Hollywood visual effects have been the gold standard for film production since movies were first shown on the silver screen. One effect is known far and wide for its ability to transport people to another world - the green screen. Green screens help creators set films anywhere they want.  TikTok added a green screen effect to our suite of creative tools on the app a few weeks ago as part of our quest to give users the most creatively-inspiring tools available - and the best part is - there's no actual green screen or suit with ping pong balls required.  

How to use the green screen effect

To use the green screen effect, follow these simple instructions:

  1. Open the app and hit the “+” to create a video.
  2. Select “Effects” and under the “Trending” section, look for the #greenscreen icon.

3. Choose any photo from your phone library to use your background and hit record!

Green screen in action

Since going live, users have utilized this effect in creative and unique ways to take their content to the places they could only imagine would be available for them to film a video. Check out the videos below and don't miss #greenscreen on TikTok for more.

Did you know you can use the green screen effect without an actual green screen?

You can flex without the hassle of leaving home

You can be on point with literal lyrics

You can make a flawless green screen integration

You can have all your pizza dreams come true

You can bring those Minecraft references to the club!

You can set the bar at Sydney's level

Or you could cosplay as a Doughboy

Finally, achievement unlocked!