Create Your Own GIFs in Google Slides
Engage your students by setting them a challenge to create their own fun animated GIF.
A fun way for students to demonstrate their knowledge of any process or event across the curriculum, GIFs can be as long or short as you like using Google Slides.
Follow our simple step-by-step instructions below.
1. Planning a GIF
It is important to plan out any project before you start, particularly with students. They will need to plan out:
a. What the GiF is about / what message they are wanting to portray?
b. What is the setting – what images can they use for this?
c. What are the main character/s that will be moving and how will they move?
2. Setting Up Slides
a. Start by creating a new Google Slide.
b. Change the layout of the slide to Blank – we are going to be setting it up ourselves.
c. We will only be working on one slide at a time so you only need to have one slide as part of your presentation at this point.
3. Adding a Background
a. Students will need to find the images they will want to use for their background. They could search on Google or take a photo of their own artwork.
b. Add the chosen scene image as a background to your slide either by copying and pasting it in, Insert > Image or by adding it as a background (this is my preferred option as it can’t be accidentally moved)
Note: You may notice that the image is stretched, this is due to Google Slides making the image the same dimensions as the page. If this annoys you, try finding an image with similar dimensions.
4. Adding Movable Characters
a. Add your character to the slide and position it in the starting position. If adding more than one character at the start then make sure they are all in their starting positions. You can add your character image in a few different ways:
- Copy and Paste
- Insert > Image > Upload image
- Insert > Image > Search the Web
- Insert > Image > Drive
If your character has a white background that you want to get rid of, then you will need to go to https://www.remove.bg/ upload the image and download it with the background removed.
5. Duplicating Slides and Moving Characters
a. Once you are happy with your starting slide, right-click on the slide and click duplicate
b. Move the character a small amount in the direction you want it to move on the GIF. The smaller the moves the smoother it will be when complete.
c. Duplicate the new slide and move the character again.
d. Repeat until all movements are complete.
6. Moving Characters Forward and Backwards
It is important to let the students know about perspective. When something in a picture is closer, it is bigger and when it is further away, it is smaller.
- When moving characters that need to move back into the scene they need to get slightly smaller with each move/ slide.
- When moving characters that need to move forward out of the scene they need to get slightly bigger with each move/ slide.
7. Creating your GIF
a. Once all your slides are ready it is good to review them. Click on the first one and hit the down button repeatedly to see them progress through quickly.
b. Make any changes you think it needs
c. Go to https://talltweets.com/
d. Sign in with Google and allow the app to access your files (this is so it can use your Slides to make the GIF
e. Click Select Presentation and find the Slides you have been working on. Click the Slides file and click Select.
f. Wait for it to load – this may take a while, depending on the size of your GIF Slides.
g. Add the following to the next screen:
- 1200 as the GIF Image Width,
- 0.3 or 0.5 as the Slide duration (you can change this to speed up or slow down)
- If not using all the slides in a file, add the numbers of the slide you want
h. Click the Create GIF button.
i. Click Save to download the file.
8. Now You Can Use Your GIF Anywhere!