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If you’re on social media in , you need to know how to make a GIF. GIFs are helpful for creating eye-catching ads, or connecting with your followers through moments from pop culture.

Think of GIFs as the midpoint between images and videos. The main advantage of using GIFs is that you can tell a story or emphasize a point in a flash. Plus, they’re small files to load, and that makes them perfect for mobile.

GIFs have exploded in popularity in recent years. GIPHY, one of the web’s more popular GIF databases, claims to have over million daily active users. In , Google bought Tenor, a keyboard app and GIF archive designed to help users find the GIFs they want. Tenor processes over million GIF searches per day.

This article will show you how to make a GIF using four different methods. Add them to your social media posts to delight and engage your followers.

Let’s get started.

Table of contents

How to make a GIF with Photoshop

How to make a GIF from a YouTube video

How to make a GIF on mobile

How to create screen-recording GIFs

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How to make a GIF with Photoshop

Note: all screenshots used in this article are from Adobe Photoshop CC ( release).

You can use Photoshop to string images together into a GIF. To make the following GIF, Fergus Baird used 20 photos taken in Photo Booth.

You can also use a short video file to make GIFs in Photoshop. The process is almost the same; only the first step will change.

Choose your own adventure:

If you’re starting with a photo series, begin at Step 1A.

If you’re converting a video into a GIF using Photoshop, start atStep 1B.

1A. Starting with photos: Load your deck of photos into Photoshop

In Photoshop, go to File > Stack > Load Files into Stack. Click Browse, then choose the photos (“layers”) you want to use by Shift-clicking on the full list. Each of these photos will be one frame in your GIF.

Tip: If you want to save yourself some time later, number your files (i.e., , , ) to make sure they appear in order.

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how to create a gif with photoshop

The “Load Layers” screen should look like this one below. Click OK and head to step 2!

how to create a gif with photoshop

1B. Starting with video: Load your video file into Photoshop

To turn a short video into a GIF using Photoshop, you’ll need to make layers out of the existing video frames. First, click File > Import > Video Frames to Layers…

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A new window will pop up asking which portion of the video you’d like to import. You can select the range using the slider below the video.

Next, tell Photoshop how many frames it should import. It isn’t necessary to import every single frame to make a GIF. In this case, we imported one out of every three frames, and only half of the video footage. When you’re satisfied, click OK.

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Once you’ve imported your video file into layers, skip to Step 4.

2. Create a Timeline for your GIF

Under the “Window” menu, scroll down and click Timeline.

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A small box will appear under the first image in your list: Create Video Timeline. Click this and change it to Create Frame Animation.

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3. Convert your photo layers into a set of looping animation frames

In the top right of the &#;Timeline” panel you’ll see a little hamburger menu (outlined in yellow).

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Click on the hamburger menu, scroll down, and click on Make Frames From Layers.

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The “Timeline” panel will now show your animation frames in sequence. You can drag these around to reorder them.

Press the triangular Play icon (outlined in red below) to get an idea of how your GIF will look. Also, make sure Forever is selected in the drop down menu to the left (outlined in yellow), otherwise your GIF will only loop a set number of times.

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4. Export your GIF

Click File > Export > Save for Web (Legacy)&#;

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You’ll come to this menu below. It looks a little overwhelming, but don’t worry. Under the “Preset” menu, select GIF Dithered.

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Next, change your Colors setting to (the max number for a GIF).

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Now you’re ready to export your GIF.

To see how it turned out, click Preview… in the bottom left corner. It’ll open your default web browser and play a looping preview of your GIF.

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Next, click Save… to name your GIF file, and download the GIF to your computer.

And that’s it! Congratulations! You know how to make a GIF in Photoshop.

How to make a GIF from a YouTube video

If you don’t have access to an Adobe Creative Suite subscription, don’t despair: there’s more than one way to GIF a cat.

