What makes Discord such a great place for communities, gamers, students, and even coworkers is the abundance of features, server customizability, and ease of use.
One of the ways you can make your server feel like home is by creating custom Discord emotes.
They are pretty easy to create and implement into Discord. So here is a guide showing you just how you can do that!
Creating The Emoji
Creating an emoji is not supposed to be easy. Unless you already have a design/idea in mind and have some knowledge in Adobe Photoshop or other similar image manipulation software.
However, if you did have that kind of knowledge, you probably wouldn’t be here reading this guide.
But, don’t worry; even if you have no idea how to edit images, there are some easier methods you can use to create your emoji.
The simplest way to create emotes would be through using templates. Images/memes that have already been uploaded online. All you have to do is download it and add it to your Discord server.
Of course, you will always have the option to further edit the template.
Let’s have a look at Kapwing’s Custom Discord Emote Maker. This is one of those websites that provide templates and an editing tool as well.
To use it, click on the link above and then look for a good template. There are tons of memes uploaded to Kapwing, so I’m sure you will find what you need.
With the right template picked, click on Edit This Template.
Once you click on that button, Kapwing’s image editing tool will open. In here, you have the freedom to do anything!
Adding text is easy as the push of a button. Look at your top-left, and you’ll see a bunch of options. Look for text, click on it, and it will automatically add text to your meme.
Additionally, adding images or any other type of element is just as easy. Just look for the corresponding option in the menu above.
When you are done, click on Export Image (top-right red button) and save it as a .png
Keep in mind, the image you will be exporting will default to 128×128 size. Anything above that cannot be uploaded to Discord (as an emoji). Also, you should consider whether the image itself will look good as an emote.
The image we’ve chosen is a bit too detailed, so it’s probably not going to serve as a great emote. Keep that in mind.
Using Photoshop Or Free Alternatives
If you can’t seem to find the right template or if you want to start from scratch, it’s best to use Photoshop or any of the free online alternatives.
In our case, we will be using Photopea.
To start a new project, select File – New or just hit Alt+Ctrl+N. This will open up a new window. This new window will provide you with several templates for your project size, but we recommend just typing in 125 in Width and 125 in Height.
Photopea will also provide you with several images that you can use as a starting point. If you don’t find any of the suggestions interesting, you can upload your own image. To do that, again, go to File – Open and choose the image you want to add to your emote.
With the image added, you will need to scale the image to the appropriate size (125×125).
By clicking on Transform controls, you can easily start manipulating the image.
However, to get the best possible quality, you will need to maintain the original height/width ratio. To do that, hold down Shift while transforming the image.
Additionally, you can type in 125px in both width and height in the menu above, and it will automatically adjust the image to fit the canvas.
So, you have the right size, but if you want to add anything else to the image, now is the time.
To add Text, look for the T icon on the left menu. If you want to do some drawing, you could use the pencil or the brush tool. Just hover over any of the tools to see information on their purpose.
If you are done playing around, it’s time to export the image. So, head over to File – Export as – PNG. Make sure the width and height are adjusted accordingly and keep quality at 100%. Click Save.
Adding Emote To Discord
You now finally have your meme, and you’ll want to add it to your Discord server. For this, you can refer to our extensive guide.
Otherwise, you can just follow these steps:
- Open Discord and open your server
- Head into Server Settings
- Open the Emoji tab
- Click on Upload Emoji, select the PNG from Photopea and hit apply
- Now all that is left to do is to add an Alias (shortcut)
With the alias, you can call on this emote anytime you want in your server’s text channels.
Creating Animated Emojis
If you have subscribed to Discord Nitro, it is possible to upload animated emotes too.
However, creating these may require a bit more effort. But, again, thanks to websites such as Kapwing, it can be pretty easy if you already have your video or GIF.
So, let’s head back to the editing website and upload your video/GIF.
A quick tip: If the video you want to use is on YouTube, you can use one of the many YouTube to MP4 websites to download it. Just add the YT link, select the file type (MP4) and download the highest possible quality.
After uploading your video to the editor, it’s time to edit it.
If you want to cut the video at a certain point, drag the white line across the timeline below the video and click on Split.
Once split, delete the unnecessary parts of the video.
If you want to do some more editing like increasing or lowering speed, zooming in, adjusting volume, etc., click on the timeline below and use the menu on your right.
It’s recommended to speed up the video as much as possible to keep the file size as low as possible. Otherwise, Discord won’t allow you to upload it as an emoji. It has to be under 256 kb.
Also, we will have to stick to that limited 125×125 size. To do that, click outside of the video, on the empty space of the editor, and then make the canvas 125×125 on the menu on the right. Or, you could go even lower than that to satisfy the file size requirements.
At the top right, you’ll see that same red Export button, but this time around, click on the small downward arrow next to it and select Export as GIF.
With the GIF now downloaded, the process of adding it to your Discord is identical to what we previously explained.
And, that’s it!
Now you know how to create an emote from scratch and then add it to your server!