From converting part of a YouTube video into an animated image to put your own face in any popular GIF, these apps are must-have for anyone who likes GIFs.
GIFs are the language of the internet, used for reactions, quick explanations, or even art. They are part of mobile keyboards and multiple instant messages or social media apps. And there are websites dedicated to collecting GIFs that you can search, such as Giphy and Gfycat.
If you want to create or share your own GIF, these web and mobile tools make it easier than ever before.
1. Morphin (Android, iOS): Add your face to GIFs through AI
Artificial Intelligence (AI) can do some amazing things, including making fake images that look real. Morphin is another example of it, as it can take your face (or someone else's) and add it to a popular GIF.
The app first asks you to make a clear, light selfie so that it can recognize your face. Then choose from the existing GIFs gallery, which includes movies, music videos, celebrities, popular reaction gifs, and more. It takes a few minutes to prepare for the new GIFs, with the app entertaining you with some quiz questions about what you just chose.
You can take more photos of yourself and your friends to add it to the Faces gallery. But you have to choose your face manually before selecting GIF. The same Faces gallery also has celebrity faces there, in case you want to see how Keanu Reeves would look like Iron Man.
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2. Giphy Cam (Android, iOS): Record GIFs from your phone
Giphy, one of the leading GIFs, has an app that lets you record videos and automatically makes them GIFs. It's the easiest selfie GIF manufacturer I've ever seen, and a cool way to record your own reactions and share with friends.
You can make short or long GIFs, about five seconds long. When you want, you can add more stickers that can scroll or resize, as well as filters to give it a little pizzazz. You can also add text to GIF, create your own custom meme-like GIFs.
The GIFs can be shared directly on social media and chat apps, or saved for later. It is automatically added to the phone's photo gallery or photo library so you can access it from there to use it in any app. Of course, you are not limited to making selfie GIFs, but that's where the funniest thing is .
Download: Giphy Cam for Android | iOS (free)
3. Gfycat Loops (Android): Record Screen and Turn to GIF
As Giphy, Gfycat also has a dedicated app to take videos and turn them into GIFs. But the Android app has an additional feature: screen recording.
You can record a video of everything that happens on your screen with the Gfycat app, which is automatically converted into a GIF. GIF can be cropped in length, cropped in size, and you can add text and stickers.
You will see the Gfycat "recording" icon in the top right of the final GIF, but you can crop it if you wish. Unfortunately, although it is a Gfycat Loops app for iPhones, it does not support screen capture.
Download: Gfycat Loops for Android (free)
4. GIFRun (Web): Fastest YouTube to GIF Creator
There are many websites and apps that can convert YouTube videos into small GIFs . GIFRun is still special for the fast speed and convenience it provides. The app includes a YouTube search engine and is crazy about making GIF.
Search and select the YouTube video from GIFRun, so there are no URLs that are copied or other such steps. The video starts playing and you can select the start time as well as the length of the GIF. You can even add text to GIF. Hold it for five seconds if you want a GIF less than 5MB, which is often the data limit in most places.
Apart from YouTube, GIFRun also supports video for GIF conversion for Vimeo, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. But there is no search engine for them. If you want to look at other sites, you may be able to check these other ways to convert video to GIF.
5. Gifless (Web): Create GIFs of Emoji and Text
Gifless combines the Internet's two new favorite forms of communication into one, allowing you to create a GIF that includes emojis. It's a super easy interface as well.
In each line you can add words or emoji. It's easier on the mobile since keyboards have emoji, but there are websites on the web that can copy and paste them as well. In fact, you can copy-paste emojis, emoticons and much moreto Gifless.
Each line of text or emoji becomes a separate frame for your final GIF. You can even add different colors as backgrounds for different frames, so they pop up more. When you're done, you can download the final GIF to your hard drive to save it. Gifless is simple, efficient and a cool way to level up your GIF and emoji game.
6. GIFMuse.io (Web): A Hand-Curated Museum of Amazing GIFs
GIFs are more than just memes and reactions. Some artists treat the medium as art and create wonderful animations. GIFMuse.io is a curated gallery of GIFs as artistic work.
In total, there are 57 artistic GIFs that use geometry, famous masterpieces and fascinating movements to create a new work of art. I especially loved the Mondrian painting that was made to play a game of Pong and the moving city of pixel art.
You can filter the gallery to see only illustrated works or just photographic works. But take your time and go through them all. This is one of those sites where you can check it out for a moment, and before you know it, it has been an hour.
Apart from all these apps to create and share GIFs just the way you want, there are a few more tools you should know about. There are dedicated desktop apps to record any part of the screen.
And if the GIF you created is too large or needs to be cropped, resized or rotated, it's free web apps for it. Here are some of the other best sites and apps to find, create and edit GIFs.