1. Go to and click Create

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2. Add the web address of the video you’d like to make into a GIF

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3. Find the part of the video you’d like to capture, and choose the length

Choosing a longer duration in the top slider will add more time after the “start time” you select in the bottom slider.

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4. Optional step: decorate your GIF

There are a variety of options in here. You can add text, or jazz up the GIF with stickers, filters, or even hand-drawn annotations. I didn’t add anything because the baby getting body-slammed by a cat really speaks for itself.

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5. Optional step: add hashtags to your GIF

Add hashtags if you want people to find your GIF and share it widely. Include your brand name and some common related terms in your list so it’s easily searchable. Think of what you would search for if you were trying to find this GIF in a hurry.

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6. Upload your GIF to GIPHY

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And with that, you’re done! To include the GIF in your social media posts, simply insert the Giphy link or download the Giphy file and attach it.

You can follow these same steps to upload a GIF you’ve made yourself. Just add a link to the GIF URL in place of the YouTube video link at the start. You can also use these steps to create a GIF from your own video — just start by uploading it to YouTube.

How to make a GIF on mobile

Mobile apps like GIPHY Cam allow you to make GIFs on your phone. These are extremely easy to use: if you’ve ever used Snapchat, you can handle GIPHY Cam. If you have not used Snapchat… you can still handle GIPHY Cam.

1. Launch the app and record your GIF

Tap the photo button to take a short burst of photos, or hold it for a longer GIF.

2. Optional step: choose a filter, or add stickers/text

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3. Save your GIF and share it with the world

How to make a screen-recording GIF

Apps like GIPHY Capture, ScreenToGif, LICECap and GifCam allow you to make GIFs of your on-screen activity. This is a great option if you’re writing a short instructional article (like something for an online help center) and want to show steps visually.

1. Launch the screen-recording GIF software

When you launch the software, you’ll see a recording overlay like the red-outlined section in the screenshot below.

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2. Pull the mask over the area you want to record

With GIPHY Capture, you can record anything within the recording overlay (again, outlined in red). To enlarge this area, click and drag the bottom-right corner (outlined in yellow).

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3. Record your on-screen activity

Press the circular red button in the center to record, then press it again to stop recording. You should see a thumbnail preview of your GIF pop up in the bar below the recording overlay.

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4. Customize your GIF settings

Minimize the recording area and take a look at the GIF options menu. Here, you can customize your GIF, including the loop type (normal, reverse, or ping-pong) pixel size, and frame rate. Drag the tabs in from the left or right to trim your GIF. You can also add captions from this menu. Just click captions next to options.

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When you’re ready, you can click the blue Calculate size text to get an idea of how big your GIF file will be. Under 3 MB is ideal for fast loading.

5. Save your GIF

You can choose to save your GIF to your computer, or, in the case of GIPHY Capture, upload it straight to GIPHY’s online archive.

However you choose to use GIFs in your marketing strategy—social or otherwise—make sure your approach is carefully considered and stays true to your brand values. And don’t forget to have fun with it!

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GIFs have been around for more than 30 years. Wild, right? As you can probably guess, there are billions of GIFs on the internet right now, just waiting to be sent in a message or shared to social media… maybe added to an email.

And, people love GIFs. More and more, consumers are using GIFs in their daily communications, both on social media and in messages. But why do we love GIFs so much?

For starters, GIFs let us easily react or share our emotions when the words just won’t come to us. But GIFs are also part of our (pop) culture. As such, they can create or strengthen relationships based on that shared culture.

Since GIFs are animated images, they can convey a lot of information faster than text or static images. Sure, you could type out “I’m having a great day!” But how will your friends know you’re having a “Brad Pitt happy dancing in Burn After Reading” great day?


It just hits different, doesn’t it?

GIFs can also give you additional insight into who the people creating and sharing them really are and what makes them tick.

For example, if someone is always sharing reaction GIFs from Broad City, it’s pretty safe to bet that they enjoy and relate to what happens in that show. From a marketing standpoint, that probably means that sports references aren’t going to hit home.

