Animate your designs into fun GIFs

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

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Express it with GIFs

Whether you’re browsing the internet or using your messaging apps, GIFs are pretty much everywhere. They’re 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.

Join the fun and use Canva’s free GIF maker! Our vast library covers beautiful and professionally designed templates tailored to your personality, taste, and preferences. You can also use the GIF maker to make one from a video or add text to your GIF. Then, share your design with the world—download it as a high-quality GIF for your online community 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 to the GIF maker. But if you want to save your GIF designs and edit them in the future, log in or sign up for a free Canva account using your email or Facebook account.

  2. Craft your design

    Design a GIF from scratch or explore Canva’s extensive library of pre-made templates. Narrow down your search by type, be it for a card, presentation, or social media graphic. Look through themes, colors, and styles that capture your vision. The GIF maker can also create a GIF from a video. Upload the clip, trim, and customize.

  3. Discover features

    Graze through millions of photos, stock videos , icons, illustrations, and other graphics. Add text to your GIF, play with different fonts, and apply effects. Work on your design with others using our collaborative tool.

  4. Animate your design

    Check if there are any grouped elements. If you want to isolate them, select the group and click “Ungroup.” Click on a particular element and select the “Animate” option to pick a motion style. You can combine animations, too. Make distinct movements for each page, text, or image.

  5. Download and share

    Happy with how your layout turned out? Click the download button on the top right corner and select the GIF format to save all or selected pages of your design. Post it on your social media accounts, too, and share it with friends and family.

Make a GIF for free

Easy video-to-GIF conversion

Use our GIF maker to capture moments from a funny video, the TV series of the moment, or even personal footage. Simply upload the video and trim the clip. Then, customize the GIF-to-be; add captions, illustrations, or animations. Lastly, download the design and choose the GIF format. Who knows? It might just be the next viral reaction GIF.

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 media 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.

You can add text to any GIF, too. Use the text tool to write subtitles, captions, or annotations. Change the font, tweak the color, animate the words, and you’re done!

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 to the GIF maker or choose one from 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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