Here’s a tutorial / experience on how to make your stickers and gifs available to everyone
Not long ago, I wanted to create a dedicated gif to congratulate someone on Instagram. Little did I know that since I had created my first sticker on Giphy, the rules had changed and I no longer qualified to have my gifs and stickers in their search database.
If, as an artist, you want to have your stickers and gifs available to be shared on the different apps that support Giphy, then you’ll need an account that has been reviewed and approved.
What do you need in order to get your account approved?
- An avatar image
- Link to a portfolio page
- Link to a website that represents your work
- Links to social media profiles
- At least 5 pieces of animated and non-commercial artwork
Additionally, you’ll need to provide:
- An email address (with company domain, or simply one you use often)
- Username (one that identifies you)
- Contact name (full name or pseudonym)
- Display name for your Giphy account
My experience with the application process
The application was fast to set up and I received an answer in a couple of days. But the answer was a negative. I had been denied the account.
I had an avatar image, links to my website, to social media and 6 pieces of animated artwork. I did set things up a bit in a rush, and I don’t have much visual material around – I write more than I design–, so it might not happen to everyone.
Anyway, there was a solution. I was told that I could still get another chance if I shared some more information and proved that my creations on the platform were my own. So, I had to send original files and files of the process, which luckily I had for most of the work, and I was requested a link for an actual portfolio as well. That was harder, for reasons already mentioned. So, I did my best and I created an account on Behance and uploaded some of my abstract designs. I sent the email with the files and links, and I waited.
The wait was short. I got a reply one day later with good news. I had my account ready. The employee who had replied was very nice, and I felt grateful. Although I didn’t have it set up on time, I was glad to be able to use my Giphy account as an artist now.