Using Fiverr for Twitch Emotes & Sub Badges vs Alternative Options

We compare Fiverr to alternatives when it comes to getting emotes and sub badges for your channel.

Looking to get some high-quality emotes and subscriber badges for your Twitch channel?

Not sure if using Fiverr is the right choice for you?

We’re going to take you through some of the features and benefits of using Fiverr versus alternative options.

Read on to see which option is best for you.

Let’s go.

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Comparison critera

To compare the different options we looked at the main considerations when choosing how and where to get your emotes and sub badges created:

  • Design variety and options: Is there are good variety of design options or design styles to choose from?
  • Customization options: Can you make the designs your own, or completely unique to your channel?
  • Design quality: Is the typical standard of design high-quality? Worth paying for?
  • Process simplicity: How easy it to go through the steps to getting your emotes and sub badge designs?
  • Process speed: How fast is the process in getting your emote and sub badge designs?
  • Cost: What’s the typical cost for the design work, and is it good value for money?

Fiverr designers

Fiverr is an incredible platform for getting logo designs made (including Twitch logos) as well as a whole range of other designs for your Twitch channel.

We worked with 4 designers (6 gigs) to get our Twitch emotes and sub badges designed. Here are the gigs we used:

Here’s what Fiverr offers:

Design variety

When you search for ‘Twitch emotes’ on Fiverr you’ll have around 3,000 gigs to choose from, similarly when you search for ‘Twitch sub badges’ you’ll have around 2,000.

That’s plenty to choose from.

Obviously, not all of these gigs will be of amazing quality or have the style that you’re looking for. However, there will be plenty of great quality options at affordable prices.

Twitch sub badge gigs on Fiverr

From a design variety perspective Fiverr is incredible because the designer(s) you work with can create completely bespoke and custom designs for your channel.

So, not only can you browse through thousands of gigs with a huge range of styles, but you can get your chosen designer to create something completely unique to you.


In terms of the customization options, a tiny percentage of Fiverr designers might use templates to create your emote and sub badge designs (especially if you pay for a designer that is as cheap as possible).

But 99.99% of the time you’ll be getting completely bespoke and customized designs for your channel. Here’s an example of some custom emotes and sub badges we had designed via Fiverr:

Sakurart2020 ‘Teddy’ emotes and sub badges

Design quality

Design quality is obviously subjective.

What one person sees as being a great design another person might not be into in the slightest.

In our opinion, the vast majority of the design work we’ve had done through Fiverr has been of great quality.

We had our logo designed through Fiverr, we’ve also had several Twitch channel logos designed via the platform too.

When it came to getting Twitch sub badges and emotes designed through Fiverr we were delighted with the outcome.

Here are some more examples of emotes and sub badges we had designed via Fiverr:

Sakurart2020 ‘Rettro’ emotes and sub badges
Kong_vector ‘Illuminati’ emotes and sub badges
Gc_fresh_ideas Anubis inspired emotes and sub badges
Gc_fresh_ideas Halfdan (Viking) emotes and sub badges
Naninanadesign ‘Firebird’ emotes and sub badges

Process simplicity

Fiverr has been around for a while now and they have continuously fine-tuned the platform to make it as easy as possible to get projects worked on and completed for you.

We’ve mainly used Fiverr for design work, and when it came to getting emotes and sub badges made the process was as easy as it usually is.

When searching for designers you can utilize Fiverr’s filtering system to quickly narrow down your search by cost, seller language, delivery times, and much much more.

Filtering design gigs on Fiverr

Communication before, during, and after the project with the designer is usually very easy.

Obviously, there’s always a slim chance you might have a bad experience with a designer but we’ve always made sure to choose our designers wisely and the communication has been smooth.

Fiverr also offers a lot of protection for buyers so you can go into a project knowing they will have your back if anything goes wrong during the process.

Overall, Fiverr has made it incredibly easy to find a quality designer, get them to create the emotes and sub badge designs you’re after, and get the files quickly and smoothly.

Process speed

We’ve worked with four emote and sub badge designers through Fiverr. The average delivery time for us was 7.5 days.

Order delivery timeframe

For us, this delivery speed was completely fine. It gave the designers enough time to come up with concepts, make any adjustments, and then deliver the work.

If you need your designs quicker you can always talk to the designer, there’s a good chance they can deliver things faster but you might have to pay a bit extra to get this.

An average of a week to delivery is pretty good in our books.

Cost (and value for money)

The cost per emote/sub badge design with all the Fiverr designers we worked with ended being $11.14 but that price also included the source files for every design.

The most expensive designer was around $12.50 per emote/sub badge design, while the least expensive was $8.18 per emote/sub badge.

