Emojis and reaction GIFs make Slack better. Here’s how to create them.
Since working from home became a new reality for a lot of us, communication has not been as easy as it used to be. Yes, we still have video calls where we can see our colleagues’ faces and gestures, but the bulk of our conversations happen through text—with no intonation, no playfully raised eyebrows, no finger guns. Just bland fonts and static profile pics.
This is exactly why emojis are so useful in conveying emotion and intent. The perfect one can insure against misinterpretation, while a poor choice may give a message an entirely new meaning. If your team works with Slack, you can choose from the classic Unicode emojis (the ones that live on your phone and everywhere else) but we know your feelings extend far beyond ? and ? . There’s literally no reason to settle when you can easily make your own.
Depending on how much work you want to do, you can use either a JPEG or GIF format, but when you’re done, you’ll be able to make your coworkers laugh with perfectly-timed reactions (fire-elmo.gif), or let them know how you feel about that presentation they asked you to do at 4:30 p.m. on Friday (disaster-girl.jpeg).
Slack emojis for beginners: the JPEG
If you know how to snap a photo and do basic edits such as cropping and changing brightness and contrast, you are perfectly capable of making a Slack emoji.
The platform limits the image size you can use to 128KB and encourages square pics with transparent backgrounds, but these instructions are somewhat flexible. If you use a bigger file, Slack will automatically resize it to fit—I uploaded an 811KB photo (3000 x 1800 pixels) and the program didn’t even stutter. The ratio is also not an issue, as Slack will use your image’s width and paint the remaining space (above and below) black. It’s not the best aesthetic, but if you need to deliver a punchline quickly, it’s worth a shot. Don’t worry about transparent backgrounds either. If you can’t be bothered to cut along the outline of whatever you want to use as an emoji, or don’t know how, using a square photo will still work.
Although these inelegant solutions will be technically successful, they may be one-hit wonders, doomed to spend eons at the bottom of the list of customized emojis. If you want to make something your colleagues will share and appreciate, you have to do it right. If you have access to Adobe Photoshop, use that, but if you don’t, Photopea is a great free browser-based dupe that even shares some shortcuts with Photoshop. It will also save you from asking the IT guy for the admin password to your computer.
Crop your image
Using the crop tool (shortcut C on PS and Photopea), change the ratio of your picture to be 1-to-1. On both platforms, you’ll get options on the navigation bar at the top—on Photoshop choose 1 : 1 Square on the left. On Photopea click the dropdown menu under Free and choose Fixed ratio, then put 1 in the next two fields, W and H. This will allow you to cut your image into a perfect square. Just enlarge or reduce the selection to what you want and hit enter to finish.
Emojis are usually very small on Slack, so you’ll want to be strategic. Make sure the main focus of your emoji takes up as much space as possible. Any details might be too tiny to see, so try to go for a single face or object, and center on it.
Remove the background
There are two easy ways to do this—the magnetic lasso and the magic wand.
Photopea doesn’t have a magic wand option, so the magnetic lasso will be your weapon of choice. To find it, hit the L key three times or click and hold the lasso icon on the dropdown menu (it’s third from the top on the left sidebar). The last variation with a magnet on it is the one you want. This tool draws a selection path around similar pixels and sets it in place by dropping tiny squares called anchor points. This works great when you have a clearly delineated figure, but not when the colors of the background are too similar to those that make up your emoji.
As you guide it, the lasso will sometimes deviate from where you want it to go. If that happens, just move your mouse to get it back on track. If the tool already has an anchor point in place, you can remove it by hitting Delete on your keyboard (Command + Delete on a Mac). You can also drop anchor points at will by left-clicking your mouse. This is especially handy when the line changes direction abruptly, like at a corner or sharp edge.
It may seem counterintuitive, but your goal here is to select everything you don’t want to keep in your emoji. For example, I traced the outline of the This is Fine meme (from the webcomic Gunshow by KC Green), and when I hit the bottom edge of the image, I started tracing its frame. Once you finish, close the lasso by clicking on the first anchor point. Then hit delete to remove everything inside.
Photoshop users may want to use the Magic Wand tool (W). Similar to the magnetic lasso, the magic wand automatically detects and selects clusters of similar pixels. Click on an area to select it, then hit delete to remove it. You can click and delete until the background is gone, or you can select as much of it as possible in one go by clicking while holding Shift. You’ll see the tool’s icon change into a magic wand with a plus sign—this will add a new selection to a previous one, making it bigger as you click. Once you’ve selected all you want, hit delete to get rid of it.