But enough words. Let’s dive into our 60 favorite GIFs that will change your life (or at least make your day a little better).

60 Best GIFs You Need to See:

Need a quick way to convey your feelings? There’s a GIF for that! Here are our favorite GIFs for all occasions. Let’s start with the top 10 GIFs for on both GIPHY and Tenor.

Top 10 GIPHY GIFs for

Let's start with the 10 most used GIFs of , according to GIPHY.

1. And I Oop by Jasmine Masters: M Views


Jasmine Masters from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7 topped the list of GIPHY’s most used GIFs of and it’s well-earned. Jasmine Masters is all of us who have been confronted with blatant stupidity throughout our day and require just a moment to process.

2. Angry by Shameless: M views


When you want to let someone know in no uncertain terms that you are not pleased.

3. Hi by Nick Jonas: M views


A simple “hello” from Nick Jonas to whomever you want to greet without saying a word.

4. Happy Good Morning by Samm Henshaw: M views


If you’re happy and you know it, share this GIF and everyone else will know, too.

5. Great Job by Bounce TV: M views


This thumbs up GIF can be genuine or sarcastic… and you don’t have to say which.

6. Happy Cheering by Bluesbear: M views


There’s no doubt that the cuteness that is this GIF is the reason it’s so popular.

7. Keanu Reeves’ Thank You by Netflix: M views


How is it that Keanu Reeves was in Always Be My Maybe for about five seconds and in that time gave us an entirely GIFable vibe?

8. I Love You Hearts by Mia Page: M views


When you want to tell that special someone you’re there for them.

9. No Way SMH by Desus & Mero: M views


Kid Mero shaking his head is ’s “nope crab” GIF.

Happy Excited Dance by Khalid: M views


This snippet from Khalid’s “Young, Dumb, and Broke” music video is the positive vibe everyone needs.

Top 10 Tenor GIFs for

Here are the 10 most used GIFs of , according to Tenor (Google).

Grrr from Lilo & Stitch

Grrr GIF from Liloandstitch GIFs

Who can’t relate to Stitch’s exasperation, tbh?

So Frustrated from Liar, Liar

So Frustrated GIF from Frustrated GIFs

Are you sensing a theme with ’s GIFs? We’ve all been to this level of frustration, haven’t we?

Rain Sad from Lilo & Stitch

Rain Sad GIF from Rain GIFs

Another Lilo & Stitch GIF? For use when you’re having the worst of bad days and want to let your friends know.

Minion Spitting Out Popcorn from Despicable Me

Minion Spitting Out Popcorn GIF from Minions GIFs

When you’re waiting for the drama and it delivers.

No Elf from Elf

No Elf GIF from No GIFs

You can almost hear this GIF.

Wow from Ted

Wow GIF from Wow GIFs

Are you actually wowed or just pretending? Either way, this GIF will show it.

Oh Snap from Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Oh Snap GIF from Snap GIFs

When you’re shocked that it happened but they deserved it.

Confused Castle from Castle

Confused Castle GIF from Confused GIFs

Sure, this GIF applies when you have no argument for something, but it’s more likely to be used in response to something questionable.

SMH from Tyler Perry’s Medea

Smh GIF from Smh GIFs

When you want to make it clear that you do not condone this behavior.

Creepy Smile from Toddlers & Tiaras

Creepy Smile GIF from Toddlersandtiaras GIFs

We all need a best friend who’s this excited to see us.

40 of Our Favorite GIFs

So, we’ve already covered 20 of the most popular GIFs on 2 of the most popular GIF platforms. What’s left? Plenty! Here are 40 of our favorite GIFs that you just need in your life.

Homer Simpson Backing Away


Found yourself in an awkward situation? This GIF helps you share your distress.

Can’t Toddler Today


Have you ever had one of those days when you have everything to do and it’s all just too much? Exactly that.

I Know You Did Not Just from Blackish


If this GIF had words, they might be “I feel personally attacked.”

