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How to Make a GIF From a Video (With and Without Photoshop!)


How to make gif from video

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a GIF video in Photoshop from your video file, and then we'll use a free GIF converter available on Placeit.

What You Will Learn in This Video to GIF Photoshop Tutorial

  • How to make a GIF video in Photoshop
  • How to make a GIF from a video without Photoshop

Tutorial Assets

In this tutorial, I've used this amazing logo from Placeit. Download it if you want to follow along exactly, or feel free to use your own video.

If you want to learn these techniques via video, check out our lesson on the Envato Tuts+ YouTube channel:

1. How to Make a GIF in Photoshop From a Video

Step 1

First of all, you need to open the video file that you want to convert. Press Control-O or go to File > Open, and select the file you want to convert.

openinig the video file in adobe photoshop

Step 2

When you convert a video to a GIF, Photoshop will increase the size of the file, because GIFs usually take up much more space. So we can decrease the canvas size of the video before exporting it to GIF format. Hit Alt-Control-I and change the size of the canvas to a smaller one.

changing the canvas size of the document

Step 3

After that, we can convert the video to a GIF Photoshop file. Go to File > Export > Save for Web or hit Alt-Shift-Control-S and select GIF. It could take some time before this panel opens.

setting gif as a converted file format

Step 4

This embedded free GIF converter from Adobe allows us to change the Colors, Web Snap and Lossy settings to reduce the file size, but don't forget that this will affect the look of your image.

setting up the gif file settings in Photoshop

Step 5

Once you have finished with the settings, you can save them as a preset. Click on the icon in the top-right corner and select Save Settings.

saving a preset of photoshop gif converter

Step 6

And another little trick to save your last preset is to hold Alt and hit Remember. This could be useful if you want to save multiple GIF files.

saving the latest used preset in photoshop

Step 7

And finally, all you need to do is press Save and select the place where you want to save your video.

saving the video file as a gif an photoshop

2. How to Use a Video to GIF Converter Online

Step 1

So if you want to know how to make a GIF from a video without Photoshop, you should try the free video to GIF converter online at Placeit. All you need to do is create a free account and then press Upload Your Video Here. After that, select the video you want to convert.

uploading a video to online converter

Step 2

What makes this tool the best online video to GIF converter is the presets. You can easily select the one you need: from Facebook covers to Pinterest posts. Also, you can change not only the size of the canvas but the frame rate as well.

selecting the preset for the convertion

Step 3

Another great option of this MP4 to GIF online converter is the possibility of changing the size of your video, so you could move it or place it closer. 

moving the video in the converting

Step 4

Let's make our logo bigger by hitting the Plus button. We'll also change the Frame Rate to 5, and then just hit Download

downloading the gif file

Step 5

Once your file is converted, you will get a notification, and now you can find it in the downloads section. In this simple way, we can change an MP4 to a GIF online using this easy-to-use converter.

downloading the converted file

Congratulations! You're Done

To convert a video to a GIF file, we can use either Photoshop or a video to GIF converter online at Placeit. Let us know in the comments below which way of converting you prefer! Do you like to use Photoshop or use an app to change an MP4 to a GIF online? And which tool is the best online video to GIF converter?

Want to learn not only how to make a GIF in Photoshop from a video but also some more tips and tricks for working with animated GIFs? Check out these awesome tutorials:

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