GIF Maker

Make animated GIFs to share your favorite moments, whether it’s for a marketing campaign or just the group chat. Descript’s free GIF maker and built-in stock library helps you create a GIF from images or any video to use on all your favorite platforms—in any size you need.

How to make a GIF from scratch

Step 1

Open a new video project

Open a new video project and upload the video or image files you want to turn into a GIF by dragging and dropping them into Descript. You can also navigate to the Media icon to browse our built-in library of images, videos, and GIFs. Click the Aspect Ratio & video settings icon on the canvas to choose your GIF’s dimensions: portrait, landscape, square, or custom.

Step 2

Create your GIF from images or videos

Click on any layer to resize, rearrange, edit, or add effects. Since GIFs don’t contain audio, you’ll likely want to add text, which you can do by clicking the Text icon and adding static text or animated captions. On the right-hand side of the screen, you can choose your font type, font size, and animations.

Step 3

Trim and export your GIF

Timing is everything with GIFs, so you’ll want to trim and adjust your images, clips, and text. Use the multi-track timeline editor to cut your media layers with the Blade tool (‘B’), or drag the beginning and end of clips or images. When you’re happy with the final product, go to Publish > Export to download your GIF.

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GIF Maker

Make animated GIFs to share your favorite moments, whether it’s for a marketing campaign or just the group chat. Descript’s free GIF maker and built-in stock library helps you create a GIF from images or any video to use on all your favorite platforms—in any size you need.

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How to make a GIF from scratch
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Step 1
Open a new video project

Open a new video project and upload the video or image files you want to turn into a GIF by dragging and dropping them into Descript. You can also navigate to the Media icon to browse our built-in library of images, videos, and GIFs. Click the Aspect Ratio & video settings icon on the canvas to choose your GIF’s dimensions: portrait, landscape, square, or custom.

Step 2
Create your GIF from images or videos

Click on any layer to resize, rearrange, edit, or add effects. Since GIFs don’t contain audio, you’ll likely want to add text, which you can do by clicking the Text icon and adding static text or animated captions. On the right-hand side of the screen, you can choose your font type, font size, and animations.

Step 3
Trim and export your GIF

Timing is everything with GIFs, so you’ll want to trim and adjust your images, clips, and text. Use the multi-track timeline editor to cut your media layers with the Blade tool (‘B’), or drag the beginning and end of clips or images. When you’re happy with the final product, go to Publish > Export to download your GIF.

Everything you need to make and share your own GIFs
Create GIFs from images and videos
Descript has all the tools you need to become a prolific GIF creator. Turn your automatic transcriptions into captions to convey your message without audio. Remove and change backgrounds on specific media layers with the Green Screen effect. Apply watermarks to brand your GIFs using customizable templates. The list goes on.
Stock library of premium GIFs and GIF stickers
Descript comes with a built-in library of videos, images, GIFs, and GIF stickers, including viral memes and pop culture references. And any custom GIFs you create can be stored in the cloud to use in any future project.
Control export size and quality settings
Customize the quality, resolution, frame rate, and other export settings to make your GIF the perfect size and quality for sharing on any social media platform. You can even export your GIF as a looping video to include audio since Descript is an all-in-one video editor, not just an online GIF maker.
Questions? We have answers
How can I use the GIFs I make in Descript?

GIFs created in Descript are perfect for amplifying your digital content. Some use cases include adding GIFs to blog posts, sharing them as social media posts, or embedding them in presentations to make them more engaging for business meetings or school work. You can also add them to email marketing campaigns to create more visually appealing content.

Does Descript include its own GIF library I can use?

Descript is connected to the GIPHY library containing thousands of unique and viral GIFs. Adding in pre-made GIFs is the perfect way to enhance any project without the extra time needed to create something from scratch. The library contains GIFs suitable for any theme or context and can be added for free to any project.

What's the difference between GIFs and GIF stickers?

The main difference lies in their usage and background. GIFs are typically short, looping video clips, often used to convey emotions or reactions. GIF stickers, on the other hand, are GIFs with transparent backgrounds, making them ideal for layering over images or videos.

Can I add text and make other edits to GIFs with Descript?

Descript allows you to add text, adjust timing, crop, and apply various editing effects to your GIFs. This functionality lets you fully customize GIFs to better fit your project's needs. It's a great way for brands to remix or update an existing viral GIF and have it convey messaging aligned with the company.

Can I add sound to a GIF and export it as a video?

While traditional GIFs don't support sound when used on social media or through GIF keyboards on your phone, with Descript you can add audio to your GIF and export it as a video file. This feature is particularly useful for creating engaging content for social media or presentations.

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More than a high-quality GIF maker
Descript is an AI-powered audio and video editing tool that lets you edit full videos and create GIFs from images.
  • Video editing
    Quickly and easily merge videos together, add subtitles and captions, and edit as easily as text in a document.
  • Stock media library
    Access our expansive library of stock media, including videos, images, and audio. Elevate any project with these royalty-free assets to create expert content in minutes.
  • Templates
    Kickstart your media project with a range of ready-made or custom templates whether you're creating video clips for a podcast or need to add captions to a presentation.
  • AI image generator
    Transform your ideas into stunning visuals with Descript's AI image generator. Type in your prompt, and the AI will do the rest, giving you plenty of options to choose from.