Your friends do nothing but share them on social networks and messaging services but you really don't like the "prepackaged" ones and you would like to understand how to create your own. What am I talking about? But how!? Some much loved GIFs, of course. Didn't you want to know how to make your own? Yes? Here, in fact. So you see we travel on the same wavelength? I therefore suggest you get comfortable and immediately start concentrating on reading this guide.
Fortunately for you, in the following lines I will go to show you all those who in my opinion represent the best GIF programs of the moment. Thanks to them you can create beautiful animated images to send to all your friends. They are very easy to use, in most cases free of charge and also able to return very satisfactory results. There are both for Windows and for Mac, not to mention the availability of resources that can be used directly online, which do not require downloads and various installations on the computer.
How do you say? “Traditional” software aside, would you like me to recommend some apps for smartphones or tablets for this purpose? Quiet, I had already thought about it. Precisely for this reason, I proceeded to include a specific passage within the article. But now just chat and let's take action. Good fun!
Falco GIF Animator (Windows)
Let's start this excursus among the GIF programs by talking about Falco GIF Animator. It is a very advanced software for Windows that allows you to draw, process and create animated GIFs using many tools, effects and preset animations.
It supports all major graphic file formats and is very easy to use. It is paid but is available in a free trial version (the one I used to write this step) which allows you to test all its functions for a period of 30 days.
To use it, first download it by connecting to the program's website and then clicking on the button Download che trovi in basso.
When the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained, click on Run, Then Si and OK. So press on forward three times in a row, select the item Accept, click again on forward, Then Install and to conclude press again on forward, in order to skip the poll, and then on end.
Now that you see the program window on your desktop, press the button with the White sheet at the top left, select the size your GIF should have in the column Size I awarded her OK. You will see the worksheet appear on screen. If instead you want to create your GIF starting from existing images and videos, click on the item Fillet at the top left and select, from the menu that appears, the wording Open ... and then the reference file.
Then use the tools on the left bar (the brush, the smudge, bucket etc.) to start making your creation and those above to move the elements attached to the workspace. On the right, however, you will find the color palette through which you can choose which colors to assign to your GIF.
The menus Effects e Image Improvements that you find at the top allow you, respectively, to apply various effects and improvements to your creation. As for the lyrics, by clicking on the menu Text and then on the voice Font ... you can select a font other than the default.
To add more frames, press the button with the square and the "+" symbol which is at the top, while to remove them you must first select them and then you must use the adjacent button. The button with theclock next to it allows you to set the time interval that must pass between one frame and another, while the next one, with the green circle, to optimize your GIF.
When the creation is complete, save everything by clicking on the button with the floppy disk which is at the top and indicating, in the window that appears, the name you want to assign to the file and the destination location. Press on Save and it's done.
Another great software belonging to the category that I invite you to consider is UnFREEz. It is one of those minimalist and compact programs that do only one thing but do it perfectly.
Going into detail, we are talking about a software capable of creating animated GIFs starting from other images in GIF format. It's only available for Windows, it's free, and it's very easy to use. Try it now!
To download it to your computer, connect to the program's website and click on the link Download UnFREEz che trovi in basso.
Once the download is complete, extract the ZIP archive obtained in any position on your computer and start the .exe file inside it.
Once the UnFREEz window is displayed on the screen, drag over it the images you want to use to generate your GIF, set the time that must elapse between one frame and the other using the field next to the wording Frame Delay: which is on the right and specifies whether or not to activate the repetition of the animation indefinitely by placing the check mark on the item Loop animation.
To conclude, click on the button Make Animate GIF which is at the bottom left, indicates the name you want to assign to the final file and the location for saving and that's it. Easier than that?
GIF Optimizer Free (Windows)
It can often happen that the animated GIFs to be uploaded to a forum exceed the size limits allowed for images. In these situations it is very useful GIF Optimizer, a free program for Windows that optimizes GIFs to the maximum by reducing their weight. It acts on the number of frames and colors included in the animations, sometimes managing to reduce their size by 40-50%.
The images obtained are not altered in any way, they can be viewed in any program and uploaded to any Internet site without problems. Furthermore, the output settings are very flexible.
To use it, connect to the download page of the program and click on the button Download, in order to start the software download.
Then extract the ZIP archive obtained and open the .exe file inside it. Then press on Si, its OK, its forward per quattro volte consecutive, his Install and end.
Once the program window is displayed on the desktop, click on the button Open which is at the bottom left and select the GIF saved on your PC on which you want to go to act. Then press the button Optimize…, wait a few moments for the optimization to be started and completed and in the right part of the window you will be shown a preview of the final result as well as the data concerning the procedure just carried out.
