GIF files are a legacy raster format for use on the web. GIFs cannot contain more than 256 colors (8 bits per pixel), which, along with optional lossless RLE or LZW compression, makes them smaller than other file formats. Like PNG, GIF files also have the ability to define a transparent color. GIFs can be generated with an accompanying world file for use as georeferenced raster data.
To export a GIF file, ensure that a map or layout view is active. On the Share tab, click Export Map or Export Layout , depending on the active view, to open the Export pane. Change the File Type parameter to GIF. Set a name and location for the file, as well as any other properties, and click Export.
The following properties are available when exporting to a GIF file:
The resolution of the export file in dots per inch (dpi). DPI is only available when exporting a layout. When exporting a map, the DPI is calculated automatically. For map exports, increase the Width and Height values to add additional pixels and get a higher resolution output.
The number of bits to describe color in a pixel. Choose from the following: