Create your own stream overlay for web users.
Stream overlay are one of the best ways to be unique when live streaming. Instead of just displaying just an image/video capture, stream overlay helps to create a theme to your live stream. Aside from that, stream overlay helps your branding and make your profile looks professional from the very beginning.
If you are a great content creator which does not specifically to gaming, having an overlay helps to customize your stream to cater to which content you are focusing on.
First of all, what is a stream overlay anyways? An overlay is the design that you see that borders the screen when you watch a live stream. It’s like adding a mask to your video that makes your viewer’s experience a little more interesting.
Aside from that, it allows you to brand your stream at all times. It decorates your video to be more personal for you and you only. Hence you don’t need to worry about getting your content being stolen. In order to enable a stream overlay, you would require an encoder such as OBS, XSplit or Vmix to name a few.
There are a few ways where you can design your own stream overlay. For those who are willing to spend a few dollars you can even hire a designer to make your overlay for you. However, this is not usually the case. If you are literate with adobe software such as photoshop or illustrator, you can easily design your own overlay yourself. Not familiar with any designing software? Don’t sweat it, here a few sites that can let you choose or customize your stream overlay for you.
Streamlabs OBS have a multitude of themes that you can choose from for your stream overlay. Of course, they’re not 100% personalized for your own use but it’s a great place to start if you are planning to enable a stream overlay. Here is how to do it.
Launch OBS Streamlabs.
Select Themes from the top left side menu.
Choose a theme that appeals to you. This would usually comes with a few other scenes such as starting, live, be right back and ending scene. Depends on which theme you choose.
Do take note that some overlays are created for a specific platform. Hence you might need to edit how the notification/alert box works.
Other 3rd party design solutions
If you want to create something more personalized, there are a few websites out there that offers templates and designs for you to choose from. Aside from creating logo, there are also sites that includes user’s banners as well. Most sites will offer full customization on the templates provided. However, do take note that some might need you to access their premium features to do so. Here are some of the recommended sites.
For those who are skillful enough with adobe design suites, you can even design your own logo and overlay. Since everything will be designed by the ground up by the user itself, customization options are limitless and open for each user’s creativity and ideas.
Setting Up Overlays in OBS
Once you have created your stream overlay, it is recommended to save all your stream tools under one folder for easy access. To setup and implement your overlay to OBS can be done in a few simple steps:
Create a new scene under the scenes tab
Add sources for overlays, it’s a standard to be added as an image capture
Click on image and add as new source.
Browse and look for the files where you saved your overlay
Click on open.
In order to make the overlay appears on top of other source capture, simply arrange the sources layers.