How to Download and Customize Microsoft's Open-Source Emoji – MUO – MakeUseOf

How to Download and Customize Microsoft's Open-Source Emoji – MUO – MakeUseOf

How to Download and Customize Microsoft's Open-Source Emoji – MUO – MakeUseOf 0 0 Alan Dickson

Windows’ emoji are now open source, and you can add your own special flair with these tips.
Don't we all love emoji? They've become like the perfect visual language to express your joy and gloom, pleasure and pain, affection and dislike, suggestions and opinions, and more.
An emoji lover like you will be excited to know that Microsoft has made its 3D emoji library open source for developers, creators, and everyone. Yes, you can now download and customize these Fluent emojis to jazz up your work, play, and conversations. Let's explore how.
On August 10, 2022, Microsoft announced that it is making over 1,500 emoji in its library open source for developers and creators.
These Fluent design emojis have been made available on GitHub so you can download and tweak them to create your versions. They're also available on Figma, a collaborative web application for interface design acquired by Adobe.
But if you're a fan of the paper clip mascot Clippy, you'll be disappointed that Clippy is not a part of the open-source emoji set. Some other emoji, including those with the Windows and Microsoft logos, are also not available. As Jon Friedman, Microsoft CVP, Design & Research puts it:
Clippy isn’t included in the open-source emoji set. I know, and I’d personally love to but due to (legal speak, legal speak, legal speak), we can’t open-source trademarks. For the same reason, our country flags, video game, and technologist emoji also won’t be available.
As per Microsoft, emoji must exist as a SVG, PNG, and JPG file to allow for true versatility. And each of the open-source Fluent emoji comes with the fully 3D version, complete with texture and gradients, a flat color version, and a monochromatic high contrast file.
Microsoft is hoping that the creator community takes these emoji and remixes and customizes them to create never seen before designs.
But you don't need to be a developer or creator to customize and use Fluent emoji. Let's explore how you can download and edit Microsoft emojis to use in work meetings or social chats.
To download the emojis:
If you are a developer or designer, you might find it convenient to download the Fluent emoji from Figma—the GitHub repository link is there too.
You can use many good design apps like Canva and emoji editors to customize Microsoft's open-source emoji. Professional designers would prefer Figma as the Fluent emoji set is available there so they could tweak it on Figma.
Both Canva and Figma are popular with designers, however, for this tutorial, we've used the Canva online graphic design tool as amateur designers or even those new to design can use it easily. Let's see how.
Now that we've got the emoji ready and waiting, it's time to add a personal flair to it:
In this way, you can use any Microsoft Fluent emoji and create new emoji, stickers, and new designs.
Another app you can check out to edit Fluent emojis is PiZap. Moreover, you can also create custom emojis in Windows 10 and 11.
Now that Microsoft's Fluent emoji are all yours to customize, why not create a few signature emoji or stickers for fun or special occasions? And give a fun, personal touch to your chats, emails, and social media posts.
Neeraj has been exploring new products and technologies, and writing about their wonders for over two decades as a professional writer and Creative Consultant. His love for tech and smart devices keeps him adrenalized and going for more.
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