5 Ways to Make an Animated GIF in Procreate

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Did you know you can now make animations in Procreate with the new export to animated GIF feature? In this video you’ll learn everything you need to know so you can make awesome animated GIFs in Procreate. Learn the best canvas sizes to use for animated GIFs, how to set up your Procreate layers for animation, creating motion guides and onion skins, and even how to share your Procreate animated GIF to Instagram. I’ll show you 5 easy methods you can use to start making Procreate animations today, plus you’ll learn a whole bunch of useful tips to help you in your journey into animation.

5 Easy Animation methods for Procreate

1:02 // How animation works in Procreate
2:04 // Export as Animated GIF
3:05 // GIF-Optimized canvas sizes
3:36 // Method #1: Wiggly Animation
6:05 // Method #2: Animation by Erasin’
7:50 // Method #3: Animation Using Liquify
11:01 // Method #4: Guided Motion
13:13 // Method #5: Isolated Movement
15:48 // Sharing Animations on the Web

What is the Best canvas size for an Animated GIF in Procreate?

When you’re creating artwork in Procreate you want to use the highest resolution possible to avoid pixelation. But with Animated GIFs use too big a canvas, and you’ll overload the GIF format with too many pixels, causing a number of issues. I also don’t use an tradition HD video 16:9 ratio, because it’s not the best for sharing on social media. These are the size I’ve found to be optimal for making Animated GIFs in Procreate.
Square GIF: 1800 x 1800 pixels
Horizontal GIF: 1920 x 1400 pixels
Vertical GIF: 1920 x 2500 pixels

How to share a GIF to Instagram and Social media

Instagram doesn’t support posting the GIF format, so at the end of the video I’ve included steps to convert you GIF to a video file. I have also made a written step-by-step guide about this on my blog. click the link below to check it out.
How to Post an animated GIF from Procreate to Instagram

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Samantha Davis at 3:27 pm

Hey! Does this only work on the iPad Pro version by chance? I went to export my file, and did not have the other options available to export it to gif. I tried to look for an update in the App Store, but I couldn’t even find Procreate there. It was very odd. Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated. 🙂

lisabardot22 at 4:29 pm

Hi Samantha! Bure sure you’ve updated your iPad to the latest version of iOS. You might not see the Procreate update if you are running an older version.

Abigail at 4:09 am

I’ve been wanting to animate my illustrations for so long now and this video was so helpful! Thank you 🙂

Tineke at 7:03 pm

Thank you so much for this tutorial – what DPI do you reccomend?

Chris at 3:10 am

I am working through the lessons, only trouble is that you work through them too quickly, my brain can’t keep up. Any chance you could do a print version of them then I can work at my speed.
Great lessons though


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