For many reasons, Telegram is one of the most popular messaging apps around. Some people appreciate that it’s secure and fast. Others like its all-in-one appeal where you can text, make calls, and send quick and easy video messages.
But what makes Telegram stand out is the huge sticker library that just keeps expanding. And what’s better than a sticker? Well, an animated sticker, of course. Telegram encourages users to submit their own stickers. But how does that work, exactly?
Making an Animated Sticker
There’s no disputing the fact that stickers are fun. Even for people more or less indifferent to them, a clever sticker with animation can tease out a smile. Telegram does an amazing job by allowing its users to participate in customizing the app. It encourages them to continue to use it and recommend it to others.
So, if you’re feeling particularly creative and have a great animated sticker idea for Telegram, you can submit your design for approval. But before starting anything, there are a few tools and technical requirements to keep in mind. If you want to make an animated sticker for Telegram, you’ll need these:
- A vector graphics editor that can export vector objects to Adobe After Effects.
- Adobe After Effects.
- A Bodymovin-TG plugin. This is used for exporting animations. TGS is the animated sticker format for Telegram.
That’s it regarding tools. For technical requirements, follow these rules:
- You have to use a canvas/sticker size of 512×521 pixels.
- An object can’t leave the canvas.
- No longer than three seconds when it comes to animation length.
- It has to be looped.
- File can’t exceed 64KB.
- In a sticker pack, all stickers need to have the same FPS (30 – 60).
- There are certain Adobe After Effects (Star Shapes, Solids, Time Stretching, etc.) you mustn’t use.
Obviously, there has to be some skill involved when making an animated sticker for Telegram. But for those comfortable using these tools and who feel that the rules are easy to follow, this is probably a very fun challenge.
Once you’ve finished creating your animated sticker, you’re ready to upload them. You should type the /newanimated command and send it to the @stickers bot. Then proceed to send all of your animated sticker files. Choose an icon for your set of animated stickers. Make sure it’s 100×100 pixels and that the loop animation doesn’t go over three seconds.
Animated Stickers Starter Packs
Believe it or not, stickers are way more popular than emojis and gifs. In a way, they’re something in between, in terms of how easy and practical it is to use them. But at the same time, they’re in a class of their own. As Telegram’s animated stickers were created to upgrade their already very successful sticker range.
Telegram found a way to give more with stickers without taking more from bandwidth. And for a messaging app, that’s a big deal. All of the stickers, animated included, are free on the platform. As well as letting anyone participate and create, you can benefit from a starter pack of animated stickers right away.
The easiest way to explore and add more animated sticker packs is to use a corresponding emoji and see what’s available. Unsurprisingly, a lot of the animated emojis revolve around animals. All which can be funny and cute, as well as good at animating human emotions.
Animated Sticker Channel
Telegram is also known for its many channels and groups. It’s an excellent way to discover more communities. You can also take advantage of Telegram’s bot feature and discover even more ways to make your conversations more dynamic. But you can also use the Telegram channel option to look for more animated sticker packs.
All you have to do is search for @AnimatedStickers and join the channel. That way you’ll be updated about all of the new stickers. In all likelihood, you’ll get at least one sticker pack each day. There are tens of thousands of members in this channel and it can be considered a true sticker treasure hunting experience.
What Makes a Sticker Special?
For those ready to dive into creating their own animated stickers, there could be some hesitation. After all, what makes a sticker successful? What makes everyone choose it over others?
A sticker has to be witty and fun. It has to convey a specific emotion, not keep the users guessing. It’s probably best to choose a specific topic and expand it as much as you can in terms of the range of human emotions it can convey.
Making Feelings More Animated with Stickers
Whether you’re looking to create your own animated stickers or are just looking for more to share with your friends, this is a great way to spend time on Telegram. Some will be more successful than others, and that’s okay. The important thing is to remember all the tools and requirements and that there’s always the Sticker Channel available for you.
Have you ever tried making your own animated sticker for Telegram? Let us know in the comments section below.