Music can add atmosphere and interest to anything – even still photos! If you want to make a video for your new song, a simple advertisement, or send a voice recording with a digital postcard, you might want to add music to a still photo.
In this article, I'm going to show you how to accompany your photos with music using a free online tool called Kapwing. I recommend using Kapwing for several reasons:
• It’s free to use
• It’s easy to learn
• It doesn’t make you download any apps
• It works well on computers, phones, and tablets
• You can upload photos, music, and videos from any source
To add music to your photos, you'll need to know just 4 steps:
- Find your photo(s) & music
- Upload your photo(s) to the Kapwing Studio
- Add your music
- Publish & download!
Step 1: Find Your Photo(s) & Music
Before you get started, you'll need to know where to find your materials. If you want to use a photo that's stored somewhere online like Facebook, Instagram, or Google Drive, just copy the link to the the photo (if it's in Google Drive, make sure the link is shareable). For your music, you can copy the link to any song from SoundCloud, YouTube, or Google Drive, as well!
And if you're using photos or music that you have saved to your device, just make sure you know where they're located in your file browser. It can be a good idea to make a separate folder for the files you want to use, especially if you're planning to use several photos or music tracks.
Step 2: Upload Your Photo(s) to the Kapwing Studio
Once you have your links and files ready, head over to Kapwing.com and click "Get Started." Or, if you're already signed in, click "New Project," then "Start with Studio." This will take you to the Kapwing Studio, where you can use all of Kapwing's video and photo-editing tools in one place.
To upload a picture from your computer, phone, or tablet, you can select the button that says “Click to upload” and find the file you want to edit in your file browser. You can also find the picture in your file browser or Photos app and simply drag & drop it into the Studio window.
And if you want to use a picture you found online, click on the field that says “Paste an image or video URL.” Now, right click (or just tap one more time if you're editing on your phone or tablet) on the field and select “Paste.” Kapwing will work its magic and upload your photo to the Studio!
If you want to add other photos to your project, click the "Add Scene" button on the left side of the Studio window. Then simply select the new scene, click "Upload" from the top toolbar and upload your other photos the same way you uploaded the first one.
Step 3: Add Your Music
Once you've uploaded all your photos to the Studio, you're ready to add your music. Select "Audio" from the top toolbar and either click "Upload" to select a song that you've saved on your device, or paste a link from YouTube, SoundCloud, or another place online!
In the Add Audio window, you can change when the music starts, if you want to delay the beginning. You can also click "Trim Audio" to use just a portion of the audio track, or "Adjust Volume" to make your music softer. Once you're done editing your audio track, click "Add Audio."
While you're in the Studio, you can use Kapwing's tools to make any other edits you'd like:
Step 4: Publish & Download!
Once you've edited your photos and music to perfection, click "Publish" in the top right corner of the Studio window. Kapwing will process your video as an MP4 file and it will be ready to download in no time.
Once your video has finished processing, click "Download" to save it to your device immediately. From this page, you can also log in to remove the Kapwing watermark for free, if you haven't done so already! And if you want to send your video to friends, family, or followers, click "Copy Link" to get a short and shareable link to your content!
If you’re using a mobile device, you’ll need to download the very small Kapwing mobile app from the App Store. The app doesn’t require any login – it’s only meant to help you download your videos! To download your video on your iPhone, just copy the URL of the download page and paste it into the URL field in the Kapwing app. Now your video is ready for you to share anywhere!
Remember to tag us @KapwingApp whenever you share your content on social media– we love to see what our creators are passionate about! And be sure to subscribe to the Kapwing Resources page – we’re constantly writing new tutorial and features to help you make the most out of Kapwing.