This article details how guests will use your Virtual Booth website to create content and share it on social media; including the different options available for desktop and mobile devices, as well as what to expect depending on which background removal option you're using.
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When guests visit your Virtual Booth site, they'll start out on the home page. In addition to the custom background, header, and footer content and text that you've added to your Virtual Booth site, guests will also be able to scroll through previews of the Virtual Booth graphic options you added to the site. If you've opted to include sample images for your graphics, those will appear here.
Your guest may choose to either UPLOAD or CAPTURE an image. Using a mobile device, they can add an image from their camera roll or use one of their device's built-in cameras. Users who visit your site with a personal computer will be able to upload an image from their hard drive, or use a connected webcam to capture.
Once the image is either captured or uploaded, one of two things will happen, what happens next depends on which background removal option you've selected for your Virtual Booth site, be it Automatic, Manual, or Overlay Only.
If you have enabled Automatic Background Removal, the subject and background will be automatically detected by the software, the background will be automatically removed, and you can skip on down to step 4, below.
Something to keep in mind: Even though our A.I. Background Removal is pretty impressive no matter what the background of the image may be, your guests are going to get the best results if their photo has a solid color background (like, say, a white wall) and nothing else in frame with them.
If you've opted for the Overlay Only option, then the whole image that your guest uploads or captures (without any background removal or alteration) will be added. Skip on down to step 4 below.
If you've opted for Manual background removal, once your guest captures or uploads their image, they will be prompted to proceed to the Image Preparation page. Instructions appear there (with text you can customize) with images that display how to "draw" the foreground, then "draw" the background.
By "draw" we really mean "scribble all over" using either their finger (mobile) or cursor (desktop). The more thorough the scribbling, the more accurate the background removal will be. It's generally a good idea to get as close to the edge of the "foreground" or "subject" as possible to ensure the best results.
Here's an example of a well-drawn foreground and background, and the results:
Not bad, right?
But, not to worry, if something like this happens instead, because the drawing didn't cover enough of the subject...
...your guests can go back and make changes to their line drawings, prompted by an instruction box which you can also customize.
Once it looks the way the guest wants it to look, they'll proceed by selecting the button at the bottom of the page...
On the next page, the guest can select from the different graphics you've chosen for this site. By tapping or click on the preview image, they'll be able to see what it looks like behind their picture.
The user can reposition, rotate, and resize their picture however they like! If they're using a desktop browser, the green squares on the guest's image can be used to resize and rotate the image as displayed above. Click and drag the image to reposition it. On mobile devices, the guest can pinch to zoom, and drag with their finger to reposition. Rotation still requires the use of the top-center green square on mobile.
Once their pic is positioned and sized how they want it, it's time to share their creation with the world!
The Share Screen once again shows the final image/GIF that your guests have created, and provides them with different share options (the icons along the side). These options include:
Each share option behaves a little differently depending on whether you're using the desktop or mobile versions of the website. We won't go into detail here, but let it suffice to say that these options function basically how you'd expect them to with one exception: Instagram will send your guests an email with attachment that they can then upload to Instagram from their device. If your guest has created a GIF using an animated graphic, the file they receive will be an mp4 video file to make it Instagram compatible).
Once the guest has shared or downloaded their creation, the "Done" arrow takes them back to home page so that they can start over if the like!
And that's how Virtual Booth works!
Be sure to check out our other tutorials on how to create the website and add the animations/backgrounds of your choosing.
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