ANIMATED MUSIC STICKER CREATION GUIDELINES
EmoJam Samples created by Todd Francis
The psychology behind stickers
Stickers are an important visual digital language fully capable of communicating a nuanced range of thoughts.
The best stickers go beyond phrases (“I’m hungry”) to depicting full moments of reactions: by showing characters in a relatable scene, or engaged in an everyday act, stickers provide more variables than a simple emoji.
The most effective stickers capture or exaggerate the feelings of the sender – they are meant to replace text and add social distinction.
Stickers that reflects the meaning of the music snippet. Music snippet is less than 10 seconds.
Stickers that are easy to use in daily conversation and communication.
Stickers that consist of easily understandable expressions, messages, and illustrations.
TIPS: the best stickers are the ones that can completely replace a sentence.
Stickers that are difficult to use in daily conversation, such as objects and scenery.
Stickers that have poor visibility, such as pictures that are too long or full-length illustrations of tall characters.
Stickers that significantly lack balance, such as all-pale colored stickers or rows of numbers.
ANIMATED STICKER IMAGE Requirements
Make sure the PNG files fit the designated dimensions: 618x618.
Please consider the balance of the stickers when creating your designs.
All sizes are in pixels.
Ensure that the size of your GIF is less than 140KB.
Please make sure that your files are in RGB color space.
Backgrounds for graphics must be transparent.
Animation that goes along with the music performs better.
PNG frame limits per GIF: 8 frames.
Playback time: 4 seconds.
Loops: 1–4 loops per sticker whose combined length does not exceed 4 seconds.
All images must be submitted in GIF format.
GIF file creation
Step 1: Trim margins
Make graphics within the maximum animated sticker image dimensions: 618x618.
Step 2: Arrange frame order
When creating stickers, please keep in mind that the first image of the GIF will be displayed as a static image on EmoJam.
Select one frame that best expresses the feeling you want to convey with your sticker and set it as the first image.
Step 3: Adjust file size
Compress the size of your PNG files if needed.
Your final GIF file should be no larger than 140 KB.
Step 4: Create your GIF
The shorter the length of the loop, the faster your animation will play.
Animation can include one or more loops as long as your final GIF is 4 seconds long or under.
Set maximum playback time to 4 seconds or less.
Once you’re done, save your data as a GIF file.
Step 5: Check your GIF file
Check to see if your GIF file is functioning correctly using Firefox.
If so, your animated sticker is now complete!