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[Top 10] Best Photo to Animation Converters That Give You an Advantage

Liza Brown
Liza Brown
Originally published Jan 22, 22, updated Jul 23, 24
[Top 10] Best Photo to Animation Converters That Give You an Advantage

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Numerous effects to choose from

Detailed tutorials provided by the official channel

We do have a couple of recommendations to give. There’s a wide variety of tools out there that will allow you to make animated pictures. With some actually allowing you to add animation (or motion) to your photographs while others bring a pop-up of life to your pictures with artistic filters and effects.

Have a look at our list of the top ten best photos to animation converter tools below to see if one of them catches your eye.

Alright, let’s get straight to our list of the best photo to animation converter tools available. As mentioned, we’ve picked quite the variety — including both software and online photo animator tools so that you can find one that best suits the kind of projects that you’re working on.

For your convenience, we’ve included the pros and cons of each converter as well as the most common scenarios each application can be used.


Rating and Reviews: [Techradar: 4.5/5]

Wondershare Filmora Video Editor, while, first and foremost, is an advanced video editor, is the first photo animation maker on this list of ours. This software is highly-rated online and it comes with a bunch of presets, filters, and effects, that you can use in order to animate your photographs. Its more advanced video editing functions would no doubt prove to be useful in the future as well, allowing you to increase the complexity of your projects and achieve more and more things.

With Filmora, you have access to a built-in library of Effects and Elements that you can use in order to make animated pictures.

The advanced video editing functions can also be used to create more complex motion animations that you are unlikely to see in other alternatives.


● Access to built-in effects and elements library.
● Advanced editing functions.
● A FREE trial is available to try out its many features.
● As a downloadable software, Filmora will require downloading and installing.
● Some of its features and functions are locked in the FREE version as well.
● Payment is either subscription-based or one-time for a perpetual license.
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Rating and Reviews: [G2: 4.4/5]

When it comes to online photo animator tools, PicMonkey is definitely one of the first that people recommend. It’s premium software, so you’ll have to pay to use all of its functions — with the cheapest plan worth $72 annually or $7.99 monthly. The best part about it is, undoubtedly, the fact that it was developed by Shutterstock, which is highly regarded in the photography industry. So, you can surely rely on stable support.

Photo Animation maker with lots of built-in animation effects and templates that allow users to easily make animated pictures.


● A FREE trial is available to test out its functions.
● Developed by a reliable company.
● Packed with lots of built-in animated effects and presets.
● Packed with lots of built-in animated effects and presets.
● No software version for use without the internet.
● Does not come equipped with advanced custom animation tools.
PicMonkey Landing Page

03Adobe Creative Cloud Express

Rating and Reviews: [Creative Bloq: 4/5]

The Adobe Creative Cloud Express is both an online photo animator and an application that you can download and install on your phone. As is expected from any Adobe product, it’s quite premium in make and is better suited for more serious photo animations — especially as you’ll need to pay in order to be able to use it to its fullest extent.

Comes with a veritable library of templates, effects, and filters for advanced photo editing and photo animation.


● Advanced photo editing tool.
● Available both online and as an app.
● Reliable and trustworthy adobe product.
● The FREE trial is limited.
● The FREE trial is limited.
● Advanced photo editing is not suitable for beginners.
Adobe Creative Cloud Express Landing Page


Rating and Reviews: [Crozdesk: 4/5]

ColorCinch, or Cartoonize, as it is also called, is another popular online photo animator that you might have heard about already. This one features quite a few presets that you can use to quickly change the look of your photographs.

Photo editing functions for breathing new life into existing photographs.

Presets, templates, filters, and effects are available for easy and efficient photo editing.


