Using different types of media during your PowerPoint presentation helps entertain your audience. Inserting an animated GIF into PowerPoint can grab attention and add humor if well placed and relevant to the topic.
This article shows you how to insert and use animated GIFs in PowerPoint presentations to demonstrate action, convey a message, or grab the attention of your audience.
- Start by opening PowerPoint and navigate to the slide where you want to add the animated GIF. Click “Insert” at the top of the navigation and double-click “Pictures”.
Insert an animated GIF into PowerPoint from your computer
- Start by opening PowerPoint and go to the slide where you want to add the animated GIF. Click Insert at the top to navigate and double-click Images .
- If you have an animated GIF on your computer, select the file in its location and click Open.
- Navigate to the slideshow using the top navigation bar. Click From Current Slide to see the animated GIF in action. Motion is not displayed when viewing slides.
- When you play a slideshow during a presentation, the GIF will automatically animate.
- If you don’t have a GIF on your computer, you can use an image search on the Internet to find it. Navigate to the slide you want to add the GIF to.
- Click Insert at the top of the navigation and select Online Pictures (PowerPoint 2013 and later).
Insert Animated GIF into Powerpoint from Online Image Search
- If you do not have a GIF file on your computer, you can use Internet Image Search to locate one location. Go to the slide where you want to add the GIF.
- Click Insert at the top of the Navigation and choose Pictures Online (PowerPoint 2013 and later.)
- Find the image in the pop-up window that will be used in your presentation. You can narrow your search by typing gif.
- By default, only Creative Commons is disabled. You want to use only approved images in your presentation, so do not clear the checkbox.
- Select the image you want to use and click Insert to add it to the slide. Narrow down your search even further by using specific keywords. For example, if you enter an office GIF, only animated images related to the office will be shown.
Please note that animated GIFs from the online option bring image sources with them. It is best to save them in your presentation to protect yourself legally, even if they are licensed under a Creative Commons License
How to Control GIF Animation Loops
An animated GIF is like a mini movie. GIFs contain at least two images in separate frames. The number of frames determines the animation. Although the length of the animation depends on the number of frame cycles.
Many GIFs, such as the one below in the screenshot above, are set to loop continuously. This can be very distracting from your PowerPoint presentation
To limit the length of your animation, try using an online GIF editor like ezgifcom/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>ezgifcom or giphy.com You can also try editing your GIF in CC Photoshop
- Let’s use ezgif Click on GIF Resizer.
- Upload your GIF to a website or paste the URL of an image.
- This step will show each frame used to animate the image and its duration.
- Scroll down to Loops under GIF Options.
- Enter the number of times the GIF will play and click the blue Create GIF button. Download the edited GIF file to your computer and insert it into your presentation.
Edit Animated GIF in PowerPoint
You can resize and move GIFs within a PowerPoint presentation just as you would with an image. Drag one of the four corners of the GIF image to avoid distorting the aspect ratio.
To rotate the image, drag the circular anchor over the image until it is where you want it.
There are several other options for editing images, such as adding shadows, borders, and reflections. Some effects can affect animation. Play the slideshow from the current slide to make sure you haven’t canceled the animation.
Add Frame to Animated GIFs
To add a border around the animated GIF image you created, click on the image and select Format from the top navigation bar under Image Tools.
As you can see in the screenshot above, there are several options for frames. Below are examples of some of them with our animated GIF.
Notice in the screenshot above that the white border is not animated. So, again, always check any graphic effects you add to an animated GIF to avoid damaging it.
How to make an animated GIF
Let’s use the same free online GIF maker we used to edit it – ezgif Create your own animated GIF by uploading a sequence of different image files. You can use JPG, BMP, GIF, TFF, PNG, Zip image archives and mix different formats and sizes. Ezgif will automatically convert them for you.
- Start by clicking the Browse button in the Select Images section. Hold the Ctrl key while selecting multiple photos.
- With the images you want to use selected, click Open. Before creating the GIF, change some options, including the frame order and animation speed. Don’t forget to specify how many times the animated GIF will loop; otherwise, the cycle will be continuous.
- If your uploaded images are different sizes, click Resize to crop and automatically match them to the smallest one. It is better to make the image smaller than larger, so as not to distort or blur.
- Click the blue button that says “Download and Create GIF!” Once your GIF has been created, you can crop, resize, and optimize it.
Check out the other tools ezgif provides. They are all free and can make your PowerPoint presentations more interesting. There are many ways to create your own unique GIF. You can even try turning iOS Live Photos into GIF images.
Why add animated GIFs to your PowerPoint presentations?
GIFs sit between static images and videos. These are smaller files, take up less space on your computer and add more fun for a few seconds. Those few seconds can help re-engage viewers who might be losing interest. Adding a familiar or funny animated GIF will make your presentation memorable to your audience.
Decorate your PowerPoint with fun GIFs. Raise your spirits for what might otherwise be mundane. They will also help your audience understand you by making you more approachable. Do not overdo it.
With moderate use, adding animated GIFs to PowerPoint will add something unique to your presentation and help your audience remember its content and message.
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