The main caveat with this tool is that it doesn’t work well when the image has a lot of gradients instead of solid colors. Such an image will make it hard for the tool to tell the background from the foreground, and you might need to click even the smallest patches of color to select them. In this case, the lasso will be a more efficient option.
Whatever tool you choose, use the eraser tool (E on Photoshop and Photopea) to delete any leftover pixels. Remember this is a small emoji, so it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Resize your image
No matter their original dimensions, all JPEG emojis in Slack display at the same size, so there’s technically no need to resize. Still, if you want to follow internet best practices, go ahead and resize it. A good rule of thumb is to keep your emojis no bigger than 300 x 300 pixels.
Take your Slack emojis to the next level: the GIF
Thanks to Slack’s integration with Giphy and automatic previews of pasted URLs, you can insert GIFs directly into your messages. But you can also use these animated images to create emojis, and if JPEGs help you express yourself, you’ll realize reactions are even better when they come in GIF form.
Editing GIFs is simple, but it can be tedious and you need to know what you’re doing. If you have some time on your hands or are willing to procrastinate some of your chores for the sake of a GIF that will crack up your coworkers, it can be worth it.
Choose your fighter and resize it
Whether you want to turn your favorite GIF into an emoji or you caught your boss on video making a particularly funny face worthy of immortal life as a shareable meme, your first stop will always be an editing tool. There are platforms online that’ll help you format your GIF file, like Ezgif or Gifntext, but image editing programs like Photoshop and Photopea will give you more control.
Unlike JPEG emojis, size matters when it comes to GIFs. That 128KB cap can be an annoying hurdle to creating animated reactions, so it’s important to make it simple and light. If you’re starting with a video, make sure to keep it as short as you can—ideally 2 to 3 seconds—and resize the frame to a small 1-to-1 square.
Cameras on top-of-the-line smartphones like the iPhone 11 or Pixel 4 will take high-quality video in formats from 1920 x 1080 pixels to 3042 x 4032 pixels. If you kept any of these image sizes, it’d be difficult (if not impossible) to get the final GIF down to 128KB. If you want your own version of a GIF that already exists, find it online and download it. It’ll probably already be optimized for the web, but if it’s not, you’ll still need to make it smaller and lighter.
Edit your GIF
When using Photoshop or Photopea, notice the Layers tab as you open your file. You’ll see the programs separate the image into different layers representing the frames in your GIF—this means you can treat each one as an individual image. You’ll have one layer per frame in your GIF, so the more there are, the longer, higher-quality, and heavier a file will be.
As with JPEGs, Slack recommends square images with no background. You can do this by cropping and deleting the background for each layer. You can also add text, images, or drawings, and change colors and other image values, like contrast and brightness. Just keep in mind that whenever you edit a layer, you’re editing a single frame. If you want a change to show throughout the GIF, you’ll need to do it on every layer.
On Photopea, layers double as frames, so any editing you make will show directly on your GIF when you save it—including the removal of layers. You won’t be able to customize the duration of each frame, but if you want to keep it simple, this platform can be more than enough.
On Photoshop, however, layers are not actual frames, which is slightly confusing. To see the frames, you’ll need to look at the Timeline tab. Don’t worry if you can’t find it—it’s not displayed by default. To see it, head to the top navigation bar, go to Window, and click on Timeline in the dropdown menu.
Each frame has a specific duration (usually 0.2 seconds), which is one of the variables that determine your GIF’s duration. You can edit frames individually or in bulk—select the frames you want to edit by clicking on them (or select them all by clicking the first one and holding Shift while clicking on the last one), then click on the number below each frame. A dropdown menu will appear and you’ll be able to choose from a range of options, from no delay to a 10 second pause between frames. You can customize this field by clicking Other… .
Another way to alter the duration of your GIF is by cutting the number of frames. Doing this can make it look a bit more choppy, so cuts need to be well-distributed. Select the frames you want to remove and click the trash can icon on the bottom to delete them. Click the play button on the left to make sure your GIF flows properly.
