How To Create an Animated GIF

December 2016

In recent years, GIFs have become one of the most shared image formats on the internet. The animated images are widely shared via social networks, messaging applications, and even text messages to animate conversations. This article will teach you how to create your own GIFs for sharing across your networks.

How To Create a GIF


What is a GIF?

A GIF, or Graphics Interchange Format, is a digital image format used to animate short clips that run on a loop. The GIF owes its popularity primarily to Tumblr, where users dedicate entire blogs to the posting of these animated images.

Create Animated GIF with Images

If you'd like to create a GIF using your own images, we recommend using online software tools Gickr or Makeagif.

Gickr will allow you to assemble up to 10 photos to create your GIF. You can use this software to customize picture size as well as the GIF speed.

Makeagif works very similarly to Gickr, allowing users to customize size and speed of their GIFs. In addition, Makeagif also generates a URL for easy sharing.

Software to Create Animated GIFs

It is also possible to produce a GIF using free software, such as The GIMP and Unfreez.

When using these softwares, we recommend choosing images of the same size so that the animation appears uniform. Once you have your images selected, simply select your desired order of appearance and choose the frame rate you'd like to apply.

Once set, you should save your image using the .gif extension.

Create Animated GIFs with Video

It is also possible to create an animated GIF using video. Bloggif and Gifsoup are two sites that provide easy tools for creating video GIFs.

Bloggif allows users to import videos with a maximum size of 30 MB. Gifsoup will allow you to create GIFs from a YouTube URL.

Software To Create Video GIFs

If you're looking for some software that will allow you to create video GIFs, we recommend using either Format Factory or QGifer.

To create a GIF file from video, simply import or enter the URL of the desired video, define the beginning and end of your sequence, and then set your size, color, and loop options.

Once you've applied your settings, simply preview your GIF to apply the loop, and then hit Save.

Create GIFs From Your Smartphone

There are also a slew of smartphone apps that can help you create your animated GIFs, including GifBoom (for iOS and Android) and Loopcam (for iOS).

Search and Find GIFs

If you're simply looking for the right GIF to share with your friends, you can find animated GIFs on the internet through search engines such as Giphy and Google Images.

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