The history of emojis dates back all the way into the 90's, but Apple radically advanced emoji development in 2018 with the release of the memoji, allowing users to make themselves in emoji form and customize their mini images to look just like them.
But the old-fashioned emoji is still much more common, from simple photo memes to internet privacy measures. Creators may want to add an emoji sticker or overlay to their pictures or photos from the internet.
Tl;dr: Get started right away with this emoji overlay template.
In this article, I'll explain how to add emojis to your pictures in using a free website called Kapwing. Here's how:
- Upload photo
- Add & position your emojis
- Process & download
Step 1: Upload Photo
Adding emojis to your pictures is simple to do. Get started on Kapwing's Studio and upload the photo background that you want to use. On mobile phones or tablets, you can choose the photo from your camera roll. On a computer, you can drag and drop the file to upload it.
Alternatively, you can use one of Kapwing's existing templates to add emojis on your photo. Use this smiley emoji template to use one of the below overlays or this heart emoji template to put heart layers around your photo.
Step 2: Add & position your emojis
Once you have a photo uploaded to Kapwing's Studio, it's time to add or edit the emoji you're using. To add an emoji, just choose "Images" from the top toolbar and select the "Emojis" tab. Scroll through the full menu of Apple emojis, and select one to add to your project.
When you add an emoji to the photo, you can drag and resize the emoji to place it where you want on the photo. You can move the photo layer forward or backward and duplicate it if you want to have that emoji multiple times.
Often, people want to share their outfit, their pet, or their meal on social media without showing their face, to remain anonymous online. To do this, drag the photo, its corners, and its rotate button of your emoji to position it over your face. Depending on the emoji you use, it functions as a built-in caption, as well.
With Kapwing, you can add as many emoji layers as you want. Use the "duplicate" button to copy a sticker layer multiple times.
Step 3: Process & download
Once you've made your emoji picture, click "Publish" in the upper right-hand corner. Kapwing will automatically work its magic and your emoji picture will be ready to download in no time! When your picture is finished processing, click “Download” from the right side of the screen.
Kapwing's free photo editor is modern and intuitive, so you should be able to make emojied images quickly. Use the hashtag #kapwing whenever you share your content on social media to get an extra like and follow from us! And be sure to subscribe to the Kapwing Resources page to get updates about new features and tutorials to help you make the most out of Kapwing.