Have you ever wanted to add a personal touch to your iMessages or social media conversations? Creating your own custom stickers from your photos on your iPhone can be a fun and creative way to express yourself. While iOS 17 hasn’t been released yet (as of my last update in September 2021), you can still make great use of this feature on earlier versions of iOS. In this guide, we’ll show you how to turn your favorite photos into stickers that you can use in your messages. Let’s get started!
Why Create Custom Stickers?
Custom stickers can add a unique and personal touch to your messages and conversations. Whether you want to share your own illustrations, funny faces, or beloved pet photos, custom stickers make your communication more engaging and entertaining. Plus, they can save you time typing out messages when a picture is worth a thousand words.
How to Create Custom Stickers on Your iPhone
1. Open Photos
Start by launching the “Photos” app on your iPhone.
2. Choose a Photo
Select the photo you want to turn into a sticker.
3. Edit the Photo
Tap the “Edit” button in the upper right corner of the screen.
4. Crop the Photo
Use the cropping tool to crop your photo into a square or any shape you desire. Stickers are typically square or rectangular, so keep that in mind.
5. Remove the Background (Optional)
For a cleaner look, you can remove the background from your photo. While iOS may not have advanced background removal features, there are third-party apps like “Remove.bg” that can help you achieve this.
6. Save the Edited Photo
Once you’re satisfied with the edits, tap “Done” to save your changes.
7. Copy the Edited Photo
Now, press and hold on the edited photo and select “Copy.”
8. Create a New Sticker
Exit the Photos app and open the “Messages” app.
9. Paste the Copied Photo
In a new message or an existing conversation, tap and hold in the text box, then select “Paste” to insert the copied photo.
10. Resize the Sticker
Use two fingers to pinch and zoom in or out to adjust the size of your sticker.
11. Add to Favorites
To easily access your custom sticker again, tap on the sticker and select “Add to Favorites.”
Congratulations! You’ve just created your own custom sticker from a photo on your iPhone.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1: Can I create stickers from any photo in my gallery?
A1: Yes, you can create stickers from any photo in your gallery. Simply choose the photo you want to use and follow the steps outlined above.
Q2: Are there any limitations to the size of the sticker I can create?
A2: There are no specific size limitations, but it’s a good idea to keep your stickers relatively small and square or rectangular for better compatibility in messages and chats.
Q3: Can I create transparent background stickers?
A3: While iOS’s built-in editing tools may not support transparent backgrounds, you can use third-party apps like “Remove.bg” to achieve transparent backgrounds for your stickers.
Q4: How do I remove a sticker from my favorites?
A4: To remove a sticker from your favorites, go to the Messages app, tap on the sticker you want to remove, and select “Remove from Favorites.”
Q5: Can I share my custom stickers with others?
A5: As of my last update in September 2021, you could only use custom stickers in iMessage conversations. However, there might be updates in newer iOS versions that allow sharing custom stickers across platforms.
Creating custom stickers from your photos on your iPhone is a fantastic way to add a personal touch to your messages and have some fun with your conversations. While we await iOS 17 and its potential new features, you can start creating and sharing your custom stickers on your current iOS version. Give it a try, and let your creativity run wild in your messages!