How To Look Better on Zoom Using Photoshop!
Looking your best on camera can be challenging, especially if your lighting and environment aren’t ideal. The good news is, you don’t have to settle for looking washed out or dim on your Zoom calls.
Discover this little-known trick that allows you to “Photoshop” your Zoom calls to make them more visually appealing.
This technique also works on Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, Skype, or any other desktop video call platform.
Step 1: Take your Zoom Screenshot Into Photoshop
To take a screenshot on Zoom, press Alt PrintScreen (Windows) or Command Shift 3 (macOS).
Once you have your screenshot, open it in Photoshop.
You can use any Adjustment Layer to color correct or color grade your image.
Step 2: Create Your Color Adjustments
Create a group and name it to your liking. Then place all your adjustments in it.
Keep in mind that Layer Masks will not work for this, but you can use Blending Modes, Opacity, Fill, and Blend If.
Important reminder: this step is completely subjective. Create adjustments that work for you.
For this tutorial, we used a Brightness and Contrast adjustment, Vibrance, and a Hue and Saturation adjustment layer to adjust skin tones.
Once you’ve made your adjustments, you can click on the Eye icon to see the before and after.
Step 3: Export Your Color Adjustment As a LUT File
To export your adjustments make sure your bottommost layer is a “background layer.”
If you don’t, just go into Layer > New > Background from Layer.
Then export by going into File > Export > Color Look Up tables.
Choose a file size. Uncheck all the formats except for Cube, and press OK.
Give your color correction a name and click on Save.
Step 4: Install OBS Studio
To apply the 3D LUT file to Zoom, you’ll need another software, but don’t worry; it’s free!
Go to OBSproject.com, download, and install OBS Studio.
Step 5: Set Up OBS Studio
In OBS Studio, go to Scene Collection and choose New.
Name your Scene and press OK.
Under Sources, click on the Plus icon and choose Video Capture Device.
This will connect to your computer’s webcam.
Select your device under the drop-down.
Right-click on the Video Capture Device > Filters > Plus icon.
Select LUT 3D > Browse > 3D LUT file you exported from Photoshop.
Click on OK, and you’re ready to go.
If the LUT isn’t showing up on the previous screen, proceed to Step 6 to make sure it shows up.
Step 6: Save the LUT as a PNG
Open Photoshop and load the Neutral LUT.png file (tutorial download below).
Click on the New Adjustment Layer icon and select Color Lookup.
Click on Load 3D LUT and select the LUT you want to create.
Export the LUT as a PNG by going to File > Export > Quick Export as PNG.
Select the PNG and apply it to OBS Studio.
Step 6: Use The OBS Virtual Camera on Zoom
Click Start Virtual Camera.
Go to Zoom > Settings > Video > Camera > OBS Virtual Camera.
Step 7: Create Overlays To Use on Your Zoom Call
To add custom graphics to your video, you can create overlays in Photoshop and add them to OBS Studio.
Design your graphic or overlay in Photoshop and export it as a PNG with transparency.
In OBS Studio, click on the Plus icon and select Image.
Browse and select the PNG file you created in Photoshop.
Place the overlay anywhere you want on the video.
To disable an overlay, click on the eye icon next to it in OBS Studio.
The overlay will also be disabled in Zoom.
To enable an overlay again, simply click on the eye icon.
With these simple steps, you can look better in Zoom using Photoshop! So, what are you waiting for? Get creative and make your virtual meetings more engaging and exciting!
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Learn more about Color Grading and Photoshop effects, then check out these tutorials:
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Photoshop 2021: Color Grading in Camera Raw
Neon Portrait Color Effect In Photoshop! [CYBERPUNK Color Grade]