I’m Sorry, What?


For those moments when you’re sitting there like, “Did I just hear what I think I heard?”

Realizing the Obvious


We’ve all had it happen. You’re minding your own business and suddenly you realize that pancakes are only called “pancakes” because they’re cakes that are made in a pan.

Cotton Candy Girl


When that sugar high hits…

That’s Not It


You know that feeling when someone says something you know isn’t going to age well? If that feeling were a GIF, this would be it.

Kombucha Girl


Is it good? Bad? Who knows. This GIF has become a wildly popular meme and it’s really no wonder.



No matter if you did the destroying or simply witnessed it happen, this GIF’s got you covered.

Think About It with Levar Burton


Can’t get anything past you, eh?

Spike Lee at the Oscars


Have you ever agreed with anything as emphatically as Spike Lee is in this GIF?

Confused Level: Winona Ryder


Sure, you’ve been confused before. We all have. But have you ever been Winona Ryder confused?

Sad Doctor Who


For those times when everything is terrible forever. Like, so bad you just stand in the rain, bad.

Baby Chloe


This GIF is versatile! Confused? Baby Chloe GIF. Entirely over it and everybody? Baby Chloe GIF.

The Oprah Shrug


When you’re not surprised and you want to make it abundantly clear, but low-key.

Wow from Parks & Rec


This is another beautifully diverse GIF. Excited? Happily surprised? Andy Dwyer has your emotional expression covered.

Crying James Van Der Beek


When you’re just as sad as Doctor Who in #33, but much less refined.

Wrap It Up from Judge Judy


Do you really need to tell folks that you just don’t have time for it? Judge Judy’s got you.

You Don’t Belong Here with Steve Buscemi


Are you trying really hard to act like you fit in or belong somewhere? Yeah, it probably feels like this.

I’m Just Here for the Drama with Michael Jackson


These popcorn GIFs are prolific. But, we’re pretty sure this is the one that started it all. Perfect for those moments when the comment thread just got real and you can’t wait to see where it goes.

Did You Just Come For Me? with Peter Alexander


Like “I Know You Did Not Just” from Blackish, but make it a middle-aged white reporter.

This is Not Actually Fine from KC Green


When the world is crumbling around you and you are certain that nothing is fine, never will be fine again, and maybe never was fine, this GIF created from KC Green’s comic Gunshow is the perfect response.

Fabulous Kid Dancing


If this GIF had a sound, it would probably be Jonathan Van Ness shouting “Get it, henny!” We’ve also seen this GIF used in comment threads with the word “THIS” on it to show support to the previous comment or original post.

Trash Fail


When you almost did something right. And, well, isn’t the effort enough?

Nervous from That’s So Raven


This is basically imposter syndrome in GIF form.

Eye Roll from Jessica Jones


Does a superhero like Jessica Jones get superhero-level frustrated? Because you can almost hear her eyes rolling in this GIF.

Discomfort with Jay-Z


This GIF is any introvert ever out among people.

James Harden Eyeroll from NBA


James Harden is all of us when someone asks just the wrong question or says just the wrong thing and you 👏 are 👏 not 👏 here 👏 for 👏 it 👏.

Nope Crab


Ah, yes. The original nope GIF. For those moments when you need to nope your way out of whatever is going on right now.

Slow Zoom Support with Robert Redford


When you want to show your support, but you’re also really dramatic.

Sniffing Out Drama with Kim Kardashian


This might be the best precursor to the popcorn GIF. You know that something might go down and you’re here for it if it does, but you don’t want to pop the corn for nothing.

50 Cent Driving


You came, you saw, you lol’d.

Dumpster Fire


For those moments when the world is a dumpster fire, why not share a GIF of an actual dumpster fire?

The only thing worse? A traveling dumpster fire:


Oh, I Don’t Like This with Britney Spears


When you’re hearing something cringey, but you’re trying really hard not to hurt anybody’s feelings.

