There are a lot of solutions that people use for video conferencing and in many of them there is a way to hide the background of your room and replace it with something less personal when working from home .
With so many people finding it necessary to work from home and make use of video conferencing software for meetings and keeping in touch with friends and family, we thought it would be a great idea to use your favourite paintings from the National Gallery to replace the background when video conferencing and help us all enjoy the paintings we love so much while the National Gallery is closed.
For this purpose we have selected some popular paintings and made them available for download for personal use with any video conferencing solutions so that we can all continue to enjoy the National Gallery Collection.
Many people will know if their conferencing solution supports custom backgrounds and solutions like Zoom support this feature when enabled in the settings. For other solutions that don’t provide custom backgrounds, software such as XSplit VCam or ChromaCam can run on a PC and insert the background before the video conferencing software picks the modified video feed up as a virtual webcam. There are also unsupported features in Microsoft Teams that allow you to add your own backgrounds to those Microsoft made available if you do not have XSplit VCam, ChromaCam or something similar.
We can’t provide assistance getting your background to work but nearly all the software that lets you add your own background will allow you to add .jpg files of your choice, so we have made a number of files available. We hope you are able to find your particular method for changing the background so that you can use the images and make sure people keep on enjoying the collection while the Gallery is closed.
Here are some helpful links to common background installations provided as information only – unfortunately, we cannot provide you with any assistance installing your background but really hope you are able to use our images.
Download your favourite image or maybe a selection so you can change your background daily.