There's a whole science behind making a stream successful. And, no, it's not just about being a crafty gamer. If you haven't realised it by now, there's so much more to it. It is obvious that visuals and aesthetics are game-changers; but, what does that mean to you as a Twitch streamer? Well, go back to the beginning! If you want to attract a larger audience and fanbase, you have to have your streams (heavily) decorated. And, if you don't know where to find the decorations, read on!
Let me just briefly explain what I mean by decorations so the beginners out there don't decide to place random flower pots behind their backs. Just joking, of course! Now, here are some of the things that can be considered as Twitch stream decoration tools, so feel free to use them.
Try not to overdo it and make sure that the decorations serve the purpose. That is, let them entertain the audience additionally, without shifting the focus completely from your game. Now, here are the things you can use as decoration for your twitch stream.
And, now let us go through where you can find each of these.
Of course, we start with the basics. The first decoration of your stream is your twitch profile. You need to make this one as appealing as possible. And, if you wonder how the heck do you do that, well, it's easy. A good profile photo, good banner and “brand” color are all the tools you need.
Now, where to find these?
As for the profile photo, that's easy at least! Personal archives is where you need to dig in. I am sure you will find a whole bunch of attractive photos (no, not that way, perv!) that will give a more appealing note to your streams. Not to say decorative. As for the brand color, you set this one by changing the accent of your profile. As for banners, I will get to that later. So, to decorate your stream with your profile design, you have everything you need on Twitch and in your computer database.
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I am sure you are fully aware of the importance of the overlay and that you've already thoroughly thought about where to find them. First of all, you can try making these yourself using Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop, or you can involve a friend or someone skilled with these. If you want to see another list of twitch overlays, Stream Mentor editors have complied one! Enjoy it!
Hmm, here's another excellent decoration tool for your stream. I mentioned this one under your profile design on Twitch so here I will add just a few more remarks. First off, you can use the same tools as in the previous section (Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator) and have a tailor-made banner. On the other hand, for those of you who prefer to get the final product without much creative process (I know, it doesn't come naturally to all of us), you can use Canva or Adobe. There are other options as well, but hear it from a successful streamer - here you'll find only the best!
Although they are frequently accused of showing the same content you can find in the banner, let's say. Well, it's not that this is not true. However, twitch panels are more than pure repetition. As you know, they serve to provide more details on some short info the viewers get to see in your banner. To add a twitch panel to your stream and to have it aesthetically optimized, make sure that the size fits perfectly. They usually come in vector size, but even when vectored you might have problems centering it perfectly for your stream.
Ok, emojis and emotes are common ways to express oneself. So, instead of using words, just use Pepe the Frog to show your fears, happiness or any other emotion you are feeling at the given moment. The best thing about this type of stream decoration is that you don't have to find these somewhere outside of Twitch.
Everything is already there! All you have to do is enable the BetterTTV emotes option in your preferences and you are good to go. With this in mind, I can safely say twitch emotes are maybe the easiest decoration to be added to your stream.
Somebody once asked me what's the use of these, and I had just stared blank. Anyway, twitch alerts are an excellent decoration tool, but you just have to be careful not to overdo it. Too many pop-ups can overwhelm the stream and turn the users' attention away from the game. Once you opt for adding alerts to the streams, bear in mind that you can create these yourself. You don't have to go for the ready-made in some other extensions or sites. In any case, if you don't feel like being creative, there are the options like Streamdps that offer alerts you can use for your stream. Any of these will be just fine for finding the best alerts for followers, donations, raids and/or subscribers to your stream.
Streaming on Twitch is awesome if you do it right. And, to do it right means to keep your audience engaged at all times. Sadly, we are used to always getting more from what is offered so even if someone is a proficient gamer, it no longer suffices. You have to juggle multiple aids and tools at the same time just so your viewers aren't bored. Luckily, Twitch has already come up with multiple tools that help you out decorate your stream and please your audience aesthetically. In addition, there are other sites that offer equally good aids. All of these are listed in the article so you can put them to good use and make your next stream visually pleasing to the eye of the audience.