You may have come across with some really interesting GIFs through your web surfing or Internet chatting with your friends, they are very easy to capture viewer's attention and can influence your emotion in some certain. And somehow, you may pop up in mind with the question that how to make these animated GIFs from pictures. Luckily, the best part of the GIF I want to emphasize is that they are not too hard to make. Today, I would like to introduce you to some GIF makers and show you how to create GIFs.


Tutorial on How to Make Animated GIF from Pictures

GIF, the abbreviation of Graphics Interchange Format, is a bitmap image format developed by CompuServe on 1987. In fact, GIF is a compressed file coding by adopting LZW compression algorithm, which can reduce the upload time of image files through Internet effectively. So, how can you make an animated GIF from pictures? All you need is a picture of GIF maker, then you can create any interesting GIFs you like. I would like to show you 3 picture to GIF makers on the following, you may choose the one you prefer to create GIF.


1. Make Animated GIF from Pictures with Photoshop

Preparation: Free download the Photoshop


Step 1. Import Images

Start Photoshop and go to click File > Scripts > Load Files Into Stack. After uploading the files, you can select Browse to choose which files you would like to use, then click OK to import the photos into a single layered file. Please note that a number of new layers have been created and these individual layers will become the frames of the animated GIF.

Load Files Into Stack

Step 2. Open up Timeline Window

Go to Window > Timeline to open the Timeline panel. Click the arrow on the button in the middle of the panel and select Create Frame Animation.


Step 3. Turn Layers into Animation Frames

Click the menu icon from the upper right corner of the Timeline panel, and click Make Frames From Layers.

Make Frames From Layers

Step 4. Set the Looping Times

Click the repeat menu and choose how long you would like it to appear, including Forever. Choose Play to preview the animation.

Set The Looping Time

Step 5. Save and Export the GIF

Go to File > Export > Save for Web (Legacy). Select GIF 128 from the Preset menu and 256 from the Colors menu. If you want to limit the file size of the animation, change Width and Height fields in the Image Size options. Then click Forever from the Looping Options menu. Once done, click save.

Export the GIF

2. Make Animated GIF from Pictures with PhotoScape

Preparation: Free download PhotoScape


Step 1. Open the program. Then select "Editor" to choose the photo(s) you would like to animate.


Step 2. Edit the photo(s) with effects presets in the menu, such as different text fonts and text colors, grayscale, sepia etc.


Step 3. Create different images for each "frame" of your animated GIF according to the number of frames. Then save these frames and name them using sequential numbers for your easy-selecting.


Step 4. After creating the images you want, stay in the PhotoScape program but go to the option Animated GIF on the home screen. Or, click on the Animated GIF tab.

Animated GIF

Step 5. Add the photos you have created for the animated GIF by dragging and dropping them across the top of the screen in the open white space there. And that's all for make GIF by PhotoScape, and be sure to save the GIF.


3. Make Animated GIF from Pictures with GIFPAL


GIFPAL is an amazing online GIF maker that you can create animated GIFs using webcam and images. No need to download the software or register an account, the GIFPAL services are provided for free.


Step 1. Enter GIFAPL.com and upload photos from a webcam or your computer.


Step 2. Use a drawing tool to add text, apply some image effects like reversing the image, adding different shapes, manipulating the brightness, hue, contrast etc.


Step 3. After finishing the edition of a particular frame, add it to the GIF timeline. Up to 24 frames can be used to build a GIF with GIFPAL.


Step 4. Change the quality of the images and adjust the animation speed as you like, then you can finish the animation of your picture and download them to your computers.


So, there are 3 free GIF makers from pictures introduced to you and specific steps to make pictures to GIFs by using these makers, they are all very easy to operate and with a few clicks, you can create your GIFs using your favorite pictures.


According to the above, I show you, you have already got to know how to make an animated GIF from pictures. However, some of you may want to find out the way to create GIF from videos, well, VideoSolo Free Video to GIF Converter is a perfect choice for you. VideoSolo Free Video to GIF Converter is a free tool that is able to convert various formats of video to animated GIF. You can make GIF with the videos downloaded from YouTube, Facebook and other popular video sharing websites. A high-quality GIF can be made with VideoSolo Free Video to GIF Converter easily and quickly.