Make your GIF image the perfect size

Wondering how to create the perfect GIFs for social media without eating up all your hard drive space? Whether you need to downsize GIF files or optimize them for specific platforms, Descript makes it easy to resize GIFs. Download Descript’s free video editing software, and resize large GIFs for a bigger impact.

Convert your GIF’s aspect ratio using Descript

If social media crops your animated GIFs, you might have to resize the image to fit. But you don’t need to slow down your workflow by opening Photoshop or GIMP. Descript has what you need to work as a GIF size converter to put everything you want — and nothing you don’t — on the screen.

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How to resize a GIF

Step 1

As soon as you create a new project, you can start uploading animated GIF files by dragging them into the workstation. You can also create GIFs from any visual file format, including JPEGs, BMPs, PNGs, and videos.

Step 2

When you hover your cursor over the playback window, the “Video settings” button will appear, and you can immediately adjust GIF orientation, resolution, and frame rates. It’s pretty intuitive: fewer frames and smaller dimensions require less space on your hard drive. You can choose standard aspect ratios to crop your GIF or set custom sizes.

Step 3

Your GIF may be floating in some negative space at this stage. Fix this by selecting and stretching the pink box around the GIF to fit the frame. Adjust your GIF’s height or width easily with Descript’s resize tool.

Step 4

Now that you have a new GIF, hit the “Share” button and select “Export.” Use the GIF option to save the file to your hard drive. You can set dimensions and quality, so consider the bandwidth of wherever you’re sending your GIF online. Don’t stress — you have unlimited uploads with Descript.

Convert your GIF’s aspect ratio using Descript

If social media crops your animated GIFs, you might have to resize the image to fit. But you don’t need to slow down your workflow by opening Photoshop or GIMP. Descript has what you need to work as a GIF size converter to put everything you want — and nothing you don’t — on the screen.

Download the app →

Edit GIFs to the right size and maintain high quality

Non-destructive

When you resize GIF file sizes, you might have to cut and compress your GIFs a bit to make the new dimensions work. Descript keeps your original files on the cloud. That way you can make all the changes you need with the peace of mind that it’s easy to revert back.

Shapes

Occasionally, you’ll want your entire landscape GIF to appear on a social platform that only accommodates square or portrait orientations. In that case, you can make it work by using our  Shapes tool to add a background color in any hex code.

Keyframe animation

If the subject of your GIF moves around the frame, cropping the GIF can get complicated. With Descript’s video editor, you can get cinematic, panning and zooming across the playback window dynamically to keep your audience engaged with the action the whole time.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I resize a GIF without losing quality?

The final option in the export process lets you determine a GIF’s image quality and dimensions. The bigger the image, the more pixels you'll need to create a high-quality GIF — and that makes your file a lot bigger. If you don't want to eat up too much bandwidth, it's better to create shorter GIFs. The smaller size requires fewer pixels to appear sharp.

What is the best size for a shareable GIF?

Descript gives you the power to make GIF animations as big as you’d like. But if you want your GIF to load reliably everywhere from iPhones to Androids to bare-bones HTML sites, aim for 8MB or less.

Can I make GIF sizes smaller for free with Descript?

Use Descript as a free animated GIF resizer for unlimited uploads. We’ll give you your first three transcription hours free. If you want watermark-free uploads and additional transcription, you can upgrade to the $12/month Creator package for 10 monthly hours or the $24/month Pro package for 30. Contact us, and we’ll negotiate the Enterprise package, including training, onboarding, and your own dedicated account representative.

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