WhatsApp recently rolled out much-requested sticker support. And while you can get a range of stickers for WhatsApp by either searching the application (appears next to the existing emoticon and gif option) or by installing it through third-party sticker Apps like these. But wouldn’t it be awesome, if we can create our own personal sticker on WhatsApp?
Essentially Stickers work pretty much like emoticons, i.e. they are just PNG images which are sent unlike traditional images with borders, hence look cool. But this raises an interesting question; if stickers are just regular png images, why can’t we create our own custom stickers? Well, turns out, you can. In fact, there is more than one way in which you can install custom stickers on WhatsApp. So, let’s check them out. Shall we?
Create Your Own Stickers On WhatsApp
Method I – Use WhatsApp Official Sample App
To make sure users don’t abuse the Stickers feature with hastily cropped images, WhatsApp only allow users to add stickers to chats via third-party apps. WhatsApp offered a sample app to help developers make their own stickers app for Android and iOS. So, if you are a developer or know a little bit about coding, you can create your own custom app to install stickers on Play Store. However, for most of you, it’s too complicated, which bring us to our next method.
Method II – Make Your Own Custom Stickers
If you can’t compile and install the sample app for Stickers, you can always use third-party apps. Personal stickers for WhatsApp is an Android app that lets you install custom stickers on WhatsApp. It’s a simple app which updates the stickers to WhatsApp and you can create your own custom packs. The only limitation is you have to follow WhatsApp’s guidelines to create stickers. In simple words, a sticker should not be more than 512×512 px and 100KB in size. The file format is kept WEBP to keep the exclusivity. You can create Stickers using Photoshop and other editing tools.
I have used the Bobble keyboard in the past to create a number of custom stickers using my face. Everything else worked fine but the stickers were sent as an image with the border, instead of like the actual sticker. But with a little bit of tweaking, we can grab the custom face stickers from Bobble keyboard and turn it into custom stickers for WhatsApp. Let’s see how to do that.
Create your stickers
Install to the Bobble keyboard and let it scan your face to generate custom faces for you. Once done, tap on the sticker of your choice > Save it to the gallery,
To remove the background from the image, you can use one of these, background eraser app for Android. For this instance, I’ll just crop the sticker to get rid of all the extra stuff.
Once you have all the cropped stickers from the Bobble keyboard, you can now just convert the images to WEBP format using an online converter. I use ezgif as it does the job quickly. Download the images not larger than 512x512px. You can use the resize button to resize the images.
Once you have the WEBP files downloaded, you can simply open the Personal stickers app, tap the and select the WEBP files and add them to your WhatsApp. Now you’ll get actual stickers instead of the normal images.
The benefit of this method is, you can import personalized facial emotion like excited, sad, overwhelmed etc with bobble keyboard and later set it as stickers on WhatsApp.
Method III- Create and Edit Stickers within the App
The previous method required quite a few steps to add stickers on your WhatsApp. This method, however, lets you crop, edit and share the stickers on to the WhatsApp without much hassle.
We will use Create Stickers for WhatsApp. You have to install it on your phone first, the app can be downloaded from the Play Store or tapping the link above.
To create your sticker, go to the app and select an image from the gallery. You can create a collage style sticker using existing images and emojis.
Once you select an image, it takes you to the crop window and you can adjust the orientation and crop the image. After that, it loads up the editor in which you can make changes and tweak the image. You get a brush tool, text box, filters, and emojis. Use these to customize your creations and create unique stickers.
After editing the image, press the tick icon to see the preview of the sticker. You get an option to add a custom shape to the sticker which adds another layer to exclusivity to your stickers.
Now press Add to WhatsApp to add the stickers to WhatsApp. Viola, now your stickers appear on WhatsApp.
The only problem with this method is that you get a limited number of stickers after you exhaust the limit, you can either buy a pack or watch an ad to get a few stickers.
Method IV – Use Sticker Maker App
If you are looking for a one-click solution to sent custom stickers on WhatsApp, then use newly released Sticker maker for WhatsApp. Though, make sure you update your WhatsApp version from the Google Play Store.
Once updated go to WhatsApp and open any chat and tap on the emoji icon on the bottom right, if you don’t see the sticker icon you may have to wait for a few more days before you can create your own stickers for WhatsApp.
Go to the Play Store and download Sticker maker for WhatsApp. It is free and lets you create stickers from virtually any image.
After the app is downloaded, open it and tap on create a new sticker-pack button.
You can set the title and the author of the sticker pack and press create after entering the details. After you’ve created the starter pack, tap on the title to add stickers.
The only drawback I felt using the app was that you could only create one sticker at a time and couldn’t use multiple images at once.
First, you set the tray icon which would be the thumbnail for the starter pack and then add one sticker at a time. Tap the highlighted icon to begin creating stickers. The app gives you two options, use an existing image, or take a new one.
Once you select the image, it opens the editor and you can crop the funny faces by scribbling the outline with your finger. As soon as you let go of the finger it captures the area and cuts it out and shows the preview. If it looks good, press “save sticker” button, or try again to select the area for the sticker.
You can add up to 30 stickers in one sticker pack and once you’re satisfied with the stash you can publish the sticker pack. The pack should at least have 3 stickers or else it won’t publish your pack. After publishing the sticker pack, it prompts you to add the pack to WhatsApp, tap Add button and you’re done.
Go to WhatsApp and open a chat window. Press the emoji icon on the bottom left of the window and tap the stickers icon from the bottom. Now you’ll see the thumbnail of your custom sticker and you can tap it to see the list of your custom stickers. You can send it to your friends and have fun.
Right now, you can’t save the stickers on your phone or send it to your friends as a sticker pack. It can be an option in the future but until then we’ll have to keep these stickers exclusive.
The app does a pretty good job of creating custom stickers instantly. You can create your own emoji faces or something else entirely. How do you use this app? Tell us in the comments