I chose the monkey puppet meme and arbitrarily cut the amount of frames in half by getting rid of the odd-numbered frames. The change is barely noticeable—even less so considering the small display on Slack. Use this tool to fine-tune the beginning and end of your GIF, so you can have as few frames as possible.
You’ll also be able to use the Timeline tab to determine how many times you want your GIF to loop: click on the dropdown menu at the very bottom of the tab. It’s labeled Forever by default.
Save your GIF
After you’ve dedicated potentially half a workday to editing your GIF, it’s time to save it.
On Photopea, go to File, Exportas, and choose GIF. In the dialog box that pops up, you’ll find a couple settings you can play around with to further edit your emoji, including image size and looping options. You’ll also be able to see how changing each of these variables affects the final file size, so you can more easily keep things below 128KB.
On Photoshop, go to File, Export, and choose Save for Web (Legacy)… . You’ll have the same options Photopea offers plus a couple more that may come in handy. These include choosing the size of your GIF’s color palette (fewer colors means a lighter file and a more lo-fi look) and whether you want a white background or full-on transparency. You’ll also be able to see how each of these variables affects the final kilobyte count, so you can have the perfect balance of quality and file size.
On either program, click Save when you’re done.
Upload your new emoji
Congratulations—the hard part’s over and you’re almost there. Now it’s time to show your workspace your elite skills.
Before sharing your creation though, stop to think about what you’re posting. Everyone in your workplace can see and use the Slack emojis you create, including your boss and anyone who might be able to make your work life more difficult. If you have even the slightest suspicion that your new emoji might offend someone, save yourself some trouble and abstain from uploading it.
If, however, you’re sure your emoji is harmless, go ahead and share it. Click the emoji icon on any Slack window and then the Add Emoji button on the bottom left. The resulting popup window provides instructions for adding your new creation, but it’s as simple as choosing Upload Image, searching for the file on your hard drive, and uploading it. Slack will show you a preview, and ask you to give your emoji a name. Choose something specific, as it has to be unique. If you need more than one word, use hyphens instead of spaces. Click Save and you’re done.
You’ll be able to use your emoji as part of your messages or as a reaction by searching for it on the emoji menu, or by typing a colon immediately before the name.
If you decide to remove your emoji, you can do so by clicking the name of your workspace at the top of the left sidebar and choosing Customize. You’ll be able to find your icons by scrolling down the list or typing the name of your emoji. You can also type in your name to see all the files you’ve added. Click the X button on the right to delete an emoji.
Even when you can’t hear your colleagues’ laughter across the office, there’s definitely some satisfaction in making people giggle during the workday—even if it’s just for a bit. Feel free to experiment and express yourself with new and improved reactions, and may you long reign as the official Slack jester.
With remote and hybrid workspaces becoming the new normal for many, using the Slack productivity app on your desktop or phone to chat with coworkers is a way of life. While being helpful for work communication, the software isn't without its Easter eggs, like the ability to create custom emoji to go with the 2,000-plus emoji that are already in there. Big whoop, right? But trust me, start making and using custom emojis and your Slack cred will soar.
Emoji have taken over society as a language all of their own, inspiring everything from Apple's Memoji avatars to a dedicated Emoji Movie (with appalling ratings). And new emoji are added every year.
Making a new emoji for Slack is easy and addictive. Add this skill to your arsenal to show off how much better you are at Slack than your coworkers 😉.
Who can add custom Slack emoji?
All Slack members can make emoji, but not Slack guests. The feature is available on Free, Standard, Plus and Enterprise Grid plans.
Can I make a Slack emoji on the mobile app?
You can't make custom emoji from your phone, but you can access the custom emoji you made on the desktop from mobile. Your emoji will be sandwiched by two colon punctuation signs, so to conjure it on mobile, bookend the name with colons (e.g. :cat:)
Slack also notes that some workspaces won't let you make custom emojis. I know, it's a bummer. If you're not sure, you can contact your workspace or org owner.
Here's how to make a custom emoji on the Slack desktop app
1. Open Slack.
2. Click your workspace name in the top left corner.
3. Click Customize Slack.
4. Click Add Custom Emoji.
5. Upload an image and name it.
6. Click Save.
What are Slack emoji packs?
Slack emoji packs are sets of emojis centered around a certain theme. Think of it like themed sticker packs you can find in text messages or on Snapchat. Here's how to find them:
1. Open Slack and click the smiley face icon in the message field.
2. Click Add Emoji.
3. Click Emoji Packs (next to Custom Emoji). You'll be able to see and add any available packs. Once added, you can find them in the Custom Emoji section.
