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How to Create a Custom Zoom Virtual Background

By Melanie Doncas | Designer Tutorials Inspiration

If there’s one thing getting us all through the current isolation of the global pandemic, it’s that face-to-face contact that video conferencing has to offer. Whether you’ve been logging onto Zoom to use it as a virtual meeting place for your loved ones, or to stay in the loop with co-workers while working from home, there’s no doubt that the platform has been getting a workout of late.

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Rather than risk a messy bedroom backdrop or use that same plain white wall in your living room again, why not elevate your entire video calling experience by creating a fun, custom Zoom background? From colorful graphics and patterns to breathtaking photos and more, BeFunky’s Graphic Designer has everything you need to give yourself a change of scenery!

Zoom Background Inspiration

Want to put yourself on a tropical beach overlooking the ocean or in a tranquil rainforest setting? Or perhaps you want to recreate your office boardroom or put yourself in a hilarious cartoon scene? There are so many possibilities when it comes to creating a custom Zoom background; you’ll be spoiled for choice!

We’ve rounded up our favorite themes below to help you narrow down your ideas and provide you with inspiration. The best part? A Zoom background’s required dimensions measure 1280 x 720 pexels, which is exactly the same size as our YouTube Thumbnail templates. Score!

Abstract Shapes

Cool, arty, and very on-trend; abstract shapes are perfect for presenting a creative background that’ll liven up even the most dull virtual meetings.

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BeFunky has the perfect color schemes and design elements to make this look happen in just a few clicks!

Among the Wildlife

Think of a favorite or funny animal and put yourself among them for your next video conference.

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For a laugh, experiment with proportions to make the animals look larger-than-life.

Office Setting

If you’re missing your office boardroom that much, or simply want a more professional looking background for your Zoom call, then this is the one for you.

office setting Zoom virtual background

Just find a stock photo of an office setting you love and you’re good to go.

Travel Destination

Sure, you might be stuck working at home for now, but what if your next Zoom conference took you to the beaches of Hawaii, the bright lights of Las Vegas, or the chic streets of Paris?

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Pick your favorite destination and we'll help you make it look like you're there.

Cartoon Capers

Forget real life, why not put yourself among a colorful cartoon setting for your next video call?

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Take inspiration from your favorite cartoon shows or create a new one altogether!

Funny Caption or Doodle

Give your friends, family, or co-workers something to laugh about with a background featuring a hilarious caption or perfectly placed doodle.

silly Zoom background ideas

Perfect for informal work catch ups on a Friday afternoon!

Punchy Patterns

Keep it fun, colorful, and eye-catching with a pattern featuring your favorite food, foliage, or anything else your heart desires.

Zoom virtual background ideas

BeFunky has all the templates, tools, and effects to make whatever you're imagining for your Zoom virtual background happen! We'll walk you through everything you need to know next.

How to Create a Custom Zoom Virtual Background

Now that you’re feeling inspired, it’s time to head to the Graphic Designer to start making your own custom Zoom background! In the Start A Design menu that appears, select the Blank Canvas option at the top (located next to Templates). Type 1280 x 720 into the Width and Height boxes, or choose one of our YouTube Thumbnail template presets – they're already perfectly sized for a Zoom virtual background.

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Firstly, let’s look at how easy it is to make a background that’s just one large image. Click on Image Manager in the main menu to the left. From here, you can upload an image from your Computer, BeFunky, Facebook, and more. Alternatively, you select the Search Stock Images button to search our library of over a million free stock photos to find an image that’s perfect for what you had in mind! For this example, we’re searching for a picturesque landscape image.

zoom virtual background templates by BeFunky

Once you find the perfect image, simply drag and drop it onto your canvas. You can then drag the image’s corners outwards to make it larger so that it fills the entire canvas, or right click the image and select Canvas > Fill Canvas from the menu that appears to automatically fill the canvas.

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Et voilà! To save your custom Zoom background, navigate to Save at the top of the screen and select your desired location.

how to create custom Zoom background in BeFunky

Now that you know how to create a custom photo backdrop for Zoom, it’s time to discover how you can create more of a graphic-driven design featuring fun patterns, shapes, symbols, and more!

With your blank canvas, the first thing you want to do is set a color or texture for your background. To set a color, navigate to Customize in the main menu on the left and select a color swatch of your choosing. You can also click on the first color swatch to choose a specific color from the Color Chart.

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Alternatively, for a textured or patterned background, navigate to the Image Manager and upload an image from your own source or search our large library of Stock Photos. For this example, we went with a watercolor background image we found in BeFunky's Stock Image Library. Follow the steps above regarding adding the image to your blank template and resizing it to fit the entire background.

how to create your own Zoom background in BeFunky

Next up, we’re going to add some graphic elements to bring our custom Zoom background to life. Click on the Graphics tab in the main menu on the left, followed by Search Graphics.

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Here, you'll be able to search our huge library of shapes, symbols, lines, and so much more! Just type in a search term of your choice or search by Popular Tags.

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Whichever graphics you click on will be added to the Your Graphics section of the Graphics tab. Once you close out of the Graphic Library, you'll see them there. Simply drag and drop them onto your canvas to place them in your design.

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To move elements around on your template, simply click and drag them into place using your mouse. You can use the blue circles around each graphic to resize and rotate it, as well as use the Graphic Properties menu that appears to customize elements such as Color, Opacity, and more! To change the color of your graphic, click on the square located next to Color Overlay and choose your desired color from the Color Chart, use the Eyedropper Tool, or type in the Color HEX Code if you know it.

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BeFunky has everything you need to create the Zoom virtual background you're envisioning, whether you want to add text to a background, turn a background photo to art, or anything else. Be sure to play around with the different tools and effects to get the look you're wanting.

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Once your custom Zoom background is looking on-point, click Save at the top of the screen to save it to your Computer, Dropbox, or more so it’s ready to upload into Zoom.

Next Steps

Ready to set your awesome new custom background? From your Zoom profile, click Settings then locate Virtual Background. Then, just click the ‘plus’ icon (+) next to where it says Choose Virtual Background, before uploading your desired image from your computer.

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Ta-da! Who said isolation couldn’t be fun? With your custom Zoom background, you’re ready to rock your next video conference in style!

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