How to make a GIF with GIMP

GIMP is very powerful free image editing software, you can do a lot with it including making GIF animations Let’s have a look at how to make GIF animations in GIMP

Hello everyone, It’s Average Linux User helping you to install, configure and use Linux I make Linux tutorials every Wednesday and Friday Subscribe and click the bell notification, so you won’t miss any new video In the previous video, you have learned how to make a GIF from images with the Linux command line If you have not watched that video, I leave the link in the description

Using the command line is very fast way to make a GIF, but the command line is not for everyone So, in this video you will see how to make a GIF in GIMP, a free image editing software The process is independent of the operating system you use becasue GIMP is the same on Linux, Windows and Mac Open GIMP

Go to File → Open as layers And select all the images you want to make a GIF of When all your images are imported, go to this Layers panel and make sure that the order of the images is as you want it to be The animation will be in the bottom – up direction This is the first frame and this is the last one You can use file names to order the layer Alternatively, you can check all the layers by gradually making the top layer invisible

When you are sure that the order is as intended, you can crop these images I don’t have to crop much in these images For the demonstration purpose, lets change the aspect ratio to 16 by 10 Fix this aspect ratio and fit the frame When you are happy with what to crop, press enter

Now, let’s resize these images because they are quite large and the GIF file will be large too Go to Image → Scale Image And here you can select the size and the resolution You can keep the resolution at 72, but the GIF file will probably be too large You need to find the lowest resolution possible but not too low when it is impossible to see what is in your GIF

I will use the value of 50 The same applies to the size You need to use as small size as possible I will use 400 px on the longest side Also, when you change the size make sure that the proportions are locked

You can see it from this sign Press Scale Then make you zoom level 100% This is how it will look in real size in your GIF Assess its quality

If it is too small and low resolution, undo the changes by pressing Ctrl+Z or through this menu and adjust the size and resolution until you are satisfied with the results Next, go to Filters → Animation and Optimize these images for GIF This will open all your layers in a new tab and you can see that some information is removed from the images This will further reduce the size of the images and thus the GIF size Also, you need to save this project because it is opened in as a separate instance

Go to File and click save After that go to Filters → Animation and select Playback Now, you can see how your animation will look like frame by frame If everything is fine, go to File and Export this project as GIF Make sure it is exported as animation

Enable loop And here you need to specify the delay between frames I will use 100 I don’t really know what the rest of the options do, so I select “I don’t care” And export it

Then go and check your GIF If you are not happy with the speed In my case, the animation speed is too fast You can go back and adjust the delay I will increase it to 200

Export again Now, the speed is reasonable Also, go to the properties of you GIF and check its size If it is too large, you need to go back and reduce the size and resolution of your images GIFs tend to be very large, but my simple GIF is pretty small as you can see What way do you like more making GIFs with the command line as I showed previously or the way you learned in this video, with the graphical interface? You can vote here in the top right corner or comment below

If you need to make a GIF from a video, please wait for the next tutorials, I will show how to extract frames from a video with ffmpeg and VLC media player Again you will have a choice between the command line and the graphical interface If you watch this video a week after it was uploaded, then those tutorials are probably already available Just search for them on the channel Thank you for watching