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How to Edit a GIF with Text, Stickers, and More!

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So you’ve found or created an awesome GIF, but there’s a few changes you would like to make for it to truly shine. Fortunately for you, you can use a GIF editor online to spice up and change GIFs! There are several GIF editors available for web and mobile that let you edit a GIF with text and stickers, resizing, cropping, and more. You can use these GIF editors for free with a basic account.

In this article, we will go over several ways that you can edit a GIF. We will also discuss several GIF makers you can use to change GIFs. Read on to discover how to edit a GIF on your computer or phone with a GIF editor.

How to Edit GIFs

Add Text to GIF

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You can use an online GIF editor like GIPHY, EZGIF, and mobile apps like GIF Maker for iPhone and GIF Maker-Editor for Android to edit a GIF with text or add captions. Simply upload a GIF or create your own on the app, and then start editing! This is an easy way to make animated memes or caption GIFs.

You can also draw on your GIF to create handwritten text, images, shapes, or whatever else you dream up. Drawing tools let you create your own unique GIFs that you can recognize anywhere.

Use Stickers and Emojis

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You can also add stickers and emojis to edit your GIF using an animated GIF editor. GIPHY includes thousands of animated stickers that you can add to your GIF. These stickers range from shapes to fun phrases to famous people. You can also create new stickers and submit them to GIPHY for approval. You can add stickers whenever you create or edit a GIF.

Other GIF editors, like the GIF Maker-Editor app for Android, include emojis that you can add to your GIFs. You can choose from a selection of animals, faces, hand signals, and food. On both GIPHY and the Android app you can readjust the size of your stickers and emojis. 

Add Filters

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Most GIF editors online also let you apply filters or effects to change GIF. You can change the GIF’s color or add effects like Black & White, pixelation, ripples, sepia, and more. Some GIF editors also let you change the GIF’s brightness, contrast, exposure, saturation, and color balance. If you want to make changes to your GIF with filters or color effects, check out GIPHY, EZGIF, GIF Maker for iPhone, or GIF Maker-Editor for Android.

Crop, Trim, or Resize Your GIF

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Finally, some GIF editors let you resize your GIF or control its speed. You can crop GIF, reduce GIF size, speed up GIF, and more! With EZGIF, you can edit GIF frames and cut out frames you don’t want, adjust your GIF’s speed, or rotate, resize, or crop the image. You can also split your GIF’s frames. GIF Maker-Editor likewise lets you adjust your GIF’s speed, resize it, and trim it. It also adds in frames and the ability to change the direction your GIF moves. 

Which GIF Editor Should I Use?

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With so many GIF editors out there, it can be difficult to choose which one to use to edit a GIF. However, you can use the above information as a guide. Let’s review the editing features found in the top 4 GIF editors.


  • Text captions; you can choose from 6 different styles and 8 different animations
  • Drawing
  • Over 1,000 animated stickers
  • Choose from 14 color and effect filters


  • Resize
  • Crop
  • Flip
  • Adjust GIF speed
  • Split frames
  • Add text to GIF
  • Rotate
  • Overlay image or watermark
  • Adjust hue, saturation, lightness, brightness, and contrast
  • Blur or sharpen image
  • Choose from 6 filters and 6 color presets
  • Choose from 4 frames
  • Replace color with transparency

GIF Maker-Editor for Android

  • Resize
  • Trim
  • Adjust speed
  • Add emojis
  • Adjust brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, and white balance
  • Change the direction your GIF moves
  • Draw
  • Choose from over 25 frames
  • Choose from over 60 filters

GIF Maker for iPhone

  • Trim
  • Adjust speed
  • Time-lapse, slo-mo, loop, and burst modes
  • Add text to GIF
  • Add emojis and stickers
  • Choose from various filters

Overall, EZGIF has the most editing features and is thus a great choice for editing your GIF. However, the GIF Maker-Editor and GIF Maker mobile app have many more filters and include emojis to decorate your stickers that EZGIF does not. If you want more color and decoration options, then choose one of the mobile apps. GIPHY has much fewer features than the others, though they do offer unique stickers not found on any other GIF maker. Be sure to check out the specific features of each GIF editor before you make your selection! 

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