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Stream Design 101: Emotes

Creating emotes is like painting a miniature masterpiece, but with a digital twist. Don't worry if you're not an art pro – with a bit of creativity and the right tools, you can craft emotes that will have your viewers spamming the chat with excitement. Let's break it down by Setting Up Your Canvas, Design, and Optimizing.





1. Getting Started: Setting Up Your Canvas 📜

Before you dive into the world of emote design, you'll need to set up your digital canvas. For beginners, a canvas size of 1500x1500 pixels is a good starting point. This size allows for plenty of detail without overwhelming your design.


If you're feeling more adventurous or working on client projects, consider using a larger canvas size of 3000x3000 pixels. This extra space gives you more room to play with intricate details and ensures your emotes look crisp and professional, especially when viewed on high-resolution screens.



2. Embracing the Details: Designing Your Emotes ✏️

Now that you have your canvas set up, it's time to let your creativity run wild. Start by sketching out your emote designs using a digital drawing tablet or, if you prefer, you can start with a pencil and paper then bring your images into your canvas. Focus on creating bold, easily recognizable shapes and expressions that will stand out in chat.


Remember to keep your designs clean and concise – emotes are meant to be viewed at a small size, so intricate details may get lost. Aim for clear, well-defined shapes and expressions that can be easily understood at a glance.


If you're creating emotes for clients, remember that they might print your design large on merch such as mouse pads and mugs, so details are more appreciated in this case. That's what makes the price of an emote worth it for the purchaser.


Once you're happy with your sketches, it's time to bring them to life with color. Choose a vibrant color palette that reflects the tone and theme of your channel, and don't be afraid to experiment with different shades and gradients to add depth to your designs.






3. Size Matters: Optimizing for Different Platforms 🖥️

Now that your emotes are ready to go, it's important to optimize them for different platforms. Twitch, YouTube, and Discord each have their own sizing requirements, so be sure to resize your emotes accordingly.


For Twitch, emotes should be uploaded in three sizes: 28x28 pixels, 56x56 pixels, and 112x112 pixels that are 1MB and under in file size. Keep in mind that these sizes will be scaled down to fit into chat, so make sure your designs are clear and legible at a smaller size. While there is the option to add one size and have Twitch automatically downscale, this is more likely to have blurry results so I highly recommend that you upload each emote size individually.


On YouTube, emotes should be uploaded in a square format with a maximum size of 48x48 pixels and 1MB. Again, clarity is key here – make sure your designs are easy to see, even on mobile devices.


For Discord, emotes should be uploaded in a square format with a maximum size of 128x128 pixels and 256KB. Discord also supports animated emotes, so feel free to get creative with your designs and add some extra flair.





Let Your Creativity Shine ✨

Making emotes is a fun and rewarding process that allows you to showcase your personality and connect with your audience in a unique way. With a bit of practice and experimentation, you'll be creating emotes that your viewers will love in no time. So grab your digital paintbrush and let your creativity shine – the chat is waiting!


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