How to Create a Reel or YouTube Short in Canva Using Only One Image

If you’re looking to create a captivating social media post or video, using only one image can be an effective way to do it. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to create a stunning Instagram reel or YouTube short using just one image in Canva. Whether you’re a photographer wanting to showcase your work or a social media marketer looking for ways to make your clients’ images pop, these skills will come in handy.

Step 1: Create a custom-sized canvas

First, open Canva and click on “Custom size.” Create a really large canvas for your project so that the end result will be crisp and clear.

Step 2: Import and resize your image

Import an image or choose one from Canva’s image gallery.

Resize the image so that it does not fill the entire canvas.

Step 3: Add animation to your image

Click on “Animate” and choose the “Hold” feature. Hold down the shift key and drag the image to one side. This animation will be recorded.

Step 4: Duplicate the slide and move the image

Click on “Smooth” and select the animation. Duplicate the slide and move the image to the other side. Get rid of the animation here and duplicate again.

Step 5: Add more animations

Animate the image again by dragging it to the other side. Use the “Photoshoom” animation and download this as an MP4 video.

Step 6: Upload and adjust the video

Open a mobile video canvas in Canva and upload the video you just created and downloaded. Move and adjust it until it looks perfect on your reel canvas.

Step 7: Add music and download

Choose to add music within Canva or in Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. Then, download your creation and upload it to the platform of your choice.

Final thoughts

Creating a reel or YouTube short using just one image can be a fun and creative way to showcase your work or market your brand. With Canva’s easy-to-use platform, you can quickly and easily create stunning visuals that will capture your audience’s attention. So, what are you waiting for? Get started today!

Cecilia Elise Wallin