We’ve all used them on Telegram but how are the stickers made?
I’m certainly no expert or graphic designer but I’ve made a few telegram stickers for a few groups, East Mids Crypto, Uptrennd and The Tree Tippings to name a few and a few people have asked me how they are done so I thought I would write a small article which hopefully will explain it.
All I use is my mobile phone (Android), no laptop or desktop so what apps do we need?
I use 3 apps…PixelLab, Background Eraser and Stickergram and you’ll also need to join Sticker bot on Telegram which can be found at @stickers.
First we need to create the design, I use PixelLab which is highly customisable, there isn’t much it cant do. To make a decent picture its recommended using high res elements which can be found online (preferably without a background to make them look a little more professional, if you need to remove the background of any element you can use the Background Eraser app which I will explain how to use later). You may have to play around with it if you haven’t used it before but it is fairly simple to use and you don’t need to be an expert.
A sticker can be anything from a way of expressing an emotion, saying hello/goodbye or themed such as an Uptrennd at Christmas or Bitcoin rising from the dead (again) at Easter.
Once you have created your masterpiece you need to save it as either High or Very High format.
The next step is to use your Background Eraser app to get rid of the background as this looks loads better as a sticker. Background Eraser is a great app, once you have loaded your picture up you can use the clever Auto function which will instantly get rid of any colour it’s told too on the background, this is especially great if the background is all one colour. For any bits it’s missed you can use the Magic option which will carefully get rid of any remaining bits around the edges without ruining your main picture. It may take a little time but don’t rush it, zooming in will help to see closer up.
When the background has completely gone you can save it by pressing the disk in the top right.
Next we need to open Stickergram App, press “create a sticker” and load up your image and crop it as much as you can to get rid of any unused space, it will then give you the chance to erase any missed background (you can actually erase the whole background using this app but I find Background Eraser does a better job). Once you have done this it will ask you if you would like to add an image stroke which is kind of a white surround to your picture, this is down to personal choice, some stickers look better with one and stand out more as a sticker and some don’t need it.
When you have done this, it will give you the chance to add another layer to your picture such as text or another image, as this is usually done when creating it in the first place I usually just bypass that as its not needed. Once you have completely finished you can then save your edited sticker.
Your next task it create a new sticker package by pressing on the button at the bottom and then to give it a name. Once this is done your newly created sticker will be safely stored in your pack.
Now we need to get it on Telegram!
Head over to telegram and join the Stickerbot which can be found at @stickers. If you type in /help it will show you a list of all the functions the bot can do. The first thing we need to do is create a new sticker pack by typing /newpack which you have to name. This has to be a unique name so if you are creating stickers for Uptrennd for example, you cant call it Uptrennd as the name has already been taken, Uptrennd by <yourname> would do. Once you have done this you need to add the sticker you have created, do this by typing /addsticker. The bot will ask you to send your sticker to it so head back to the Stickergram App and select your sticker. You are then given 3 options, “send to bot”, “save to gallery” and “send”. We need to send to bot so after pressing this, Telegram is opened up and we need to select @stickers. This then creates the format and size required for the sticker to be used. It will then ask you to select an emoji to represent your sticker, this can be any emoji in your phone. Pressing /done will then tell the bot you have finished. Your sticker will then be available to use by yourself and others roughly an hour after you have sent it to the bot.
If you wish to add further stickers to your pack in the future, just follow the same guidelines and type /addsticker in the @stickersbot and send it to it.
I hope some of you have found this useful but if you have further questions please leave them in the comments and I will answer every one as soon as I can.
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