Animated gifs (also pronounced jiffs) are a type of file that have been around for a long time but have seen a recent resurgence in popularity. You can treat GIFs like still images in the way that you upload and share them, but they are animated, so they can behave like tiny little looping videos or slideshows.

The website is a good place to browse and search through GIFs to get an idea of how people use them. Sometimes people make GIFs out of small moments from a recognizable video, TV show or movie. People also use them to make short animations out of still images they’ve made or captured themselves.

MakeAGif is an easy to use tool that allows you to create any of these kinds of GIFS. From, you can sign up for a free account. You don’t have to have an account, but making one will let you create longer, higher quality GIFs, and will let you make them without a watermark for

This video will take you through the process of making your own animated GIF.

How to Make an Animated GIF 22 December,2015Gabriel Peters-Lazaro



Gabriel Peters-Lazaro

Gabriel Peters-Lazaro researches, designs and produces digital media for innovative learning. He is the media design lead and an instructor in the Media Arts + Practice Division of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He is a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Media Activism and Participatory Politics (MAPP) project and is currently working to develop participatory media resources and curricula to support new forms of civic education and engagement for young people. In 2009, he helped create The Junior AV Club, an ongoing project that explores mindful media making and sharing as powerful practices of early childhood learning. As instructor of IML 500 – Digital Media Tools and Tactics, he helps graduate students from across the University harness the powers of video and new media as research tools to support their scholarly pursuits. He received his B.A. in Film Studies from UC Berkeley, completed his M.F.A in Film Directing and Production at UCLA and is a Ph.D. candidate in Media Arts + Practice. He is also an avid surfer.

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