Through live streaming, you can create any experience you want, right from your home. It’s pretty magical how a few simple changes to your screen can transform a broadcast. We put our heads together to share some of our favorite pointers and resources for making really good looking streams. Common Design Elements We intentionally built Studio to be completely flexible when it comes to design – you have the control to place any element exactly where you want it in your stream’s scenes. When we say “elements,” we mean:
- Overlays: A fancy way of saying borders or frames around your screen or webcam. They are made up of a static or animated image, video, or web source that lives as a layer of your stream.
- Text: On-screen text can be a great tool and guide. Studio lets you adjust every element of how text is positioned and styled, and includes interactive features so text can blink or scroll.
- Logos: This can be your logo or a sponsor logo, typically placed in the corners of the screen.
- Full Screen Overlays – Background: Image, pattern or graphic that wraps the full screen and includes a dedicated box for your webcam.
- Full Screen Overlays – Foreground: Designed layer lives as the top layer of your stream. Think of this like a frame, and your live video feed goes “into” it.
- Partial Overlay: A portion of the screen includes a consistent locked design. Some refer to these by the specific area they take up (i.e., “Upper third” or “lower third”).
- Canva: Design custom backgrounds and banners to include in your stream’s scenes using a free or paid account. Its interface is highly user friendly, with drag and drop editing for text, photos, icons, stickers, shapes – you name it. When you are done designing, just download and then upload into Studio.
- Figma: A free, cloud-based design tool with comprehensive features and responsive designs/layouts. Start from scratch, or with existing social media templates.