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Important: Some creations are automatically created for you.

With Creations, you can make visual stories and moving images with your photos and videos. You can create:

  • Highlight videos: A video with music using photos and videos.
  • Animations: A quick-moving slideshow of selected photos and videos.
  • Cinematic photos: A 3D effect added to photos.
  • Pop Out: An effect that makes the subject ‘pop out’ of your photo.
Important: In Google Photos, you now have more control over the types of videos you can create with highlight videos. In the Google Photos app, highlight videos replace movies.

Get suggestions for highlight video creation

Important: This feature is currently unavailable on tablets.

With Google Photos, you can quickly create highlight videos with your memorable moments. Select the people, places, themes, or dates you want to include, and a highlight video is automatically created for you.

  1. On your iPhone, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. At the top, tap Create Create and then Highlight video.
  3. Under the “Create new” section, tap Highlight video.
  4. Choose the subject of your highlight video.
    • With Search: In the Search box, type a few words about the people, places, themes, or dates to include in your highlight video. For example, "Birthday," "Museum," or "Japan."
    • With suggested people, places, and time frames: From the suggested items, select "Who," "Where," "When," and more.
  5. At the top, tap Next.
  6. Tap Save.

Tip: If you don’t see the people or time frame you would like in the suggestions, tap Add person person add or Date range date range.

Make a highlight video manually

Important: If you have an older device, you may not be able to create highlight videos.

You can create a motion picture with music using your selected photos and videos.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. At the top, tap Create Create and then Highlight video.
  3. To choose the photos and videos you want in the highlight video, tap or select photos.
  4. Select your photos or videos.
  5. At the top, tap Create.
  6. When you’re done, tap Save.
  7. To watch your highlight video, tap Play Play or wait to be notified when the highlight video is ready.

Edit a highlight video

  1. On your highlight video, tap Edit Edit
    • Change music: Tap Music .
    • Reorder clips: Tap and hold a clip to drag it to a different order.
    • Remove clips: Tap the clip you want to remove and then Remove Delete.
  2. When you're done, tap Save.

If you delete photos or videos from Google Photos:

  • If you delete a photo or video from your Photos view, it won't be deleted from your saved highlight videos.
  • If you want to delete the item from your highlight video as well, open the editor. When you open the highlight video editor, the deleted item automatically gets removed from your highlight video.

Learn how to delete photos or videos.

Make animations

Important: You can’t speed up or slow down your animation. 

You can create a slideshow of your selected photos and videos.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. At the top, tap Create Create and then Animation.
  3. Choose the photos you want to add to your animation.
  4. At the top, tap Create.

Create a cinematic photo

You can add a 3D effect to your photos.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos appPhotos.
  2. Tap the photo you want.
  3. Swipe up.
  4. Tap Create and then Cinematic photo.
  5. At the bottom, tap Save.

You can also create Cinematic photos another way:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. At the top, tap Create Create and then Cinematic photo.
  3. Select a photo.
  4. At the bottom, tap Save.

Find your highlight videos & animations

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. At the bottom, tap Search .
  3. Under “Creations,” tap Saved creations.

Learn about Pop Out

Important: You can’t create Pop Outs on your own.

If you back up photos that are good candidates for a Pop Out effect, Google Photos may generate it automatically for you.

To check if Google Photos has created any photos with Pop Out, check the featured memories carousel above the Photos view.

Tip: You can save the creation to find later. When you open a creation, select Save.

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