Without the source files, the cost would have been brought down quite a bit.

Overall, for the quality of designs that we got we feel the cost was more than fair and most definitely value for money.


  • Variety/choice: 4.5/5
  • Customization: 5/5
  • Design quality: 4.5/5
  • Simplicity: 4.5/5
  • Speed: 4/5
  • Cost: 4/5
  • Overall: 4.4/5

Other marketplaces

Fiverr isn’t the online marketplace. There are a few alternatives worth checking out.

Design variety

There aren’t too many other online marketplaces that offer the same choice and variety that Fiverr does.

For example, if you look for freelance designers on Upwork you’ll only find 20 options when you search for ‘Twitch emotes’:

Twitch emote design gigs on Upwork

The only comparable marketplace at the moment when it comes to the volume of custom emotes and sub badge designs is Etsy.

Keep in mind that most of the listings on Etsy are for premade designs, so they are not for custom work. If you search for ‘Twitch emote’ on Etsy you will get around 24,000 results.

However, if you search for ‘custom Twitch emote’ this results in a similar amount to Fiverr with roughly 3,000 listings.

Searching for a ‘custom Twitch sub badge’ has around 1,400 results.

Twitch emote listings on Etsy

Obviously, if you’re looking for premade emote and sub badge design options (we’ll cover these too) Etsy is also a great choice too.


If we focus on Etsy, the customization options are the same as Fiverr when it comes to custom design work.

You find a designer you like, commission them to create your emotes and badges, and you’ll get completely bespoke designs for your Twitch channel.

Emote gig on Etsy

Design quality

The quality of the design work on Etsy varies as it does on Fiverr.

If you’re willing to pay a little extra you can work with some incredible designers.

There looks to be quite a varied range of design styles on Etsy too, some with a classic emote and sub badge look, chibi style, and some high-quality hand-drawn designs too e.g.:

Custom emote designs by CAOSheep

Process simplicity

When it comes to finding emote and sub badge designers on Etsy the process is very simple. With a quick search, you can find a huge range of designers to choose from.

Similar to Fiverr, on Etsy, you can easily contact sellers directly before making any purchase to get your questions answered and to make sure they can deliver what you’re looking for.

Contacting an Etsy seller

The listing details are clear, and you can see real user reviews to get a sense of what it’s like to work with that designer:

Filtering design gigs on Fiverr

Overall, Etsy looks to have a transparent and easy-to-use system that allows you to easily and smoothly work with designers to get your emotes and sub badges made.

Process speed

We looked at five popular custom emote sellers on Etsy to work out the average delivery time for 6 or more Twitch emotes.

Here are the six sellers we looked at:

That works out at an average of 11 days for delivery. Although this obviously depends heavily on the seller that you choose to work with.

Etsy seller timeframe example


Looking at the same Etsy sellers (and adding a sixth for good measure – marshmallowmelody) we looked at the average price for at least 6 emotes.

The average cost per emote design was $15.69 with the highest cost per emote being $30 and the lowest being $7.

On average, for custom work, Etsy sellers seem to be a bit more expensive than on Fiverr. However, like Fiverr there is a broad spectrum of sellers at different prices on Etsy.

You can easily set a price limit when you’re searching for designers to work with to remain within your budget.


  • Variety/choice: 4.5/5
  • Customization: 4.5/5
  • Design quality: 4.5/5
  • Simplicity: 3.5/5
  • Speed: 3.5/5
  • Pricing: 3.5/5
  • Overall: 4/5

Twitch emote and sub badge makers

If you don’t have expert design skills but you still want to create your own emotes and sub badges then online tools could be a good choice for you.

Design variety

If you’re looking to create your own emotes and sub badges but don’t have the experience with professional design software like Photoshop then you can use online tools to help you.

We’ve covered these options fully in our Twitch emotes makers and sub badge makers articles.

These online tools allow you to create your own custom emotes either by customizing existing design templates or by combining premade design elements to make your own ‘unique designs.

When it comes to design variety you’re pretty much limited to the templates and design elements that the tools provide, so although they’re great when it comes to ease of use and speed at which you can get your own designs, they’re limited when it comes to variety and being able to get designs in a style that fits with your brand:

Twitch emote templates on Placeit


Online tools allow you to customize certain features of existing design templates and elements such as color, size, rotation, etc.

You’re limited to the design templates and elements that the online tools give you, or if you’re creating a design from a blank canvas on a tool like Canva you can only utilize the editing options the tool gives you.

Customization the ability to create unique designs isn’t a strong point of online emote makers and sub badge makers.

Creating a sub badge on Canva

Design quality

The quality of the design templates and elements that emote makers and sub badge makers offer varies, however, there are some high-quality options.

