How to Compress GIF Files

by Roger Smith
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GIF, otherwise known as the Graphical Interchange Format, is a bitmap image format. This format was introduced in 1987 by CompuServe and is widely used to save image files and other graphics. GIF and JPEG are the most widely used image formats and are mainly used for viewing graphics in browsers and other devices connected to the web. To create faster loading times for websites, easily send graphics or save room on a hard drive, it's a good idea to make GIFs the smallest size possible while maintaining high quality.

Compressing GIF Files

Step 1

Find the GIF file you want to compress and save it in an easily accessed location such as the computer's desktop.

Step 2

Navigate to the Gif Reducer website. A direct link is provided in the resources section of this article.

Step 3

Click the browse button and navigate to the GIF file you saved, select it, then select open. Select Reduce it > See the converted GIF.

From this page, you can right click on any of the converted GIF graphics, select Save As, and then select a convenient location to save the file.


  • You may also compress GIF file formats through the program Adobe Photoshop, but it will require more work and ownership of the Adobe Photoshop software.
  • Free GIF compression software is available, too; a link is provided in the resources section of this article.
  • GIFs will compress well if the image is relatively simple. Things such as a logo, button, emoticons and other simple graphics will compress nicely. Photographs will not compress well in GIF format, and the JPEG format is more commonly used.


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About the Author

Roger Smith is a journalist with three years of experience working for media outlets including eHow and Answer Bag. He worked on the student paper at the University of Southern California for three years.

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