A small watermark in the corner of a video and a picture overlay for a product review are examples of how content creators add images to videos. This simple technique can protect the rights of your content and add context to a topic for a better viewing experience.

If you want to add custom pictures to video projects, look no further than your browser. In this article, I’ll explain how to add pictures to a video using a free video editor called Kapwing. You don’t need any video editing expertise to begin overlaying pictures with this browser-based tool – 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 on any device with a browser and click "Start Editing" to enter the Kapwing Studio. Here, you have a few options to upload your video. You can upload the file from your phone or computer or you can paste a video URL from YouTube, Vimeo, TikTok, and other websites. To add a video from Google Drive, simply click "Google Drive," sign in, and select a video. You can export videos up to seven minutes long for free!

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 also drag-and-drop a file to upload and overlay it onto your video, or you can paste the link to an image.

Once the picture is uploaded, you can 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.

If you need a picture, you can click "Images" on the toolbar to browse photos from Google. It’s perfect for stock photos, logos, memes, stickers, bobbleheads, and more. Another option is to click "Plugins" then, Unsplash, Pexels, or Pixabay to search for free images.

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.

Drag and drop your picture onto the timeline to change when it appears and drags the ends to adjust the duration. This will 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 “Export Video" 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.

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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