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How To Add Pictures On TikTok Video?

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Are you a TikTok user? Have you seen ever some beautifully edited TikTok posts with both videos and photos? Have you ever wondered how these edits are made? Then you have come to the right place. Today we will be looking at how you can use pictures in a TikTok video. I will also give a basic guide of using a third-party app for this process.

There are actually two ways of using pictures in a TikTok video. One is by displaying only some pictures in a template and another is by adding pictures and giving them effects in the middle of a video. Below is a step by step procedure of doing both of these things.

Creating  Slideshow On Tiktok

Creating a slideshow in TikTok is a straightforward process or a child’s play. After going through these steps you might laugh at yourself for googling such an easy thing. So, let’s get started.

  • Open the TikTok app and press the “+”  sign to create a new TikTok.
  • Then click on “templates” at the lower part of the screen.
  • In the latest version, you will see around 12 photo templates. You can also see what any specific template does with your photo, and the number of photos you need to upload.
  • Under any template that you like, tap on “select photos”.
  • Then you will be redirected to a section containing all pictures from your gallery. Now select the photos that you want to use in the template. You will see a small circle at the top of each photo’s thumbnail. This is where you have to touch in order to select a picture. You can even deselect a picture or view it in full size.
  • After selecting the proper amount of photos that the template requires, hit “OK” at the bottom right corner of your screen
  • Now TikTok will process your video and “boom!”. Your video is ready just like that.

Now you can add effects and bring slight changes to this video but more about that in the later section.

Alternative Method

There is another way to make a simple slideshow in TikTok but it doesn’t give you many editing options. You can neither improve transitions nor add effects. It doesn’t even allow you to do a simple voice-over instead, you should choose from a limited number of sounds. Follow these steps to make a simple slideshow:

  • Open the TikTok app and press the “+”  sign to create a new TikTok.
  • Press at the “upload” option.
  • Now under the image section, select the pictures that you want to involve in the slideshow. These are the pictures present in your phone’s gallery.
  • After selecting the images tap on “SLIDESHOW” at the bottom right corner of your screen.
  • After this, TikTok will create a slideshow for you with all your images.
  • You can choose transition mode between vertical and horizontal. You can also add sound by clicking at “Add a sound”. Either use popular TikTOk music or the music saved on your device.
  • By tapping on “Filters“, you can also add filters to the selected photos.

This is a simpler method of creating a slideshow that doesn’t offer you many options. But it is better for a simple slideshow. If you want to display your pictures in a more stylish form, then the method that I had mentioned above will be more useful.

Add Images In A TikTok Video

Just adding images and making a slideshow is quite easy. But when it comes to videos and pictures together, things get hard. The better your editing skills are, the better-looking results you will get. Just follow these steps to add pictures in a TikTok video.

  • Open the TikTok app and press the “+”  sign to create a new TikTok.
  • Press at the “upload” option.
  • Now instead of selecting just pictures, select a video and the pictures that you want to add.
  • After selecting all videos and pictures, hit “next” at the bottom right corner of your screen.
  • After this, you will have to choose from two options, “sound sync” and “default“.
  • Under sound sync, your voice from the video will get overridden by the music that you choose. You also don’t get to adjust the duration of pictures and video. On the other hand, under the default section, you can customize a picture’s display duration from anywhere between 0.5 seconds to 3 seconds. You can do the same thing with video clips. Here the original sound of the clip won’t get affected.
  • You will see all the clips displayed separately, at the lower part of the screen. Tap the clips to edit and long press to reorder them.
  • After tapping on “next” you will be redirected to the editing page. Here you can perform voiceovers, filters, voice effects, etc to your clip.

Hence, you have your TikTok video ready with some slight image appearances.  You can edit it however you like and present the video in the best way possible.

Using A Third-Party App To Add Pictures

InShot is probably the best video editing software that is available for free. The editor in this app is slightly better than that of TikTok. In TikTok, you don’t have the facility to add specific music or sound on pictures. So, either there is a pause when a picture is displayed or the picture is displayed along with the music of the whole clip. But in this third party app InShot, you can assign different sounds to different clips or pictures.

To use InShot, follow these steps:

  • Open the Inshot App and tap on the “video” option to add a new video.
  • Now select the main video and pictures from your gallery.
  • After selecting them hit the tick mark at the lower right part of your screen. This will take you to the editing window.
  • At the lower section of your screen, you will see a timeline. After a tap on the timeline, you will be able to access and reorder all the clips respectively. This way you can rearrange the clips and pictures to form a single video.
  • If you want to insert a picture within a clip, then click at the desired location on the timeline to activate a vertical play-head. Now tap the split option from the menu bar. This will create a split or divide your clip into 2 parts.
  • You can easily insert an image on this gap by tapping the timeline. Long press and drag to swap the order of clips or images.
  • Now add sound over the respective images. For this, tap the audio-timeline this time. You can sync the audio to the picture too.

Finally, after exporting your video to the gallery you can directly upload it to TikTok. The free version of Inshot attaches a permanent watermark to your video. This might create a bad impression if you are uploading the video to TikTok, so try to remove the watermark by either watching an Ad or getting a paid membership. The paid version of this app comes with more effects and stickers and also removes ads and watermarks permanently.


All in all, adding pictures in a TikTok video is quite easy. Sometimes the inbuilt editor in TikTOk might be enough but sometimes you might need a third-party editor. For this Inshot is the best choice in my opinion. I think I have included all procedures regarding the usage of pictures in TikTok videos. These processes are quite straightforward and if you follow my steps, it will be much easier.

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