You Can Turn Your Photos Into Animated Stickers With iOS 17

The Messages app on the iPhone and iPad has supported stickers for several years now, but Apple in iOS 17 is overhauling the sticker experience to make them more important.

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All emoji are now considered stickers and can be used in the Messages app like stickers, with emoji listed right alongside Memoji stickers and sticker packs that you've downloaded from the App Store.

In addition, you can make your own stickers using the remove subject from background tool that Apple added for images in iOS 16.

In any of your images in Photos (or images from Safari or another location), you can long press on the subject of the photo to highlight it and to bring up an options interface.

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Choosing the "Add Sticker" option ports the selected subject into the sticker interface. From there, you can add an effect or delete it. Effects include adding a white sticker outline, a "puffy" sticker effect, a glittery effect, and more. Subjects pulled from Live Photos have the option of animating.

Stickers that you have created can be used through the sticker interface in the Messages app, accessible by tapping on the "+" button and then "Stickers." You can insert stickers as single images, or add them to messages and photos, which is how stickers have worked since the feature was introduced.

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TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
14 months ago
Love stickers in iOS 17 already. Oh yeah! ?



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kycophpd Avatar
14 months ago
I’ve already used it to make my wife in her bikini as my default sticker she gets for ANYTHING she send me ?

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ThomasJL Avatar
14 months ago
So this is what Apple choses to focus on instead of fixing bugs. Thanks a lot, Tim Cook. ?
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CarAnalogy Avatar
14 months ago

Those replying that it’s gimmicky, yeah, it absolutely is. But stickers are used widely throughout latin america on whatsapp. they're incredibly popular. stickers might not be for you, but they do have an audience.
I can see where you’re coming from. But tell me that presentation wasn’t cringy. “For when the group chat is blowng up.” She couldn’t even say it with a straight face. I guess I’m just getting old but even when I was younger I did not like the Snapchatification of everything.

I’m hoping this didn’t actually take a lot of development time and it was just the byproduct of other stuff they’re working on. Phone and Messages do need huge updates but not one single thing they announced is actually anything they needed. Facetime voicemail was the best part of that segment, everything else was very disappointing to me.
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dustin_ Avatar
14 months ago
Those replying that it’s gimmicky, yeah, it absolutely is. But stickers are used widely throughout latin america on whatsapp. they're incredibly popular. stickers might not be for you, but they do have an audience.
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dustin_ Avatar
14 months ago
The puffy effect is actually really cool. I can see these being used frequently.
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