GIFs are one of the oldest yet one of the most popular image formats used on the web. GIFs can be made up of static images or animations. One way to create animated GIFs is to take all the individual images and use Adobe Illustrator to create animations. However, that process can be significantly time-consuming and requires use of pretty pricey softwares.
As an alternate, a number of neat web applications are available that let you create animated GIFs online without downloading any software or registering for any accounts. We dove into the internet ocean and picked the best tools for you:
GIFWorks lets you add cool effects to your animated GIFs. Simply upload your GIFs of upto 400 KB from your local drive or a URL and choose a function to apply such as rotate, invert, inserting text, add transparency, split to frames, flip e.t.c.
LooGix is a simple tool that lets you create GIF animations from individual images. You can also add effects including blur, radial blur, negative and movie to your images. Once created, you can download the animation to your computer or share across major social networks.
Gickr also lets you create GIF animations from separate images. You can upload images from your computer or from your Flickr account. You can also adjust the width of the image and speed of the animation. Gickr also lets you convert YouTube videos into GIF animations.
As the name suggests, MakeAGif creates animated GIFs by combining multiple images. These images can be of different sizes and different formats. You can upload 12 images upto 1 MB each for a single animation.
GIFmake is another simple tool to create animated GIFs online. Specify the image size, the transition speed and the number of loops to customize your animations. GIFmake can also decompose animations for you.
GIFup is another simple tool to create GIF animations, but with a surprisingly neat and easy-to-use interface. Just upload your images, choose your settings and off you go. You can upload as many images as you want to include in an animation and drag and drop images to change their order.
GIF-Resizer allows you to resize your animated GIFs. Simply upload your animations, choose a scaling factor or specify the desired size and your animated GIF will be resized. You can also rotate or flip your animation or add more transparency to it.
ScreedBot lets you created animated GIFs by letting you type in the text. Unlike other tools that work with images, ScreedBot creates text-based GIFs and doesn’t ask you to upload anything. Simple type in your text, choose text and background colors and create your GIF. Once done, you can either download it to your computer or upload it to Flickr or ImageShack.