Want an easy way to make custom GIFs for your Instagram Stories and even turn yourself into a GIF?

I was researching how to use GIPHY online after trying to find a specific GIF that I wanted to use and nothing would pop up. So I thought to myself, “what if I could turn myself into a GIF and have whatever reactions that I wanted?”

And that’s when I went down the rabbit hole of how to make custom GIFs for Instagram Stories!

What I found is that it’s not difficult to do at all and you can easily create GIFs from your phone in 4 simple steps!

How To Make Custom GIFs for Instagram Stories


Step 1: Planning Your GIFs

You’ll save yourself a lot of time and frustration in the end if you first plan out which reactions/emotions you want to create for your GIFs.

This would include the “excited face” or “swipe up” action.

What I recommend is for you to look at the most common GIFs that you use or even the trending GIFs that people are using to help give you some ideas of what to create for GIFs.

I would make a list of 10-15 different reactions and then it’s time for step two!

Step 2: Recording Your GIFs

You don’t need any fancy cameras or equipment to create your own GIFs.

In fact, you can record everything from your phone.

Here’s a helpful tip – don’t record your videos (soon to be GIFs) any longer than 3 seconds. Your custom GIF will be on repeat so you can do everything you need in 3 seconds or less.

Once you’ve recorded everything and you have 10-15 different short videos, now it’s time make the background of your videos transparent.

I used a free service called Unscreen.com to remove the background of the videos and it works great!

Step 3-4: Use GIPHY To Create Custom GIF

Now that you have your videos created and the background is transparent, now it’s time to turn them into a GIF.

You’ll have to create your GIPHY account first and then upload 5-10 videos to start.

Then, you’ll need to apply to become a Brand or Artist on GIPHY so your GIFs will be approved.

This process will take 24-48 hours and you want to make sure that you fill out your application with the correct information or else you won’t get approved by GIPHY to create GIFs.

Once you’re approved, time to create more GIFs to use and have a blast!

Here are a few resources…

1. How To Get GIFs Approved For Instagram Stories – https://support.giphy.com/hc/en-us/ar…

2. How To Use GIPHY as an Artist – https://support.giphy.com/hc/en-us/ar…

3. How To Use GIPHY as a Brand – https://support.giphy.com/hc/en-us/ar…

4. How To Apply To GIPHY As An Artist/Brand – https://www.giphy.com/apply

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