Before explaining to you how to create emotes for Twitch, it is good that you are aware of some important information in this regard.
For example, you should know that custom emotes can only be unlocked by owning theaffiliation with Twitch. To get it, the channel, as well as having at least 50 follower, must have met other requirements in the past 30 days: those listed below.
- Have a minimum of 500 minutes live totals;
- Having started a live in idle 7 days different;
- Have an average of at least 3 spectators simultaneously.
Once all these above requirements are met, the channel will receive a message to the email that has been assigned to it, which will contain the request to become Twitch affiliate and have access to all the resulting benefits, including the ability to add custom emotes.
At this point, you need to know that there are two types of emotes you can add to your Twitch channel: the subscriber emote and bit-level emote. There is no substantial difference between them, other than the fact that viewers can get access to the former by subscribing to the channel and the latter by donating bits to the channel.
Each type of emote, then, must have certain requirements in order to be uploaded to its own channel, which I report below.
- It must have a size that does not exceed 1 MB.
- The resolution must be between i 112 x 112 and 4096 4096 pixels x.
- Animated files cannot be loaded.
- They must have one square form.
In any case, if you need to get hold of emotes and don't have the time or skills to create them yourself, you could rely on professionals. A very established name in this field, for example, is that of the your language illustrator and streamer Ckibe.
Lastly, before proceeding, I would like to remind you to make sure that the emotes you upload to your channel do not violate Twitch rules. Using emotes unsuitable for the platform could lead to severe penalties for your channel, including banning from the site.
How to create Twitch emotes
If you are interested in understanding how to create emoticons for Twitch, here are some solutions you have on your side to succeed in your intent. All you have to do is find the one that suits you best and proceed with the instructions I am about to give you.
Photoshop (Windows / macOS)
If your idea was to create professional-looking emotes in complete autonomy, then I recommend that you rely on Photoshop: the famous Adobe photo editing software, the most famous in the world, you can try it for free for 7 days, after which it costs € 36,59 per month or 292,57 € per year. If you haven't downloaded and installed it yet, read my guide on how to install Photoshop.
To get started, start therefore Photoshop, click on the button Create new and create a new image with transparent background using i pixel as the unit of measurement and setting the dimensions provided by Twitch that I told you about in the previous chapter (between 112 x 112 and 4096 4096 pixels x).
Then click on the tab Property located at the bottom of the screen, on the right. At this point, under the category Rulers and lines, tap on box and select the item pixel and all dimensions will be calculated with them.
At this point, you can start working on the emote. Click on the tab Fillet and, from the menu that appears, select the option apri. Next, select the images you want to load into Photoshop and then click on the button apri.
If you want to create an image from scratch, you can use the tools that are made available to you directly from Photoshop. In this regard, I refer you to my tutorial where I show you how to use Photoshop.
Once the image is uploaded, if necessary, you can remove the background to create a cleaner emote. To do this, click on the icon of Magic wand, located on the left side of the screen and click on background you want to remove.
At this point, click on the tab Selection, located at the top of the screen and from the menu that opens, click on the item Inverse. Then click on the tab Layers, located at the bottom of the screen and then on the icon Adds a mask twice in a row. By doing so, the background will be removed.
If you need to remove a background made of more complicated colors, then you have to cut it out. To do this, click on the tab Selection and then on the voice Select and mask.
Now click onQuick Selection tool icon and then on parts of the image you want them to remain in the emote. Then, tap onBrush tool icon enhance edge and click on BORDI to remove the remnants left by the previous instrument. When you have finished making changes, then, press the button OK.
Before you go to download the image, make sure that the dimensions are suitable for those set by Twitch, as I have mentioned in the previous chapters. To do this, press on the tab Property located on the right side of the screen, where you can view the image size. If you need to retouch them, just press on inset of L, which stands for the width, or on the inset of A, which stands for height and type the number of pixels What do you prefer.
save the image, then, tap on the tab Fillet and in the menu that appears select the option Save with name. Then click on box located to the right of the entry Save eat and select the item PNG. It is essential to use this format, otherwise the transparent background will be removed.
