Emojis are a meme staple. Tacking on a sticker, replacing someone’s head, or morphing someone’s expression with a new emoji can make for a hilarious scene. In this article, I’ll show you how to add emoji stickers to your videos or images using a free online tool called Kapwing.

Kapwing's Studio works on phones, tablets, and computes, and it has the full library of iOS emojis built in. Creators can start from scratch by uploading a photo or video, or they can use an existing emoji template like Kapwing's Heart Emoji template or Kermit heart emoji template.

Here’s how to add an emoji to a video or image in five Steps:

  1. Upload video
  2. Add emojis
  3. Arrange and resize
  4. (Optional) Time your emojis to appear and disappear
  5. Publish and share
Image with heart emojis, made on Kapwing

Step 1: Upload Video or Photo

Open Kapwing’s free Meme Maker and click the ‘Get Started’ button. You can upload your video directly from your phone or computer or paste a link to a video on YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, Imgur, or any other website.

Kapwing also lets you put your video on a canvas that is the ideal size for social media, like 9:16 for your story or a 1:1 post for you Instagram feed.

Step 2: Add emojis

There are three ways to add emojis in Kapwing.

  1. The easiest way is to use the native emoji selector. Open the "Images" tool or "Upload" tool from the main toolbar, then open the "Emojis" tab. Then, scroll through the emojis to find the one that you want. Click to insert it on your canvas as an overlay.

2. Upload or copy/paste an emoji as an image file

3. Add a Text layer and type the emoji that you want to use. Typing the emoji allows you to add a black or white outline to the emoji and have an option to keep it inline with text. Kapwing videos always use the Apple emojis.

Kapwing on mobile web

Add as many emojis as you want! You can control and resize all of the layers individually. Emoji layers can also be erased and mashed up for new, custom emojis.

Step 3: Arrange and Resize

On top of your video canvas in Kapwing, you can move your emoji around, add text or a border, and arrange it with other images. Just use the purple sliders in the corner to make the emoticon bigger and smaller. You can also duplicate an emoji layer if you want it to appear multiple times.

Emoji arrangment on Kapwing

Step 4: Time your emojis to appear and disappear (OPTIONAL)

Kapwing also enables you to make your stickers, images, text, and other layers appear and disappear dynamically. Just click in the “Timeline” option in the main toolbar.

By moving the white sliders, you can adjust the start and end time of each layer compared to the master timeline to control when they’re visible on screen. Preview what the final version will look like on the left hand side. When your preview looks right, click “Done” to return to the Canvas.

Step 5: Download and share

Click the “Create” button to process your emoji’ed video! The Kapwing Kittens will handle your video in the cloud and return it to you after a few minutes. When your video is done processing, click Download to save the file on your computer, share it with friends, and publish it on social media.

Kapwing supports videos, photos, and GIFs up to 500 MB (or 1GB with Kapwing Pro). It’s free to use, and you can remove the Kapwing watermark for free by signing in. Thanks for reading, and I hope you emoji making emoji collages 😎✌🏼👯‍♂️📹.


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