Create free photo animations in minutes.

Transform an image into an animated photo in seconds using the free Adobe Express app.

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How to turn a picture into an animation.

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1. Select image.

Upload images from your device or browse thousands of free Adobe Stock images to find the perfect photo for your project.

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2. Animate.

Select your photo, add icons, text, and graphics, then play around with Animation options to add movement to your design.

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3. Continue editing.

Keep editing or instantly download your newly animated photo to share online across your digital channels and social platforms.

Explore motion animation styles.

Experiment with our variety of photo animation effects to bring your creative vision to life. Choose Zoom or Pan to give your image movement, then customize the direction of the animation.

Browse photo effect animations.

Select Grey, Color, or Fade for a color-based animation. Personalize your animation with the pop-up customization options. Focus in on your image using the Blur animation.

Add text animation and more.

If you add text to your project, you can animate that, too. Discover a handful of different text animation options once you place text on your canvas. Choose the best text or photo animation for your final design. Go beyond image and photo animation when you select other elements in your project like shapes or icons to animate each one individually.

Tons of free templates, video, and audio assets to start from.

Get inspired and save time with expertly designed templates to get you started. Adobe Express has an ever-growing collection of portrait, landscape, square, and vertical templates to create designs that stand out on any channel, any device.

Frequently asked questions.

Can I make photo animations on my phone?
Absolutely. Download and launch the free Adobe Express app on your mobile device and instantly animate photos so you can make standout content wherever you go.
Does the size or quality change after making photo animations?
The size or quality won’t change, but the type of file will. If you start with an image and add photo animation to it, you will need to download your final design as an MP4 video file in order to preserve the animation. If you want to then share your animation as a GIF, you can use our free MP4 to GIF converter to switch file types in seconds.
Can I create photo animations for social media?
Easily animate photos to create content for all your social media channels, including Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Pinterest, and more. Share your animated photo across all your accounts by animating your original image, duplicating it, and using the Resize feature to make your content into the optimized size for all your destinations.
Can I brighten a photo with Adobe Express?
Adobe Express offers many different types of image enhancements, including the brighten feature. Easily brighten up dark images in seconds.
Can I get Adobe Express for free? If so, what’s included?
Yes, Adobe Express has a free plan that includes core features like photo editing tools and effects and thousands of free templates. Learn more about our plans and pricing.