Animate your designs into fun GIFs

Step up your creativity game and turn your designs into high-quality animated GIFs with Canva’s online GIF maker.

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Express it with GIFs

Whether you’re browsing the internet or on your messaging apps, GIFs are pretty much everywhere. They are a fun way to express your creativity, character, and even feedback online. Creating GIFs is also a great way to catch your audience’s attention and leave them amazed.

With Canva, the sky’s the limit when it comes to showcasing your creativity. Our vast library covers beautiful and professionally designed templates tailored to your personality, taste, and preferences. Once you’re ready to share your design with the world, make it stand out even more by downloading it as a high-quality GIF for your audience to enjoy.

How to use our GIF maker

  1. Get started with Canva

    Create a GIF, even if you don’t have a Canva account by going straight into the GIF maker. You can still sign up for a free Canva account at any time using your email or Facebook account to save your GIFs to use multiple times or edit them in the future.

  2. Craft your design

    Easily make your GIF by designing from scratch to visualize your own content idea, or exploring Canva’s extensive library of pre-made templates to find one that you like. Narrow down your search by type, may it be for your card, presentation, or social media graphic. You can also look through themes, colors, and styles that capture your vision.

  3. Discover features

    Graze through millions of designer-made photos, videos, icons, illustrations, and other graphics. Play with different fonts and apply effects. Work on your design with others using the collaborate tool.

  4. Animate your design

    Check if there are any grouped elements, select them, and click the “Ungroup” button. Click on a particular piece and select the “Animate” option to pick a motion style. You can add a variety of animations in exciting combinations to your design. Make individually distinct movements for each page, text, or element. Let it fade, pan, slide, and more as you like it.

  5. Download and share

    Happy with how your layout turned out? Click the download button on the editor’s top right side and select GIF to save all or selected pages of your design. Share it with your friends and family online, or post it on your social media accounts.

Make a GIF for free

Stand out with awesome animations

Get every page, text, and element of your custom design in action with Canva’s animation option that allows you to have fun with your designs and draw more attention. Highlight big ideas with eye-catching movements that make your design flicker, pop, or skate across the screen. Apply free and premium animations to give an exciting flair to your GIFs.

Extensive library of elements

Find static and animated stickers, illustrations, and other graphic elements to complement your design. Add graphs and charts to your layout and add an animation effect to make your report more attractive. Our vast collection of design elements will help you create the perfect GIF and capture them in motion.

Effortlessly drag and drop elements

See an element that you like? Add it to your layout by using our easy-to-use drag-and-drop tool. With Canva, your creativity is endless. You can use your GIF as a social media graphic or an online ad that’ll engage with your audience better. Download your design and share your design with the world.


Absolutely! You can make any design, even videos, into an animated GIF. Upload your video or choose from one of our video templates and customize it the way you want. Once you’re happy with your design, click on the Download button, press the drop-down button, and choose the GIF format option.

Before starting on your design, pick out a template that is perfect for your intent. You can find professionally designed templates for Instagram stories, Facebook posts, and more in our library. But, for any of the finished designs that you wish to turn to GIFs, explore our premium Magic Resize feature to do all the sizing work for you.

If you’ve started with a template, or even with a blank canvas, you can customize it to fit your brand and your needs. You can pick out an icon, sticker, or illustration from our library and use our handy drag-and-drop tool to add it to your design. You can also personalize your GIF further with unique text styles, fonts, and color schemes available.

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