How to Create a Virtual Background for Zoom in Canva Design App

Key Takeaways:

  • Canva offers a wide selection of customizable Zoom virtual background templates that are easy to edit and personalize
  • You can create your own virtual background designs from scratch using Canva’s intuitive drag-and-drop tools and extensive library of stock images, videos, and elements
  • Finished Zoom backgrounds can be downloaded from Canva and uploaded to your Zoom settings in just a few clicks

As a graphic designer with over a decade of experience using Canva, I’ve found it to be an incredibly versatile tool for creating all sorts of designs – from social media posts and marketing materials to Zoom virtual backgrounds. With the rise of remote work and video conferencing, having an eye-catching virtual background is a great way to add some personality and professionalism to your Zoom meetings.

Canva makes it easy to create custom Zoom backgrounds, even if you have no prior design experience. They offer a huge library of pre-made Zoom background templates that you can customize with your own images, text, and branding. To browse the templates, simply go to the “Zoom Virtual Backgrounds” section in Canva (you can find it under the “Marketing” category).

The templates come in a variety of styles – from simple and minimalist to bold and colorful. Many feature stylish illustrations, gradients, and geometric patterns. You’ll also find themed options for holidays, seasons, and different industries and professions. Once you select a template you like, you can easily edit it to make it your own.

Canva’s drag-and-drop editor is very intuitive. You can upload your own photos or logos to incorporate into the design, or choose from Canva’s library of over 2 million stock images, videos, graphics, and elements. Customize the colors to match your brand, add or remove design elements, and edit the text to include your name, title, company name, or a short message.

If you can’t find a pre-made template that fits your needs, you can also design your Zoom background from scratch. Canva provides blank Zoom background templates in the perfect dimensions (1920 x 1080 pixels). Start by choosing a background image or video, and then layer on text and graphics. Some ideas for DIY backgrounds:

  • A branded design with your company logo and colors
  • A photo of your office space or a picturesque landscape
  • An illustrated scene that reflects your profession or hobbies
  • A collage of photos showcasing your work or products
  • An animated background video to add some motion

As you’re designing, keep in mind virtual background best practices:

  • Avoid overly busy or distracting designs
  • Make sure any text is large enough to read
  • Use colors that contrast well with your clothing and skin tone
  • Preview how it looks with your camera to check cropping and clarity

When you’re happy with your virtual background design, simply download it from Canva as a JPG or PNG image file. Canva Pro subscribers can also download backgrounds as MP4 videos. Then, open up your Zoom application or go to the Zoom website.

In your Zoom settings, navigate to the “Virtual Background” tab. Click the small plus sign (+) to upload your background image or video. It will be added to your virtual background options. Then, just select it before or during a meeting to display it.

With Canva, the possibilities for creative and unique Zoom backgrounds are endless. Whether you use a template or start from scratch, you can create backgrounds that showcase your personality, profession, and passions. Have fun with it and mix it up every so often to keep things fresh. Your stunning virtual backgrounds are sure to make a great impression on your colleagues and clients in Zoom meetings.