How To Make a GIF In Canva (Easy Method!)

How To Make a GIF In Canva
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Have someone asked you how you felt and you had no words to describe the emotion?

Well, I used to be in the exact same dilemma until I started using GIFs.

GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) has taken the digital world by storm. Now you can express your feelings or ideas with just one click.

You must have seen people using GIFs in daily life but have you ever wondered how to make one of your own?

Then you are in luck! In this article, I will show you step by step process on how to make a GIF in Canva.

Don’t worry, I will also be attaching screenshots of all the steps as well to help you out.

No more searching for the perfect GIF to match your needs because you’ll be able to create one of your own.

Let’s dive into it!

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How To Make a GIF in Canva Using Images

Follow the below steps to make a stunning GIF in Canva:

1. Visit Canva Website

To get started on Canva, go to the Canva website. Look at the top right corner of the website.

If you already have a Canva account, click the “Log In” button. Type in your email and password to log into your account.

If you do not have a Canva account yet, click the “Sign Up” button. You can create a free account by entering your email and choosing a password.

2. Open a Design Type

Once you log in or sign up, you will be redirected to your Canva account dashboard.

Click on the ‘Create a Design’ button from the top right corner of the Canva homepage. As a result of which a new menu of various design types will appear in front of you.

choose a design type

Click on the design type you like the most, and you will get directed to a blank canvas.

Or you can also choose to create a specific dimension design type by clicking on the ‘Custom Size’ button from the bottom left corner of the design menu.

add custom dimensions

Now enter the design dimensions (width and height) for your GIF and then click on the ‘Create New Design’ button.

You will then be directed to a blank canvas with a left sidebar.

Note: The 640 width ×480 height (Dimensions) are considered the best for making a GIF.

3. Add Images On Your Design

After choosing a design type, you will get directed to a blank canvas.

There are two ways for adding an image to your design:

a) Canva Stock Photos

To add Canva stock photos to your design, click on the ‘Apps’ button from the left sidebar and then scroll down to click on the ‘Photos’ button.

click on photos

It will give you access to Canva’s collection of stock photos. Now you can either browse through the available photos or use the search bar to find specific photos.

choose a Canva stock photo

When you find a stock photo you like, click on it to add it to your design.

Now click on the ‘Add Page’ button from the bottom of the screen and a blank page will appear in front of you.

add image to second page

Again follow the same procedure to add another picture to the second page.

Note: Keep adding pages and images onto it until you get satisfied. Just make sure to add the images in such an order in which you want them to appear in your GIF.

b) Upload Your Image

To upload your own images on your design, click the ‘Uploads’ button and then on the ‘Uploads File’ button to select the image you want to use from your computer.

After your image is uploaded, it will show under your upload’s library. Click on the uploaded image to add it to your design.

upload your own image

Note: My suggestion will be to first upload all the pictures in your uploads library and then keep adding pages from the bottom of your screen.

Now one by one drag each image to its respective page, in this way, you will be able to make sure that your images are in proper order or arrangement.

4. Adjust The Timing Of Your Photos

Once you have your images on your pages, it is time to adjust the timing of the photos or slides.

In order to edit the timing of each slide, just click on that slide, a result of which a top toolbar will appear, click on the ‘Edit Timing’ button or ‘Clock’ icon from the top toolbar.

Now set the timing of your slide to whatever you want by dragging the slider.

adjust the timing

If you want the same timing on all the GIF slides then you can check the ‘Apply To All Pages’ option.

5. Download Your Design

Now proceed to download your design by clicking on the ‘Share’ button from the top right corner of the screen and then on the ‘Download’ button.

download your design

As a result of which download settings will open.

Make sure to change the file format to ‘GIF’ before clicking on the ‘Download’ button.

How To Make a GIF in Canva Using Videos

To learn how to make a GIF in Canva using videos then follow the steps below:

1. Add Video To Your Design

After opening a design type in Canva, you will be directed to a blank canvas.

Now there are two ways to add a video to your design.

Either you can upload your own video by using the ‘Uploads’ button from the left sidebar.

upload your video

Note: the process of uploading videos and photos in Canva is similar. So, I am not going to explain the entire process again, you can easily refer to the above step.

Or you can use Canva stock videos for your design, click on the ‘Apps’ button from the left sidebar and then scroll down to click on the ‘Video’ button.

click on videos button

Now Canva will display a variety of videos for you to choose from, you can scroll through the given options or use the top search bar to search for your desired video.

choose a Canva stock video

Once you find a video that you like, click on it to add it to your design.

2. Make The Background Transparent (Optional)

If you want to use the GIF for your website or social media then you can consider making the background of your GIF transparent.

So that it blends well with the background.

Or if you are just creating the GIF for fun then you can skip this step and move ahead.

Click on the video ones and a top toolbar will be in front of you.

Click on the ‘Edit Video’ button from the top toolbar.

And a new menu will appear on the left-hand side.

Click on the ‘Background Remover’ tool to remove the background of your video.

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Canva will now process the video for a few seconds and then the background of your video will be removed.

Note: Although this feature is only available to Canva Pro users. So, you can use platforms like Unscreen for making the background transparent for free.

3. Download Your Design

Once you are satisfied with the video in front of you, you can then proceed to save the design on your desktop.

The process of downloading the video on your desktop is the same as explained earlier. So, you can refer to step 5.

Note: Just make sure to set the file type as ‘GIF’ before downloading.

FAQ- How To Make a GIF In Canva

Below are a few frequently asked questions that might help you out further:

How do I Make a Custom GIF In Canva?

To make a custom GIF in Canva, click on the ‘Create a Design’ button from the top right corner of the Canva homepage and then click on the ‘Custom Size’ button.

Now you can add your custom dimensions for your design then you will be directed to a blank canvas. Then you can follow the above steps to create a GIF in Canva for free.

Can I Turn a Video Into a GIF On Canva?

Yes, you can easily turn a video into a GIF on Canva. Firstly, you can either upload your video or use one from Canva stock videos.

Secondly, when you proceed to save your design on Canva, just make sure to change the file format to ‘GIF’ before clicking on the ‘Download’ button.

Before You Leave

I hope this article ‘How To Make a GIF In Canva’ was beneficial to you.

Now you can easily convert your photos and videos into GIFs using Canva and express your feelings and ideas in a more creative way.

Make sure to leave a comment below, if you have any questions.

I would love to help you out. Please share the article with your friends and family if you enjoyed reading it.

Thank You

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