Have you noticed just how much we communicate in GIFs and memes, especially now that everyone’s stuck at home and chatting online more than ever? I have to confess; I sometimes have entire conversations with friends made up solely of GIFs.

A GIF is an image file format made up of a series of image frames. Generally, there are two ways to create a GIF. The first approach is to combine a set of images into a short animation. The second is to covert a part of a video into a GIF.

Kapwing is an online GIF maker that can help you do both. It's possible to combine multiple images into an animated GIF file or cut a GIF out of an existing video clip. It's also possible to edit existing GIFs with text, captions, stickers, and more. In this article, I'll explain how to create a GIF using Kapwing's free online video editor.

  1. Upload a video or photos
  2. Add text, images, and emojis
  3. Publish and download

1. Upload a Video or Photos

Start off by heading to Kapwing.com in your browser and click Start Editing to enter the Kapwing Studio. Here, you have multiple options to upload the video or photos that you want to use for your GIF: click Upload and find the files on your device, drag & drop files directly into the Studio window, or paste a link to any video or photo you found online in places like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

A screenshot of the Kapwing Studio's upload screen.

2. Trim the Video or Combine the Photos

Once your files are fully uploaded to the Studio, you need to prepare them for your final GIF. For videos, this most likely means that you'll want to trim it down to a shorter section. Open the Trim tool and move the sliders to the starting and ending positions of the section you want to use as a GIF.

A screenshot of the Kapwing trimmer tool.

If you're making a GIF from a series of photos, open the Timeline editor and drag your photo layers so one plays right after the other. you can set their durations to length you want to use, and even add transition effects in between them, as long as they are on the same line of the Timeline.

4. Publish and Download

Now that your GIF is ready, head on over to the right-hand corner and click Settings (the little gear icon). Change the Output File to GIF.

A screenshot of the Kapwing output settings menu.

Then, click Publish. In under a minute, your GIF will be ready to download. If you're not signed into a Kapwing account, sign in or sign up using your Google or Facebook account – once you've signed into a Kapwing account, the watermark in the lower right corner will be removed from your final GIF.

I hope this article helps you get started on creating your very own GIFs from videos and photos! For similar tutorials on creating content in 2021, check out our YouTube channel Kapwing App. And while you're here, read through some related articles on GIF creation online:

GIF to Video

How to Add Text to GIFs

How to Combine GIFs Online