How to make a good quality Slack emoji
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but you should make sure you're using a JPG, GIF or PNG file. You'll get the best results with a small, square picture. Slack will resize it automatically.
Where can I find premade custom Slack emojis to upload?
Premade custom Slack emojis can be found at slackmojis.com. You can scroll through Most Popular, Recently Added and sets with themes like Among Us, Cowboys, Game of Thrones, Sports, Memes and more. When you find one you like, just type the name into a Slack message to use it.
What to do with a Slack emoji once it's live
A well-placed emoji can spice up your work conversations and let you react to activity. Some are almost meme-worthy. Sprinkle them into responses in conversation, and add as a reaction to a message in one of your channels. Choose the emoji or manually type in the code in the message field to use it as a response. To react to someone else's Slack message with an emoji, hover over the message with your cursor and click the smiley face option. From there the emoji library will open.
Search for a custom emoji
You can go back in after you've made the emoji and search for it by name. You don't need to add the colons to search for your emoji. You can also scroll through everyone else's creations for inspiration.
Delete your Slack emoji
Don't worry. If you messed up, it's not there forever. Simply click the "X" to get rid of your Slackmoji. You can't get rid of anyone else's though. If there's a particularly inappropriate emoji, Slack says you can contact an administrator to have it removed.
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As a productivity tool, Slack is extremely functional and handy for creating a cohesive online office environment. However, purely word-based communication can, at times, become devoid of the human factor that’s so important to live conversations. This is where emojis can come in to help illustrate the emotional intent of a message.
The Slack creative team has shown to be quite aware of this, as the app now has more than 2,500 integrated emojis. But maybe the existing emoji offerings don’t cover the things you’d like to express. Or perhaps a custom flair is needed for your Slack conversations.
Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities to add all kind of emojis, static or moving, to Slack, and even create custom ones. In this article, we’ll explain how to do just that.
How to Make Emojis in Slack
Slack is very versatile when it comes to handling emojis. You can use them as reactions to comments, as a stand-alone comment or reply, or in combination with plain text.
To use the emoji reactions on the computer app, hover the mouse cursor over a Slack message and you’ll see a menu. Clicking the first option on the left will bring up the emoji reactions. Once you pick the preferred one, click on it and the emoji will appear at the bottom of the message.
If you’re on the Slack mobile app, tap on the message and hold until the popup menu appears. From there, tap the “Add Reaction” option and choose a reaction emoji from the list. Up to 23 emoji reactions can be added to a single Slack message on any version of the app.
Using Emojis in Your Messages
To add emojis to posts or comments on Slack, use the integrated emoji menu found in the message box. On the bottom right, there are five icons. The third one will bring up the emoji menu where you can choose between the vast selection.
Another way to add emojis to a Slack message is through keywords or an emoji alias. These are textual shortcuts that will, when entered correctly, display the appropriate emoji instead of text. Their format is a line of text with colons on either side. For instance, typing “:slightly_smiling_face:” will produce the default smiley emoji.
While using an alias can be more complicated if you don’t know the exact phrase for the emoji needed, Slack has a handy smart search function to aid in choosing. Type in the colon and the first couple of letters, and you’ll see an autocomplete menu with every emoji containing the partial phrase entered. These will be displayed in real emoji form, so it should be easy to find the exact one needed.
Using Emoticons and Shrugs
Enter a standard emoticon such as 🙂 in Slack, and it will automatically transform to the appropriate emoji. To change that, simply go to “Slack Preferences,” then to “Messages & Media,” and you’ll find the “Convert My Typed Emoticons to Emojis” option. Uncheck it, and you’ll be able to use emoticons in messages from now on.
The more complex “shrug” emoticon has become a favorite in digital communication, and chances are you’ll want to use it in your Slack conversations from time to time. To do this, type “/shrug” in the message or comment space.
How to Make Emojis Bigger in Slack
Slack doesn’t have an option to customize the size of emojis either in messages or reactions, so, unfortunately, there’s no way to make the emojis bigger when adding them to text. However, in a message containing nothing but emojis, they will be displayed as larger versions, the so-called Jumbomojis.
