Photos express a lot, but not as much as videos. But creating and sharing videos can be difficult because of the file size involved. GIFs offer the best of both worlds! These playful “mini-videos” make a great addition to your photo options—and you can create them right from your smartphone! Not to mention, it’s a fun and easy way to impress the kids or grandkids with your “tech savvy”!
A GIF (Graphical Interchange Format) is an image format which combines a series of images into a soundless video that will loop continuously and doesn’t require anyone to press play. Android smartphone users can turn items in their camera roll into animated GIF’s by downloading free, and easy to use, apps that will handle the conversion.
The most popular of these apps is GIPHY. In addition to letting you create your own customized GIF’s with just a few simple steps, it also offers a huge selection of pre-made GIF’s for just about any occasion. Want to send a loved one a special birthday greeting? Use GIPHY to create it, or choose one of the many they offer.
Live Photos capture a couple seconds of animation on either side of the picture you take. Hold down on them, and you can see it animate. To capture Live Photos, press the concentric circles at the top of the camera app when you’re preparing to take a photo.
You can then turn live photos into GIF’s by opening the Photos app and finding the Live Photo you wish to use. You can find them easily by choosing Albums at the bottom of the app, the scrolling down to the list of Media Types. Live Photos will one of the selections.
Once your live photo is selected, drag it upwards. You’ll see a list of Effects, a map showing where the photo was taken, and related image categories. Select either the Loop or Bounce animation. That’s all you need to do! If you open the Share menu to send the file in an email or text, it will now send as a GIF. Next time you want to spice up a photo to entertain and impress your friends or loved ones, try creating a GIF. They’re easy to create, and big fun for viewers.