GIF files are animated photos which are signified as the GIF format. They are in fact a type of multimedia files that are both a photo and a video. In the past, GIFs were mainly used on websites for advertising purposes, but nowadays, we see them almost everywhere especially in social media networks. People love to use GIFs as a way to show how they feel in their daily chats. But you might wonder how these GIF files are created and how you can make GIFs of your own.
In what follows, I will provide you with different methods you can use to create GIF files from your photos or videos.
How to make GIFs
There are multiple methods you can use to create a GIF file. These animated photos which lack sound are usually created by putting a number of photos next to one another. You can create a GIF file of different qualities and the files size can reach up to a few mega bytes.
You can either use software that is designed for this purpose in order to make GIF files or you can use a number of video files to create a GIF file. The first method is absolutely easy as there is a huge number of apps allowing you to create GIF files. The second method requires you to change the format of video or photo to a GIF file.
In what follows, I will introduce you the simplest methods to make GIFs with a GIF maker app or with other tools.
Make GIFs With Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop is one of the most popular and powerful photo editing software which has been around for a long time and few computer users haven’t heard of its name. Aside from all the wonderful photo editing features, this software can also be used as a great tool for making a GIF file. However, since there are many options available on this software, you might find it a little confusing at first to work with it. Photoshop allows you to make a GIF file either from a video file or by putting a number of photos in a sequence.
I order to convert a video file to a GIF file using Photoshop, you need to go to File > Import > Video Frames to Layers on Adobe Photoshop and then choose a video from your files and after making your desired changes, you can create your GIF file.
To make a GIF using photos on Photoshop, you have to create a number of layers and make each layer visible in a certain and defined time interval. You can do this using the animation making feature on Photoshop.
Convert video to GIF
There is a large number of apps that you can use to make GIFs and fortunately, most of them are free of charge. There are different ‘converter apps which are perfect for converting a file format to another. In addition, there are some online websites as well that can do this for you. Using these tools is absolutely easy and you can make a GIF file in less than a few minutes.
Make GIFs with Telegram bots
Another method you can use to make a GIF file is through using Telegram bots which are designed for this purpose. Some messaging apps including Telegram allow their users to send GIF files and of course creating your own GIFs to use in these messaging apps would be really fun. On Telegram, you can use @vgifbot to make GIF files.
Using GIF Maker apps
These GIF maker apps are in fact a simple version of animation making tools which are able to produce a GIF file using photos. If you just search the ‘GIF maker’ term, you will come up with a great number of applications which are all able to make gifs for you. These apps are very simple to use, however, if you are looking for a more professional tool, you should definitely go for Adobe Photoshop.