The company behind the Zoom video calling app may be the one company to benefit the most from the pandemic. Apparently, Zoom has become the “default” video calling app for users across the globe, either working from home, studying from home, or for casual video chatting as well. Recently, Zoom introduced a new feature called “Studio Effects,” which allows users to change their facial elements, such as eyebrows, beard, and lips.
Notably, these Zoom “Studio Effects” features are similar to what other social media apps like Instagram and Snapchat offer. If you are also a Zoom user and want to know how you can make use of Zoom’s Studio Effects features, then follow this guide. I
If you are new to Zoom, you can get started by learning how to set up or join a Zoom meeting.
What Is Studio Effects?
Since everyday video calling could become boring, Zoom added “Studio Effects” to bring some fun elements for users. Using Zoom Studio Effects, users will be able to change their facial hair, change the color of their lips, add a beard, and also apply various filters. In order to use this new feature, you should make sure you have the latest version of the Zoom video calling app installed on your PC. Another important thing you should note is that the Zoom Studio Effects feature is not available for mobile users.
How to Enable Zoom Studio Effects
First, download the latest version of the Zoom video calling app for your respective operating system.
Install the latest version of the Zoom app on your desktop. Once the installation has completed, open the app. Head over to the Settings page located at the top-right corner of the Zoom Home page right below the profile icon.
Under the Settings menu, you will see the whole set of features and options that the Zoom video calling app offers. From the left pane where all the options are populated, search and click on the “Background & Filter” option.
On the right pane click the option of “Studio Effects” at the bottom-right corner.
If you have installed Zoom for the first time, pressing the Studio Effects button will show a pop-up and will ask you to download the Studio Effects package. Click the Download button to begin downloading the Video Studio Effects package.
After the download is complete, a new pane will open on the right-most side of the Background & Filter page called “Studio Effects.” This Studio Effects pane contains all the facial elements and options. Note that each facial feature or effect comes with three customization options. This includes Shape, Color and Opacity. You can tweak these three facial customization options to achieve your desired look.
How to Change Your Facial Features on Zoom
Let us take a look at how you can change the facial features on the Zoom video calling app using this newly unlocked Studio Effects feature.
Eyebrows are the first section you can tweak. There are a total of seven eyebrow options to choose from – namely soft arch, thin arch, high arch, curved, straight, sharp, and fit straight. Choose your desired any shape of eyebrow.
Second, you need to choose the color of your eyebrow effect. You can choose from the stock color options or create a custom color from the color wheel. Last but not the least, you can change the opacity of the eyebrow filter. Using the slider, you can increase/decrease the opacity of the eyebrow.
The customization options for changing or adding a beard or mustache are similar to what you get for changing eyebrows. There are seven beard/mustache options that Zoom offers under its Studio Effects features: Blaze, Royale, Pencil, Circle, Handlebar, Horseshoe, and Chevron.
Once you have selected the beard/mustache you wish to have on your face, simply select the color and opacity of the facial element, and the beard will appear on your face.
Change Lip Color
For lip color, there are only two customization options: color and opacity. You can select your favorite lip color from the color palette. Once the lip color is selected, you can adjust the opacity of the lip.
After all the facial features are chosen as per the desired look, you need to press the Save button. In order to reset the changes that you have made to your face or remove the Studio Effects applied to your face, you need to head over to the Studio Effects menu and click on Reset.
In addition to changing to a custom background, Zoom Studio Effects is yet another way to give a fun touch to video calling.