I remember the first time I viewed a GIF online and couldn't really tell what it was. Through Wikipedia told me this file extension was for images, it has an obvious resemblance to a video.
GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format and was introduced in 1987 by CompuServe. The first popular GIF was the dancing baby. Ever since then GIFs have become hugely popular among the online community owing to its ability to show multiple images continuously that appear in a form of a video. The individual images or frames that comprise the GIF are usually low resolution pictures that limit the size of a GIF file for easy access over the internet.
As GIFs are continuous images looped together, the viewers feel like they're watching a non-stop video. Today you'll find all kinds of GIFs in the form of internet memes, short videos converted to GIFs, and animations.
Now you can create your own GIFs and share with your network with an online tool Makeagif.com. The following steps show exactly how you can make your own GIF using this simple tool:
Open the Website
Open the website makeagif.com and select a suitable option to create you GIF. You can use multiple pictures, upload your video, use your webcam or select a YouTube video to be converted into a GIF. I decided to use multiple pictures and come up with something creative.
Select the Order
Once the pictures have been uploaded, scroll down and select the order in which you'd like the pictures to appear. You can add up to 20 images.
On the next screen, you can customize your GIF by modifying various attributes to create exactly what you imagined. Add the name of the gif and rating. You also get the option to share the GIF with the world or to keep it private.
The animation speed allows you to set the time interval for each picture. You can even customize it to the exact value you desire. This will let you give effects to you GIF.
Set the Size
Next, you can set the size or dimensions of the GIF with the re-sizing option. The selected size will be the final size of the GIF, irrespective of the size of the original picture. It is advisable to use large images to get high quality GIFs.
Selecting the appropriate category of your GIF will showcase your GIF on the website under the category. You can choose from basic categories like Funny, Weird, reaction, etc.