How to turn yourself into a cartoon for your next Zoom call

Want to make your next quarterly Zoom check-up a little more interesting? Want to bully your colleagues on the virtual all-hands? If so, why not turn yourself into a whimsical living cartoon, courtesy of Snapchat’s desktop app?

We’ve written about the Snap Camera app before because it’s fun, free, and easy to use. But Snap appears to have recently updated it with its mobile app’s cartoon filter, which is worth checking out in itself. The filter turns you into a generic DreamWorks/Pixar creation and is surprisingly smooth. The ability to capture your full range of expressions is a bit limited (it can’t really be a good one) DreamWorks face, for example) but access via the desktop app means you can now use the filter on your next Zoom call, which is both silly and fun.

The filter is available through Snap’s Snap Camera desktop app on Mac and PC.
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To do this, you must first download and install the Snap Camera app from here (you must give it access to your microphone and camera and be running Windows 10 or macOS 10.13 or later). Then launch the app, launch Zoom and make Snap Camera your camera input. To do this on a Mac, click “Preferences” > “Video” in the top menu. If you’re using a PC, click the gear icon in the top-right corner of the app and select “Video.” Then from the drop-down menu labeled “Camera” select “Snap Camera” instead of your current entry.

Then go to the Snap Camera app itself and select the desired filter from the carousel below the camera feed. This one is called ‘Cartoon Style’. Click on it and you should be good to go. A little tip: you can click on the video or create a custom keyboard shortcut (defined under the video feed) to switch between different cartoon styles. Enjoying!