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Aren’t GIFs great? They make responding to online comments way more fun. If you want to be part of the conversation but couldn’t find the appropriate GIF to use, why not create one?

In this post, we’ll show you how to make GIFs you can share with friends. Find a Video

Making GIFs starts with a great video. Your final output will be compressed so you’d want to have a high-resolution video to start with.

Most GIFs are moments captured on film. Think of a show or movie moment that sums up your emotion. If you’re lucky, you’d be able to find a copy of that on YouTube or Vimeo.

You can also create a GIF from local media sources. Caught a funny moment on camera? Save the video on your computer. You can use that to make GIF animation. Making a GIF with an Online GIF Maker

There are sites that let users create a GIF from scratch. Not only are most of them easy to use, but they are also free. You can use clips you find online or upload your own video.

We’ll work with Giphy to make custom GIFs in this post. But feel free to find another alternative if you feel like using another service.

From the homepage, click Create located on the upper left-hand side of the page.

This will open GIF Maker. There are three ways you can add your source material: Choose Photo or GIF – Lets you upload images or photos to create a GIF slideshow. Choose Video – Add a video clip and trim it down. You can then add a caption if you want. Add Any URL – Create a GIF from YouTube or Vimeo clips.

In this example, we’ll use a Simpsons scene we found on YouTube. Copy the URL and paste it on Giphy. The site will process the video. Once finished, you will be asked to trim the video down.

Move the sliders around until you find the exact moment you wish to use. Remember, GIFs are supposed to be short. Keep your clip under 5 seconds for the best result.

After you’ve selected your clip, hit Continue to Decorate. You’ll then be given a chance to accessorize your GIF with captions, stickers, and filters.

Click Continue to Upload when done. Add tags to your clip and click Upload to Giphy to finish.

Your GIF should now be ready to use. You can copy the link or embed the clip and paste it where you’d want to use it.