Using a Custom Office Background for Google Meet: Quality Considerations

When using Google Meet for your business meetings, an office background will give you a more professional look than, say, a background of a beach or a forest.

Google added a feature to Google Meet for replacing your backdrop. While Meet includes a number of stock backgrounds, you can upload one or more backgrounds of your choosing.

The ideal custom background image for Google Meet has a 16:9 aspect ratio, as this matches the dimensions of the participant video frame in Meet. With other aspect ratios, the vertical or horizontal sides of the image will be automatically cropped.

Video Quality When Using a Background

Before we discuss office backgrounds, here is a note about video quality when using a background.

If you have used a Google Meet custom background, you may have noticed that your likeness can get distorted at the fringes. If you move too quickly, you may have seen even more distortion.

This is because a sharp foreground subject (you) relies on a consistent color behind the subject. Any consistent color background will work.

There’s an AI for that: RunwayML lets you remove and replace video backgrounds — similar to how Google Meet does this in real time.

Adding an Office Background

There are both free and paid stock photo sources for office background images.

Pexels

With a green screen in place, when you upload a custom background office image, such as this free one posted on Pexels by Marc Mueller, the edges around you will be sharper and the background will look more realistic.

Google Meet Office Background Mark Mueller

Most photos do not have a 16:9 aspect ratio — 4:3 is typical. The above photograph of an office from Mark Mueller is 16:9 — which is what you want for your Meet background dimension.

In terms of pixels, commonly used sizes are 1280×720 and 1920×1080.

Unsplash

Here is another example of background office wallpaper. This one was posted on Unsplash by Alesia Kazantceva. Like Pexels, Unsplash allows for free downloads.

Google Meet Custom Office Background

Paid Services

There are also premium photo site options such as Shutterstock and Adobe Stock. This office background—as you can see from the watermark—is from DepositPhotos.

Office Background Deposit Photos

Midjourney

Midjourney v5 allows you to create any background you can imagine. Here’s an example:

With the right physical and virtual office background, you can give yourself a more professional appearance while on a Google Meet.

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