GIFs have taken the digital world by storm, becoming a popular way to communicate emotions and entertain online audiences. With Canva, creating eye-catching and engaging GIFs has never been easier. In this comprehensive guide, you’ll learn how to make GIFs in Canva in a heartbeat.

But first, let’s take a moment to understand what a GIF is.

What is a GIF?

GIF, which stands for Graphics Interchange Format, is a type of digital image format that displays a series of images or frames in a loop, creating the illusion of motion. GIFs are often used on social media, websites, and in messaging apps due to their small file size and compatibility with various platforms. They are perfect for adding a touch of animation, humor, or visual interest to your online communications.

How to Create GIFs in Canva: Step-By-Step Guide

Step 1. Set up your Canva account

If you don’t have a Canva account yet, sign up for a free Canva account. If you already have an account, log in to get started.

Step 2. Choose a template or create a new design

Search for “GIF” in Canva’s search bar to find pre-made templates, or click “Create a design” and choose a custom size for your GIF.

Step 3. Select a key design element

Choose the main focus of your design, such as an image or text. You can use Canva’s extensive image library or upload your own images from your computer or social media accounts.

Step 4. Customize your design

Add text, graphics, and other elements to your design. Play with fonts, colors, and positioning to create a unique and engaging GIF.

How to Create GIFs in Canva Step-By-Step Guide
How to Create GIFs in Canva: Customize your design

Step 5. Choose the number of slides

The number of slides you use will affect the complexity of your GIF. Start with a few slides and add more as needed. Remember, more slides mean more animation or movement to manage.

In order to add slides, you need to pull the arrow (in the bottom where it says “Page 1 of 1”) up. See the screenshot above.

Step 6. Animate your GIF

Add animation or movement to your design by selecting elements and clicking the “Animate” option. You can also manually move text or objects across each slide for a more customized animation. The brand-new “Create an animation” function in Canva now makes creating cool GIFs on Canva easier than ever before.

How to Create GIFs in Canva - Animation
How to Animate an Image in Canva

Step 7. Choose the duration of your slides

Whenever you animate something in your design, a symbol of a clock will appear next to the “Animate” button on each of the slides you have. When it comes to creating GIFs, selecting the duration is crucial: if your slides are too long, the GIF will look more like a slow slideshow than a (typically fast-paced) GIF. The shortest duration of a slide is 0.1 seconds. Typically, the duration of each slide would be somewhere between 0.1 and 2 seconds and the overall duration of the GIF should typically be no longer than 6 seconds. Most platforms for GIFs (such as GIPHY) have an upper limit of 15 seconds for uploads.

How to Create GIFs in Canva - Duration
How to Change Slide Duration in Canva

Step 8. Preview your GIF

Before downloading, preview your GIF by clicking the play button next to the download button. Make any necessary adjustments to your design.

How To Preview Video Or GIF in Canva
How To Preview Video Or GIF in Canva

Step 9. Download and share your GIF

Once you’re satisfied with your GIF, click the download button and select the GIF format. Share your creation with friends, family, colleagues, or on social media.

How To Save GIF in Canva
1. First, click “Share” button and then “Download” as shown on the image.
How To Save GIF in Canva
2. Next, in the dropdown menu selection “GIF”. Last, click “Download” to save the project as GIF.

Other Ways to Create GIFs in Canva

Make a GIF From a Video

If you want to create a GIF using a video, upload the video to Canva and edit it by trimming it down to the desired length. Add text, animations, or other effects, and download your video GIF.

Create a GIF on Your Mobile Device

You can also create GIFs using the Canva mobile app. Download the app, upload your video (or create one using slides), edit it, and download your GIF directly to your phone.

Make a GIF with a Transparent Background

To create a GIF with a transparent background, use Canva’s Background Remover tool. Upload an image, apply the effect, and position the image in your design. Customize and download your transparent GIF.

FAQ Section

Do I need a Canva Pro account to create GIFs?

No, you can create GIFs using a free Canva account. However, some advanced features, like access to premium images, elements, and animations, may require a Canva Pro subscription.

Can I use my own images to create a GIF in Canva?

Yes, you can upload your own images from your computer or social media accounts and use them in your GIF designs.

How do I change the speed of my GIF in Canva?

To change the speed of your GIF, adjust the duration of each slide in your design. Longer durations result in slower animations, while shorter durations make the animation faster.

What is the maximum file size for a GIF created in Canva?

The maximum file size for a GIF created in Canva is 8MB. This should be sufficient for most applications, but if you need a smaller file size, consider reducing the number of slides, the dimensions of the GIF, or the quality of the images used.

Can I create GIFs on my mobile device using the Canva app?

Yes, you can create GIFs using the Canva mobile app, which is available for both iOS and Android devices. The process is similar to creating GIFs on the desktop version of Canva.

How do I make a GIF loop in Canva?

GIFs created in Canva will loop automatically. There’s no need to set a loop option, as the GIF will play continuously by default.

Can I add audio to my GIF in Canva?

GIFs do not support audio by nature. If you want to include audio, you will need to create a video file instead. Canva does offer video editing features that allow you to add audio to video files.

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Last Update: July 22, 2023