Should you wish to make the Jumbomojis standard size, go to “Slack Preferences,” then “Messages & Media,” and uncheck the “Show JUMBOMOJI” option.
How to Make a Moving Emoji in Slack
To make a moving emoji in Slack, you’ll need to import one from your device. They can either be found from a multitude of online emoji sources or you can create one from a GIF image.
To do the latter, use an online tool that can transform uploaded GIF images into emojis or create everything yourself in Adobe Photoshop.
When using Photoshop, you’ll need to save the file with settings optimized for Slack. Here’s how to do that:
- Open the GIF in Photoshop, then go to “File,” then “Export” and choose “Save For Web (Legacy).”
- You should select “GIF” as the file type and set “Colors” to 128. The Image Size should be 120×120 pixels.
- Go to “Looping Options” under “Animation” and click “Forever,” which will make the image loop indefinitely.
Once you’ve successfully exported the file, upload it to Slack and it’ll become available for use in conversations.
How to Put Emojis in Your Slack Name
It isn’t possible to insert emojis in a Slack name, but there’s a handy workaround for those who would like to have something similar.
You can make your Slack name appear unique by editing your status. Follow the steps below to do just that:
- In Slack, click on your picture to bring down the profile menu.
- The first thing below your name and picture is the “Update Your Status” box. Clicking on it will open a new window where you can set the status.
- You’ll see a box at the top with the text “What’s your status?” and next to the text will be a smiley icon. Click on that icon and a list of emojis will pop up. Choose one, then hit the “Save” button.
After doing this, the selected emoji will be featured next to your name. This method is the closest there is to inserting emojis in a Slack name.
How to Make a GIF Emoji in Slack
GIF emojis and moving emojis are one and the same, so the best way to add a GIF emoji to Slack is to follow the steps provided in the section concerning moving emojis.
There are plenty of resources for free GIFs online, but you might want to make a custom GIF from a standard image. There are also online tools to make an animated GIF from a JPG, PNG, BMP, or other image formats. Still, those versed in Photoshop or similar image editing software might opt to make their own GIF entirely from scratch.
To make an animated GIF in Photoshop, do the following:
- Open a static image in Photoshop, go to the toolbar and use the “Crop” tool to single out the part you’d like to show in the GIF.
- Use the “Lasso” tool to select the parts you’d like to move. Since the final dimensions will be quite small, you don’t have to be extra careful with lasso selection.
- Copy the selection to a new layer, then return to the base layer and remove the background from the area of the selection.
- While still on the background layer, lasso-select the same part you’ve copied previously and hit “Delete.” You’ll see the “Fill” window – ensure it’s set to “Content-Aware,” “Normal blending,” and “100% Opacity.” Click “OK.”
- Now duplicate the new layer with the copied selection, then go to “Transform Controls” for the top layer. Here, you can rotate or move the selection around. Once it’s in the right position, hit “Enter.”
- Make sure the background and the first copied layer are visible. Enter the menu, go to “Window,” then to “Timeline,” and hit “Duplicate Selected Frames.”
- Repeat the previous step with the background and the second, edited copy layer visible. Then, choose how long each frame will last, depending on the type of movement.
- Export the GIF file following the steps explained in the section about moving emojis.
This method might take some time depending on how well you understand Photoshop, but with some tinkering, unique GIFs and Slack emojis can be created that will be the envy of the whole channel.
Q: How Do I Export Emojis to Slack?
A: In most cases, you won’t be able to export emojis directly to Slack, but rather add them from a device.
Q: How Do I Add Bulk Emojis to Slack?
A: To add bulk emojis to Slack, go to the Emoji section in the comment box, click “Add Emoji,” and in the new window, go to the Emoji packs tab. From there, you’ll be able to add the available packs in bulk.
Q: How Do I Make Custom Emojis in Slack?
A: Make custom emojis by uploading images or animated GIFs to Slack. All custom emoji will be under the tab with the Slack icon.
Q: How Do I Add Custom Emojis in Slack?
A: To add custom emojis in Slack, open the Emoji section, and click on “Add Emoji.” You’ll be able to upload any image – Slack will format it to the appropriate size. Name the new emoji and click “Save.”
Making the Slack Experience Your Own
Funny or interesting custom emojis can lighten the atmosphere on Slack. Now that you’ve learned how to make emojis in Slack, share your unique reactions with the whole channel and make the workday that much more fun.
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