What if I told you that you could get a professional custom Twitch design service for your Twitch channel for just $5. I was blown away with this idea when I came across it last week. Just $5 to start building your brand on Twitch. Building your brand is a must for any new streamer because it will help people remember you and your stream.
When we talk about branding your stream all we really mean is some nice matching graphics to help relay your identity to your viewers to quickly help them understand who you are and what you are about. Perhaps your stream is something they can get behind and start supporting, hopefully they love what they see straight away and immediately hit that big purple follow button.
Start with the Basics!
The first graphics you should invest in after your logo should be your offline stream graphic and your channel info panel headers. You can get 12 info panels and 1 offline stream image for just $5. This is a tiny investment to make for your stream.
Custom Twitch Design Service – 12 info panels and 1 offline stream image for $5
But I don’t even have a logo!
This is an important point. You really need a logo before you start your brand and there literally hundreds of graphic designers waiting for your order on Fiverr. Again starting at just $5 you can get a professionally designed logo for your stream. You will need to think about the style that you want and the colours that you like for your logo an then once you have your logo, colors and style sorted you will be ready to start branding the rest of your stream.
Thinking about yourself as a brand
I really think that building your identity online is something you will need to work on whether your brand new to Twitch or a veteran streamer. You have to compete with the masses and with social media and content sharing sites like YouTube you will want to start building your a brand for yourself as a streamer and online gamer so that when people come across your content online they instantly recognise it as something you created. You first started your brand when you created your Twitch username that was the starting point for your Twitch identity. If you are not 100% happy with your Twitch username and you only have a few followers then now is the time to change it. Don’t worry if you took a long time to get those few followers because I can teach you how I got over 10k followers in my first 6 months of streaming.
The Final Word!
If you just started streaming and you don’t yet have a logo or any custom graphics then today is the day to get that fixed and for just $5 what are you waiting for?
The key to all successful brands is a strong identity that makes you (the product) stand out from the other millions of streamers out there. One of the best way to do this on Twitch is to have custom graphics designed for your stream.
It’s awesome to think that for just $5 you can start to build your identity online, you can get a custom Twitch Design starting at $5, you can better relay what your stream is all about so that your viewers can get behind the idea and you can start to build yourself as a big name on Twitch. Later on will come t-shirt designs, bumper stickers and all kinds of other products to sell to your growing viewer base and having a graphic designer who already knows your brand will be very useful tool to have in the future.
I am currently reworking the graphics on my Twitch channel and I noticed some interesting things about the Twitch profile banner image that I will share with you. It took me a little while to figure this out so I hope you like it! Also if you are looking for more followers then I have a bunch of Fiverr gigs that can generate you a lot of followers on Twitch. Check out some of my customer reviews, I am very proud to say I have many happy customers!
So let’s take look at what I learned about the Twitch profile banner. I have also included a free Photoshop file for you to download.
Twitch recommends that we upload an image which is 900 x 480 pixels. I noticed that this size is almost a 16:9 resolution. 16:9 is a very common ratio size for video and most HD monitors work using a 16:9 ratio.
I have attached an image below which shows a 900 x 480 pixel image that has been stretched so it’s width is 1280 pixels which allowed me to test it against a 1080p resolution or 16:9 image ratio. As you can see there is a small red bar at the bottom of the image that represents the difference in size between the recommend Twitch profile banner size and an image which is 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Twitch profile image and it’s strange behavior
I noticed that if you upload an image which is larger than 480 pixels in height Twitch will resize it to be 480 pixels and then it stretches as the screen size gets bigger.
As monitors change in size so will your background and how it looks.
I have included two images below which will show you how my 1080p test graphic changes depending on the size of the users monitor. To test this you can simply drag your Twitch profile window bigger and smaller, this will only work if you already have a large monitor.
Working with really huge monitors
Finally Twitch encourages you to add a background color to your image upload and I figured this is to support really huge monitors. But I don’t seem to be able to produce a scenario where a background actually requires the background color to be present because it seems to always stretch the image to be as big as the users screen.
The Best Background Size
After much testing I can recommend creating a background profile image that is 1870 x 500 pixels. This allows you to create a really good design plus it doesn’t create the awful scaling problems that seem to happen with images that are using a 16:9 ratio.
Twitch Profile Banner Template PSD
I have created an Adobe Photoshop file which can be used to create stunning Twitch profile backgrounds that work across all screen sizes. Below is a link to my Twitch profile banner template and a sample of how it looks.
Click Here to DOWNLOAD the Twitch profile banner PSD file
I have put some notes in the file but basically the majority of the important information and image should be placed in the area marked Visible Area #1. This allows all users to see your message and main graphic.
Visible Area #1 – This area should contain any important messages you want the user to read. Be careful of the Twitch footer overlay and Twitch profile Avatar.
Visible Area #2 – This area can be seen on larger screens that support 1080p HD. This area can contain nice art work. Most people will see this area as well as area #1.
Visible Area #3 – Most people will not see this area but some people may see it.
I made a very quick sample background which looks beautiful across all screen sizes.
The Final Word!
I hope you found this tutorial informative and useful, please leave me a comment below with a link to your Twitch profile if you use my photoshop template, I would love to see what you can do with it!