GIFs have become the go-to mode of expressing emotions online.
I don’t know about you, but I share GIFs on social media platforms literally every day, and it’s more fun than traditional emojis, probably because they’re more visually expressive. No matter what you’re feeling like, there’s a GIF to express that accurately.
But what if for some reason you can’t find the right GIF at the right time? Well, that’s when you create your own. With the websites mentioned in this article, you can create your own GIFs and engage with your audience.
If that sounds interesting, let’s hop into it.
GIF Maker by Giphy
This list cannot be complete without mentioning Giphy, so I better start with it. As I said above, this site is the most popular source of creating and sharing GIFs on the internet. It was founded in 2013 and since then became the go-site choice for GIFs.
With their GIF Maker option, you can pull in any videos/clips from the internet and make your own GIFs from it. You start by adding the video to the GIF Maker screen, choose the desired start and end time, add captions, and share it with your audience.
As straightforward as the name, GIFS is an animated GIF maker and editor that gives you a ton of customization options. Right on the homepage, you can choose to enter the video URL or upload your own and then take it to the editor.
Once you’re in the editor, you can add:
- Various filters
- Transitional effects
Besides, you can crop, rotate, blur, or invert your clip. Not to forget, the “ping pong” feature allows you to loop your clip, again and again, giving it the perfect GIF vibe.
Make A GIF
Another very huge library of shareable GIFs, Make A GIF, lets you browse through a ton of GIFs and even create your own. You can choose from a wide range of options, such as:
- YouTube videos
- Facebook videos
- Your videos
- Via webcam
And then turn them into interesting GIFs. This service is generally free, but they also have a premium membership if in case you’d like to unlock features, such as HD quality GIFs and fast uploading/editing. Be sure to make use of their 3-day free trial.
GIFMaker.me is a very simple website to create your GIFs, slideshows, and video animations along with the music. You don’t even have to register, just visit the website and click on either “Upload images” or “Video to GIF” button.
Also, you can even create animated icons and avatars of yourself to be used on forums. After you’re done creating any of the creatives, you can resize, rotate, and reverse them as per your requirements.
This service is free and works well on all web browsers as long as you have a flash player installed.
A very neat website to create animated GIFs, ImgFlip lets you choose from videos and photos to generate something appealing. You can either upload your files or just paste the desired URL, and the tool will do its work.
Apart from creating GIFs, you can also check out some of the “Hot” GIFs right now on their website and maybe seek some inspiration.
EzGIF is a very simple GIF maker that allows plenty of customizations. You can choose to create, resize, crop, optimize, reverse, and even apply some cool effects to your GIFs. Also, you can also add your text on it.
With this tool, you can turn images and as well as videos into GIFs.
With GIFpal, you can create and edit GIFs effortlessly. It lets you add stop motion frames, edits them, adds effects, and even record video. You can choose to use this tool on a computer and even on your mobile phone.
Getting started is very easy. All you do is select your desired size and either add images or open your camera to click one on the spot. Selecting the camera option would open your webcam or phone camera, depending upon which device you’re using it from.
Last but not least, Gickr is another impressive GIF maker that has a ton of amazing features. You can upload media from your device, Flickr, YouTube, or Picasa.
You start by uploading a minimum of 2 images and then select your desired size. After that, you can choose the speed and see your GIF in action.
One of the most convenient websites in this list, Bannersnack lets you create attractive animated banners and GIFs with the utmost ease. You can start by choosing any of their pre-made templates, customize it to your needs and BOOM, you have your banner ready.
With this tool, you can also create engaging GIFs specially made for sharing on social media. You can get started for free and upgrade later on when you’d fancy some advanced features like unlimited stock images and smooth animation effects.
Gfycat allows you to use an external URL from sources like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch or upload your own clips. The GIF editor lets you trim, add captions and add various effects. In addition, this tool also allows you to add sounds to your GIFs.
An impressive software that you can download on your Windows PC or Mac, Recordit allows you to effortlessly record your screen and even make a GIF out of it.
With the click of just a few buttons, you can select your desired resolution and borders and start recording your screen. After you’re done, you can share the clip with the provided link.
I hope the above GIF makers help you create the kind of GIFs you’re looking for and engage with your audience on another level.