Artists: Create and Sell iMessage Stickers in iOS 10
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Artists: Create and Sell iMessage Stickers in iOS 10

A step-by-step guide to preparing your artwork for selling on Apple's new App for iMessage online store
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 18 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Use your artwork to create custom static and animated stickers to use when texting with iMessage, and learn how to submit your custom sticker packs to Apple's App store for iMessage
  • Because iMessage custom texting stickers are new to iOS 10, everyone's a beginner. Jump right in!
  • Students will need to have a Mac, as key sections of this course cannot be done on a PC
  • Your Mac must be running operating system El Capitan, version 10.11.5 or later. Upgrade if you need to and join us!
  • In this course, we'll be doing some minor image editing. Feel free to use your favorite image editing program. If you don't have one, during the course I'll recommend a good free program you can access online. If you've never edited images, no worries, as we'll cover what you need to know.
  • If you already know how to edit images, that section of the course may cover ground you already know.

In this course, I'll show you how to use your artwork to create texting stickers to use in iPhones and iPads, and sell them in Apple’s new App Store for iMessage. Be among the first to get your artwork, literally, in the hands of people around the globe.

Texting stickers are new for iOS10, and let you express yourself precisely and artistically. Plus, they're fun! I'll even show you how to create animated stickers!

No particular technical expertise is needed for this course -- I'll cover everything you need to know, from drawing-on-the-page, photograph, or illustration, to finished sticker pack.

[Videos are closed-captioned in English]

You'll learn how to:

  • Choose artwork that'll work well as stickers
  • Choose software to make your artwork sticker-ready. That includes a no-cost web option.
  • Minimally edit your artwork using free software or, optionally,  Adobe Photoshop. 
  • Download and install the free Apple software -- xcode -- you'll need to package your stickers into collections in a format ready for iPhones and iPads. 
  • Use xcode to make sticker collections -- including animated stickers! -- from your prepared artwork files. 
  • Submit your stickers to the App Store for iMessage. 

I've provided lots of sample images you can download and use to follow along with the course. Lessons are presented in easy-to-follow videos.

So don't let the engineers have all the fun. Take this course now and learn how to publish your work in the App Store too!

Enroll today!

Who this course is for:
  • This course is meant for creative people -- photographers, graphic artists, comedians, satirists, people who doodle in the margins -- who have great ideas and want to share them with the world and earn money doing so.
  • Texters who want to express their thoughts PRECISELY will enjoy using custom sticker packs they create, and unleashing their brand of humor/way of thinking on the world.
  • No particular technical expertise or capability is required -- if you can surf the net and navigate your email inbox, you'll be able to handle the steps in this course. Although this course will show you how to publish in the App store, we won't be doing any programming.
  • You don't need any experience editing images, although those who have such experience will have a head start.
  • Although we'll go over some basic image editing, this is not a course on how to edit images.
Course content
Expand all 24 lectures 01:41:15
+ Course Overview and Initial Choices
2 lectures 04:36

See what you'll learn in this brief course overview.

Preview 01:53

We'll explore what kinds of artwork work well as stickers, and will discuss options for image editing programs, including a free option. You'll need such a program to do some minor editing to get your images ready.

Preview 02:43
+ Get your artwork ready to publish - Remove the background
7 lectures 32:11

Because stickers go on top of text messages, you'll want to remove background elements from your digital files. In this section, I'll show you how to do that with a free online image editing program called Pixlr. Because many image editing programs work similarly, this lesson should be helpful whether you intend to use Pixlr or another image editing program.

Preview 05:34

The wand tool helps you remove a fairly plain background more quickly and efficiently, leaving you with an image that's nicely isolated from the background. See how in this lesson.

Use Pixlr's wand tool to remove the background more quickly

How do you remove the background from an image you want to use for a sticker when the image has a complex background? Check out this lesson and see.

Remove a complex image background in Pixlr

Do you prefer to use Adobe Photoshop to remove the background from your sticker images? Here's how. Even you intend to use a different program, this lesson will be helpful. Many image editing programs work similarly for the features highlighted in this lesson. 

