How do I change how emojis look?

I'd like to change how emojis look. The current style isn't my type, plus it's outdated, it doesn't have the latest emojis.

Are you referring to the Forum Emojis? Emojis included in the Zorin OS Icon Set?

The emojis in the OS itself, not the website.

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These emojis are supplied by the Icon Theme you are using. So, yes, you can totally and completely change how they look. And I sometimes do this when I make new icon sets.
The first way is by searching through third party Icon themes for Linux and finding an icon theme you like and that includes the emoticons you want.

The second way is by adding to or altering an existing set.
If you elevate to Root and navigate the path: /usr/share/icons/Zorin/48x48/emotes you will see an example.
Here are the Icon Naming Specifications from Freedesktop for Emotes:

face-angel	The icon used for the 0:-) emote.
face-angry	The icon used for the X-( emote.
face-cool	The icon used for the B-) emote.
face-crying	The icon used for the :'( emote.
face-devilish	The icon used for the >:-) emote.
face-embarrassed	The icon used for the :-[ emote.
face-kiss	The icon used for the :-* emote.
face-laugh	The icon used for the :-)) emote.
face-monkey	The icon used for the :-(|) emote.
face-plain	The icon used for the :-| emote.
face-raspberry	The icon used for the :-P emote.
face-sad	The icon used for the :-( emote.
face-sick	The icon used for the :-& emote.
face-smile	The icon used for the :-) emote.
face-smile-big	The icon used for the :-D emote.
face-smirk	The icon used for the :-! emote.
face-surprise	The icon used for the :-0 emote.
face-tired	The icon used for the |-) emote.
face-uncertain	The icon used for the :-/ emote.
face-wink	The icon used for the ;-) emote.
face-worried	The icon used for the :-S emote.

Lastly, please remember that just because an emoticon is not included that you wanted - this does not mean that software is outdated.
This is a sudden trend in Linux culture - to call anything outdated... That file might have been updated just yesterday and yet people will call it "outdated" because it did not include an emoticon they wanted to have?
This trend is problematic since it misleads and it also encourages more of that same misleading behavior.

Thank you! Also, you're right, I shouldn't have used the word outdated. I'm just still very new to Linux so I didn't know the answer to my question nor how to phrase my question properly. Thanks for the advice!

I really appreciate it because I was struggling with this same exact problem. I was worried I was coming across much harsher than intended.

Can you recommend me some third party icon themes?

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