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How To Convert Files To GIF

GIF files—or Graphics Interchange Format files—is a bitmap image format introduced in 1987. GIF files support short image animations, and are commonly used as photo images on websites and to send files over email.

HowSpot.com recommends using GIMP to convert your files to GIF. GIMP supports nearly any file format and makes it easy to convert to the format you need. Follow the instructions below to convert your photo image file to GIF.


  • 1

    Download and install GIMP. GIMP is a free open-source photo editing software.

  • 2

    Click File > Open and locate the file you wish to convert to GIF.

  • 3

    Once the file is opened, click File > Save As.

  • 4

    In the prompt that opens, click Select File Type to open a list of a file formats.

  • 5

    Click on GIF image to convert your file.

  • 6

    Click Save.


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