komonoko Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
This is SO useful, thank you so much for making it! I learned how to shadow and do things I couldn't do before! ^_^
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:iconthe-lostartistictype:
the-lostartistictype Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
im confused on the part where you make the body ca you help?
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:iconkomonoko:
Komonoko Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
You can find tutorials for that everywhere. :3
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:iconthe-lostartistictype:
the-lostartistictype Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
never mind i figured it out
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FurImmerUndEwig Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
you're tutorial was really useful!! i used it here
thank you thank you thank you :dance:
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ant616 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
Thank you for the tutorial!
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FireFly-Man Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
im starting to make emoticons so this was so helpfull thank you for making this tutorial

Your reward : :+fav:
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TheGasMaster4381 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
thanks for this tutorial! even though I didn't use it with Paint.net I was still able to get an emoticon out of the software I use :la: very helpful resource! I'm gonna fave this tutorial! thanks again budd! :glomp:
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Crescentmoon24 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
This tutorial helped me so much! ^^ It helped me with emotes and introduced me to a great piece of software. ^^
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