Creating unique Twitch emotes for your channel is a good way to offer value to your viewers as they subscribe to your channel. Supporters love to become a part of your community’s culture, so finding emotes that resonates with them is both a good way of stabilizing your community and enticing new members to subscribe.
How to Commission Twitch Emotes
- Step 1: Create rough sketches of ideas.
- Step 2: Find a good digital artist on Fiverr.
- Step 3: Explain your emote concepts to the designer.
- Step 4: Answer any questions they may have for you.
- Step 5: Examine the work they return to you.
- Step 6: Ask for necessary revisions.
- Step 7: Approve the work.
- Step 8: Upload your emotes to Twitch.
Step 1: Create Rough Sketches of Ideas
It can be difficult to choose what style of emotes you want when you first reach affiliate status. Take note of your viewers and of your community in general. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What Twitch global emotes do they spam most regularly?
- What inside jokes do you have with your viewers on your channel?
- How can your emotes match your overall branding?
- Is there a type of emote that your viewers are requesting?
- Is there a way to create an emote based on something that recurs in your content (such as a gravestone emote if you frequently die in your game)?
Once you have a few ideas, create some rough sketches of what you would like so that you can share them with the designer. You can also find other emotes or images that you can show them for reference. While you will need something new, you can often find inspiration elsewhere.
You should also ensure that your designs are original and follow the Twitch emote guidelines. Consider commissioning several emotes at once so that you have them when new emote slots are unlocked on your channel.
Step 2: Find a Good Digital Artist on Fiverr
When you have finished coming up with design ideas, visit Fiverr to find a good digital artist who can create the emotes you need for your channel. Fiverr is an online marketplace where freelancers can create profiles and accept work through the platform. Every artist has their own style and affordable pricing.
There are dozens of Twitch emote designers on the platform and you will, most likely, find an artist whose work appeals to you.
Step 3: Explain Your Emote Concepts to the Designer
Reach out to one of the designers with your ideas to find out if they have the time to work with you. Show them your rough sketches and other images that inspired you in your ideas. Let them know if you want any specific style (such as chibi emotes) or colors that you want them to incorporate into the design.
Step 4: Answer Any Questions They May Have For You
Many artists will ask clarifying questions so that they have a better idea of your overall style before they spend time creating a design for you. Go through each question and answer them to the best of your ability. Find other examples or expand on your original idea to give them more context overall.
Step 5: Examine the Work They Return to You
Most artists on Fiverr will return their work to you within a week. When they do, look at the image and see if there is anything that is out of place or needs to be improved. If there is text on the image, make sure that it is spelled correctly.
Step 6: Ask For Necessary Revisions
After reviewing the work, ask for any necessary revisions. Be thorough and clear in your request and thank them for their time. Most designers will allow 1-2 revisions along with their base package.
Step 7: Approve the Work
When they deliver an emote (or several emotes) that are to your liking, approve their work, and pay them for their time and efforts. Feel free to tip if they did a fantastic job. Write a full review or rate them to help them find more work in the future.
Step 8: Upload Your Emotes to Twitch
After you have paid for them, you will be able to upload your emotes to Twitch. When you are first starting out, you will have to wait for their approval process, but if your channel remains in good standing, future emotes will be automatically approved.
Custom Twitch emotes are a great way to celebrate the growth of your Twitch community and to give something back to your supporters.