Remove image background using Photoshop

Remove a more complex background from your sticker images using tools in Adobe Photoshop.

Use more Photoshop tools to remove the background

Available in a recent version of Photoshop, the select and mask tool can be a real timesaver when isolating the sticker elements of an image from the background.

Photoshop select and mask

Use Photoshop to prepare a photo of some calligraphy to use as a sticker.

Using calligraphy to create stickers
+ Get your artwork ready - Sticker sizes and animation prep
2 lectures 04:00

What resolution should you set for your image files? The mystery is solved in this section.

Set sticker sizes

Animated artwork can add a fun, quirky, eye-catching aspect to your text messaging stickers, and here I'll walk you through how to prepare your images for creating such animations.

Prepare artwork for simple animated stickers
+ Get free software to package your artwork
1 lecture 02:11

You'll need specific software, called xcode,  to package your artwork into collections of stickers. Good news -- this software is free and available online. This section will walk you through how to get it. 

Download and install free software
+ Package your artwork into sticker collections
4 lectures 17:20

We'll use the software you just downloaded to start creating a collection of stickers. I'll walk you through every step. Images provided in the resources section of this lesson let you follow along.

Create static sticker packs

There are lots of people with different Apple devices who could purchase your sticker packs. But how do you know how your stickers will look on all the kinds of iPads and iPhones? In this section, I'll show you how to use a simulator to see. It's built into the software you've already downloaded. Warning: This section may prompt spontaneous cries of "way Cool!"

Test your static stickers using the simulator

Who would think you could animate your artwork without writing a single line of code or wrangling with software with a steep learning curve? You will, after this lesson.

Create and test animated stickers

Your sticker pack will need some artwork to display as an icon on devices and in the App Store for iMessages. This lesson shows you how to create such an icon in the proper format and size.

Create a sticker pack icon
+ Submit your sticker pack to the App for iMessages Store
8 lectures 40:57

Learn how to set up a developer account with Apple so you can submit your sticker packs (and other products) for sale in the App Store for iMessage. 

Set up an account as an App for iMessages author with Apple

If you plan to charge for your sticker packs, this lesson will show you how to let Apple know where to send your money. This is not needed if you'll offer your sticker packs at no charge.

Set up to accept revenue from the App Store

Associate your iPhone or iPad with your Apple developer account,  then download your sticker pack to your device to see how your sticker pack looks on an actual device. You can then send your own stickers to your friends, whether or not you sell the stickers on the App Store.

Test on your own iPhone or iPad -- send custom stickers to friends!

Xcode will automatically prepare to send your finished sticker packs. This lesson shows you how. If this all goes well for you, you can skip to the iTunes Connect lesson. The two lessons right after this show you how to manually set things up if xcode's automatic helpers don't work quite right or if you're curious about the behind-the-scenes settings. 

Submit your stickers to the App Store - Quick method

If you're happy with letting xcode prepare your files using the automatic, quick method described in the previous lesson, then you can skip this lesson. However, if you'd like to see how to create those settings yourself -- either because that quick method caused issues, or you're just curious -- this video (and the next one) shows you how to do that. This lesson focuses on creating settings in your developer account.

Optional: Submit stickers manually Part 1 - account settings

This lesson, like the last one, is valuable if you don't want to use the quick method of preparing your files for the App Store. If you've gone through the manual steps of the last lesson, then this lesson will show you how to create the necessary matching settings in xcode. 

Optional: Submit sticker packs manually Part 2 - xcode settings

Here, you'll to learn how to create  screenshots and descriptions so people will want to download your sticker pack, and submit that material -- as well as your sticker pack! -- to the App Store through Apples iTunes Connect site. You can do all that with software you've already used for this course, and I'll go through it step by step. 

Submit to the App Store - ITunes Connect

You've learned how to create your first sticker pack and submit it to the App Store for iMessage. Congratulations! What's next? 

Now that you're published in the App Store, what's next?