How To Transform Yourself Into A Cartoon Avatar For Zoom Meetings

By changing to a cartoon representation of oneself onscreen, people who frequently use Zoom to video chat with coworkers, friends, and family may now add a little extra whimsy to their virtual interactions. Many messaging platforms and applications currently let users create customized emoticons and stickers with images of their own faces and expressions. Some even offer video filters that users can employ to totally replace their talking heads with those of an animal or a character, or to disguise themselves in amusing makeup and costumes.

Zoom recently announced an update to their already-existing avatar feature that is currently in its beta-testing stage. Users with access to the upgrade can now use personalization settings to create a cartoon that closely resembles their face in real life in addition to being able to transform themselves into cute animal that mirrors their own facial movements. On a desktop computer, sign in to the desktop program, click the profile picture in the top-right corner of the window, and then choose “Settings” to create a human Zoom avatar.

Go to the ‘Background & Effects’ option on the left panel, then click the ‘Avatars’ tab to the right of the video preview. For the Avatar Builder window to open, click the “+” symbol next to the “None” tile. Pick a choice for each design preference that resembles your own after going through each one. Every choice made will alter the avatar in the preview window, allowing users to examine the results and make any necessary adjustments.

To save the personalized human avatar, click “Done.” Cartoon human avatars can only be made and used using the desktop client for either Windows or macOS, whereas animal-style avatars are available across all of Zoom’s platforms. Multiple human avatars can be created by Zoom desktop users, however, avatars must be enabled for Zoom meetings by the account owner or admin. The most recent Zoom desktop application must also be installed on a computer with a compatible processor and graphics card, as well as at least Windows 7 or macOS 10.13.

The optimum time to use a custom Zoom avatar is when a participant is multitasking during a video conversation and would prefer not to have their non-call-related actions displayed onscreen. Custom Zoom avatars can be used with a virtual background, but not with a video filter. When compared to having a generic and static profile photo, it’s also a more entertaining alternative to use when the user wishes to participate in the video chat with their camera turned off. More customization options should be made available as the Zoom human avatar feature is developed further and additional users have access to the video effect, providing them more options for their facial features, hairstyles, clothing, and other attributes.

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