Using Free Zoom backgrounds to cover up your messy remote work rooms
Nowadays, many people are finding themselves to work remotely or set up virtual parties that chatting with friends and family while maintaining social distance. Hence, Zoom is quickly becoming the source of those meetings. But if you spend days quarantining at home, cleaning up for a Zoom call might be the last thing on your mind.
Here, there are some tools let you make your own Zoom’s custom background for free in order to hide messy backdrops or running children and pets.
Canva is a resource design service, and a number of free templates are offered for you to use on Zoom to customize your virtual space.
Choose from animated backgrounds (a word of warning that these will require more processing power to run smoothly) or static images like your astrological sign or a custom placard with your name and title. Personally, I’m a big fan of the Conference Call Bingo.
Unsplash is a free resource that provided high-quality graphics, and these have become super handy to use as Zoom backgrounds. Whether you want to replicate a workspace, “hang” in your favorite coffee shop, or pretend you’re on the beach, Unsplash probably has something that suits the mood.
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We’re an eclectic bunch, so let some of my colleagues explain the reasons behind their favorite Zoom backgrounds that they’re sharing to create calm — or, in some cases, absolute chaos.
If you want to feel like you’re in an ‘80s yearbook, we’ve got two options for you: Headshot Gray and True ‘80s. I’d love to see a whole Zoom meeting of people posing like they’re taking their high school photos with this background. Feel free to cuddle a cat or dog to spice it up. —Michele Doying, multimedia designer