The problem with using these tools is mainly that you’re using the same designs as everyone else so you won’t be getting designs that are bespoke and unique to your channel.

Emote character options on Own3d

If you’re okay with having similar designs as a lot of other channels then it won’t be a problem for you, and as mentioned the design quality of many of these tools is very good.

Process simplicity

The process of creating emotes or sub badges with online tools is very smooth and quick.

You can get a bit more creative if you use a tool like Canva but for the most part, if you’re using an online emote creator or sub badge maker you simply need to follow the steps, select the elements you want in your design, and then continue on to the checkout.

EmotesCreator sub badge maker

Process speed

Similarly, if you need your designs as soon as possible then online tools are a good option for you.

You can have your designs ready to upload to your Twitch channel as soon as you purchase them (or create them).

Downloading an emote design from Placeit


With online design tools like Canva and Placeit, you can get a subscription and download as many designs as you want, so if you can find what you’re looking for with those tools it can be a very affordable option.

You can even get premade emote design for free on Canva!

Here’s what you could pay to get unlimited designs on Canva and Placeit for one month:

  • Canva: $12.95
  • Placeit: $14.95

With other online tools such as OWN3D, EmotesCreator, and Stream Shift the pricing setup is a little bit different. Here’s what you would pay for 6 emote designs:

  • OWN3D: $58.50 ($9.75 per emote)
  • EmotesCreator: $29.99 ($4.99 per emote)
  • Stream Shift: $21 ($3.50 per emote)

Overall, online tools are a very cost-effective option, particularly considering you can get free designs from Canva.

However, you’ll be getting designs that everyone else has access to so that brings the value for money aspect down a bit for us.

If you’re on a tight budget and just starting out on your streaming journey it could be a good option for you though.


  • Variety/choice: 2.5/5
  • Customization: 2/5
  • Design quality: 3.5/5
  • Simplicity: 5/5
  • Speed: 5/5
  • Cost: 4/5
  • Overall: 3.7/5

Finding other designs (not on Fiverr)

If you want to work with designers but not through Fiverr, you still have plenty of options.

We cover some of the best alternative options in this section.

Design variety

Fiverr makes it incredibly easy (and safe from a buyer protection point of view) for you to find designers to work with.

But there are other options for finding designers to work with directly.

You can search for ’emote artists’ on Twitter and this shows you plenty of designers you could hire to do custom work for you.

Searching for emote designers on Twitter

You can also check out other sites like Behance and Deviant Art to find artists and designers who create emotes and sub badges.

It’s a great way to find designers delivering great work in a huge variety of styles:

Twitch emote design work on Behance

Alternatively, a simple google search for “twitch emote artist” or “twitch sub badge designer” can help you find some quality designers to work with directly.

A quick search led us to Gaming Visuals which offers some fantastic custom design work including Twitch emotes.


If you work with a designer or artist directly then your designs will be fully bespoke and unique to your channel:

Sub badge artists on Deviant Art

Design quality

There are plenty of high-quality designers you can work with directly if you’re willing to put in a bit of time to find them.

Whether you’re searching on Twitter, Behance, Deviant Art, etc. you’ll come across a lot of great designers and artists that you can commission to create awesome emotes and sub badge designs for you:

Emote designs by Strong Dreams

Process simplicity

The main issue here is that you’ll need to search on the various sites mentioned or on Google, click through to each designer’s work or profile individually, find their contact details, get in touch with them to see if they can work with you, etc.

So, it can be a bit of a complicated process if you go down this route.

Plus there’s no way to quickly see if they have reviews of their work, ratings, pricing, etc.

With a platform like Fiverr, you can quickly and easily find quality designers to work with, and you have the added benefits of buyer protection and having all the communication and files hosted on the platform too.

However, if you’re happy to put in a bit of work to find designers to work with directly and you don’t mind the risks that come with that then there are plenty of incredible designers you can find this way (with a huge range of different styles and prices).

Sub badge designs from padfootlet

Process speed

It’s hard to give an estimation of how long the process will be working with designers directly.

It will likely take more time to find people to work with, contact them, etc.

And the time it takes to create the designs will depend entirely on who you choose to work with.


Similarly, the cost of the design work will depend on who you decide to work with. You can choose who to work with to make sure they fall within your budget.


  • Variety/choice: 4.5/5
  • Customization: 4.5/5
  • Design quality: 4.5/5
  • Simplicity: 2.5/5
  • Speed: 2.5/5
  • Pricing: 4/5
  • Overall: 3.8/5

Designing them yourself

We’re looking at this from the perspective of someone just starting out.

So, if you’re a seasoned designer then this will obviously be the best choice for you!

