How to Remove a Background from a GIF with VEED

Wondering how to remove the background of your GIF? This guide is just for you!

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Aarushi Singh
How to Remove a Background from a GIF with VEED

The perfect GIF background can add personality to your content, communicate your message more accurately, and ensure you stay on-brand. But what if you're not a fan of how the background of your GIF currently looks like?

VEED’s GIF background remover makes this once-tricky process super simple with its one-click GIF background eraser. You can instantly remove a GIF’s background, replace it with an eye-catching branded background, and tweak other elements—all in a single dashboard without the need to use additional software. 

Here's a step-by-step summary of how to remove a background from a GIF with VEED:

  1. Login to VEED
  2. Upload your GIF 
  3. Click on the GIF in your timeline to see the editing menu
  4. Scroll down and click on remove background
  5. (Optional) Edit the rest of your GIF
  6. Export and download 

Let's dive in.

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1. Log in to Your VEED Account

Head over to VEED and click on the Login button. Or if you are a new user, click on Sign Up to create a free or paid VEED account so your work is saved to the cloud and you can access it later from your laptop or computer. 

Snapshot of VEED.IO homepage with the login button highlighted
Note: If you don’t have a VEED account, your work won’t be saved on the cloud. 

2. Click on Create Project and Upload Your GIF (If You Already Have One)

To get started, click on Create Project in your VEED workspace.

Snapshot of the Create Project button on a sample VEED workspace

Once you do, you'll be prompted to upload your GIF to VEED. For the purpose of this section, let’s assume that you’ve already created a GIF (or have a video that you'd like to convert into a GIF), and now want to remove its background. 

There are two ways you can upload GIFs to VEED, making it easier to quickly grab a GIF and edit it based on your needs. You can either:

  • Click on Upload a File to browse your device and select the GIF/video whose background you wish to remove, or;
  • Select Dropbox to upload a GIF/video directly from your Dropbox account
Snapshot of VEED's editor with the Upload a File button highlighted
Note: if you already had a GIF and have uploaded it to VEED, you may skip to step 6.

3. (Optional) Click on Blank Canvas If You Don’t Have a GIF to Work with

If you want to create a new GIF, click on Blank Canvas. You can upload a video and turn it into a GIF or select one from our GIF library. 

Screenshot of the VEED editor with the blank canvas button highlighted.

4. (Optional) Click on Elements On the Left-Hand Tools Panel

To add a GIF from our library, click on Elements on the left-hand side of the editor. Scroll down to GIFs.  

Screenshot of the VEED editor with elements selected.

5. (Optional) Pick a GIF from the GIF Bar and Adjust it to Your Canvas

Once you click on GIFs, you’ll see plenty of different options you can choose from. To make it easier and faster to find the perfect GIF, scroll through the GIF categories and pick one that suits your needs the best: 

  • Greetings 
  • Emotions
  • Action
  • Adjectives
  • Decades
  • Gaming 
  • Interests
  • Memes

Since our GIFs are powered by GIPHY, you can find and edit your GIF straight in our dashboard. This way, you can skip the hassle of downloading from multiple websites and then editing them in another tool just for a single GIF—use an all-in-one video editor like VEED that helps you keep everything in one place. 

Screenshot of the VEED editor with the GIPHY bar open.

Select the GIF you want and it’ll automatically upload to your video canvas. Then, you’ll see the blue and white drag handles for resizing appear on your GIF. Feel free to customize the size of your GIF and change the dimensions here. 

Screenshot of the GIF loaded into the editor.

[#JUMPTEXT1]6. Select the GIF and Click on Remove Background[#JUMPTEXT1]

Click on your GIF (by selecting the block with orange borders in the timeline below). Toggle over to the menu on the left-hand side and click on Remove Background. 

Give it a few seconds to process and it’ll remove the background from your GIF while giving smooth, finished edges to the main object. 

GIF demonstrating how VEED removes background from GIFs.

7. (Optional) Customize Your GIF 

VEED’s all-in-one editor provides you with shortcuts to great design; customize your GIF to make it on-brand for your business, change its dimensions, add stickers, use animations, add text, or even callouts to add call-to-action. 

Screenshot of VEED's editor with the elements section open.

Here are a few ways you can customize your GIF: 

  • Resize: you can select your GIF and drag on the corner handles to resize it
  • Crop: you can drag the top and side handles to crop your gif
  • Change background: click on settings and then on upload an image or change the backdrop color in the background section
  • Customize video canvas: you can also click on the size dropdown menu to change or resize your video canvas to your liking
  • Add more elements: in the left-hand panel you can also explore options to add text or add more elements to your GIF

8. Download Your GIF

Finally, click on Done to download or share your video. From there, you can choose the export quality based on what platform you want to share it on, frames per second needed, and more. 

Pro Tip: If you regularly create GIFs for your social media, website, newsletter, or even YouTube videos, click on the icon right next to the Export button after you have selected the final video quality. This will create a customized template for you. The next time you want to edit or create a GIF, you can simply search for your template and use it.  

Hit Export and once your GIF is loaded, click on the download icon to the right. You’ll then see three different download format options (MP4, GIF, or MP3); select GIF and your file will be downloaded to your device!

Screenshot of the download options on VEED post-production.

Tada! 🎉 That's all there is to it. 😉

Remove GIF Background Online with VEED 

To remove background from GIFs, you don’t need complex design wizardry or tirelessly select the edges around your main object to get a finished look. Neither do you need to use additional software for editing them further; VEED’s GIF background remover goes beyond just resizing and removing the background of GIFs. It gives you the freedom to experiment with a range of complementary backgrounds, customize elements, text, animations, and much more. 

What’s more? Since VEED is an all-in-one video editor, you can also use it as a background remover for videos and create visually appealing, on-brand video content for your audience. 

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How to Remove a Background from a GIF with VEED

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you save a GIF without background?

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You can remove the background of a GIF with VEED and then save it on your device.

  1. Sign up for and/or log in to VEED.IO
  2. Create a new project
  3. Upload the GIF whose background you want to remove
  4. Click on Remove Background in the Edit Video panel to the left
  5. Click on Done and Export Video 
  6. Download as GIF

How to change the background of GIF?

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  1. Sign up for and/or log in to VEED.IO
  2. Create a new project
  3. Upload the GIF whose background you want to change 
  4. Click on Elements and select Background
  5. Choose a new background for your GIF and adjust it
  6. Click on Done and Export Video 
  7. Download as GIF

Can I remove a GIF background on Photoshop?

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Yes, you can. But it’s a lot easier to remove a GIF background on VEED. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Sign up for and/or log in to VEED.IO
  2. Create a new project
  3. Upload the GIF whose background you want to remove
  4. Click on Remove Background in the Edit Video panel to the left
  5. Click on Done and Export Video 
  6. Download as GIF

How do I edit a pre-existing GIF?

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  1. Sign up for and/or log in to VEED.IO
  2. Create a new project
  3. Upload the GIF that you want to edit
  4. Edit the GIF like a video (add text, place elements, remove its background, and whatever else you want)
  5. Click on Done and Export Video 
  6. Download as GIF

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