- Most graphics editors and converters can save images in GIF
- Convert to GIF with a program
- Software and Online Image to GIF Converters
Most graphics editors and converters can save images in GIF
You may want to convert PNG, JPG, or any other image format to GIF for buttons, titles, logos, banners, and other site objects. Most image editing programs support converting images to GIF format. However, if the program you are using does not support the conversion, there are also many online image to GIF converters and special image converters that do support GIF.
Convert to GIF with a program
Almost all image editors have a similar structure when it comes to the main menu bar. It is usually at the top of the program.
Open the image in your photo editor.
Select File † Save as.
Instead of Save as some programs may call this function Save † Export † transform † To download or something similar in meaning.
If the program has a parameter: Save for web use it so that the image can be compressed to save disk space and ultimately bandwidth when used on the internet.
Enter a name for the new file.
drop down menu Save as type or Format select gif †
Instead of gif some programs may call this function GIF (Animated) † graphic exchange format or CompuServe (*.gif). †
If you don’t see where to change the file type, or if GIF doesn’t work, skip to the end of this article to find alternative ways to convert an image to GIF.
At this stage or after you choose Save (see no. 7), find the button parameters: to configure options specific to the GIF format. These options vary by software and may even be missing, but will most likely include some or all of the following:
- GIF87a or GIF89a : GIF87a does not support transparency or animation. Select GIF89a unless otherwise noted.
- Interlaced or non-interlaced † Interlaced images are loaded in steps and displayed progressively on the screen as they load. This process can create the illusion of faster download times, but can increase the file size.
- Color depth : GIF images can contain up to 256 unique colors. The fewer colors in your image, the smaller the file size.
- Transparency † † You can select one color in the image to appear invisible so that the background shows through when you view the image on a web page.
- dithering † Dithering makes the color gradation areas look smoother, but can also increase file size and loading time.
- with losses † Adjusting the lossy compression value directly affects both image quality and file size. The lower the value, the sharper and larger the image.
Select Save † Instead of Save some programs may call this function Okay † transform or Export †
Software and Online Image to GIF Converters
Another way to convert an image to GIF is with a program designed to convert images. An example that works on Windows, macOS and Linux is XnConvert.
If you prefer to use an online service to convert PNG, JPG, TIF or any other type of file to GIF, you have many options. For example, Zamzar is a free online image converter that can save various image formats to GIF. This is how it works:
To select your image, select Adding files †
To select a format, select Choose size † gif †
Select Convert now † A progress bar appears.
Select To download and then choose a location for the file.
You now have a GIF version of your image.
FileZigZag is another converter that runs in your web browser to convert images to GIFs.