For many reasons, Telegram is one of the most popular messaging apps around. Some people appreciate that it’s safe and fast. Others love 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 its huge sticker library that continues to expand. And what’s better than a sticker? Of course, an animated sticker. Telegram encourages users to post their own stickers. But how exactly does this work?
Making Animated Stickers
The fact that stickers are fun is undeniable. Even for more or less indifferent people, a smart animated sticker can bring a smile to life. Telegram does a great job by allowing its users to participate in customizing the app. It encourages them to continue using it and recommend it to others.
So, if you’re feeling particularly creative and have a great idea of animated stickers 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 will need:
- A vector graphics editor that can export vector objects to Adobe After Effects.
- Adobe After Effects.
- A Bodymovin-TG plugin. This is used to export animations. TGS is the animated sticker format for Telegram.
That’s it for the tools. For technical requirements, follow these guidelines:
- You need to use a canvas/decal size of 512×521 pixels.
- An object cannot be separated from the canvas.
- No longer than three seconds when it comes to animation length.
- The loop must be done.
- The file cannot exceed 64KB.
- In a sticker pack, all stickers must have the same FPS (30 – 60).
- There are some Adobe After Effects (Star Shapes, Solids, Time Stretch, etc.) that you should not use.
Obviously, there must be some skill when making an animated sticker for Telegram. But for those who are comfortable using these tools and think the rules are easy to follow, this is probably a very fun challenge.
Once you’ve finished creating your animated stickers, you’re ready to upload them. You should write /newanimated command and send it to @stickers bot. Then proceed to submit all your animated sticker files. Choose an icon for your animated sticker set. Make sure it is 100×100 pixels and the loop animation does not exceed three seconds.
Animated Stickers Starter Packs
Believe it or not, stickers are much more popular than emojis and gifs. In a way, it’s something in between in terms of how easy and practical it is to use them. But they’re also in a class of their own. Telegram’s animated stickers were created to amplify the already very successful range of stickers.
Telegram has found a way to give more with stickers without taking more of your bandwidth. And for a messaging app, that’s very important. All stickers including animation are free on the platform. In addition to allowing anyone to join and create, you can immediately take advantage of a starter pack of animated stickers.
The easiest way to discover and add more animated sticker packs is to use a corresponding emoji and see what’s available. Not surprisingly, most of the animated emojis revolve around animals. While all of these can be funny and cute, they are also good at portraying human emotions.
Animated Sticker Channel
Telegram is also known for its many channels and groups. A great way to discover more community. 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 search for more animated sticker packs.
All you have to do is search for @AnimatedStickers and join the channel. This way you will get updated information about all new stickers. Most likely, you will receive at least one sticker pack every day. This channel has tens of thousands of members and can be considered a true sticker treasure hunt experience.
What Makes a Sticker Special?
For those who are ready to create their own animated stickers, there may be some hesitation. After all, what makes a sticker successful? What makes everyone prefer it to others?
A sticker should be witty and funny. It should convey a certain emotion, not force users to guess. It’s probably best to choose a specific topic and expand it as much as possible in terms of the range of human emotions it can convey.
Making Emotions More Moving with Stickers
Whether you’re looking for more to create your own animated stickers or share with friends, this is a great way to pass the 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 the Sticker Channel is always available for you.
Have you ever tried to make your own animated sticker for Telegram? Let us know in the comments section below.