How to Make Musical GIFs

By Kim Sarah

A Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) image can be either animated or static. It can also contain up to 256 colors. Music can even be added to these images to give them some more spunk. This is a popular practice on websites such as YTMND, where images are posted with musical accompaniment to explain the image further or add humor to it. Musical GIF files can also be created for personal entertainment or to perk up an image that you may have created.

Things You'll Need

  • Animated or static image
  • Photo editing software
  • Video editing software

Step 1

Open a photo editor such as Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Paint, Adobe ImageReady, or something similar. Click the filename or icon of the program.

Step 2

Open your animated or static image in the photo editor. Click "File" and then "Open" in the top menu bar. Click the filename of the the image that you wish to open.

Step 3

Save the image as a GIF file. Click "File" and "Save" in the top menu bar. Type the name that you wish to name the file in the "Name" text box. Select ".gif". from the drop-down menu below the "Name" text box. Click the "Save" button.

Step 4

Close the photo editing software. Click the "x" in the top, right corner of the work space.

Step 5

Open a video editor such as Adobe AfterEffects, Adobe Premier, Final Cut or something similar. Click the program icon or filename to launch the program.

Step 6

Open your "GIF" file that was previously saved in the photo editing software. Click "File" and then "Open" in the top menu bar. Click the filename of the GIF file. The file will appear on the work space of the video editing software. This is typically the top, left corner of the work space unless you have altered the standard screen setup.

Step 7

Drag the GIF file into the timeline on the work space of the video editor. Click the GIF file and hold down the mouse button while moving the cursor to the timeline. The timeline is typically located at the bottom of the work space unless you have altered the standard layout.

Step 8

Open the music file that you would like to add to the GIF file. Click "File" and then "Open" in the top menu bar of the work space. Click the filename of the music file that you wish to add to the GIF file. The music file will now be visible in the workspace in the same location the GIF file appeared after being opened. Music files are typically in .wav or .mp3 format.

Step 9

Drag the music file down to the timeline below the GIF file. Click the music file, and hold the mouse button down while dragging the cursor to the timeline.

Step 10

Save the musical GIF file. Click "File" and then "Save". Type the name that you will to use for the musical GIF in the "Name" text box. Select ".gif" from the drop down menu below the "Name" text box. Click "Save".