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How to Design a DnD Overlay

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If you and your friends decide to stream Dungeon and Dragons on Twitch, you will want to set up an overlay where you can all be seen. That way, your viewers will be able to see each of your reactions as they watch your story unfold. 

What to Add to Your Dungeons and Dragons Twitch Overlay

An overlay that has been well designed for Dungeons and Dragons will give your viewers the ability to see the following through your stream:

  • Player visibility – design your Overlay in a way where your audience can see every adventurer. You will need to set up your software to stream with other people on the same channel.
  • Clearly defined roles – add the roles and names of each player near the video feed of each adventurer. Make it clear which player is the Dungeon Master also. While you want chat participation, you don’t want to have to explain your roles over and over.  
  • Dungeon – whether you are using a physical or digital dungeon map, you will need to showcase it on the overlay. 

You should also include your channel branding and the overall feel of your adventuring group. Creating a good Twitch overlay will help you showcase your channel and draw in more viewers.

How to Commission a D&D Twitch Overlay

Since every Dungeon and Dragons group will be different, you probably won’t be able to find a pre-made overlay that works perfectly for your adventurers. You will need to find someone you can commission to create the graphic for you:

Step 1: Visit Fiverr. Fiverr is an online marketplace for freelance designers. You will be able to search through several designers that create Twitch graphics until you find an artist that appeals to you. 

Step 2: Show the artist’s portfolio to the other adventurers in your guild and work out a plan of how you envision the overlay to look. Create sketches if you can, even if they are rough.  

Step 3: Reach out to the designer and explain your need to them. Show them examples of things you want to be included and explain how you want your overlay to look overall. Include pictures of your rough sketches so that they can get a feel for what you are thinking. 

Step 4: The designer may have initial questions for you to help them clarify the project in their minds. Answer the questions to the best of your ability. 

Step 5: When the artist returns their work to you, look it over carefully and take notes of anything you may need to have them change. You will then need to reach out to them any revision requests you have. 

Step 6: Once the artist has made the changes, pay them for their efforts to be given the graphic. Upload it to the Twitch streaming software you use to get started on your Dungeon and Dragons streams. 

Inspiration for Dungeon and Dragons Overlays

Look at other Dungeon and Dragons channels on Twitch for inspiration on what other groups are doing. While you don’t want to copy what anyone else has done, you can find elements that you like and take your spin on it. 

Here are two overlays that we found that do a good job of showing the players and the map:

This overlay is used by the adventurers on CaptainRoBear on Twitch.
This overlay is used by the adventurers on TheQuelmarRealm on Twitch.

How to Design a D&D Overlay

You can design a D&D Overlay using a graphic design program like Adobe Illustrator, GIMP, or Affinity Designer. Learn how to use the program and make the graphic where you can still showcase the various adventurers and map. 

Conclusion

If you and your friends want to share your adventure with the world, make an effort to create a quality product from the beginning. Not only will people want a good story, but they will also want to see your reactions. You can also upload your VoDs to YouTube afterward so that future fans can easily catch up to the point you are in the quest. 

About the Author

Chris

Chris is a digital marketer with a strong background in influencer branding. He applies his knowledge of content and promotional strategies to design actionable advice for new and intermediate streamers.

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