How to Make a GIF from Photoshop, YouTube, or Video

How to Make a GIF: GIF is a small video. The full form of GIF is Graphics Interchange Format (GIF). You can make a GIF Video in various ways like using Photoshop, From YouTube Video, by screen recording, or from a pre-recorded video. We have given below all the methods of GIF Making in a short and simple way.

How to Make a GIF in Photoshop, YouTube, or Phone Video

Let’s explore the ways in which you can make a GIF

  1. How to Make a GIF in Photoshop
  2. How to make a gif from a YouTube video
  3. How to Make a GIF on Mobile
  4. How to create Screen Recording GIFs

How to Make a GIF in Photoshop

You can make a GIF in Photoshop using a string of images or a short video clip. The process is almost same.

Step 1: Load Your deck of Photos in Photoshop; (for a video upload start from step 3)

In Photoshop go to File > Stack > Load Files > Browse, and then choose the images you want to use in the GIF (Shift-Click to select multiple images)

Click OK after adding images in Load Layers.

Step 2: Import a video in Photoshop

follow these steps; File > Import > Video Frames to Layers

A new window will pop up asking which portion of the video you’d like to import. You can select the range using the slider below the video.

Next, tell Photoshop how many frames it should import. It isn’t necessary to import every single frame to make a GIF. In this case, we imported one out of every three frames, and only half of the video footage. When you’re satisfied, click OK

Once you’ve imported your video file into layers, skip to Step 5

Step 3: Create a timeline for your GIF

Under the “Window” menu, scroll down and click Timeline.

A small box will appear under the first image in your list: Create Video Timeline. Click this and change it to Create Frame Animation.

Step 4: Convert your photo layers into a set of looping animation frames

In the top right of the “Timeline” panel you’ll see a little hamburger menu (outlined in yellow).

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Click on the hamburger menu, scroll down, and click on Make Frames From Layers.

The “Timeline” panel will now show your animation frames in sequence. You can drag these around to reorder them.

Press the triangular Play icon (outlined in red color) n to get an idea of how your GIF will look. Also, make sure Forever is selected in the drop-down menu to the left (outlined in yellow), otherwise, your GIF will only loop a set number of times. You are reading this article on

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Step 5: Export Your GIF

Click File > Export > Save for Web (Legacy)…

Under the “Preset” menu, select GIF 128 Dithered.

Next, change your Colors setting to 256 (the max number for a GIF).

Next, click Save… to name your GIF file, and download the GIF to your computer.

How to make a gif from a YouTube video

Making a GIF from a YouTube video is much easier with some websites like (Need to create an account or login if already have)

Step 1: Go and click on Create.

Step 2: Add the web address of the video you’d like to make into a GIF

Step 3: Find the part of the video you’d like to capture, and choose the length

Step 4: Decorate and/ or Add hastags to your GIF (Optional)

Step 5: Upload your GIF to GIPHY

How to make a GIF on mobile

Mobile apps like GIPHY (App Store) & GIPHY (Play Store) allow you to make GIFs on your phone

Step 1: Open the GIPHY Mobile App and click on create

Step 2: Select the video to upload to make a GIF

Step 3: Trim the video as per the requirement and continue

Step 4: Crop as per the required size and continue

Step 5: Click on Share GIF to download to phone gallery or directly share to social media platforms or you can Upload to GIPHY.

How to make a screen-recording GIF

Apps like GIPHY CaptureScreenToGifLICECap, and GifCam allow you to make GIFs of your on-screen activity. This is a great option if you’re writing a short instructional article (like something for an online help center) and want to show steps visually.

Step 1: Launch the screen-recording GIF software

When you launch the software, you’ll see a recording overlay like the red-outlined section.

Step 2:  Pull the mask over the area you want to record

Step 3: Record Your on screen activity.

Step 4: Customize your GIF

Step 5: Save your GIF

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