4 free tools to create animated GIFs

You can now use animated GIFs in VideoScribe. We’ve added 200 GIFs to the image library for you to use in your scribes. Prefer to use your own? No problem, simply upload and carry on. But first read this round-up of free online tools you can use to create GIF animations.

4 free online tools for creating GIFs

Search Google for ‘GIF creator tool’ and you’ll be bombarded with options for making animated GIFs. So I’ve done the hard work for you.

1) Toonator

Toonator allows you to easily draw and bring animated images to life. Create your drawing frame by frame, using the plus icon to add the next frame in your sequence. Once you’ve finished, hit the play button to watch your animation come to life. You can save your image as a file, or copy the HTML code to embed the animation on your site.

2) imgflip

My favourite of the 4 listed here, imgflip takes your ready-made images and animates them. Upload your images, arrange them in the right order and adjust the speed. Click generate when you’ve got it just right. Minor drawback – your finished GIF will have a small imgflip watermark on it, unless you have a pro account.

3) GIFMaker

Compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux, GIFMaker works in roughly the same way as imgflip. You can adjust your canvas size, animation speed and select the number of times you want the image to play. You can also add music to play along with your image if you’re uploading to YouTube.

4) Make a GIF

Another straightforward pictures-to-gif maker, similar to imgflip and GIFMaker. But you can also create GIFs from YouTube videos and your webcam. Make a GIF doesn’t put a watermark on your image and the extension for Google Chrome is quite handy.

Keep your file size down

Keep the file size of your finished GIF as small as possible to avoid any problems with the import or playback. The GIFs available in the VideoScribe library are under 300kb and we recommend keeping your own files at or below this size.

Compressor.io will reduce your file size by up to 90% without causing a noticeable difference in image quality.

ezgif‘s optimise tool will also reduce the size of your animated GIFs – either by reducing the number of colours used or removing frames that aren’t essential to the final effect.

Find out more about using animated GIFs in VideoScribe.

Already using animated GIFs in your scribes? We’d love to see how they’re looking. Share them with us on Facebook and Twitter.

12 thoughts on “4 free tools to create animated GIFs

  1. Bruce Graham

    Very useful – many thanks

  2. I think this feature is great, but a lot more story planning needed to include these

  3. Margriet

    When I import a GIF in Videoscribe, it doesn’t work well..
    When i play it, the previous frames stay visible, while the next frames appear already..

    I’ve attached an image of a gif of the dancing banana to illustrate the problem 😉

    • Daniel Mehmet Daniel Mehmet

      Hi Margriet – sorry to hear you’re having trouble with this, especially with such a great gif! Could you please raise a new ticket so that our support guys can help you? Here’s the link to do that: http://help.videoscribe.co/support/tickets/new. Cheers, Daniel

  4. Mary

    Anyone know how to save the GIF image as a file on Toonator?

    • Hi Mary,
      right click the file you wish to save as save image as, open it with preview from downloads and export it to as a gif image on desktop again.. Now open it in video scribe it will show as an animation. hope this helps…

      • Mary

        Thanks, though the issue with Toonator is that I cannot right click and save as, nor is there any download button on the page for it. I actually found a site similar to Toonator that has the feature to download the file. On http://gifpaint.com/ – After creating an animation, click “Encode GIF” at the top, then at the bottom of the page there is an option to download the GIF file.

  5. Edward_767

    Love the new animated GIFs. I’ve not found a way to move it into place however. I figured out a work around by drawing it as a static image, then replacing the file with my animated GIF. I don’t see an option to move it into place.

  6. aves

    Make Gif with webcams online for free


  7. Lanie Ezelle

    Thanks Louis for sharing these free tools. imgflip looks good as it also allows you to create Gifs from video files. The only drawback as you mentioned is the watermark. Perhaps they should consider providing freemium service because there are other online applications that provide free services as the ones found in this list: https://www.process.st/how-to-create-gifs/.

    Also, thank you for sharing Compressor.io, I create Gifs for tutorial purposes and sometimes their file size can get big. I will definitely add it to my arsenal of apps for Gif creation.

  8. Coman Mircea

    Pixteller.com has a design editor that also lets you animate the elements of your design and save as GIF. Very easy to use and works very good for social media content creation.

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