I am by no means an expert streamer, but in getting everything setup and going I have come across some things that might be useful for others and I will share them here.
I use Streamlabs to actually setup my stream, capture my game, my camera, my overlay, etc. (That is totally an affiliate link, but I DO use them, and have the paid package with the website and so on…) As far as the software goes, its free to use, easy to setup, and you can use it to record or stream to Twitch or other platforms. No complaints. As far as upgrading to the paid plan goes, I use the website and I imagine it’s nice for a simple site but it definitely has limitations. For example, this blog is hosted separately. So hopefully in the future they expand that. I also use a custom theme, but they have quite a lot of nicely designed themes you can use without having to dive into Photoshop or hire someone. I’m not to the point where merchandise would matter, but I guess they got ya covered there. Also a nice chat bot. All and all, I can’t complain.
As far as logos and emotes go, I had mine made at Fiverr. I had a logo made (paid $30) and hated it. Then I had another one made (paid $5) and loved it. So, look around, look at prices and samples…. and pick! I also had my emotes made here. Maybe you’re awesome at art, or have a friend who is… but for the rest of us, this is a very affordable option.
When you get affiliate and need emotes, currencies, loyalty badges and the such, you’ll be asked to provide the graphics in three sizes. This free link lets you drag your graphic on to it, and download it in all the Twitch appropriate sizes. Very handy.
These are two sites I found useful for making banners of the appropriate sizes for all of the different social media’s I setup on, as well as BRB or Starting Soon style screens. Canva and Snappa — Both are free, but have paid services. I only ever used the free services.
While I did get a custom graphic for my logo and emotes, I went with some legally acquired stock art for some of the bit ranks and other graphics. I already had credits on Deposit Photos for my other work, and they are an affordable option. But there are free options out there such as Unsplash (for photos), Flaticon (for icons), or Freepik (for vector art- be sure to check the “free” box)
If you are like me and sometimes cross post your twitch clips to YouTube or Instagram, this is a handy free tool for downloading them 🙂 Twitch downloader.