There’s no question that Twitch TV is a dominant force in the online live streaming industry. With over 100+ million monthly unique users and over 25 000 Twitch partner channels, Twitch has become the go-to platform for e-sports streaming.
Twitch has made live streaming way more accessible than it was years ago and gamers of all ages are creating Twitch channels worldwide to showcase their gameplay. To really stand out from the other Twitch channels, it is important to have the right Twitch banner size, profile picture, but more importantly professional looking visuals that will help your channel stand out from the rest.
We have compiled all the right Twitch TV sizes and channel best practices that will take your Twitch channel to the next level!
What is the Twitch banner size?
The recommended Twitch Banner Size is 1200 px by 480 px for HD and full monitors. This is an aspect ratio of 5:2.
According to Twitch, the ideal Twitch Banner size is 1200 pixels wide and 480 pixels in height, but the quality is significantly reduced on larger monitors, so we recommend doubling the pixel size to ensure the best results on a Retina screen. If you’re looking to get started, we offer several Twitch Banner templates to fit your channel needs!
Twitch Banner Profile Display
If you leave your Twitch banner set to the default, it will display a purple color with your channel name repeated across the banner as you can see in this official NBA profile. You can definitely adjust this color by selecting a new Profile Accent Color in the channel settings, but to get the most out of your channel, we recommend uploading your own custom banner.
With the video overlays now taking up the center of the banner, the best Twitch banners we’ve seen are ones that use simple patterns and backgrounds. This is also why we recommend using little to no text for your new banner. Think of it more like a subtle background image which helps create the mood for your channel.
How to Make a Twitch Banner for Free
If you’re looking to create a custom Twitch cover photo in less than 5 minutes. Check out our video tutorial that outlines the steps that you can take to repurpose our pre-designed Twitch banner templates for your own Twitch channel!
What is the Twitch Profile Picture Size?
The right profile picture size for your Twitch channel is 1600 px by 1600 px. This is an aspect ratio of 1:1 and will give you the best quality display photo.
You can create a Twitch avator photo for free by using Snappa’s profile picture maker.
Twitch Banner Template Ideas
Here are some of our favorite Twitch banners from Snappa. Each one offers its own range of style, and they’re all easy to re-purpose. Check out more of our Twitch Banner templates here.
Icon Design Twitch Banner
Geometric Design Twitch Banner
Logo Design Twitch Banner
Abstract Image Twitch Banner
Examples of The Best Twitch Banners
Using text as a decorative element is a great way to make an interesting looking banner. This banner for the official EA Madden NFL channel does this in an interesting way. As you can see below, any text in this banner is displayed along the top, bottom or sides of your banner so it won’t be cut off by the video elements. The text on this banner is used more as a stylistic choice than an informative one.
Repetition can be a powerful visual tool. This Libfest electronic music channel is a great example of this, and their banner is a playful pattern created from their lightning bolt logo. This not only adds to their overall branding, but creates an interesting and striking effect to their twitch profile.
Including your personal logo is another simple way to fill out your Twitch banner. Having your personal logo displayed will help with your personal branding and will help your viewers recognize who you are. If you use this logo on other social platforms like Twitter, YouTube or Facebook, your viewers will know right away if they found you through your Twitch channel. Academy do a great job of this. Their banner is an oversized pattern created from their iconic “A” logo.
Twitch Channel Best Practices
1. Include relevant colors, photos, and icons
If you’re part of a team or organization, the Twitch banner is a perfect way to include your team’s logo and to make use of your team colors. Create a memorable banner that your viewers can look at and know right away that they have landed on your page.
2. Minimize use of text
Having too much text will scare your viewers away from your channel. The point of text on your graphics is to provide some key information without taking away from the visuals on the banners. Include text that adds value and filter out the unnecessary information.
3. Stay consistent
Whether you’re creating an offline banner or display picture. Make sure that your colors and graphics are consistent. Use the same fonts, the same colors and incorporate the same design styles. The best Twitch channels all have consistency in their graphics.
Other Twitch Channel Sizes
Along with the Twitch banner size and the Twitch profile picture size, you can also create other graphics to help your channel stand out.
Twitch Video Player Banner (Twitch Offline Banner Size) – 1920 x 1080 pixels
Twitch Panel Size – 640 x 640 pixels
Twitch Overlay Size – 1920 x 1080 pixels
Twitch Web Cam Slot Size – 1280 x 720 pixels
Twitch Emote Size – 112 x 112 pixels / 56 x 56 pixels / 28 x 28 pixels
Before you can create professional graphics to help your Twitch channel stand out, you will need to make sure that you have the right sizes and dimensions for your banners.
Using Snappa, you can create these graphics quickly, so you can focus more of your time on streaming instead of setting up your stream. Use some of our pre-designed Twitch banner templates to help get you started.
Have you designed a cool banner or seen a nicely designed Twitch banner before? Comment the profile links down below!
Something else to keep in mind is that the chat box, if open, covers up the right 1/3 of the banner. So keeping everything left-focused ends up looking better. It’d be awesome if you guys made a template version including this.