5 Free Methods to Add Webcam Face Filters on PC/Mac

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Luca TangenLast Updated: September 9, 2022
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There are lots of mobile apps that enable you to add face filters to mask your face to one that pleases you, like a monkey, emoji, avatar, etc. However, few webcam software tools support adding face filters for webcams on a PC or a Mac.

If you are searching for face mask software for your laptop webcam, you come to the right place. This article tells 5 free ways to add webcam face filters for free.

Method 1. Use Face Filters for Webcam via Snap Camera

There are many webcams face filters online, and Snap Camera is one of them. The face filters support Windows 10 and newer versions and work with macOS 10.13 and more recent versions. With Snap Camera, you can easily apply lens face filters to your webcam even when in a live stream by selecting Snap Camera as your webcam device.

To use Snap Camera:

Step 1. Download and Install Snap Camera for your PC or Mac from the official website.

For a macOS, you need to double-click the .pkg downloaded, but for a PC, double-click the downloaded .exe, then follow the simple installation instructions. Ensure also to allow the Snap Camera to use your camera.

Step 2. Select a Lens.

Select Face Filters - Snap Camera Lens

Select Face Filters – Snap Camera Lens

Once you’ve installed the Snap Camera, open it, and from the previews of the different lenses available, select one that delights you.

Step 3. Use Snap Camera as Your Webcam.

Use Snap Camera as Video Source.

Use Snap Camera as Video Source.

Snap Camera can easily be used as a webcam with various applications like OBS. First, close any webcam-enabled application, like Zoom, OBS, or Skype, then reopen them for Snap Camera to recognize the app.

If you are using browsers like Google Chrome for Google Meets, you need to restart them. Under the available input sources, choose to add a new device, and from the list, select Snap Camera.

That’s it! Your webcam application will now use Snap Camera to add webcam face filters.

Method 2. Add Webcam Face Filters Using ManyCam

ManyCam is another great webcam face filter with plenty of filters and properties that you can tweak around to create your perfect filter.

Step 1. Download and Install ManyCam for your PC or Mac.

Step 2. Open ManyCam and Add Your Filters.

Step 3. Click the Select Effects Menu button on the right.

ManyCam Categories Menu

ManyCam Categories Menu

Step 4. A categories menu will appear. Click on one of the menus to open its items.

Step 5. Click on the filter and drag it onto your screen.

Add a Filter - ManyCam

Add a Filter – ManyCam

Step 6. Click the face mask option and choose a mask to add a face filter. It will then add a 3D face mask.

Step 7. To remove a filter, click the eye icon next to it.

Remove Face Filter

Remove Face Filter

Method 3. Mirror iPhone Face Filters to Your Computer

Do you know you can repurpose your iPhone into a webcam for your Mac or PC? The best part is that there are apps that spice the experience by adding filters to your iPhone and display on your Mac or PC. EpocCam is such an app, and you can use it wired or wirelessly.

Here’s the good part, EpocCam comes with 15 snap lenses, including virtual masks, backgrounds, and customizable filters.

Add Face Filters using EpocCam

Add Face Filters using EpocCam

To use EpocCam:

  1. Install EpocCam on your iPhone from App Store
  2. On your Mac or PC, download EpocCam from the official website
  3. Next, open the webcam application you want to use EpocCam with, such as Zoom.
  4. Connect your iPhone to your PC using a cable if you wish to use it wired. Else, skip this step.
  5. Under the camera source of the app, choose to use EpocCam
  6. On your iPhone, open the installed EpocCam.

That’s it. EpocCam will connect to your PC and use your iPhone as a webcam. You can then use the filters that come with EpocCam

Method 4. Add Webcam Face Filters on Zoom Meeting

Webcam filters face can also be added to some supported video chat apps like zoom. The new versions of Zoom have a video filter studio that allows you to use and customize face filters for your Zoom meeting.

  1. Open Zoom on your PC and click the Settings icon at the top right corner.

    Zoom Settings Button

    Zoom Settings Button

  2. On the next screen, select Background & Filters.

    Zoom Background and Filters

    Zoom Background and Filters

  3. Click Video Filters and select your filter face. You can click on None to remove the filter.

    Select Face Filter in Zoom

    Select Face Filter in Zoom

  4.  The filters will be saved and applied at your next zoom meeting, and people can see you in the fun face.
  5. To change a filter while on a zoom session, click the up arrow next to Start/Stop Video.

    Add Face Filter During Session - Zoom

    Add Face Filter During Session – Zoom

  6. Click Choose Video Filter. You can now choose a face filter without exiting your zoom meeting.

Method 5. Add Webcam Face Effects Online

You can also use webcam face filters online without installing any app. There are free web-based face filters that utilize your camera to add filters when using your PC, and you can also take a picture of yourself with the filters.

Examples of free and online webcam applications include HDBooth, Pixect, and Webcam Toy. To use the webcams, visit their website and click start. You will need to allow them to use your camera, and once the camera is working, you can add any filter available. If you wish, you can take a picture, and it will download into your downloads folder.

WebcamToy Online Camera with Filters

WebcamToy Online Camera with Filters

Conclusion

There are many face filters for webcams that you can use with your PC or Mac. This guide covered different ways to use webcam face filters. The methods are easy, and you get your fun filter as you stream or take pictures on your PC using any of them. Have fun!

This article is originally published on May 25, 2022, and updated on September 9, 2022

Luca Tangen

Staff writer at fineshare.com. Has been writing about the technology of Windows, Mac, and iOS since 2014.

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