You can also save the project to continue working on it later. To do this, just select the item Photoshop in box located to the right of the entry Save eat. This way you can reopen it when you like and continue where you left off.
GIMP (Windows / macOS / Linux)
In case, however, you are looking for a completely free alternative, you may want to consider GIMP, popular free and open source photo editing software compatible with Windows, macOS and Linux.
If you want to create an emote for Twitch using GIMP, know that the process is almost identical to the one done in the previous chapter for Photoshop. In case you don't know how to use GIMP, then I invite you to consult my guide where I explain how to use GIMP.
If even then you need to know how to crop an image on GIMP, the process is quite simple. In this regard, I refer you again to my tutorial where I explain how to crop an image with GIMP.
Bitmoji (Android / iOS / iPadOS)
If you are looking for an even simpler solution that allows you to create emoticons for Twitch for free, then you could use a service made on purpose to create emotes that can be used directly from smartphones and tablets: I'm talking about Bitmoji, an application for Android (available on the Play Store and alternative stores) and iPhone / iPad very easy to use.
After downloading Bitmoji (just look for it in the store of your device and press the button Installa / Ottieni; if you use iPhone / iPad you will also need to verify your identity), open the application, press the button Create avatars and proceed with the creation of your account. Then enter yours birthday date e poi pigia sul pulsating Continue. Then, fill in the fields Email address e Password with your data and finally press the button Subscribe.
Now that you have created your Bitmoji account, you will be taken directly to the application editor. From here you can customize the protagonist of the emote as you prefer and the appearance will apply to each emote you create.
You can customize the character simply by selecting the cards that you find at the bottom of the screen. Various are available within each elements which you can use to create your own emote. When you are satisfied with the changes, finally, press the button Save.
Now that you have created the protagonist of the emote, you can choose the position in which this will rest, the objects that will keep, lo background and other elements. Remember, however, not to select animated emotes, as these cannot be uploaded to Twitch.
To download the emote you just created, tap on its miniature and then on the key Save to download it to your phone. At this point you need to transfer it to a computer, as it is not possible to create emotes on Twitch via mobile devices. If you do not know how, I refer you to my tutorial where I explain how to download photos from mobile to PC.
Other solutions to create Twitch emotes
Do you want to try some other solution to create emotes on Twitch? Then below you can find other services that might be right for you.
- Emotes Maker (Online) - site that offers the ability to customize your avatar and make an emote ready to be used on your Twitch channel. At the cost of 3.99 $ for each emote, the site is very useful when you need single and immediate emotes.
- placeit (Online) - This site offers several templates that you can modify to your liking to create the emote you want. You can purchase each emote individually for $ 39.95 **, or create an unlimited number of emotes for ** $ 14.95 per month o $ 89.69 per year. The site is also useful for creating other Twitch materials, such as logos or banners.
- OWN3D (Online) - This site also offers a wide range of tools you can use for customizing your Twitch channel, including an editor to create emotes. You can make and customize them with just a few clicks, at the price of 7.99€ for each emote.
How to add emoticons on Twitch
Now that you've created the emotes you needed, you're ready to implement them on your Twitch channel. To do this, connect to the main page of the site, access to your account, press onyour channel icon at the top of the screen and, from the menu that appears, click on the item Author dashboard.
On the page that opens, click on the item Spectator rewards and then on the option Emoticon (the latter is only visible to users affiliated with Twitch).
At this point, you can see that the emotes are divided into categories, that is Subscriber emoticon ed Bit level emoticon. If you want to add an emote, you just have to press on the icon + placed under the category of the emote you want to add.
On the next page, you need to click on thearrow icon to load theemote. Select it, then and press the button apri. Once this is done, you will be able to see the image in three different thumbnails, to give you an idea of how it will appear in your channel. Finally, if you are satisfied with the results, click on the button Charge.
Now that you've finished the process, the emotes are ready to be used by your community, whether it's subscribers or users donating bits to your channel. That's all! Easy, right?How to create emoticons for Twitch