How to design a stream starting soon screen for Twitch

Streaming on Twitch requires you to wear a lot of different hats. You must be a performer, an accountant and your own technical support team. Having a Coming Soon screen allows you to create a small buffer between the moment your community gets a notification that you’re going live and the moment you’re ready to turn on your camera. However, creating one can be a bit more complicated than it first appears.

How to create a “Starting Soon” screen for your Twitch stream

When you have the Coming Soon screen, you have a few minutes to prepare the final parts of your stream before you start playing in front of your community. Whether you’re passionate about graphic design or not, creating a design can be as complicated or as simple as you want it to be.

Set up a scene in OBS

Image via OBS

If you use Open Broadcast Software – known as OBS – setting up a new scene is quick and easy. Create a new scene that will serve as the “Starting Soon” screen and name it something easy to remember if you’re running late and still struggling to work out the inevitable technical issues. Add sources like images and audio to the scene. Set the wallpaper as what you want to use – more on that later – then make sure your microphone is muted by default in this scene. There’s no point in risking a hot mic situation if you can avoid it.

Once your scene is up and your audio is sorted, you can go live and let your community know that you’re about to start your stream. What they see depends heavily on your branding and how much time or money you’re willing to spend on your Coming Soon screen. It is important that your image looks good at a standard resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. You can scale it down if you want to add a border or make changes to it, but having your image at this size gives you a good starting point.

Ready to start soon screens

If you don’t have an eye for visual design, there are many options online for screens that are launching soon that you can pay a bit of money to use in your stream. Some are available for free, while some of the more complicated designs require you to pay a small amount. These types of screens tend to be generic and commonly used so your stream doesn’t stand out from the crowd, but they fit any budget, making them a good choice for streamers starting out.

Customized starting soon screens

The other option for your Starting Soon screen is to have someone with graphic design experience create a unique screen for you. This can be yourself if you have the talent, or if you have a bit of money to spend you can hire an artist to create the screen for you. Twitter is full of artists who make a living creating these kinds of custom pieces for content creators, so finding one with a style that matches your branding won’t be a big deal.

It’s best to visit the Twitch pages of your favorite streamers. Check what the “Starting soon” screen looks like; often they say on Twitch who designed their screens, making them easy to track down and contact.

A Coming Soon screen is just one way to make your stream stand out. If you want to unlock the potential of bots like Moobot, check out our guide on how to bring your stream to life. How to design a stream starting soon screen for Twitch

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