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Breathe life into a still image with photo animation

Only have a few seconds to get your audience’s attention? Make it count. Animate a photo for free using Canva’s online photo editor and transform static images into vibrant, eye-catching visuals.

Move audiences to action

Animate your photos

Engage viewers right away with dynamic displays that jump out of their screens. Use animated photos to your advantage and keep your audience from scrolling away. Make your image pop, tumble, rise, or fade in seconds with Canva's free online photo animator. Want people to buy your product on social media? Or discover your artistic work through a digital portfolio(opens in a new tab or window)? Animated photos might be the key. Produce stunning visual content with our feature-rich photo editor and ensure your messages are received in their entirety.

Set your creative wheels in motion

Add stickers to your animated photos

Swap out boring, static photos with moving visuals that instantly make your content more appealing. From subtle swipes to exaggerated motions, animate photos for free on Canva and tell the story of your creative work. Style your product shot with a simple pan, make photo objects smoothly drift away, cartoon(opens in a new tab or window), or apply cool and fun stickers(opens in a new tab or window) for a playful take on your family picture. Animating photos doesn’t have to be a tiresome process—do it and more with our photo editor, no design background or complex software required.

Communicate with impact

Add animated texts to your photos

Compelling and bite-sized content is perfect for today's fast-paced digital world. Pair kinetic photos with animated text(opens in a new tab or window) to share more details in quick, digestible bursts that your audience can easily remember. Make your words pop by rolling, bouncing, or zooming text elements in your design, and use it to highlight keywords and communicate a message. Whether creating a dynamic graphic for your brand or simply adding flair to an otherwise plain image, experiment with different animation styles on Canva and generate a moving image that looks good across all your social and digital channels.

How to animate a photo

How to animate a photo
Start of list: How to animate a photo

Open Canva

Launch Canva on your desktop browser or your mobile app. Open a blank canvas or choose a ready-made template you want to work with.

Upload your photo

Select the Uploads tab to upload a photo to animate. Drag and drop it anywhere you want on the editor. You can also choose from available stock photos in our media library.

Animate your photo

Select your photo, then click Animate. Experiment with Pan, Tumble, Zoom, and a variety of other animation styles to find the best motion that suits the look you’re going for. Select multiple elements and apply the same animation, or assign a custom effect for each element.

Customize away

Make as many or as few customizations as you like. Enhance your photo by adjusting the brightness, contrast, and saturation. Add creative filters, borders, and even watermarks to protect your work. Or crop, rotate, or sharpen, your image for added depth.

Download and share

Download your animated photo in high-quality GIF or SVG format. Publish it on your website or share it on socials straight from the editor.
End of list: How to animate a photo
Animate a photo

Launch Canva on your desktop browser or your mobile app. Open a blank canvas or choose a ready-made template you want to work with.

Select the Uploads tab to upload a photo to animate. Drag and drop it anywhere you want on the editor. You can also choose from available stock photos in our media library.

Select your photo, then click Animate. Experiment with Pan, Tumble, Zoom, and a variety of other animation styles to find the best motion that suits the look you’re going for. Select multiple elements and apply the same animation, or assign a custom effect for each element.

Make as many or as few customizations as you like. Enhance your photo by adjusting the brightness, contrast, and saturation. Add creative filters, borders, and even watermarks to protect your work. Or crop, rotate, or sharpen, your image for added depth.

Download your animated photo in high-quality GIF or SVG format. Publish it on your website or share it on socials straight from the editor.
Animate a photo

Frequently Asked Questions

You can animate photos from your mobile device using our iOs or Android app. Upload your image on the editor, then choose Animate from the bottom navigation. Take advantage of the same animation styles and photo editing tools. Quickly produce high-quality animated pictures on your mobile just as you would on a desktop.

Animated photos bring the best of both worlds. They're easily digestible, like static images but are much more dynamic and fun to look at. They also provide more context and information, similar to video clips, but run less long or require less attention from viewers.

GIF is the most common format for animated image files and works well on most platforms and devices. SVG and MP4 video formats are likewise excellent at retaining the quality of your original file. An SGV image is perfect for professional web design requirements, while MP4 works best for displays on large platforms such as digital signage and billboards.
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