Graphics are an important part of your channel as they set the tone of your brand. It's important that you take time to figure out how you want to present yourself and your channel to your audience.
We know not everyone is an expert within design, which is why we've compiled this list of graphics resources. You should definitely be able to find a design that speaks to you, and that you want to represent your brand.
Some of the resources are free, some you'll have to pay. You shouldn't scoff at the idea of paying for premium graphics. $30 for a full stream package can not only make you take your channel more serious (since you've now invested more money into your stream), people will definitely notice the improvement in stream quality and brand consistency. This signals to viewers that you're a streamer that takes their craft seriously.
Our picks in resources are the best out there. You'll be able to find something that floats your boat.
Free + Premium
Originally starting as a tutorial website and YouTube channel, Nerd or Die has evolved into a brand that creates products, custom designs, free resources, and tutorials for anyone looking to enter into the live streaming world. Their goal is to make stuff they're proud of, and it shows.
Nerd or Die has some of the best graphics available for streamers on all platforms. And they have a mix of free and premium products, all of which will make your stream look sleek and professional.
Here's a list of some of their products:
Most of their products are compatible with:
And did we mention that Nerd or Die creates custom event lists, chat boxes and stream widgets that are compatible with Streamlabs and StreamElements?!
How about free resources. Yes, Nerd or Die offers a few free resources that are just as amazing as their products. They include:
Nerd or Die is at the top of our list for graphics. Their site is designed extremely well, and each product has a detailed analysis of what's included and how to set it up to ensure you get the most out of your purchase.
If in doubt, check out NoD.
StreamElements takes an innovative approach to overlays, and stores all your graphics and assets in the cloud, reducing pre-stream setup time to a few seconds. This also enables launching your overlay from every device, and backs up all your overlay graphic assets.
How does it work?
StreamElements has its own Overlay editor that offers unrivaled management of your overlays and ease of use with one source loading. In the Overlay editor you can create, edit, duplicate and customize your overlays effortlessly.
All your overlays are stored in your StreamElements account, with each overlay having a unique URL to be placed in your streaming software (OBS project/Xsplit) and containing your whole setup.
Before you use the editor, you get to choose your theme from their gallery. If you don't want a universal theme, you can pick and choose your own overlays, alerts, panels, etc. But having a uniform theme will definitely help with branding, and is a much safer choice when creating (or updating) your profile.
And all of this is free. You pick your theme, and then you customize it with the overlay editor.
Out of the box, you immediately get the following with StreamElements:
You can plug and play your own custom graphics/overlays onto StreamElements. Nerd or Die, for example, creates themes specifically for StreamElements. Although you may have to pay, you can use a custom theme to really hone your brand identity.
If you prefer other chatbots for specific commands, or tips, you can import the following tools:
As you can see, StreamElements has a lot more to offer than just graphics. Their platform is an all-in-one streaming solution for anyone on Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, etc.
And it's not just for beginners. Some of the biggest streamers out there use StreamElements and love it. It's hard not to.
Free + Premium
Streamlabs is another all-in-one solution for streamers, like StreamElements. The service is free to use, but they also offer Prime, a subscription based membership that gives you additional features.
Prime costs $149/year or $19/month. What are the benefits of Prime?
You get a lot more, but you get the gist.
Although you don't need Prime, most of the themes, apps, widgets, etc require a Prime subscription in order to you to use them.
You may scoff at the idea of paying a yearly (or monthly) subscription, but you won't have to worry about anything else for your stream. You'll have access to anything you need. This includes:
Streamlabs is very similar to StreamElements. They offer a lot of the same features and are a great choice for streamers to quickly get their stream setup while looking professional.
Free + Premium
Own3D.tv is an all-in-one marketplace for streamers, as well as an educational platform for those just kicking off their streaming careers. They offer a mix of free streaming elements, as well as Basic and Premium packages that provide an advanced setup of themes, overlays and websites. Own3D acts more like a traditional marketplace, with full packages and one-off assets available for purchase, but the major difference that makes them stand out is their free courses. Meant for new streamers, these courses and tutorials are meant to help growing streamers get ahead and know how to use themes, notifications and any other asset before purchasing.
