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How to make animated GIFs with Live Photos with macOS High Sierra

Live Photos is a pretty cool feature that Apple offers in its Photos app. And you can turn a Live Photo into an animated GIF.

Live Photos records what happens 1.5 seconds before and after you take a picture. The result is a photo but one with movement and sound. You take a Live Photo just like you do a traditional photo on an iPhone 6s and later.

To turn one into an animated GIF with macOS High Sierra, open Photos, and choose a Live Photo. You can tell if it’s a Live Photo because it will have a special icon and text that says “LIVE” in the upper left-hand side of the pic.

Click “Edit” and use the drop-down at the bottom of the window to change the effect to either “Loop” or “Bounce.” Click “Done” at the top of the window. 

Then choose File>Export>Export GIF and select a location to save the animated GIF to.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple’s support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)


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Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.