How to Make a GIF Spray in Garry's Mod (GMOD)

By Walter Published July 14, 2023

How to Make a GIF Spray in Garry's Mod (GMOD)
How to Make a GIF Spray in Garry's Mod (GMOD)

If you're a fan of Garry's Mod (GMOD), you know that one of the game's unique features is the ability to create and customize your gaming experience. One popular way to personalize your gameplay is by creating a GIF spray, which is a custom image or animation that can be displayed in the game world. GIF sprays allow you to add your own artistic touch, display logos, or share funny animations with other players.

In this comprehensive guide, we will explore how to make a GIF spray in Garry's Mod, step by step, and elevate your gameplay with personalized art.

Understanding GIF Sprays in Garry's Mod

Before we dive into the process of making a GIF spray in Garry's Mod, let's understand the concept and significance of GIF sprays in the game:


GIF sprays offer a way to personalize your gameplay experience by adding custom artwork or animations.

Creative Expression

With GIF sprays, you can showcase your artistic skills, share your favorite images or animations, or display logos and designs.

Community Interaction

GIF sprays can be seen by other players in multiplayer mode, allowing for creative exchanges and interactions within the game.

Creating a GIF Spray

Step 1: Prepare Your GIF

To create a GIF spray in Garry's Mod, you'll first need to prepare the GIF file that you want to use. Here's how you can create or obtain a GIF file:

  1. Create a GIF: Use image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop or online GIF creation tools to create your own GIF from a series of images or videos.
  2. Find a GIF: Alternatively, you can find existing GIFs online from platforms like GIPHY or Tenor. Make sure to choose a GIF that is appropriate for the game and follows any community guidelines or rules.

Step 2: Convert the GIF to VTF Format

Garry's Mod requires GIF sprays to be in the Valve Texture Format (VTF). Follow these steps to convert your GIF to the VTF format using VTFEdit:

  1. Download and install VTFEdit, a free software tool used for creating and converting textures.
  2. Launch VTFEdit and go to "File" > "Import" > "Import..." to open your GIF file.
  3. In the import settings, choose the appropriate options such as frame rate, transparency, and resizing.
  4. Click "OK" to import the GIF file into VTFEdit.
  5. Go to "File" > "Save As..." and choose a location to save the VTF file. Make sure to give it a descriptive name.

Step 3: Add the GIF Spray to Garry's Mod

Now that you have your GIF in the VTF format, it's time to add it to Garry's Mod. Follow these steps:

  1. Locate the "GarrysMod" folder on your computer. The folder is usually located in "Steam\steamapps\common".
  2. Open the "GarrysMod" folder and navigate to the "garrysmod" subfolder.
  3. Inside the "garrysmod" folder, open the "materials" folder.
  4. Create a new folder within the "materials" folder and give it a descriptive name. This folder will contain your GIF spray.
  5. Copy and paste the VTF file of your GIF spray into the newly created folder.
  6. Optionally, create a VMT file (Valve Material Type) to specify additional properties for your GIF spray, such as transparency or animation loops.

Step 4: Test Your GIF Spray

Launch Garry's Mod and join a single-player or multiplayer game to test your GIF spray. Follow these steps to apply your GIF spray:

  1. Open the in-game menu by pressing the "Q" key.
  2. Select the "Options" tab.
  3. Click on the "Multiplayer" button.
  4. Enable the "Allow custom decals" option.
  5. Exit the menu and go back to the game.
  6. Open the spawn menu by pressing and holding the "C" key.
  7. Select the "Browse" tab.
  8. Navigate to the folder where you saved your GIF spray.
  9. Choose the GIF spray from the list and click to spawn it in the game world.
  10. Aim at a surface and press the "USE" key (default: "E") to apply the GIF spray.

Congratulations! You've successfully created and applied your own GIF spray in Garry's Mod.


Creating a GIF spray in Garry's Mod allows you to add a personalized touch to your gameplay experience. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can create, convert, and apply your own GIF spray, showcasing your artistic skills or sharing your favorite animations. GIF sprays not only add visual appeal but also provide a platform for creative expression and community interaction within the game. So, get creative, experiment with different GIFs, and let your imagination shine in the world of Garry's Mod.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Are GIF sprays allowed on all Garry's Mod servers?

The allowance of GIF sprays varies from server to server. Some servers may have restrictions or guidelines regarding GIF sprays to maintain the integrity of the game or prevent inappropriate content. Make sure to check the server rules before using a GIF spray.

Can I use any GIF file as a spray in Garry's Mod?

No, Garry's Mod requires GIF sprays to be converted to the Valve Texture Format (VTF) before they can be used in the game. You can use tools like VTFEdit to convert your GIF file to the appropriate format.

Can I use transparent GIFs for my sprays?

Yes, you can use transparent GIFs to create sprays with transparency in Garry's Mod. Transparency can help the spray blend more seamlessly with the game environment.

Can I use animated GIFs as sprays in Garry's Mod?

Yes, you can use animated GIFs to create sprays with animations in Garry's Mod. However, keep in mind that longer or more complex animations may impact game performance, so it's recommended to optimize the size and duration of the animation.

Can I share my GIF sprays with other Garry's Mod players?

Yes, you can share your GIF sprays with other Garry's Mod players. You can upload your sprays to online platforms and community forums, or share them directly with friends for them to use in their own games.

Further Reading
How to Add a GIF to a Picture
How to Make a GIF Your Spray in TF2