If you do decide to purchase an asset you can go for a one off item or choose a package. The Premium Packages typically go for $80.99 and the Basic Packages for $48.99. While the two packages have some overlap, what are the major differences between the two?
Not sure about investing that much cash toward your streaming career just yet? Well you can earn free overlays, animations and emote packages by signing up for the Own3rs Club, a co-branding initiative where in exchange for interacting, streaming and sharing Own3r content you rack up points.
As mentioned before, if you don’t need a full theme of assets, Own3rs Club also provides a vast library of single or groups of graphics and animations, including:
These assets will range from just a few bucks to closer to the cost of packages depending on the amount being purchased, popularity and a handful of other factors.
Own3D.tv isn’t exactly the quick one-stop shop that many of the other sites on this list are, but it is a great place to purchase high quality packages or single assets to get you started. Additionally, they show a dedication to growing a streaming community and educating up and coming streamers with a loyalty program, free tutorials and courses that are worth checking out if you get stuck kicking off your foray into streaming.
Free + Premium
Visuals by Impulse provides a mix of free and premium overlays, alerts, packages and more for Twitch and Mixer users. For those looking for a more personalized touch done by a team of professionals, they also provide custom design work that includes:
The real benefit of using Visuals by Impulse is the diverse array of options available. You can go the personalized route, buy premade templates, test out free options or just purchase one off assets to build out your visuals on your own. Their library is also constantly rotating in new premium and free products to check out, meaning that even if nothing looks like a great fit at the moment, in just a few weeks you’ll have brand new options to choose from.
As an added benefit, the team at Visuals by Impulse also puts out a regular blog about their new assets, streaming best practices and design features. They also stream the custom design process live on Twitch which is a great opportunity to learn more about what goes into visual streaming design and potentially teach you how to create future assets on your own.
Free + Premium
One of the more affordable marketplace options available today, Streamplay provides a range of streaming packages and single use items, animations and audio cues that range from just $2.99 - $24.99 for full packages.
You can expect to find:
In addition to all of the paid options, Streamplay also provides a small assortment of free Twitch Overlays and Webcam Overlays to get you started. They also provide an editing service for both free and premium graphics in case you don’t know your way around Photoshop or don’t have time to change things around yourself.
Free + Premium
Tactical Lion specializes in creating customized artwork for all of your streaming and social platforms, as well as a range of pre-made templates for quick purchase and use. Each custom package focuses on a specific streaming or social channel, with assets included that makes the most sense for someone just starting out on that channel. Looking for more? They give you the option to tack on additional designs, animations or to have them install the designs for you to make it as easy as possible.
So what’s included in the different packages and what do they cost?
Additionally, Tactical Lion has a brief assortment of free panels and icons available, as well as regular blog releases and guides that go through basic tutorials, best practices and much more in the world of streaming. The pricing and limited free templates makes this a reasonable option for streamers just branching out and needing a lot of personalized assets to get started.
Free + Premium
Possibly the largest library of free elements out of any platform on this list, WDFLAT, provides a vast range of simple png design elements including:
They also sell $13.99 - $17.99 premium kits which include:
These simple designs are great assets to pull from if you want to start out without dumping a lot of money into graphics and animations. It does appear that WDFLAT may be the least active website out of those on this list, which means you’ll need to take that into account in case you’d rather spend more on a full custom job or regularly update content with new assets.
Creating your own overlay can be difficult if you're not familiar with Photoshop or other image editing software. Nevertheless, above you'll see how to create your own animated facecam overlay.
The tutorial uses Photoshop and After Effects. If you have questions, go to the video and leave a comment.
Restream Chat is an application that allows you to overlay your Twitch chat on top of the game you're streaming. The tutorial above will walk you through each step of the process.
Dale will show you how to make a Twitch overlay without Photoshop. To make this overlay, you'll need the open source software, GIMP.
In this tutorial you'll learn how to get overlays on your Xbox stream without a capture card. They'll walk you through to setup your audio with the Astro A40s and a mix amp. This should also work for Playstation.