Home offices are rarely clutter-free and organized. On bad days, it looks like a mini-tornado tore it apart. And it gets worse when you receive an invitation for a Video call zoom between. The perfect recipe for a panic attack, I would say. But before letting it settle in, how about managing it calmly and creating a virtual background for your Zoom meeting? Yes, you read correctly.
Zoom’s virtual background feature is cleverly designed to hide your background. That way, whether it’s a disorganized shelf or a hallway, everything stays hidden.
Edge detection is perfect and you won’t find strange patterns or protruding masks. So, you should try the virtual backgrounds in Zoom, and we’ll tell you where to start. And yes, we also have some great horizons to use during your videoconferences and meetings.
Just download them via the link at the bottom of each image.
How to set virtual backgrounds in zoom
Step 1: Launch Zoom and you will see a Settings icon in the upper right corner.
2nd step: Click on it and select the Virtual Background option from the left menu, and you will see some preloaded backgrounds.
If you are using it for the first time, you will need to download the entire package. This will take only few minutes.
After downloading the package, select a background from the list and it will be applied immediately.
At the same time, you can try the videos. Compared to images, preloaded videos look a lot cooler, all thanks to their subtle transitions.
The only thing you need to keep in mind is that the background doesn’t work well if you shake your hands or move around a lot in the view of the camera.
In addition, it also depends on how your PC handles graphics. This means your computer would work better if it had a dedicated GPU, such as a dedicated integrated graphics card for laptops or a graphics card for desktops.
How to add new virtual backgrounds in zoom
If you’re not happy with the existing backgrounds in Zoom, luckily, you can also add a custom background.
To add new virtual backgrounds to Zoom, go to the virtual background settings and click the little Plus icon, as shown below.
Select Add image from the list, choose an image or video from your PC’s internal memory, and that’s it.
So there you have it, a whole new unique background for your next Zoom meeting. Yes, you can thank me later.
7 best virtual zoom backgrounds for you
1. The Jetsetter
This horizon image is perfect for most zoom meetings. Top of the world, they say.
If you are looking for a clearer picture, this picture of the New York skyline is perfect. With a bluish tint, your figure will be sharp without any clear difference between the background and the foreground.
3. Blue Skies
A blue sky, a green valley and a setting sun – well, what more do you need?
3. For fans of minimalism
Don’t want your background to steal the show? What if you were content with minimalist art? The best thing about these virtual backgrounds is that they don’t stand out like a sore thumb. At the same time, they give off a feeling of calm.
4. A small place
Another great choice for a Zoom virtual background is a world map. It is not too vibrant or colorful, which makes it ideal for most meetings and conferences.
3. Will have
Are you amazed by the vast emptiness of space? If so, you may want to try this virtual rendering of space. But then again, note that the dark background may not be ideal for all scenarios.
4. A study
Backgrounds like the one above are great if you want to keep it simple. This gives a more natural atmosphere and helps the user to integrate perfectly.
5. The sailor
Do you want something cool and serene? What could be better than an image of a calm sea in the background.
Bonus Zoom Tips and Tricks
1. Touch up your appearance
Yes like smartphones and camera apps these days, Zoom also gives you the opportunity to improve the appearance of your skin.
To activate it, go to the video settings and check the box next to Touch up my appearance.
2. Choose a location for each recording
You already know that Zoom lets you record your video calls and conferences. By default, Zoom save these video files under the Documents folder.
The time and name of the meeting are included in the folder name, but when they are not checked, these files may be disorganized. And it ends up consuming your time when you have to open each file to check the content.
Therefore, it makes sense to save the recordings to a location of your choice when you end a meeting each time.
To do this, go to Settings> Recording and check the first option “ Choose a location to save the recording after the meeting ends ”, as shown in the screenshot above.
Whether it’s a messy house or a cluttered background, a virtual background can go a long way in hiding the reality. And not only that, you can also have fun during these calls and meetings.
All you have to do is find a fun picture to put in the background.
Do you want to record Skype calls? See the following article to see how to record your Skype calls without a hitch.
Last updated April 2, 2020