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Best Twitch Overlay & Stream Templates – 2021

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As a group of streamers, we've been around the block a few times when it comes to free and premium stream overlay providers. Having reviewed 200+ animated overlays here is our pick of the best websites you can visit to give your stream that professional look.

A visually appealing Twitch channel is important when it comes to attracting more viewers and finding a stream overlay package is a great place to start. They come with panels, Twitch alerts and various other assets such as “starting soon” and “stream ending” stream screens.

Our Most Popular Twitch Overlays

Here are the things we considered when ranking Twitch overlays:

  • Branding – we look at popular brands that produce free and premium Twitch graphics that are professionally created that help your channel’s thumbnail stand out. 
  • Design Quality – you need overlays that look good and match the rest of your graphics. Show your professionalism in everything you do while maintaining the integrity of your brand.
  • Diversity – every channel is unique and you will want graphics that appeal to your viewers. We looked for platforms that offer several options that will work for different channel styles.
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1. OWN3D Overlay Packs

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Features

  • Free and premium
  • Static and animated
  • Webcam overlays
  • Talking screen

Own3D pride themselves on providing quality packages at a reasonable rate for streamers. Their complete packages offer both static and animated screens, overlays, and graphics. You can search by style or color to find the package that fits best for you. https://www.youtube.com/embed/apfBZG8rwTQ?start=17&feature=oembed&enablejsapi=1&origin=https://www.streamscheme.com

If you are looking specifically for overlays, they have dozens for you to browse. Many of them allow you to add your social or other information specific to your stream. Own3D works with qualified designers who aim to create products that help your stream look more engaging. 

Own3D packs are compatible with Twitch, YouTube Gaming, and Facebook Gaming. They are compatible with OBS, Streamlabs OBS, and StreamElements.

Own3D has several free stream templates and graphics packages. Many take a minimalistic approach or are designed with a specific game in mind. Some of their free designs are customizable for your social media, name, and other details. They can even be edited with Adobe or GIMP (or another design software).

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2. Nerd or Die Twitch Overlays

Features

  • Free and premium
  • Static and animated
  • Webcam (Static and Animated)

Nerd or Die has now become one of the top services for stream graphic design. In addition to their designs, they also offer free resources such as their free tool that allow new streamers to create panels that reflect the basic concepts of their brand. 

Their shop is filled with packages and products designed to boost the aesthetics of your stream. They currently have around 40 different packages that include overlays in their design. 

Nerd or Die packs are compatible with Twitch, YouTube Gaming, and Facebook Gaming. Their products are compatible with OBS, Streamlabs OBS, and XSplit. They are fully supported with Streamlabs and StreamElements.

Nerd or Die offers some products at a suggested price. With these, you can adjust the price to whatever you feel comfortable paying (even if it is nothing). Some packages are marked as free.

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3. Fiverr Overlays

Features

  • Low cost and premium
  • Customized services
  • Read reviews

Fiverr is an online marketplace for designers and other freelancers. Each brings their own unique style and experience to their shop and will charge what they believe their work is worth. Most shops are very affordable, giving Twitch streamers the chance to commission a custom overlay for their own channel.

On Fiverr, you are able to search for the exact style and product you are looking for and message the designer ahead of time to see if they are willing to work with you. You will need to give them details about what you want. When they have finished their work, they will typically give you the option to make 1-2 revisions before you finalize the purchase.

Most Fiverr artists who work on Twitch designs have knowledge about all Twitch graphics, so you may be able to get them to work on your panels, emotes, and Twitch alerts as well.

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4. StreamScheme Twitch Overlays

Features

  • Free templates
  • Uploading assistance

Yes, we put ourselves on this list. While we don’t have a large collection of designs to offer you, our team has created four different stream graphics packs that we offer for free on our Discord server.

We created three different styles (that you can see in the video above) that we believe complement several different streaming genres. They are easily installed on Streamlabs OBS and OBS and we have guides to help you set them up (also on our Discord server).

Our Discord is filled with streamers who are happy to chat or answer each other’s technical questions or give each other ideas on how to grow. We may add more packs (or other resources) there in the future.

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5. Placeit Overlay Templates

Features

  • Low cost and premium
  • Static overlays
  • Webcam overlays

Placeit has hundreds of fully customizable graphics that you can purchase and download individually for your channel. You can browse all of their inventory, customize different aspects of the product, and even move things around on screen before you ever make your first purchase.

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While none of these are specifically designed for a specific streamer, it is incredibly easy to brand us by using your colors. You can also change the fonts wherever you see fit.

Placeit is different from the previous companies and that you can either purchase an overlay individually for a set price, or you can subscribe to the platform for $14.95 per month or $99.95 per year.

