Premium and Free Twitch Overlays for Streamers and Content Creators

March 15, 2022|13 Minutes

We’re known for our innovation and strive to find more ways to provide streamers and content creators the best overlay templates around. To do this we make overlays, alerts, and widgets easy to use and as customizable as possible. We’ll be answering the most common questions people have about Twitch overlays, as well as overlays you’d find on YouTube, Facebook and other streaming platforms.

Twitch, Youtube and Facebook Gaming overlay templates and free downloads are what we do best and are known for.

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Nerd or Die makes the best, premium Twitch overlays and widgets that are used by millions of streamers and creators.

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Free Overlays for Twitch, Facebook and Youtube Gaming

If you’re new to streaming, or just want to add a bit of variety to your stream look, below are some of the best free overlays available.

Clearview Lite – Free Overlay

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What Are Twitch Overlays?

Twitch Overlays are graphics designed to enhance your livestream. They’re typically comprised of images, videos, and widgets. They can be used to communicate your brand to viewers, display information on your stream, or improve the viewing experience for certain games and events. These elements can be added into your streaming software via image, media, and browser sources.

How to Get Started with Twitch Overlay Templates

When you’re starting out as a new streamer, or even someone that has been in the streaming world for a while, figuring out how to add overlays and alerts to your Twitch, YouTube, or Facebook streamers can seem like a daunting task. But don’t worry, we’re going to break down all that you need to know about overlays, so that when you go back live, you’ll be ready to rock!

How do you put an overlay intoTwitch, YouTube, or Facebook Gaming?

Using a Twitch overlay template can be extremely easy. The first thing you need to realize is that you’re not putting one into Twitch, or other streamer services, but you’ll be adding them into your broadcast software. Broadcast software can be programs like OBS Studio, Streamlabs OBS, or XSplit.

These programs give you a blank canvas that you add your content into. Your content can be anything from a webcam feed, video file, text, and even web pages. The best answer to this question is to learn your software, and add from there.

There are two ways to use an overlay:

In a rush or new to streaming? You will love our exclusive Nerd or Die Super Charged packages. These are high quality, premium packages we’ve designed to be installed and setup quick – really quick.

It’s the easiest way to import and install overlays into OBS Studio, Streamlabs OBS, and StreamElements. Set up your stream faster and with professional precision without additional add-ons or plugins. For one of our overlays to be considered Super Charged, it has to have the ability to be installed on any major streaming software in less than 30 seconds.

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Standard (Manual) Installation

The video above shows the standard process of setting up a package. Give that a watch! The process is normally as follows:

  1. Download a free or premium overlay from our store
  2. Unzip the downloaded files
  3. In your broadcast software add the type of source you’d like to use
    1. For images, add an image source
    2. For video files, add a media source
  4. Position and resize the sources as you’d like
  5. Go Live!
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What Our Users Think of Our Twitch Overlays:

"Such a great balance between good clean design and gamer aesthetic vibes - everything is so consistently visualized. As a complete beginner in this I was expecting hours of complicated tinkering and instead was accompanied by such an amazing tutorial video that it took no time at all to get everything working. Thank you guys, really a no small feat this is!"

Annkelia (verified customer)

How Do I Animate a Twitch Overlay?

This is a question we get asked a lot. The best solution here is to learn some motion graphics software. While you can technically animate Twitch overlays with code such as HTML, CSS, and JS, it ultimately will take a lot more time than using traditional animation software. Since you’re likely making an overlay for yourself or a client, rendering a video or image will be the way to go.

What software do we use at Nerd or Die?

At Nerd or Die we use the Adobe Creative Suite. We like to start with ideas in Photoshop and Illustrator, and then move them into After Effects for animation. Unfortunately, there’s no real short cuts here. Your best place to start, if you’re completely new to this, would be graphic and motion design tutorials for the software you’d like to use.

Are there free alternatives?

Speaking of, there are free alternatives to the Adobe programs, such as GIMP, that should offer you the basic capabilities you’d need to design the overlay. While there are programs that are free for motion graphics, we really only recommend Adobe After Effects and you’ll see why when we get to our Source Files.

