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How To Add Custom Emojis To Discord

By Pranab Sen

✎ Key Points:

» You can create custom emojis for Discord using the free Gimp 2.1 tool on your laptop. Download and install it, then open the tool, click on File, and choose New to start customizing your emoji.
» If you want to add the custom emoji to Discord, click the downward arrow next to the server’s name, go to Server Settings, select Emoji, and click Upload Emoji. Choose your saved emoji and upload it to your Discord channel, allowing you to use and share it with others.

How To Add Custom Emojis To Discord On PC:

Follow the below steps to make the custom emoji:

Step 1: Open Photoshop or Emoji creator tool

Discord allows you to customize your emoji using a Photoshop or Emoji Creator tool.  For this method, you’re going to need to use Gimp 2.1 installed on your laptop. This is the program that allows you to customize your emoji so that you can add it to your discord server to make your server engaging.

Download and install the Gimp 2.1 tool on your computer directly from the web. This tool is available to be downloaded and used for free, so you don’t have to worry about buying a Photoshop tool just to customize emojis for your Discord server.

After successfully installing the tool on your laptop, open the tool and you’ll be able to get into the main interface of the application. The app has a grayish interface, where you’re going to customize your emoji.

Gimp 2.1 tool Download

Step 2: Add a new file and create emoji in Png

After you get into the main interface of the tool, you’ll be able to get a top panel of options. From the set of options, click on File and then you’ll be able to get a drop-down menu. From the drop-down menu, you’ll need to click on New to create a new file of emoji for your  Discord server.

Add a new file on GIMP

On the next Create a New Image box, you’ll need to choose the size of the emoji you want to create and then click on Ok.

Now you’ll be able to start to create your emoji.

On the top left of the screen, there’s a toolbox full of shapes that you’re going to use for shaping and creating your custom emoji. All the emojis will appear in a square box.

If you want to make a smiling face, you’ll need to select the circle symbol from the drawing toolbox and then draw the circle. Then you can insert color to it. Complete customizing the whole emoji by drawing its features. You can make it look more professional by adding a little Vignette to it and then clicking on Ok.

Edit Emoji

Step 3: Export Image as ‘png’

After you’re done with drawing and customizing your emoji you’ll need to export the emoji from the Photoshop tool in png form. Exporting the emoji, here, means saving the emoji that you created, on your device.  Therefore, to do that, you’ll need to click on File that’s at the top panel on the screen, then from the drop-down menu, you’ll have to click on Export As. You’ll be presented with a box on the screen where you’ll have to name the emoji.

Tab on File and Export

Therefore, provide a name to the emoji and then click on the option Export. It will get exported in png form from the tool and get saved on your device. After you’re done exporting your customized emoji, you’ll need to go back to the Discord application to upload it.

Export your Emoji

How to Upload Emoji on Discord:

Follow the steps to upload it on Discord:

Step 1: Open Discord & Tap on the arrow icon

After you complete creating and exporting your customized emoji on the Gimp 2.1 Photoshop tool, close it and open Discord on your computer.

After opening Discord login into your account using the correct credentials and then you’ll be able to get into the Discord profile.

On the top section of the screen, just beside the server’s name, you’ll be able to see a downward arrow sign. You’ll need to click on the downward arrow icon to proceed with the method. It will immediately open up a drop-down menu with a set of options presented on your screen. All of these options are useful and have their function.

Tap on the arrow icon

Step 2: Click on ‘Server Settings’

After you click on the downward arrow icon, you’ll be able to get a set of options in the drop-down menu. From these options, you’ll need to click on the third option i.e Server Settings.

For this method, you’ll need to get into the Server settings of your Discord server.

After you click on the Server Settings, you’ll be taken to the Server Overview page, where you’ll be able to get an overview of your Discord server. On the left panel of the screen, you’ll find a column of options. These options are the sub-settings of your Discord server and each has specific functions.

Server Settings

Step 3: Click on the ‘Emoji’ Section

On the left panel section of the Server Settings page, you’ll be able to see the sub-option Emoji. Click on it and you’ll be able to enter into the SERVER EMOJI page.

This page of Discord allows you to add your customized emoji to your channel. On the page, you’ll be able to see the rules for adding emojis, which says that you’ll be able to add up to 30 custom-made emojis to your Discord server. Over here, you’ll also get to know about the suitable size of customized emojis. It doesn’t allow you to add or upload any customized emoji that is more than 250 kb in size.

Emoji Section

Step 4: Click on ‘Upload Emoji’

On the Server Emoji page, you’ll be able to see a blue Upload Emoji icon. If you click on the Upload Emoji icon, you’ll be able to get into the device’s albums and files. 

For this method, click on the blue Upload Emoji button. Immediately, on the screen, you’ll be able to see the list of your device’s files. From the list of items, find the custom-made emoji that you created and saved using the Photoshop tool, and then click on it.

You’ll need to know and remember the destination of the custom-made emoji so that you can find them while uploading from the folder where you saved them.

Step 5: Now upload the emoji and Done

From the list of device items, you’ll need to first find the emoji that you’ve customized yourself and then click on it. As soon as you click on it, it will get added to your Discord Server.  You’ll be able to see that on the Discord server page, the newly created emoji has been added to the emoji board of your profile and it’s ready to be used.

Now as the process of uploading the customized emoji is done, you’ll be able to get in on the emoji board to send it to the others. Therefore, get into the message section and then try and send the customized emoji to your server members just to test it out.

Adding customized emojis on the Discord server can help make your server more engaging and other people will find interest in joining it.

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Pranab Sen is founder and author of Techniquehow.com. He is a full-time blogger, everything that gets published is from Pranab's hand. He likes to be a 'social media geek' since 2011 to understand the problems of readers more deeply and giving the solution through his writing.

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