Design variety

If you create your own emotes and sub badges you can go with whatever style you’re after, depending on if you have the skills to design them.


Designing your own emotes and sub badges means you can make them whatever you want (if you have the skills to produce what you’re looking for).

So you can make designs that are completely unique to your Twitch channel.

Design quality

The quality of your Twitch emote and badge designs will be down to how good you are at designing or how well you can capture the look you’re going for.

For example, sometimes being an average designer can produce emotes and sub badges that are still perfect for your channel and community e.g.:

Emote designs by SDSocrates

Process simplicity

Creating your own emotes from scratch with design software like Photoshop is not all that easy.

You need to have decent illustration skills, know how to use your chosen design software, and be able to put it all together to produce the perfect designs for your channel.

Here’s a couple of videos taking you through the process of creating Twitch emotes on Photoshop:

Process speed

Again, this all depends on you.

If you’re just starting out creating your own emotes and sub badges it will take you a bit longer, but the more you create the faster the process will get.


Completely free!

Minus costs for design software (e.g. Adobe creative suite).


  • Variety/choice: 5/5
  • Customization: 5/5
  • Design quality: 3/5
  • Simplicity: 1.5/5
  • Speed: 2/5
  • Cost: 5/5
  • Overall: 3.6/5

Buying premade designs

The last option we’re covering is to buy pre-made designs. These are usually predesigned sets of emotes (incl. animated emotes) and sub badges.

There are several sites you can get these from including:

Design variety

If you browse through the sites listed above you’ll see there are plenty of different styles and types of emotes and sub badges to buy.

For example, OWN3D has around 1,200 premade emotes to browse through, and Etsy has over 20,000!

Predesigned emotes on

Obviously, these won’t be bespoke to your channel but there’s plenty to choose from so you might find a few sets of emotes or sub badges that are exactly what you’re looking for.


In terms of customization, you’re limited to what designs are available.

You can’t customize any aspect of them so you have to hope that you can find a set of designs that match the look and feel you want for your emotes and sub badges.

Emote designs by xblackveins on Etsy

Design quality

The quality of predesigned emote and sub badge packs will vary.

There’s a huge range to look through online, but there are plenty of high-quality designs you can find if you browse through the sites mentioned above.

Ninja emote pack from EmotesCreator

Process simplicity

If you choose to buy premade designs, the process is very simple.

You browse the various options, choose an emote/sub badge design or emote/sub badge design pack that you like, and purchase it.

Potato emotes from Visuals By Impulse

Process speed

It couldn’t really get any quicker.

As soon as you’ve chosen and purchased your designs, you’ll have them.

Emotes by qoqsik shop for streamers on Creative Market


Here’s the cost breakdown for emotes on some of the sites we mentioned before:

  • OWN3D ($8.10 per emote design)
  • EmotesCreator ($2.08 – $4.16 per emote design)
  • Visuals By Impulse ($0.88 – $1.25 per emote design)

In terms of the marketplaces (Etsy, Creative Market, Envato Market) the cost of emote packs range from $4 all the way up to $100+

If you’re looking for affordable premade designs for your emotes and sub badges you can certainly find them.

You might get lucky and find a set of designs that matches what you’re looking for but we’d always recommend spending a little bit extra if you can to get designs that are totally unique to your channel.


  • Variety/choice: 3/5
  • Customization: 1/5
  • Design quality: 3.5/5
  • Simplicity: 5/5
  • Speed: 5/5
  • Pricing: 4/5
  • Overall: 3.6/5

What’s the best option?

This all depends on your situation.

If you’re on an extremely tight budget you could use an online tool to make your own emotes and sub badges (even for free with Canva).

Or if you have a modest budget you could hire an affordable designer from Fiverr, or buy a premade set of designs.

Obviously, if you have the skills and artistic talent you should create your own unique designs.

Overall, we feel that Fiverr is the best option for most people.

The platform simply offers the best combination of design variety, quality, buyer protection, delivery times, easy process, and value for money. As well, as resulting in you getting unique designs for your channel.

All you have to do is find some designers that fall within your budget, browse through their profiles to make sure they can offer what you’re looking for, put in the order, and in no time at all, you’ll have your own unique sets of Twitch emotes and sub badges.

Emote and sub badge designers on Fiverr

Final thoughts

So there you have it, that’s our breakdown of using Fiverr to get your Twitch emotes and sub badges versus alternative options.

There’s plenty of talent to utilize through Fiverr but there are some great alternatives too. We hope this guide has helped point you in the right direction.

Let us know your thoughts, we’d love to hear about your experience with getting your Twitch emotes and sub badges designed!

Written by Sam McCraw

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