If you don't know how to make a particular video edit on your phone or computer, that doesn't mean you need to be an expert or download new software.

If you want to add custom pictures to video projects, for example, you don't need to look any further than your browser. In this article, I’ll explain how to add pictures to a video using a free website called Kapwing. You don’t need any video expertise to use Kapwing – here is everything you need to know:

  1. Upload Video
  2. Add picture
  3. Size and position
  4. Publish and download
A screenshot showing how to add pictures to videos in the Kapwing Studio.

Step 1: Upload Video

Head to Kapwing.com in your browser and click Start Editing to enter the Kapwing Studio. Here, you have c a couple options to upload your video. You can either upload the file from your phone or computer or you can paste a link to a URL if the video is already on YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, or some other website.

A screenshot of the Kapwing upload screen.

Step 2: Add picture

Once your video preview loads, click the “Upload” button in the toolbar to insert a picture. You can drag-and-drop a file to upload it and overlay it on your video, or you can paste the link to an image.

Once the picture is uploaded, use the "Adjust" tool to make it semi-transparent, the "Crop" tool to cut out a certain section, the "Erase" tool to remove the background, the rotate handle to tilt it, or the "outline" option to add a colored border.

A screenshot showing a partially transparent picture layer on top of a video in the Kapwing Studio.

You can also use Kapwing to search for an image. Click on the “Images” button and type whatever you want a picture in the search bar. It’s perfect for stock photos, logos, memes, stickers, bobbleheads, and more.

Kapwing supports videos, images, and GIFs, so you can add a picture or overlay a video inside of the video.

Step 3: Size and position

Use the corners of the layers to resize the picture and position it on top of the video. The "Lock Ratio" button will make it so that your picture doesn't get cropped as you drag it. You can also add other types of layers, like custom text, background colors, borders, and music .

A screen recording showing how to resize and rearrange photos in Kapwing.

Use the “Timeline” button to make your picture appear and disappear after a certain time.

A screenshot of the Kapwing Timeline viewer.
Timeline in Studio

Step 4: Create and download

Once your video preview looks correct, click “Publish” to process your video. For a couple of minutes, the Kapwing Kittens will burn your video together in the cloud. Then, you’ll have the video with a picture on top of it that you can share and publish.

If you're not signed into a Kapwing account, sign in or sign up using your Google or Facebook account – once you've signed into a Kapwing account, the watermark in the lower right corner will be removed from your final video.

That’s how you add pictures to your video. Kapwing can be used all around the world to help brands and SMBs make branded, custom formats with free online tools). If you're interested in more tips and tutorials on creating great digital content in 2021, check out the Kapwing YouTube channel, where we post multiple new videos every week.

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