You can easily upload videos and pictures to TikTok, but making a video in the app with both is another story. After you upload a picture and press next, it's a wrap.  

Your image automatically becomes a video with a zoom effect no one asked to use or see. To put the creative control back into the hands of users, I found a way to make a TikTok with pictures and videos. It's not a perfect process, but you won't have to worry about unnecessary effects and can make the video you envisioned. Then, I'll cover how make a TikTok with photos and videos using an online video editor.

How to Make a TikTok with Pictures and Videos

Before we begin, I recommend organizing your pictures into a folder so they're easy to find. This isn't necessary, but if your library looks anything like mine, it's flooded with pictures and scrolling to find the right one could take forever. Let's get started!

  1. Open TikTok, tap the + icon, then effects and green screen. Then, select the first tab.
  2. Flip the lens so you're using the back-facing camera, then tap the + to add a picture from your device. Your photo should be at least 480x360 pixels.
  3. Press the red button and record for at least three seconds to record your picture.

From here, you can add another picture by tapping effects, then select a new image from your phone. To record a video next, tap effects and the stop button to remove the green screen then begin recording. Afterward, you can add another picture by using the green screen tab again. Keep repeating this process to make your TikTok video. When you're finished, press next until you get to the final screen, then post the video for your followers to enjoy.

How to Make a TikTok with Pictures and Videos in Kapwing

The above solution is solid, but a video editor lets you flex your creative muscle even more. You can spruce up your pictures with creative text, edit the sound, add animation, and more. In this section, I'll be using Kapwing, a browser-based video editor to make my video, then upload the final results to TikTok. You can use Kapwing on your iPhone, Android, PC, or tablet in a Chrome or Safari browser.

Step One: Open Kapwing

Let's get started by visiting Kapwing, then click start editing. I'm using my laptop and a Chrome browser to edit, but feel free to use what works for you.

screenshot of the Kapwing website

Step Two: Upload Videos and Pictures

Drag and drop your videos and pictures into the studio, paste a URL, or click upload to add content from your device. Kapwing support popular video and image formats including MP4, MOV, AVI, JPG, and PNG. You can use the image search tab to find pictures and GIFs as well. Set the output size to 9:16 so your video is the optimal size for TikTok. Drag and drop your layers to arrange them into the preferred position onto the timeline.

You can overlay images and videos so they appear at the same time and you can drag the ends to trim each layer so the video is under 60 seconds. Use the split tool above the timeline to divide a clip into multiple parts. This tool is handy if want to swap out sections from the middle with a different video or picture in its place. For more adjustments, you can zoom, rotate, crop, and animate each layer.

screenshot of Kapwing Studio with emoji arrows pointing to the split tool

Adding text is optional, but if you click text at the top of the studio you can begin typing, then change the color, font, size, and more. You can drag the text layer to appear and disappear at a specific time and drag the ends to change the length of time. If you have music, try timing your text appear on beat.  

screenshot of Kapwing Studio with a finger emoji pointing to the text tab

If you want to tweak the appearance of a layer, click adjust to change the intensity of the opacity, brightness, saturation and more. Use the filters tab to choose from eighteen filters including yosemite, sepia, flo and grayscale then click apply filter.

screenshot showing the filters collection in Kapwing Studio

Step Three: Export and Download

Click export video to process your video in the cloud, then click download to save the MP4. You can remove the watermark by creating a free account with Kapwing. All you have to do is sign up with your Google or Facebook login credentials. Your video will also be stored for two days.  

screenshot showing Kapwing Studio and an arrow point to the export button

Step Four: Upload to TikTok

Open Tiktok, tap the + icon and tap upload to add your video to TikTok. You can tap next until you reach the last screen, then add a description, tag a creator if necessary, and include hashtags. Post your video or save it as a draft to upload at another time.  

screenshot showing how to upload a video to TikTok

Watch the likes roll in once you share your TikTok video! Check out the related articles below to learn more about TikTok and subscribe to our YouTube channel for the latest TikTok trends. Follow us on Twitter if you want to reach out directly with questions and comments.  

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