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You can create a great TikTok video by doing nothing more than simply talking to the camera. However, if you want to do something a little fancier or you’re still unsure of your own ability to spruce up your video, you can start with some of the predesigned templates that come with the app.

Templates make it easy to create a lively, complex video. You just have to drop your own photos and / or videos into the template, and you’re done. (You can, of course, add your own text, sounds, effects, and more as well.)

Here’s how to start using a template:

  • Tap the plus sign at the bottom of the screen to start a new video.
  • Select Templates. (You’ll find it next to the Story label at the bottom of the screen.)
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