in this tutorial we will try to show you how easy it is to create an overlay for your stream. We assume that you are generally familiar with the streaming software OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) and a photo editing software such as GIMP (free and open source) or Photoshop.
This is what our result will look like:
First, you need to know what it is you want to show your viewers. In order to get a better idea of that, we start with a basic layout. Before doing that, you can get loads of inspiration by checking out popular streams.
1. Take an ingame screenshot and set up a basic layout
In order to get a feel for what result it is you’re aiming at it helps to create a rough sketch at first.
2. Find frames for your overlay.
We want the cam, the content and your deck to be within frames. Since we’re going to stream Hearthstone, we’ve decided to go for frames we found within the game itself. You will probably recognize these:
We found three elements within the game, from which we can take parts. Therefore we create screenshots and open them in our photo editing software.
3. Create a background for the content within the frames.
With the help of a little editing we’ve cleared the areas within and beside the frames:
We now have frames to insert the webcam, content and your current deck in OBS. What we now need to do are adjustments to fit them to our needs.
After small adjustments with respect to your cam’s format and the size you wish the repsective areas to have, put together, your layout should look something like this:
What these frames now need is a background. The easiest way to do so is to create a black picture, add it to OBS and adjust the size using „adjust scene“.
4. Save the frames and backgrounds into individual files and add them to your OBS scene.
The format we chose is .png without compression.
Important: There is a logic behind the order in which the images are added to OBS. You want your game window to be at the bottom and the frames on the top. Any content you’re adding to your frames has to go between them.
Once you’ve added the files, you can adjust them to your screen within OBS.
5. Make pictures of your decks and update the ones you’re currently playing.
We’ve decided to add a background to our frames and to insert our logo in the content box. The decks, the content and the webcam need to be arranged below the frames and above the background in OBS.
Put together our stream now looks like this:
6. You’re all set. Now that you know the basics, you can look out for OBS Plugins that make your stream even more entertaining.
Enjoy your new overlay and we wish you and your viewers good times on your stream!
GL, HF and strive for more!