How do you create emoticons? Especially ones with animations. Is there some sort of software I can download?
You need software capable of creating 2D animations, most of professional graphic editing programs have this option, like Photoshop. For any other emoticon you can use any program you want, the point is to create it.:p Oh, and they should be saved with .gif extention.
Adobe Imageready is nice--has good controls. There are lots of free gif animation tools though.