To save the optimized GIF that was returned to you, click on the button Save as… at the bottom, indicates the name you want to assign to the new file and the location on your PC where you intend to store it.
If, before starting the optimization procedure, you want to put your hand to the program settings, in order to customize the operation in question as you see fit, press the button Settings that you find in the lower right part of the GIF Optimizer window and act on the various items and options available.
GIF Resizer (Windows)
Another among the GIF programs whose name reveals its main usefulness is GIF Resizer. It is in fact an application for Windows that allows you to reduce the size of animated GIFs.
The software is completely free and is also portable in nature, meaning it does not require installations to be used (and for this reason it can also be easily transported on a USB stick and used directly from there).
To use it, connected to the download page of the program and press the button free Download attached to it in order to start downloading the software.
To download complete, apri il file .exe ottenuto and click your Run. Once the program window appears on the desktop, click on the button [...] which is on the right, in correspondence with the wording Source GIF Image File, and select the GIF you are interested in going to act on.
Then specify the output dimensions you want to obtain (in pixels) and if you want the aspect ratio to be left unchanged, check the box next to the item Keep aspect. Then select the destination folder by pressing the other button [...], what you find in correspondence with the item New GIF Image file.
Finally, choose whether to resize your GIF quickly with lower quality or obtaining a higher quality but acting more slowly, removing or putting the sponge from the box Good quality, and click on the button Resize.
GIPHY Capture (Mac)
Do you use a Mac? In that case, the GIF programs I have already told you about are not suitable as they are specific to Windows. I therefore suggest that you contact GIPHY Capture.
As the name implies, this is a resource made available by GIPHY, one of the most famous Internet sites in terms of GIF collections. It is also free and easy to use. GIFs can be created starting from the recorded screen portions to be edited later using the appropriate tools.
To use it, connected to the relevant online section of the Mac App Store, click on the button See in the Mac App Store and in the window that will open on the desk he presses the button Get / Install the app.
Once the download is complete, open the Launchpad, click on the GIPHY Capture icon, resize the application window as you see fit and bring it to the video or image on the screen you want to turn into GIF then press the circular red button which is at the bottom to start recording and stop it at the appropriate time by clicking on it again.
Then use the editor that appeared on the screen to adjust the duration of the recording, to set the loop, the dimensions in pixels and the frame rate. If instead you want to add more frames to the GIF, press the tab Captions and then on the button + Add Caption and perform the above steps again.
To save the animated image created, instead, go to the tab Options e premium sul pulsane Save as….
Instead of downloading new programs to your computer, would you like me to suggest some tools to create GIFs that can be used directly from the browser window? I'll settle you immediately. Test GIFs.com and you will see that you will not regret it.
It is in fact a Web service that allows you to generate customized animated images starting from online videos (those on YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) or from films saved locally. Basically it's free (but it also offers the possibility to upgrade to the paid version, to remove the watermark that is applied) and it also has a nice interface.
To use it, connect to the GIFS.com home page and type the URL of the reference video in the appropriate field. If, on the other hand, you want to transform a video saved on your computer into a GIF, drag it to the browser window under the item Drag and drop or, again, click on the link select file and select it "manually".
Now that you see the editor of the service indicate, through the timeline at the bottom, the starting and ending point of the GIF you are about to create and then use the tools located on the left, in the form of buttons, to add stickers, text, frames, etc. Meanwhile, you'll see a preview of the final result on the right side of the editor.
To conclude and therefore to save the created GIF, click on the button Create GIF which is at the top right, type the title you want to assign to the image, enter the tags, choose whether or not to enable the sounds and whether to make the GIF public or private then click on Next and save or share the animated image obtained using the buttons on the screen.
GIF Me! Camera (Android/iOS)
You are not interested in the GIF programs I mentioned in the previous lines because what you are looking for is an app for smartphones or tablets? If so, I strongly suggest you put it to the test GIF Me! Room.
It is a free resource (but possibly available in the Pro version, which allows you to remove advertising) and available for both Android and iOS, thanks to which it is possible to generate customized animated images using photos and videos, both already present in the gallery and to be taken / recorded at the moment.
You ask me how to use it? I'll point it out to you right away. First, download and install the application on your device then start it and choose, by pressing the buttons on the screen, whether to take a photo to be transformed into GIF (Camera), if you want to import it from your device memory (Import) or whether to use a previously recorded video (Video e Album).
On iOS, the app features buttons with different names (Record Animation, Import Photo From Library, Import Live Photo From Library, Import Video From Library e Saved Animation), but the tools work the same.
Then proceed to customize the duration, frame rate and size of your GIF using the available tools and then press the button Create. Once the procedure is complete, you can save the GIF in the memory of your device or share it on the main social networks, simply by pressing the appropriate buttons.