I love GIFs so much.? And I love how easy they are to make with your iPhone. Once I learned how to make a GIF on my iPhone, that was it. I put them everywhere – blog posts, Twitter posts, course description boxes, newsletters. And hey, if GIFs are good for Buzzfeed, they must be good for us entrepreneurs as well.
Disclaimer: This post is not about how to turn “Friends” clips into funny memes, although hopefully one day I will get to that. This post is specifically about how to turn any photo/video on your camera roll into a GIF. Like this.
How To Make A GIF From Your iPhone Videos & Photos
If you like your instructions in video format, here you go.
If you’re a scan n’ learn type person like myself, here are the written instructions:
Choose A Photo Or Video To Convert To A GIF
1. For photos, you will first need to turn it into a video file. One way I suggest doing this (as show in the video tutorial), is running it through the Adobe Spark Post app and using the animation tool they provide. This will give you a 4-second video which is a great length for GIFs.
2. If you already have a video you want to convert, you’ll need to trim it to a reasonable length (I would not do anything longer than 6-10 seconds or your GIF will be gif-normous.)
- To trim your video inside your Photos app, you can do it by selecting the video > tapping the edit icon > and adjusting the handles.
- To trim it inside the GIF Toaster app (oh yeah, that’s the GIF app we’re about to use btw?), then you’ll want to select Range > then Start or Stop > and adjust by swiping or tapping the red arrows.
Converting Your Video To A GIF With The GIF Toaster App
Why this GIF-converting app over another? No good reason. It’s just the first I came across with good reviews and it has never steered me wrong. Luv ya, GIF Toaster.?
So, to convert your clip to a GIF:
1. Make sure Video > Gif is selected at the top and choose your video.
2. You’ll find there are a bunch of editing options. Once again, If you need to trim, select Range.
3. An important tool to note is the Resolution Option. If you are converting high quality smartphone video to a GIF, you will definitely want to select and adjust the size. For here on my website, I don’t go higher than 640 px or so.
Even then, once I get the GIF to my desktop, I’ll often run it through the Optimize tool at ezgif.com to make the file size even smaller.
4. Tap Convert. Wait a little bit, and then you have your GIF to insert anywhere and everywhere GIFs are accepted.
Hope this helps you incorporate some GIF fun into your social media and blogging visual strategies! If you’d like to remember this tutorial on how to make a GIF with your iPhone, be sure to pin the following image to your Pinterest account.