Adding text to a GIF is incredibly useful. Since GIFs don’t have any audio, you need to use captions in order to create memes, reaction images or even promotional material.
Until recently, you would have to use advanced photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop or GIMP in order to add some simple text to an image, but nowadays, things have gotten a lot easier. Thanks to simple online editors like Flixier, you can add text to GIFs without any previous experience and, most importantly, without leaving your web browser.
That’s right, you don’t need to download or install any software to use Flixier, you can use it to add captions to your GIFs straight from your browser. Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Upload or choose a GIF
Visit Flixier’s website and click on any of the Get Started buttons to open the editor. You’ll be prompted to upload your GIF. You can drag it over from your computer, or import it from cloud storage.
If your GIF is already available on GIPHY, you can skip this step. Just go over to the Stock tab on the left, click on Gifs and search for it there!
Step 2: Add text to your GIF
In order to add text to your GIF, you need to drag it down to the timeline at the bottom of the screen. Then, open up the Text tab on the left. There are a bunch of different options here, from simple text, to subtitles and even motion titles.
Adding a basic caption to your GIF is super easy with the Flixier GIF maker! Just open the Text tab and click the Add Simple Text button, and then type in your text.
Use the timeline at the bottom of the screen to control when the text comes on screen and how long it stays there for. The panel on the right side of the screen lets you customize the font, color and look of your text.
CAPTION: We offer over 1000 built in fonts, but you can always upload your own custom ones!
If you want something a little more creative that will help your GIF stand out from the crowd, you can also explore the Text Presets library, which offers plenty of creative, original text templates which you can drag over to your GIF and customize however you want.
If you want to add meme text to your GIF, use the shapes menu to add a white background to your text. This is a common meme format and will ensure that your joke is easily legible even when viewed on a tiny mobile phone screen. Just make sure that you extend the shape’s duration on your timeline to coincide with the length of your GIF.
BONUS: If you want to make a more old-school kind of meme, you can also download the Impact font and it to Flixier in order to capture that 2010 look. When customizing your text, open the Stroke section of the Style tab, select the black color and set the Border WIdth to something like 1 or 2 to give your text that black outline that was popular back in the day.
How to add subtitles to your GIF
Adding subtitles to your GIF with Flixier is pretty straightforward. All you have to do is click the Add Subtitle button in the Text tab.
You’ll see a new subtitle object appearing on the timeline. Select it and use the panel on the right side of the screen to modify the subtitle text. Drag your cursor across the In and Out values while holding down left click to modify them manually and synchronize your subtitle.
Lastly, you can use the Style tab on the right side to give your subtitles a unique look and customize them to your liking.
TIP: If you want to share your GIF with non-English speakers, you can also take advantage of Flixier’s automatic translation features to translate your subtitles into different languages automatically. Just open the Translate tab on the right, select your new language and then click on Translate to add the new subtitle to your GIF.
Adding animated text to a GIF
If you open the Text tab on the left side of the screen, you’ll find a library chock-full of professionally animated titles and lower thirds. All you have to do in order to add these to your GIF is drag them over to the canvas. No animation experience is required!
Once you’ve added one of our motion titles to your GIF, you can use the menu on the right side of the screen to customize everything about it, from the text and font being used to the colors of each graphical element.
When you’re done adding text to your GIF, click the Export button in the top right corner to save it to your computer. In the menu that pops up, make sure to select GIF as the format (using the dropdown list) and then click on Export and Download. Your new GIF will be saved to your computer in a couple of seconds.
PRO-TIP: Creating a free account will allow you to access the advanced export options, which include the ability to control the frame rate of your GIF. This is a great way of reducing the file size of a GIF without having to lower its resolution or compress it too much.
Now that you’ve seen how easy it is, go on and start working on your GIFs! You don’t even need to create an account. Flixier runs in your web browser and is entirely free to try, so you don’t have to download or install anything to your computer. On top of that, it uses cloud computing to do all the heavy processing, so it will always run smoothly, even if you don’t have an expensive editing workstation.