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Quickies: How to Make a GIF

By Tess | 8th Dec 2015 | Posted in Quickies

We’ve created a series of bite-sized blog posts just long enough to give you the downlow on all kinds of digital wizardry, because we love sharing our knowledge and know-how. Get tips for improving your social media efforts, discover powerful PR tricks, and learn all kinds of hacks to make your work life easier. Here is our super quick tip of the week.


GIFs (Graphics Interchange Format) are image files that have been compressed to reduce transfer time. Animated GIFs are a series of images that show in sequence to produce an animated effect. Learn how to make a GIF with this short blog post!


Animated GIFs can be used in many ways. Typically they are used almost like an animated emoji to convey an emotion in a message, or to demonstrate the steps in a procedure. The advantages to using an animated GIF include:

  • allows you to animate an otherwise static image
  • easy to share on social media
  • tells a story
  • emphasises a point

There are heaps of GIFs online, if you want to source an existing one, try this comprehensive glossary. Alternatively, try creating your own GIF using the instructions below.


It is very easy to create your own animated GIF thanks to a wealth of free web and mobile apps. There are plenty of articles reviewing the best GIF makers for mobile and web services.

One of our favourite GIF makers is To use it, simply:

  • upload a series of photos
  • choose what size you want the GIF to be
  • how many milliseconds there should be between frames
  • whether you want the GIF to loop repeat

The downloadable file can then be shared on social media, your blog, or wherever else you choose!

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