One of my most commonly asked questions: How did you make that?!?
Whether it's my animated emotes, my different scene and redemption graphics, Instagram flyers, or special videos for the channel -- I almost exclusively use a website called Canva. I've even designed several job-landing résumés with this program. I have a couple other tools I use, but truly, I've found the Canva Pro subscription to be well worth the price and it's become my go-to.
When other streamers started reaching out to me about how I made my visuals, I thought to myself -- does Canva have an affiliate program, because I'm referring a lot of people to them right now! They sure do. Now I'm an official Canva affiliate partner, and you can click the image above to get a 30-day free trial of Canva Pro. If you like it and decide to sign up at the end of the free trial, I'll earn a small commission, and you'll gain an amazing resource!!
The platform is super user-friendly. You do NOT need any sort of graphic design/editing experience, especially with the templates Canva has available.
Aside from templates, the site is loaded with stock photos and videos available for personal or commercial use. That means you can find a cool background for your green screen or overlay and use the footage, no strings attached! However, if you're using the free version of Canva, certain design elements will be watermarked and you can pay $1 to unlock individual elements for a one-time-use license. Or just subscribe to Canva Pro and use what you want, when you want! Take advantage of their stock footage, or upload your own, then tap into their special effects, filters, animations, and other features that will help your visuals look so much more fun and professional.
Pro features that I've found really helpful as a Twitch streamer:
Background Remover ~ No need for Photoshop skills to mimic one of my flyers with my portrait cut out -- the "background remover" tool literally finishes the job in a matter of seconds, and I rarely need to tweak the final result.
Emotes ~ For regular emotes, create a 500 x 500 px canvas and design away! Just make sure to select "png" and "transparent background" when exporting if you want your emote to look like an object without a background. For animated emotes, create the same size canvas, then upload a video and cut it down to about 0.5 seconds. Tinker with it until the motion is just right, then export as a GIF. Boom, I give you a hair whipping emote! If you aren't going the video route, you can also take a word or object and animate it then export. You won't be able to make it a transparent background with animations though.
Videos ~ While it isn't nearly as advanced and intuitive as a stand alone video editing software, I've been able to make really simple clips using Canva's video editor which is so helpful when Premiere ages to boot up on my computer.
I wouldn't go to these lengths to endorse anything I don't truly use/believe in! I used Canva long before streaming and have only found more and more ways to use it. Happy designing!