How to Make a GIF

GIFs are the great answer to the double question: How do I make this image move and how do I allow passive scrolling and scrolling to see it without pressing play? Animated GIFs can be videos, graphics, text, and even images with subtle or bold movement and they play automatically. They play continuously or repeatedly until the viewer exits the page or skips them. It’s a great way to draw eyeballs to your content, and a great way to make information and ideas more visually appealing.

The best part? You don’t need two or three tools to make it anymore! Design a GIF, put it together, and export it all in one place with PicMonkey’s GIF editor tools. We’ll show you how to do it, so you can see how easy it is, and we’ll encourage you on all the ways you can use it.


How to convert an image to a GIF file

If you have a new product announcement or epic sale to promote in social media, you don’t need to get a full video hardware to create an eye-catching GIF. Just get some moving in this product shot. In this duo design, we’ve used a sliding animation of the image on the left, and an animation on the same image on the right.

Steps to create image to GIF:

  1. Start with a blank canvas or any design template with an image that matches a larger design.

  2. Add a photo from our huge photo library – or replace any photos in a template with the photos of your choice.

  3. Select the photo you want to transfer.

  4. In the Picture Tools menu, click File moving button, and choose from eleven movements.

  5. Each effect comes with unique variations – test them out and choose your favourite.

  6. Click on Play A button in the bottom toolbar to watch the animation play.

  7. When you like what you have, click Loading In the top toolbar, choose “Animated GIF”.

Once you click Loading, you can close it (the “X” in the upper right corner) and do something else if you don’t want to wait – it should only take a few minutes. PicMonkey will send you an email with a link to the file when finished.

Extra credit: For a stylish multi-layered look, the subject of the image on the right was extracted from the background using Background Remover, then Outline The effect has been added to the layer and shifted with distance slider. story Remove image subject so that the outline layer can be animate separately from a duplicate of the same image subject (removed from background). My God, isn’t it?


How to make a GIF from text

You might think that text alone isn’t interesting enough to capture the imagination in the visual feast that is modern media, but you’re wrong. Hit all the text effects available in PicMonkey, adjust the animation with animations, export your text design as a GIF – an amazing look can be achieved with a click.

Text GIFs are a great way to spice up your brand’s interactions on Twitter, as tweets with animated GIFs get 55 percent more engagement than tweets without them. Text GIFs are great for simple, emotional messages that connect your brand to the emotional atmosphere of an important cultural moment.

Steps to create a GIF file from text:

  1. Start from a blank canvas and add text, or open a design template with text in it.

  2. Select the text layer you want to move.

  3. In the Text Tools menu, click File moving button, and choose from eleven moves plus their respective variations.

  4. Click on Play A button in the bottom toolbar to watch the animation play.

  5. When you like what you have, click Loading In the top toolbar, choose “Animated GIF”.


How to make an animated GIF from a drawing

Using animated GIFs as images in Facebook status update posts is simple (why be persistent when there’s an action to be done?) but also works well in comments and replies, where the extra character goes a long way. For inspiration, take a peek at PicMonkey’s massive graphics library. You can even create your own graphic stickers by erasing an object from the background with Background Remover.

Steps to create a GIF file from a sketch:

  1. Start from a blank canvas and add a graphic, or open a design template that has a graphic inside.

  2. Select the graphic layer you want to move.

  3. In the drawing tools menu, click Move button, and choose from eleven moves plus their respective variations.

  4. Click on Play A button in the bottom toolbar to watch the animation play.

  5. When you like what you have, click Loading In the top toolbar, choose “Animated GIF”.

Noticeable: You can apply the same animation to multiple layers by selecting them collectively (hold Shift, then click on each layer), then click the Animate button, which will then be called “Animate: Multiple”. Then choose the movement of your animation and they will all move with that movement at the same time.

You can always take the easiest route ever—use one of our awesome GIF animations, add it to your background, and export it as a GIF. These animations are all GIFS, so they’re constantly iterating, and the categories move from seasonal graphics, accents, and borders, to building blocks like animations and brushes.


How to make a video image to GIF

Instead of using an emoji to communicate a reaction in text threads with friends or co-workers, create a video GIF that depicts your message humorously or seriously. Add text or add doodles with the drawing tool. Add graphics, even animate graphics. Then export as a GIF and your awesome library will start.

Steps to create a GIF from a video:

  1. click new creation new creation And choose a video from our video library. Or upload your own video. Or select an image layer on an existing design template and replace it with what you want to convey in an existing design template.

  2. If your video is longer than you want (2 – 3 seconds is a good length), click crop video button in the Video Tools menu, and the trim window will open.

  3. Click on Play Button in the bottom toolbar to watch the GIF playback of the video.

  4. When you like what you have, click Loading In the top toolbar, choose “Animated GIF”.

advice: If you are adding text and graphics to your video, you will need to deal with a file Layers Panel (click the stacked squares icon in the lower right corner to open it). It lets you select and arrange the layers, so you can choose which layer you want to be “on top”.


More ways you can use GIFs

find this Presentation Template And many more in our template library.

  • Add GIFs to your presentations. Bring your dry figure slides to life with animated GIFs to draw attention to important concepts.

  • Create branded GIFs for the messages you end up saying often in messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and Whatsapp; and responses on Twitter and Reddit. “Thanks for sharing our post”, “contact customer service”, or simple messages like “You are the best”, “I am happy”, “Acha’s back”. If you create a GIF with authentic, on-brand aesthetics, you won’t really feel like a cut-and-paste refund.

  • Create a colorful GIF to introduce new employees in email, Zoom meetings, or presentations. Just keep it in the PicMonkey cloud storage and replace the photo and name for each new person.

  • Use a GIF as a graphic cornerstone in any campaign, then drop it in email, social posts, and ads – you’ll stay on top of the message every time.

  • Create a GIF for Facebook Ad – The continuous playing of GIFs means that your message and your movement are perfectly timed.

  • Beautify the less interesting pages of your company website with GIFs that make it vibrant and attractive (pricing page, about us page, catalog pages).

  • Create unique GIF-optimized end cards for your YouTube video. It’s an easy alternative to expensive animations and keeps your closing moments alive.

  • Use animated GIFs to inform, show a process, or illustrate things – how to fill out this form, where the second left turn is, beating the meringue to the appropriate hardness.

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