Animated GIFs can be found on many websites including Photobucket, Picgifs, QuickLOL, and GIPHY. All of these sites have GIFs that are available to download for free.
GIFs are picture frames played in rapid succession to give the appearance of a short animated film. GIFs are used to make motion banners, send animated text messages and leave eye-catching comment posts on Facebook and other social media websites. Many business owners use animated arrows and other symbols to point to a box for website visitors to sign up for membership or newsletters. The main purpose is to make the page unique enough to stand out from the numerous other cyber sites that exist on the same subject.
In addition to the animated GIF websites available, there are also sites, such as Alchemy MINDWORKS, which allow users to custom design and create their own GIFs. These sites also gives lessons on how to shrink the size of a GIF without sacrificing its quality, how to make GIFs transparent, how to add multiple images to a GIF and how to add voice or music to an animated GIF. The Alchemy MINDWORKS GIF Construction Set Professional is priced at $25 plus shipping costs, as of March 2015.