How to Add Zoom Visual Effects: An Easy 5 Step Guide

Zoom Visual Effects

Over the last year, Zoom has become a part of our lexicon. As everything from meetings to parties has become virtual, it was almost inevitable.

In trying times like these, to add a little jazz to the mundane Zoom meetings, you need not look further than Zoom visual effects.

Read on to learn about the various Zoom visual effects available and how to use them.


What are all the Zoom visual effects you can apply?


Having a virtual party with friends or a casual team meeting, and you want to have some fun. Then filters are the best choice.

From changing the color of your video to black and white to adding a surgical mask to your face, many filters are available for you to play with. One of the most popular ones is adding animal features to your face.

Virtual Backgrounds

With remote working becoming the norm, many people have had to attend meetings and interact with colleagues over Zoom. That has meant having to display your messy houses and rooms to multiple people.

This is where virtual backgrounds come in. You can change the background of your video to any image or video you want. You can either choose from the existing background images or add new custom images or videos.

Transport yourself anywhere with a few clicks. Whether it is a fun background or a professional one, they have come as a lifesaver for people who have had to spend the better part of a year on Zoom.

Lighting and Touch-up

With everything from interviews to dates shifting to Zoom, it is important to present yourself well. Features like touch-up will smoothen your skin, remove any blemishes, and give you a glowing look.

You also don’t have to worry about poor lighting and appearing unprofessional. You can adjust your lighting to appear well-lit.

Studio Effects

These are some newly introduced features. You can add mustaches, beards, and eyebrows of different styles, colors, and opacities. You can also add different colors to your lips.

This feature is aimed for more casual usage, like a meeting with friends or family.

How to Add Zoom Visual Effects

Adding Video Filters

1. Open Zoom and click on “Settings” on the right-hand corner.

Zoom visual effects settings

2. In the settings pop-up, select “Background and Filters” from the menu.

Background and filters

3. Click on “Video Filters” and chose from the many filters available.

video filters

Note: Before you can use these visual effects, you need to download the studio effects package. It will not take more than a couple of minutes.

Adding a Virtual Background

1. Open Zoom and click on “Settings” on the right-hand corner.

2. In the settings pop-up, select “Background and Filters” from the menu.

3. Click on “Virtual Background” and chose from the many backgrounds available.

virtual background

4. Click on plus icon “+” to add new images or videos to your background.

5. Select the green screen check box if you have a green screen.

Tip: Having a green screen or a solid color background can improve the quality of virtual backgrounds. The ideal resolution for the background image is 1280 x 720, and the ideal aspect ratio is 16:9.

Compatible formats:

Images should be JPG/JPEG/PNG.

Videos should be MP4/MOV files.

Changing Lighting and Touch-up

1. Open Zoom and click on “Settings” on the right-hand corner.

2. In the settings pop-up, select “Video” from the menu.

3. Under “My Video,” you can check the “Touch up my appearance” or “Adjust for low light” checkbox to customize it.

“Touch up my appearance” or “Adjust for low light

4. Move the slider to adjust the lighting and touch-up settings.

Note: For lighting settings, you need to change the control to manual before adjusting.

Adding Studio Effects

1. Open Zoom and click on “Settings” on the right-hand corner.

2. In the settings pop-up, select “Background and Filters” from the menu.

3. Click on “Studio Effects” in the bottom right-hand corner.

studio effects

4. Add eyebrows, moustache and beard, and lipstick.

5. Select from different styles and colors and adjust the opacity slider.

Snap Camera for Zoom Visual Effects

If you want to spice up your Zoom calls with a wide variety of effects, you need to look beyond the built-in Zoom Visual Effects. Many third-party applications provide your desired visual effects. Snap Camera is one of the most popular apps for Zoom Visual Effects.

As you can guess from the name, it was developed by Snapchat to provide a variety of fun Snapchat filters for your face and background.

Using Snap Camera

1. Download and install the snap camera.

2. Select the filter you want to use from snap camera.

snap camera

3. Open Zoom and click on “Settings” on the right-hand corner.

4. In the settings pop-up, select “Video” from the menu.

snap camer filter on Zoom

5. Under camera, from the dropdown menu select “Snap camera” to use Snap filters.

In the end…

Zoom visual effects are the perfect tool for turning boring Zoom calls and meetings into fun. A bold background, a funny filter, and some entertaining effects are all a few easy steps away. Experiment freely with the wide variety of effects available, and hopefully, this post serves as a companion and a guide on that path.

Also, Read >>> The Ultimate Guide to CVideo

FAQs on Zoom Visual Effects

What are the different Zoom visual effects available?

You can add effects like filters, virtual backgrounds, and Snapchat filters.

Can I add my own images as a virtual background?

Yes, you can add custom images by clicking on add new image.

Are there any other apps for Zoom visual effects?

Yes, apart from Snap Camera, there are others like ManyCam, EpocCam, etc.

Can I add videos as a virtual background?

Yes, you can add custom videos. To allow it, you may need to change account settings.

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