How to Make a Webcam Border

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Updated August 16, 2022

As the age of live-streaming takes off, many content creators realize the value of customizing their content. And along with purchasing one of the best webcams to increase visual quality, modifying your channel can often boost engagement and draw new subscribers. An easy way to take advantage of many custom features is by knowing how to make a webcam border.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • A handful of webcam border websites allow streamers to create custom designs from scratch.
  • Even free versions offer custom stream designs with options for different border colors, shapes, gradients, and styles.
  • Once a border is sized and all the customization options are uploaded, the image must be made transparent and uploaded to the broadcast software platform.

Aspiring streamers interested in buying a device can check out our article comparing Logitech Streamcam vs Brio. Or, for a more in-depth look, read our review on the Vitade 960 1080p.

Insider Tip

Many free online tools help users cut out backgrounds from images.

How to Add a Webcam Border

Creating a webcam border (also known as a streaming overlay) is light work. To do this, find a website specializing in stream overlay makers. From there, you can choose a free version or pay for a subscription if you want something more detailed and unlimited access to the site’s features.

Those looking for more tips on optimizing your webcam experience can read our content on how to invert your webcam. And another great tip for a better streaming experience is knowing how to narrow the webcam view.

STEP 1

Find a trustworthy and reliable design tool. Plenty of free versions and trials are available for testing before being required to pay.

STEP 2

Once you’ve logged in, create your custom design. When setting the specifications for your webcam frame, select the custom dimensions to 1920 x 1080; this is the recommended resolution.

STEP 3

Choose a template and adjust the shapes, colors, gradience, and other desired customization options.

STEP 4

After completing the custom overlay, download the document.

STEP 5

Using photoshop, make the background transparent by removing the image’s interior. If you don’t know how to do this, you’ll need to google the steps.

STEP 6

Save the new image as a PNG file.

Warning

Always watch the file size of your custom stream overlay. Many users find that they can’t upload their custom border if the file size is above 40MB.

STEP 7

In your broadcasting software platform, such as OBS studio or whichever version you use, select “Add Source.” Then, press “Add Video Capture Device” and add the webcam you use for streaming.

STEP 8

Set the resolution to 1920 x 1080.

STEP 9

To add webcam overlays, press “Add Source.” Then press “Image.”

STEP 10

Upload the stream overlay image you’ve created.

STEP 11

Resize the border so that it fits over the webcam image.

STAT: Twitch recommends an overlay dimension of 1920 x 1080, making the aspect ratio 16:9. (source)

How to Make a Webcam Border FAQs

What is a webcam mask?

A webcam mask is a specific filter that allows users to hide parts of the camera frame to enhance audience visibility.

Why should I have a logo for my streaming channel?

Creating a custom logo or border is essential to building a recognizable brand with which users can identify. So, while having a logo isn't a necessity, it's vital for those looking to grow their followings.

What types of files are best for streaming border overlays?

PNG is a universal file and works with many platforms. WEBM files are also commonly accepted.
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