We show you the different ways to reduce a GIF.
GIFs are made up of two or more images (if we are technically correct we should say one or more images, because all GIFs do not have to be animated). They are quite comfortable because we can insert fragments of videos where it is allowed to put an image. They are widely used in forums and on social networks (despite being something from ’87), even every time the fashion for GIFs is re-emerging.
And it is not only used to entertain text or to accompany messages, but It can also be put as a profile image in many portals and web applications. But the latter, unfortunately, with nuances and restrictions. And it is that they have to be of a certain measure or a certain weight.
One of the big drawbacks of GIFs is that you have to resort to quality loss to decrease your weight.
There are several tools on the Internet to reduce the weight of a GIF., but all they do is lower the image quality. While it is true that they can reduce up to 30 or 40% of the original weight, that may not be enough for us.
Reduce weight by lowering quality through websites
This is the first step. We may even have been lucky and that 30 or 40% that it is possible to download has helped us to upload the image wherever we want. One of the best websites to do this is I IMG.
The only thing we have to do here is drag the GIF to which we want to lose the weight and that’s it. Then we give Compress and we wait for the process to finish. Once finished, it will be downloaded alone (in theory). Do not try to pass the GIF again because the only thing it will do is increase the weight (you can check it). Once we will achieve the most optimal result.
Reduce the number of colors
If the first method has not worked for us, it is best to discard that downloaded image and touch it up using some original photographic editing program. We can use a program like Photoshop or Photoscape (or also Gimp, which are free). We can try to remove colors and see what the final weight will be. In the case of Photoshop, for example, this weight is seen in the lower left corner.
Programs like Gimp let us directly alter the speed of the GIF. In the case of Photoshop, for example, we will have to reduce the duration of each frame. Yes, it is a fairly long process, because if we have more than 100 images it will take a long time. Therefore we can select all the frames at the same time and change the duration in a massive way.
Unless you are Steven Spielberg, I don’t think you want a 1080p GIF. GIFs typically have a resolution of 200, 300, or even 400 pixels wide, but not much more. It is unnecessary and they could weigh hundreds of megabytes.
Another option is delete some images (frames) GIF. Many times they are left over frames Either they are duplicates or they can even be discarded because the visual change is very small. Keep in mind that each of the images weighs, so it is not the same to have, for example, 100 than 1,000. We can also do it both with Photoshop (paid) and with Gimp (free).
Trim the GIF
If you still cannot reduce that happy GIF, you still have one more option, although the truth is that it is a bit drastic: we can reduce its length. Yes, we talk about cutting it, as if it were a video. It is best to choose a section in Photoshop or in the program that we are using and delete all those that are on the right or all those that are on the left (or both sides).