I’ve been in lockdown for more than two weeks now, and boy is it a challenge. We sure did not expect a virus to change our lifestyle when we were celebrating the new year three months ago.
Everything has changed now: people are fighting over toilet paper, TikTok is swamping with hilarious quarantine videos, and classrooms are conducted on Zoom, aka a video conferencing app that is saving Spring 2020. It’s okay for the most part, but staying at home for a long time gets frustrating.
So, why not give your classmates and coworkers a good laugh by creating a personalized virtual background on Zoom? In this tutorial, you’re going to learn how to create a virtual background using Pixomatic.
For this edit, I decided to go with Microsoft’s iconic wallpaper, Bliss. You can use images from your photo gallery or Bing, a search engine that is integrated into Pixomatic apps. You can use the free stock photo libraries Unsplash and Pixabay directly from Pixomatic’s online web editor.
Here’s a fun fact: American photographer Charles O’Rear took this unedited (yes, unedited) photo in California. Bliss was the default wallpaper on Windows XP computers.
We’re going to create a cutout of the hill. For that, we need to add the background image to a new layer. Click on the plus icon in the right panel, select Image Layer, and choose the background image.
Now, we’re going to use Pixomatic’s background remover tool, also known as the cut tool, to create a cutout of the hill. Click on Cut in the bottom panel, and outline the hill as demonstrated in the first picture above.
When you’re done, tap on Next. If some parts of the image are missing from the cutout, use the Fill tool to add them. If there are extra parts in your cutout, erase them with the Erase tool.
Use the preview button to see what your cutout looks like. If you’re satisfied with the result, click Apply.
You know the drill by now! Add an image of Spongebob, and use the cut tool to outline his silhouette.
On a different note, this is my favorite Spongebob face. This was his reaction from the episode “Just One Bite” when he caught Squidward munching on Krabby Patties, which he claimed he did not like. “You like Krabby Patties, don’t you, Squidward?”
Now you know why we created the cutout of the hill. Otherwise, it would have been impossible to place Spongebob behind it. Press on the layer that contains the hill and drag it upwards. Now, Spongbob is behind he hill creeping on you while you’re in class.
Click on the icon in the top right corner, and save your image. You can also share it with your classmates and agree to set this image as a virtual background to prank your instructor on April Fool’s Day!
Feel free to use this image as your new virtual background or, better yet, create a personalized one on Pixomatic. These times are tough, so let’s do our best to give those around us a good laugh.