Can I use Twitch Overlays with YouTube, Facebook Gaming and other broadcast software?

Yes! The real question you should be asking is: does this overlay work with the broadcast software that I use? This means that if a Twitch overlay template works with Streamlabs OBS, and you use Streamlabs OBS to stream on Facebook Gaming, you can use that overlay with Facebook. When we create our designs we make sure that they work with OBS Studio, Streamlabs OBS, OBS.Live, and XSplit, which are the most popular broadcast software.

Where Can I Find Free Twitch Overlay Templates?

Good news, we have you covered! We have and will continue to always be releasing new free Twitch overlays templates that you can download here. We started with free tutorials and overlays and will not forget the users that helped us get us to where we’re at today!

Our Best and Most Popular Overlays and Templates for Twitch, Youtube and Facebook Gaming

Kinetic Stream Package

Kinetic is a sleek, exciting Twitch overlay template with multiple color selections available. It’s a template that’s full of character and works well for streamers specialising in fast-paced shooters such as Apex Legends, Fortnite and Overwatch.

Kinetic Twitch Overlay

Interface Stream Package

Interface cuts like a knife as it slides across your Twitch stream. This battle-ready, cyberpunk inspired Twitch overlay template is perfect for those looking for an Apex Legends or Rainbow Six: Siege overlay template.

Interface Twitch Overlay

Apex Stream Package

Apex is the perfect Twitch overlay template for all E-sports commentary streams. It’s light and vivid, ensuring that it’ll grab your viewers’ attention without blocking the action.

Apex Twitch Overlay

How Do I Customize My Twitch Overlays?

For the perfectionist and creative

While we provide our products in multiple colors that often work utilizing stream software filters such as “Color Correction”, if you’re a Twitch streamer with a keen eye for design and further customization the base products may not be enough. Many of our Twitch overlay templates can be purchased with access to the After Effects animated source files – meaning you’ve got full control over every aesthetic aspect of your purchased Twitch overlay template.

How does this benefit you?

Well, we know many professional streamers consider a Twitch overlay template as an asset to their brand. Color coordination and style sync is key for making a killer stream presentation. If you’re familiar with the workings of Adobe After Effects, our source files give any streamer master control of every visual aspect found within our Twitch overlay templates. There’s nothing that can’t be customized to your brand with our source files in your hands.

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What Should Your Twitch Overlay Template Include?

Everything you need to start streaming on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook

Our Twitch overlay templates are feature rich. We bundle our overlay templates into full packages that include overlays for webcams, alerts, social bars, and much more. If you’re a user of Streamlabs and Streamlabs OBS we even include quick-setup files to get you going within minutes.

To give you an idea of what’s included in our Twitch overlay templates, to the right is a list of example contents of our packages.

Overlay Package

  • Animated Overlay Files
  • Webcam frames (16:9 and 4:3 ratio)
  • Animated Event List
  • Screen designs (Starting, BRB, ending, and blank versions)
  • Stinger Transitions (blue, purple and green)
  • Quick setup Streamlabs OBS .overlay file
  • Icons for stream and social use
  • Profile panels and editable .psd

Alert Package

  • Fully customizable animated alerts
  • Quick install link for Streamlabs
  • Customize colors of all elements and fonts via our custom fields
  • Change the language and text used

Should I Use a Twitch Overlay?

Yes, you should use a Twitch overlay. While Twitch overlays are not required for livestreaming, they’re popular to use because they can create engagement between yourself and your audience. Typically you can get a high level of production at almost no cost. We recommend using overlays because they’re a fantastic way to quickly show your audience what you’re about.

Options for every streamer style

As you will see if you check out our store, style is always on our mind. We offer a grand selection of theme-fitting Twitch overlay templates that match the vibe of many popular games of today, but general enough not to push you into a corner. Whether you’re battling through Blackout royale in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 or you’re playing the long game in DOTA 2, our Twitch overlay templates guarantee you’ll look as good as you play – which we’re assuming is pretty good!

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