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How to Make Twitch Emotes (No Photoshop)

Here’s how to make awesome Twitch emotes easily in your browser.

Are you looking to create some awesome looking Twitch emotes for your channel but don’t quite have the design skills to create your own from scratch?

We’re here to help.

In this article, we’re going to show you how you can easily create Twitch emotes for your channel with no experience with design tools, like Photoshop, required.


Jump to a specific section:

  1. Overview
  2. Creating Twitch emotes with Placeit
  3. Creating Twitch emotes with EmotesCreator
  4. Creating Twitch emotes with OWN3D
  5. Alternative tools (Free & Premium)
  6. Other good resources
  7. Using Photoshop

#1 Overview

There are plenty of online tools that can help you to create incredible looking designs without needing any design skills or a design background.

When it comes to creating stream designs, three such tools are Placeit, EmotesCreator, and OWN3D, and we’re going to take you through how to create Twitch emotes with these tools.

Before we get started there are a couple of alternative options for Twitch emote designs that might be a better fit for you if you don’t want to create Twitch emotes yourself using online design tools:

  • You could hire a designer from Fiverr to create them for you
  • You could buy pre-made templates and packs from a site like OWN3D

What are Twitch emotes and why use them?

Twitch emotes (emoticons) are graphics that viewers on your live streams can post in the stream chat to interact with you and other viewers.

If you’re a Twitch partner or affiliate you can add custom emotes to your channel to encourage people to subscribe (so they can access them).

The more subscribers you get the more custom emotes you can add to your channel.

You can see an example of Twitch emotes being used as an incentive for potential subscribers to Eagle Garrett’s Twitch channel in the image below:

Eagle Garrett’s Twitch emotes for subscribers

Having high-quality Twitch emotes helps your channel in several ways.

They can encourage people to subscribe so they get access to your subscriber emotes.

They also help viewers engage and interact with you and other viewers in your live streams and having access to custom emotes can help create a sense of community and also fun with your stream and your brand.

What makes a good Twitch emote?

When you’re creating your own emotes, we recommend sticking to the following guidelines:

  • Make them relevant to your channel and community
  • Make them easy to see and understand
  • Make them unique to your Twitch channel
  • Keep them on brand

Twitch emote size, dimensions, format:

Make sure when creating your Twitch emotes to stick to the ideal specifications:

  • Dimensions – 3 versions needed:
    • 28×28 px
    • 56×56 px
    • 112 x 112 px
  • File size: 1MB max
  • Format: Must be a PNG file

#2 Creating Twitch emotes with Placeit

Placeit is a template-based online design tool that is ridiculously simple to use. All you have to do is select one of their pre-made designs and customize it to your liking.

They have a good range of templates for streamers such as logos, banners, panels, stream screens, overlays, and of course, a Twitch emote maker too.

Step 1 – Choose a template:

Navigate to the Twitch emotes section on Placeit, browse through them, and select a template that you like:

Twitch emote templates on Placeit

There are a few things you can do here to make your search easier:

  • Sort the templates in order of  ‘Best Selling’ to have the most popular templates at the top. This option is under the drop-down menu on the left sidebar:
Sorting emote templates by ‘Best Selling’
  • If you like any of the templates you can ‘Favorite’ them. ‘Favorite’ a template by hovering on it and clicking the heart icon at the top right of the thumbnail (you’ll need to be signed into a Placeit account to do this):
Adding an emote template to your ‘Favorites’
  • To see all the templates you’ve ‘favorited’ hover over your username at the top right side of the screen and click on ‘My Favorites’:
Navigating to your ‘Favorites’

When you’ve got your chosen template just click on it to begin editing it.

Step 2 – Customize your template:

This is roughly how the editor will look when it loads (there may be some slightly different options depending on the Twitch emote template you choose):

emote template editor

If you scroll down the page you’ll see some template presets (different versions of your chosen emote template) and also similar templates to the one you’ve chosen:

Alternative template options and presets

Back up to the editor, on the left side you have a few customization options to go through:

  • You can edit the text fields – including the text color and font type
  • Change the design layout
Customization options

Any changes you make will take effect straight away.

If you want to save your edits and come back to them later you can do so, but you’ll need to create a Placeit account (free signup) to have this option.

You just click on the ‘Save Draft’ at the top right of the template editor and this will saved to your account for you to come back to later.

Saving template drafts

On the right side of the editor there are some more options:

  • You can customize the:
    • Emote graphics and background
    • Emotes colors
    • Background color
    • Emote background effect
More template customization options

Step 3 – Download your template:

When you’ve completed your customizations and are happy with your emote design it’s time to download it.

When you download a Twitch emote design Placeit gives you two versions. One with a background and one with a transparent background.

You can easily resize the file using a tool like Paint to have all the required size versions of your design to upload to Twitch.

There are a couple of options, you can do one of the following:

Twitch emote template pricing options
  • Buy an individual template – Twitch emotes cost $39.95
  • Get an unlimited subscription for $14.95 (monthly) or $89.69 (annual) which lets you download as many designs as you want.

If you want to create multiple Twitch emotes we recommend getting a Placeit subscription as you can create as many designs (including Twitch emotes) as you want for $14.95.

If you don’t need the account any more you can cancel after one month.

Twitch emotes we made with Placeit:

We made a couple of Twitch emotes with Placeit. They took no time at all to create:

Commercial usage of the templates:

Placeit has thankfully created a page that outlines their license in a ‘human-readable’ format so everything is pretty clear.

