Back in the spring when the Quarantine first started, we made our first set of Zoom Virtual Backgrounds for you to use to transport yourself to Catalyst Ranch.

And with our impending Catalyst Ranch 18th Anniversary Virtual Party coming up on Wednesday, Nov 18 (RSVP here), when we’ll give a debut tour of our newest space, The Samba, we wanted to let you put yourself there with new Samba Virtual Backgrounds as well. (That is, put yourself here virtually until the time when meetings and events are allowed to happen safely in person, of course!)

Let’s recap the value of using a Virtual Background on your zoom

Bryan pouts, stuck in his living room with gray walls.

With virtual meetings happening all the time, you’re bound to get bored of your everyday surroundings…

Bryan is suddenly transported to Catalyst Ranch

Why not instead fill your virtual work environment with color and stimulation, as if you’re right here at our place!

Bryan gives a thumbs-up, using a colorful virtual zoom background from Catalyst Ranch.

Use the instructions below, and the new Virtual Backgrounds for the Samba Space at the bottom of the page, and you’ll be beaming in no time!

Use a #RanchAtHome Virtual Zoom Background

  1. Choose one of these backgrounds down below. Right-click on the image and save the image to your desktop.

  2. In Zoom, click on the Settings icon (the little gear/cog) in the upper right corner. Then, in the panel on the left, click on “Virtual Background”.A Zoom Settings Menu

  3. Above the box of image choices, click the plus sign (+) to add the image you saved from your computer. Zoom will immediately broadcast your image with the uploaded background in place. Welcome back to the Ranch!Zoom's Virtual Background Menu

  4. Snap a pic of your virtual travels to our space, tag us, and we’ll share your pics! Use our hashtag #RanchAtHome on Facebook (@catalystranch) and Instagram (@catalyst.ranch).

  • We’ve found it works best if you position your webcam so that only a clear wall is behind you. And for the best quality, drape a solid-colored bedsheet behind you (or a green screen if you moonlight as a vlogger). Enjoy your time at Catalyst Ranch!
  • With the default Zoom settings, the background will appear mirrored back to you, but to the rest of your Zoom fellows, the image will appear correctly. So if you move out of frame and they see our happy logo, don’t worry, they’ll be able to read it.

And now, behold The Samba!