Twitch is a great way to build your audience and showcase your skills. As streaming gets more popular though, the competition for viewers is getting fiercer. Regardless of whether you’re a video gamer or an artist, you need something to set your stream apart from everyone else’s.
That’s where stream overlays come in handy. Overlays are graphics that appear over whatever you’re streaming. Just like your webcam video, they add a personal touch to an otherwise uniform set up. Here’s just some of what you can do with an overlay.
1. Add Your Logo
Logos are a great way to make your brand more recognizable. So why not add it to your stream? Think of what CNN or Cartoon Network does for their channels and program. Even placing your logo at the bottom of the stream can go a long way in personalizing the viewing experience.
2. Show the Chat
One of the best ways to encourage participation is by showing your chat on the stream. That way, your viewers will get the chance to see their username on the big screen (sort of.) This is also a must if you’re the type of streamer who talks to their viewers and responds to thinks in-chat while streaming. It gives context to people who go back and watch the footage after it’s done broadcasting.
3. Add an Artistic Border
Did you know you can add the artwork to various parts of your stream? Similar to adding a logo, streamers can further personalize their stream by adding graphics (or a larger graphics) to border the actual stream. The graphics can be related to the video games the streamer plays or it might be a showcase of that streamer’s art. This one might take a little bit of work to set up and create, but your stream will definitely be recognizable.
4. Customize Your Design
You’ve put all of this work into designing an overlay, but what if you had multiple overlay designs? A design that works for one topic might not work for another. Unless you’re streaming the same thing every day, changing it up is a good idea. Most importantly: you don’t want to block the stream.
Ultimately, how you build your overlay and layout is up to you and what you want your brand to be and the possibilities are endless.
Written by: Leo Corado