Anything you create on Placeit is copyright free and can be used for commercial purposes. You can even sell and trademark the designs you make on Placeit!

Obviously, this means you can use any Twitch emotes you create on your channel with no problems.

Check out the full details of the Placeit license here.

Placeit’s license

What else you can do on Placeit:

If you’re a streamer then Placeit has even more to offer you. You can easily create the following with their tool:

  • Logos and animated logos
  • Overlays
  • Offline banners
  • Starting soon screens
  • Chanel banners
  • Twitch panels
  • Merch designs
  • And so much more

Click here to see all the Twitch templates on Placeit.

Conclusion:

If you want an insanely easy way to create quality looking emotes for your Twitch channel then Placeit is a fantastic option.

The only downsides with the tool are that the customization options are currently a bit limited and there isn’t a huge library of emote templates.

That being said, the quality of the Twitch emote templates they offer is great so you’re bound to find a few that have what you’e looking for.

#3 Creating Twitch emotes with EmotesCreator

EmotesCreator is another online design tool that was created specifically with streamers as the main focus.

They have a few tools including a Twitch panel maker, sub badge maker and, of course, a Twitch emote maker.

Like all their tools, their emote maker is incredibly easy to use and allows you to quickly create good looking Twitch emotes.

Step 1 – Go to their emote maker:

Click here to go to their Twitch emote maker, make your way through all the various tabs (Skin, Clothes, Eyes, Text, etc.), and select the design elements you want for your Twitch emote. Click here if you want to create a female emote character:

EmotesCreator Twitch emote maker

Step 2 – Choose your colors:

Choose the colors for your Twitch emote elements. You can also choose custom colors by clicking on the color picker icon on the right-hand side:

Choosing emote element colors

Step 3 – Save your design:

Save your Twitch emotes design, this will take you to a page that allows you to add the design to your cart:

Adding emote design to cart

If you want to make more Twitch emotes you can continue shopping, create some more, and add them to your cart.

Step 4 – Purchase your designs:

When you’ve created all your emote designs, navigate to the checkout. You can pay via credit card or PayPal:

EmotesCreator Checkout page

Pricing:

These are the current Twitch emote prices on EmotesCreator:

  • Individual Twitch emote designs: $3.99
  • Twitch emotes packs: $18.99
Twitch emotes pack on EmotesCreator

Conclusion:

EmotesCreator is another simple but good quality tool for creating Twitch emotes for your channel.

It’s ridiculously easy and quick to use. So if you’re looking for an affordable and reliable for creating your Twitch emotes you should check them out.

#4 Creating Twitch emotes with OWN3D

OWN3D is a company that creates all kinds of stream designs with their main offering being full stream packages.

They also have several online tools that you can use to create designs including a gaming logo maker, sub badge maker, and Twitch emote maker.

Their tools are easy to use and produce good quality designs. The only downsides are that the customization options are a bit limited but overall you can create cool-looking Twitch emotes in no time at all.

Step 1 – Go to their emote maker:

Click here to go to their Twitch emote maker, and select your base character:

OWN3D Twitch emote maker

Step 2 – Choose your colors:

Customize your character’s appearance. You can modify most aspects of it including skin color, hair, clothes, and more:

Choosing emote elements

Step 3 – Create your emote pack:

Next, you can choose different versions of your emote to build your own emote package. The more emotes you add to your package the cheaper each emote becomes. You can add up to 26 emotes:

Creating your emote pack

Step 4 – Purchase your emote package:

When you’ve chosen all your emote designs, navigate to the checkout to complete your purchase:

OWN3D checkout page

Pricing:

These are the current Twitch emote prices on OWN3D. Remember the more emote variations you buy the cheaper each one becomes:

  • 1 variation ($16.50 per emote) = $16.50
  • 3 variations ($11.33 per emote) = $33.99
  • 6 variations ($9.75 per emote) = $58.50
  • 9 variations ($8.11 per emote) = $72.99
  • 15 variations ($6.46 per emote) = $96.90
  • 26 variations ($6.13 per emote) = $159.38

Conclusion:

OWN3D is another simple but awesome source of Twitch emote designs.

If you’re looking to quickly create unique looking emotes for your channel it’s defintiely worth checking out.

#5 Alternative Tools

If you check out Placeit, EmotesCreator, or OWN3D and they’re not quite what you’re after there are a couple of alternatives that we also recommend.

We tested out a lot of tools when we created our ‘Twitch Emote Makers‘ article, so we recommend checking that out for alternative options.

#6 Other resources

Sites to buy Twitch emote designs and packs:

Video on how to add emotes to your Twitch channel:

Adding emotess to Twitch

Create free emotes using Paint:

Using Paint to create emotes

Create free emotes with GIMP:

Using GIMP to create emotes

#7 Using Photoshop

If you want to use Photoshop to create your emotes here’s a good video showing you how:

Creating emotes in Photoshop

Final thoughts

So, there you have it, that’s how you can quickly, easily, and affordably create high-quality Twitch emotes for your channel using online design tools.

No matter what your skill level when it comes to design you will have no trouble creating something that looks great, and since Placeit, EmotesCreator, and OWN3D have made it so easy for you there’s no reason why you can’t create something that looks incredible.

Enjoy creating! Oh, and if you have any questions, comments, or have suggestions for other awesome Twitch emote tools, leave a comment below!

Written by James Black

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