How to Make an Animated GIF – 5+ Tips

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In recent years, GIF has become one of the most popular formats on the Internet. Animated images are very shared in social networks, messaging applications and even in text messages. In this article we’ll explain how to make a GIF to share it in your networks.

What is a GIF

A GIF or Graphics Interchange Format is a digital image format used to create short looped animations. The GIF is popular thanks to Tumblr, the social network where users dedicate entire blogs to the publication of these animated images.


How to make a GIF with photos

If you want to create a GIF with your own images, we recommend using these links: Gickr or Makeagif.

Gickr allows you to collect up to 10 photos to create your GIF. You can use this program to customise the size of the image and the speed of the GIF.

Makeagif is very similar to Gickr, because it allows you to customise the size and speed of the GIF. Additionally, Makeagif generates a URL for easy sharing.


Programs to make animated GIFs

It is also possible to make a GIF using free online programs such as The GIMP and Unfreez.

When using these programs, we recommend that you choose the same size images so that the animation is even. Once you have selected your images, just choose the order in which you want them to appear and the speed of the animation. After that, save the file with the GIF extension.


How to make videos GIF

It is also possible to make an animated GIF with the help of videos. Bloggif and Gifsoup are two sites that have simple tools to create a GIF with video.

  • Bloggif allows you to import videos up to 30 MB.
  • Gifsoup allows you to make GIF from a YouTube URL.

Programs to make GIF with video

If you are looking for programs that allow you to create a GIF with sequences of a video, we recommend using Format Factory or QGifer.

To create a GIF file from the video, just import or enter the URL of the desired video, define both the beginning and end of your sequence and finally adjust the size, colour and loop options.

Once you’ve applied your settings, just look at the preview of your GIF to verify the loop, then click Save.


How to make a GIF with your ‘smartphone’

There are many applications to make animated GIFs on a smartphone. GifBoom (for iOS and Android) and Loopcam (for iOS) are some of them.


How to find GIFs

Giphy search engines and Google Images offer a variety of ready-to-use GIFs.


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