Artists: Create and Sell iMessage Stickers in iOS 10
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- 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!
- 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.
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.