How to Post an Animated GIF from Procreate to Instagram

Procreate just added some amazing new features to the app with their 4.3 update, one of them being the ability to export your artwork as an Animated GIF. So cool, right?! That is, until you open Instagram and try to post it. Your beautiful animation has gone static. Super sad. This post will teach you how to post an Animated GIF created in Procreate to Instagram, both in your Feed, or to your Instagram Stories. 

Procreate Animated GIF

Animated GIF in Instagram

Instagram + GIF = 😭

The reason why you can just post a freshly exported GIF from Procreate to Instagram is because Instagram does not support GIF files in the Feed or in Stories, and instead treats them like a static image. To work around this, you must first convert your GIF to a video file.

How to export an Animated GIF in Procreate

The first thing to do is make sure all your animation layers are set to visible, then tap the Actions menu (the wrench icon) and tap “Share”. At the bottom tap “Animated GIF”. You may be tempted to use the “Web Ready” option since you are posting to Instagram, but I assure you this will make your artwork look like garbage. Instead, use the “Full Resolution” option. Save the image to your device or share to your iPhone.

Note: If you are using a canvas size larger than 1920 px on the long side, you will need to reduce your canvas size. Tap below for instructions how. 

If you’re working with a high resolution canvas, you need to downsize your artwork to something more manageable for the web. We’ll be using the GIPHY app to post our GIF to Instagram, and it tends to crash with high-res GIFs. Here’s a non-destructive way to get your canvas GIPHY-compatible. 
From Gallery view, duplicate your canvas. Open the duplicate and tap Actions>Canvas>Crop and Resize. Turn on “Resample” at the bottom. Change the horizontal dimension to 1920 pixels. This will ensure your animation still looks high-res, while maintaining a manageable file size.

Option 1: Use GIPHY to share to Instagram

The app GIPHY makes this a super simple process. GIPHY is a free app that allows you to browse, create, and share GIFs. I’d recommend using the iPhone version of GIPHY, as the iPad version does not have all the same options. Tap the plus sign (+) and then tap the photos icon to access your photo library. Find the GIF you just saved and tap the purple arrow. On the next screen, tap “Share GIF”. 

To share to Instagram, tap the Instagram icon. You will then have the option to share to your Story or Feed. You can also save it as a video file by tapping “Save Video”. This is the better option if you will be posting to Stories as it allows you to resize your video. Note: If your animation is less than 3 seconds, Instagram will not post it. Try Option 2 below.

Option 2: Use an app to convert the GIF to a video file

You can also use an app to convert the GIF to a video file. I used one called GifVid that set me back a dollar. Your video has to be at least 3 seconds long to post to your Instagram feed. This app is cool because it allows you to specify the number of GIF loops your video makes. Be sure to increase your desired loops to make your video between 3 and 15 seconds. Save the video file to your camera roll, and upload to your Instagram Stories like normal. 

I hope you found this information useful! I plan on making a separate full tutorial about creating animations in Procreate. Be sure to subscribe to the Bardot Brush YouTube channel so you’re sure not to miss it!

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