Creating a Twitch banner design can sometimes prove to be a tedious and difficult task, especially if you’ve never really dabbled with graphic design tools before. But what if I told you that there’s an easy solution that can help you create a beautiful digital banner in a manner of seconds using Placeit's online banner maker? Well, if that sounds interesting then follow me in this quick tutorial as I will walk you through the entire process.
1. What Is Placeit?
Before we begin, I want to take a couple of moments and quickly talk about what Placeit is and how it can help you.
But what if sometimes you actually need to create something yourself, but don’t feel like spending a lot of money on a graphics suite that you probably won’t use all that often?
Well, when that happens, Placeit can be a better fit, since it comes with a set of online tools that help you create digital banners, mockups, logos, etc. using just a couple of clicks.
That being said, we’re going to see how easy it is to create your very own Twitch banner using Placeit's online banner generator.
2. How to Access the Twitch Banner Maker
Before we can start working on the actual banner design, we first need to navigate to the correct section of the website that houses the Twitch Banner Maker.
If you take a quick look at the horizontal navigation menu found next to the logo, you’ll notice that you have a category called Designs.
As soon as you hover or click on the link, it will bring up a horizontal submenu, to the right of which you’ll find a tool called Twitch Banner Maker. If your browser’s window isn’t fully occupying the width of your screen, you can either scroll through the menu using the little right-facing arrow or you can find the link within the page’s left-sided Design Templates menu. Of course, you can always use the search function, which should bring up all the available banner templates.
Here, you have a library of 85 different available Twitch banner templates (at the moment of this tutorial), from which you can choose the design that fits your needs.
3. How to Make a Banner Using the Twitch Banner Maker
At this point, let’s say that we’ve found a banner template that we really like and we want to gradually customize it in order to make it our own.
For example, I’ve decided to go with this gaming one, which gives you the option of adding your social links as well as adjusting the look and position of its elements using interactive editing.
No matter what template you end up using, the editing layout will always be the same. On the left side you’ll have all your text-related controls, while on the right side you’ll find all your background and shape-related ones. All the changes that you make will immediately be previewed within the banner template preview, which is front and center, allowing you to adjust it as you please.
Let’s start by adjusting some of the text found within the banner. For example, I want to change the channel’s name from Zion-Sports to Nitro Gaming. To do this, I’ll simply select the text found within the top-left input box, and then overwrite it with my own.
As you can see, the tool lets me know the amount of characters that I'm currently using out of the total allowed.
I can easily change the font by clicking on the dropdown box found underneath and choosing a new one from the available list.
You can also change the color of your text by clicking on the little dropdown box found next to the font, which will allow you to use one of the predefined values or a new one of your own if you click on the More button.
You can also completely remove the current text field (or any other one), by unchecking its little checkbox, which will hide both it and its underlying decorative shape.
Next, I’m going to customize the larger catchphrase, by going through the same settings presented for the channel’s name.
Lastly, we have the social media handles, which I can individually rename and then customize to my own desire. Since at this point I’m pretty much done working on my text-based elements, I can now move on to customizing my banner’s different composing elements.
If we move on to the right side of the browser’s window, we’ll see that we have a couple more options, which allow us to control the look and feel of our non-text-based elements.
The first is one is called Accent Color, and it enables us to change the color of our little avatar.
Next, we have Icon Color, which as the name implies allows you to change the color of the little social icons.
I then have the option of changing the colors for the two banner shapes (Banner 1 & Banner 2), but I’m going to leave them white for this current example.
The next option is called Main Color and controls the fill shape of the avatar illustration. As with the banners, I’m going to leave this set to default (white) in order to maintain the color scheme that I’m trying to build.
Moving on down, we have the ability of changing the avatar itself using one of the pre-created designs, or uploading a custom one of our own. Personally, I ended up using one of the provided ones, which due to its high quality proved to be a perfect fit.
Finally, we have another option called Background, which as the name implies allows us to change the color of our background.
If I feel that some elements could use a little adjusting, I can easily click on them, which will bring up a bounding box that I can then use in order to resize or reposition that specific element. If for some reason I’m not happy with the changes, I can easily undo them using the Reset Layout button.
As soon as I’m happy with how my banner design ended up looking, I can easily download it by clicking the Download button, which will charge me a small fee each time I use the banner template generator.
4. How to Upload Your Banner to Twitch
Well, first you need to make sure you have an account and are already logged in to it. Once you're within your account, simply go to Settings > Profile Banner and then click on the Update button in order to upload your digital banner.
Once you've uploaded your design, you can go to your channel, and you should be able to see your new Twitch banner in all its glory.
As always, I hope you’ve found this tutorial useful, and if you have any questions, feel free to post them within the comments section and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!
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