How to make an animated gif

Making an animated gif is very easy. I have found that using powerpoint is one of the easiest and quickest ways of making gifs. You will also need a gif animator. I use a very basic animator called UnFreez. It is probably the easiest animator you will find. It is only about 19kb in size and there is no installation required. It just sits on your Desktop and is ready to use. Download it free here: UnFreez



Sample A


Let’s start by making a simple word. Let's use "FUN". Open Powerpoint. Select a font size of 24, select bold print, select the text color red. Use the text box in powerpoint to make an F. Right-click on the edge of the text box surrounding the F, and select “Save as picture”. Save it as a “gif” to your Desktop so it’s easy to find. By default, it will be named “Picture1". Make sure you select “gif” where it says “Save as type”.



Next, insert the letter U. Right-click on the edge of the text box surrounding the FU, and select “Save as picture”. Save it to your Desktop as a “Picture2.gif”.



Insert the letter N. Right-click on the edge of the text box and save it to your Desktop as Picture3.gif.


The last gif you need to make is a blank gif to make the F disappear. Otherwise the U and the N will be the only letters that animate. Click on the word FUN so that the text box shows around it. Delete the letters FUN, but leave the text box. Right-click on the edge of the text box and save it to the Desktop as “Picture4”. If the text box disappears, click on "Edit" then "Undo", and it will reappear.



Assuming you have downloaded the gif animator, open the UnFreez animator on your Desktop. Find the gifs you have saved on your Desktop and drag each one into the window of the Unfreez animator starting with Picture1.gif until you have all 4 gifs in the animator. (See Sample A) You can select the speed you want your animated gif to play by raising the number on the Frame Delay. The higher the number, the slower it moves. For now, select 25. You can select the option to loop continuously or play once. For now, leave the box checked to Loop animation.
Click on “Make Animated GIF”. Save it to your Desktop as “fun.gif”. Find “fun.gif” on your Desktop and open it. That’s it, you're done.
It should look like the gif below.



You can animate any picture or word as long as it has a .gif extension. Take 2 pictures and insert them into the gif animator, and you get something like this.



Experiment with different pictures or word fonts. With a little practice, you will get better and better.
If this tutorial has helped you, or you have any questions send me an e-mail and let me know.

Other gifs I made


     

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How to make an animated gif