● Beginner-friendly UI.
● Comes with lots of filters and effects built-in.
● Cartoonizer effect for simple photo animation onlinep.
● Paid tool Limited FREE trial.
● Subscription-based packages.
● Limited customer animation functions.
ColorCinch’s Cartoonize Landing Page

05Photo Cartoon

Rating and Reviews: N/A

Photo Cartoon is an online photo animator that specifically alters your photos and ‘cartoon-izes’ it (with several effects to choose from as to the specific style that you want). This single-use, while definitely not the most advanced on this list of ours, offers the user an easy way to change the look of their photographs.

Transform photos into cartoons, paintings, drawings, and caricatures.


● Quick and easy to use
● Online software, good for all devices
● The finished photo animation can be downloaded and shared.
● Very basic functions.
● Limited effects/filters to choose from.
● Not highly rated online.


Rating and Reviews: [G2: 4.2/5]

With BeFunky, we go back to somewhat more advanced online photo animator tools. This one works quite simply as well though. Similar to the previous tool we introduced, BeFunky is meant primarily for quickly and easily adding filters and effects to photographs to change its style to look more like a cartoon or animation.

Create a cartoon version of your images easily and quickly.


● Easy-to-use and beginner-friendly
● Easy-to-use and beginner-friendly.
● Available online and thus compatible with most devices.
● Limited photo editing scope.
● Sign-up is required for long-term use.
● No advanced custom animation functions.
BeFunky Cartoonizer Landing Page


Rating and Reviews: N/A

Although not very well-known, ASPOSE is an easy way of animating pictures online. All you really have to do is upload your file (in the way that is suggested) and you're good to go. You’ll be given a choice in what kind of animations you want to put on your photograph thereafter. And, when the conversion is complete, it’ll be FREE to download and share.

Easily make animated pictures online by uploading photographs to be animated.


● FREE photo to animation converter
● Easy-to-use and efficient.
● Motion animations available.
● Internet is required for use.
● Not the most advanced filters/effects/animations are available.
● No custom animation function.
ASPOSE Animation Maker

Rating and Reviews: N/A

We’re approaching more and more obscure territory the further we go along this list, with many of the tools, including this next one, called ‘The’, not having been rated by the usual tech websites. But, that doesn’t mean that the tool itself is any less useful. This one, in particular, is akin to the other cartoon-izers that we introduced earlier — in that it changes the look of photographs into one similar to what is used in animations.

Picture animator online that allows you to turn your pictures into cartoon versions of their former self.


● FREE photo animation maker.
● Basic cartoon effects available.
● Upload and Download
● No advanced photo editing.
● No advanced photo editing.
● Not highly rated.
The Cartoonist Landing Page


Rating and Reviews: N/A

Snapstouch is another obscure, but no less useful, photo editing tool that adds a touch animation to your photographs. This online tool offers sketch, painting, pencil sketch, outline, cartoon, and many other filters that you can apply to your photographs to directly change their look.

Change the look of your photographs with an easily applied filter.


● Easy-to-use (upload then download)
● FREE to use online tool.
● Several effects to choose from.
● A limited selection of filter effects.
● Old and dated UI.
● Not highly rated.
Snapstouch Free Online Animator


Rating and Reviews: N/A

AnyMaking is a basic online photo editor that comes with a variety of photo effects that you can apply to your photographs to change their looks. Much like the previous tools, AnyMaking offers ‘animation’ style filters that can turn your photographs into something that looks like they came from one of your favorite animated films.

Turn your photographs completely anew with fun photo effects.


● FREE-to-use photo effects tool.
● Cartoonizer effect for animating photographs.
● Easy-to-use (upload then download)
● Limited photo effects.
● No custom photo animation functions.
● Not highly rated.
AnyMaking Photo Effects Tools

Key Takeaways from This Episode

Photo to Animation is quite a broad subject and, fittingly, that means that the tools that allow for it are varied indeed.

Some photo to animation converters will allow you to completely change the look of your photograph with a single application of a filter. While others are more involved (and thus, more flexible) and require more careful customization.

We’ve included both types (and all the types between) in our list of photo to animation converters. Hopefully, you’ll find one that can help you make the animated pictures that you want to make.

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