And on That Note, Bye with Rihanna


When someone says something so absurd that you can only roll up your window and roll away.

Wiggle with Shaq and that Kitten


Sure, you could use this GIF to show how excited you are, but do you ever really need a reason to watch this GIF?

It’s Been a Day from That 70s Show


When your day’s been so trying that you mix a double batch you don’t plan sharing.

Shrug with Lizzo


When someone compliments you and you can only be like, “Yes, that’s me.”

Close to Snapping


When you’re literally four, five seconds from wildin’.

Obama Out


Yes, it’s doctored, but who cares? This GIF is just right for conveying how fed up you are. With everything.

Wrapping Up

People love GIFs because they’re fun and entertaining. And using GIFs in your social media and content marketing can increase their effectiveness and engagement.

For instance, tweets that include GIFs are 34% more like to get retweeted than a plain text tweet. So, if you’re distributing content from your blog on social media, don’t just share the link with a blurb telling people what it’s about—include a GIF to help your post stand out!

Looking for more ways to boost engagement? Check out these content marketing tools that can make it happen.

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How to make a GIF on your iPhone, using a Live Photo or GIPHY

  • To make a GIF on your iPhone, you can convert a Live Photo in the Photos app or use apps like GIPHY.
  • Converting Live Photos lets you make quick pseudo-GIFs with photos you've taken yourself.
  • GIPHY gives you more features to make and customize GIFs on your iPhone.
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If you've ever taken a Live Photo on your iPhone, you've probably realized that it's a bit like recording a quick GIF with your camera.

However, Live Photos are a bit different — they aren't meant to repeat automatically, for example, and only work on Apple devices.

But if you do want to make a GIF on your iPhone, and make these Live Photos repeat, you're in luck. You can use the native iPhone Photos app to make your Live Photos repeat, and the GIPHY app to create a GIF that can be shared anywhere.

Here's how.

How to make a GIF on an iPhone with the Photos app

First, it should be noted that turning a Live Photo into a GIF through the Photos app won't create a real GIF — it'll just create another Live Photo that looks like a GIF when played on an iPhone or iPad.

This means that if you export this Live Photo to a non-Apple device, it still won't move. You'll have to use GIPHY to create a real GIF.

1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone and tap on the Live Photo you want to turn into a GIF.

2. Swipe up on the photo to bring up the moving picture menu (Live, Loop, Bounce, Long Exposure).

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3. Tap on "Loop" to turn the picture into a repeating GIF. Note, however, that it won't be a "clean" GIF — instead of simply jumping back to the end of the GIF when it's finished, the image will fade out, like so:

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You can also tap on "Bounce" so that the frames of the picture will go forward and in reverse instead of starting back at the beginning.

How to make a GIF on an iPhone using GIPHY

GIPHY gives many more options for getting creative with your GIFs, allows you to share your new creations with the world, and allows you to download GIFs created by other members of the community.

1. Open the GIPHY app.

2. Tap on the "Create" icon in the top-right.

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3. Here you have two options for making your GIF:

  • Film a new GIF by tapping on the camera icon, bottom-center.
  • Make a GIF from your photos by tapping on the photos icon in the bottom-right, then tapping on the photo you want to use.

4. There are various options for customizing it on the bottom (from left to right): Write a caption, add a filter, add pre-made art and word art phrases, trim your GIF, and more.

Once it's exactly how you want it, tap on the purple arrow to upload it to GIPHY.

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5. On the next page, tap "Upload to GIPHY." You'll have to sign up for a GIPHY account before you can upload and save your GIF. 

6. Once it's uploaded, tap on the three vertical dots to open a new menu.

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7. Tap "Save to Camera Roll" to download the newly created GIF onto your phone. You can now freely export or post it wherever you like.

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Unlike GIFs created with the native Photos app, GIFs created through GIPHY will be clean and complete. They'll also keep working even when posted online or transferred to another device.

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