GIPHY has launched GIPHY Backdrop, a new tool that lets you create your own animated virtual backgrounds for video calls. 

Daily video calls on Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, or other platforms can get really boring, really fast. To help you bring some “personality and fun” to your video meetings, GIPHY is launching a new tool that lets you create animated virtual backgrounds. Please welcome GIPHY Backdrop.

The idea for GIPHY Backdrop came when the team behind it created a few custom GIPHY-made backgrounds for video calls. While they were experimenting with different background types, they realized that they might as well give people the power to create their own. They did just that.

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To start creating your own animated virtual backgrounds, go to There you can you can choose from a wide variety of pre-made starter backgrounds, which you can accessorize with animated stickers, captions, filters, and drawings. You can then download your creation. Simple!

The pre-made starter backgrounds were created by GIPHY partners and artists, such as Loulou João, J.B.Kinard, Alex Phillip, Kiernan Sjursen-Lien, and Sarah Zucker, but GIPHY is also working with Into Action (an activism awareness initiative) and Illumination (the studio who brought us the Minions, Sing, The Secret Life of Pets, and many other hit animated films) for exclusive launch content.

If you prefer something more custom, you can also upload your own video or image, and customize its as well. If  you want to share your background with others, you can easily do it as well, as each background has a custom link so you can send to whoever you’d like.

Check out the video below for a short tutorial.

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