Placeit designs are compatible with Twitch, YouTube Gaming, Facebook Gaming, and several other platforms. They are compatible with OBS, Streamlabs OBS, and XSplit. 

What Else Does Placeit Produce? 

In addition to overlays, Placeit produces many other products, most of which can come in packages. These products include: 

  • Twitch panels
  • Screens
  • Twitch banners
  • Logo Designs

In addition to products for streaming, Placeit offers banner ads, Facebook post templates, business cards, book covers, and other products to help with your overall branding. They also have a mockup generator.

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6. Streamlabs Prime Overlays

Features

  • Subscription
  • Additional perks

If you use Streamlabs OBS or the Streamlabs cloud bot, you may be aware of Streamlabs Prime, the platform’s premium service. Although Streamlabs Prime costs a monthly fee, it comes with many benefits that help streamers grow and monetize their streams.

Streamlabs Prime actually leases popular overlays from other third party companies, allowing their users to switch up their look whenever they wish.

Streamlabs Prime offers several other benefits as well including greater margins on merch for your stream, better internet options if you IRL stream and widgets that generate engagement.

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7. Visuals By Impulse Overlay Designs

Features

  • Free and premium
  • Static and animated
  • Game overlays
  • Webcam overlays

Visuals by Impulse offers dozens of graphics that can be purchased individually or in a package. The site was created by a streamer named Caleb in an effort to offer other broadcasters free and affordable graphics for their channels. Caleb and his team enjoy watching streamers develop their brands into something special and unique. 

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Visuals by Impulse offers both pre-made graphics and custom design. Their portfolio showcases both static and animated variations of many brandable images. 

Visuals by Impulse graphics are compatible with Twitch, YouTube Gaming, Facebook Gaming, and several other platforms. Their graphics are compatible with OBS, Streamlabs OBS, Lightstream, XSplit, and others. They are fully supported with Streamlabs.

Custom Orders Through Visuals by Impulse  

Visuals by Impulse are happy to take custom orders for emotes and other graphics. After reviewing an order, a manager will get back to you with a quote for an exact price. The company requires you to put up a 50% deposit upfront to start the projects. 

You will have 30 days to examine the project and request edits. If a month has passed, they will still edit the image for a small fee. 

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8. StreamShark Graphics

Features

  • Illustration
  • Design
  • Animation

StreamShark Graphics is a group of designers who create custom graphics for Twitch channels. They can create overlays, panels, alerts, and even create gaming logos. With their experience dealing with online streamers, they are a good “one shop stop” for anyone looking to create a solid brand.

Which Design is Right for Your Channel?

When looking for the right Twitch graphics for your stream, there are several things you should consider. There are dozens of options that you can choose or build off, which can make it difficult to narrow down your options. However, with the right understanding of your brand and content, you should be able to find the best HUDs for you.

Here are the things you should consider:

  • Stream branding – base your Twitch overlays on the graphics and designs of the rest of your channel. Use the same colors and styles to keep everything similar and on point.
  • Content – if you exclusively play Dead by Daylight, having a pink design decorated with rainbow unicorns may not be reflective of your overall brand. Then again, maybe you’re on to something…
  • Affordability – especially when you are starting out, it is difficult to shell out money for custom graphics. You will need to weigh the price of the panels to find something that best suits you.

Frequently Asked Questions

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    Where Do You Get Free Twitch Overlays?

    The best place to find a free Twitch overlay is to download a fully animated pack from either Own3d or Nerd or Die. Both major stream design companies offer a range of free options ideal for new streamers.

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    How Do You Make a Overlay for a Stream?

    You can easily create a static Twitch overlay in a program like GIMP or Adobe Photoshop. Make sure that the background is removed and use design elements to build your graphics. While you may create a PSD file, you will need to export it as a JPEG or PNG, then upload it to your streaming software as an element and place it wherever on the screen that you desire.

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    What’s the Best HUD Maker?

    Other than creating a design from scratch in a program like GIMP or Adobe Photoshop, you would need to use a template such as the one by Placeit by Envato.

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    How Do You Put an Overlay on Twitch?

    On the program you are using to stream (OBS, Streamlabs OBS, XSplit, etc), you will need to upload the file as a source. At that point, you will be able to resize and adjust the template to your liking.

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    How Do You Get Twitch Chat Overlay in Game?

    If you want to view your chat while you are steaming on one monitor, you can add chat through a program like Restream. While Restream is normally used to stream to multiple platforms at once, they do have a feature that allows you to view your Twitch chat while you stream.

About the Author

Chris

Chris is a digital marketer with a strong background in small business and influencer branding. He applies his knowledge of content and promotional strategies to design actionable advice for new and intermediate streamers. When he’s not busy crunching analytics, he can be found in the salt pits of League of Legends.

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