For anyone that has signed up to twitch and takes part in a little chat dialogue, you will of almost certainly noticed several hundred different emotes being spammed or maybe even used a few yourself.
Twitch emotes have fast become the platform’s main way of communicating, adding a bit of fun interaction for fans. Some emotes are much more elaborate than your standard smiley faces but how are they made? Well, today we are going to be looking at how to make Twitch emotes, so you can create your very own.
Before we show you how to make emotes for Twitch, if you are new to the platform, you may not know what they even are.
Twitch emotes are essentially the platform’s name for emoticons/ emojis, however, these are unique to Twitch and not your run-of-the-mill smiley faces, although they have them too. Twitch emotes vary from streamer to streamer, being everything from famous streamer faces to customized pieces of art.
Anyone can use Twitch emotes if you are a member of the platform and they can be entered into the chat by either selecting one from the menu or entering a combination of case-sensitive letters and symbols.
Both global and channel emotes are essentially the same thing, however, global emotes are ones that can be used by anyone on any Twitch channel regardless if you are subscribed or not.
Channel emotes, on the other hand, often require a subscription to unlock and use them, with most channels have custom emotes for their loyal subscribers.
the ability to add your very own custom emotes on Twitch is reserved for an upgraded account to an affiliate or partner channel but also verified accounts. Once verified you can add these emotes to your heart’s content, within limits, of course.
Twitch affiliates start with one emote while a partnered account can upload six after the account has been promoted. Increasing the amount of emotes then depends on the number of subscriber points the specific channel earns.
Affiliates can get up to five Twitch emotes, whereas partners can increase their slots to 50.
How To Make Twitch Emotes Using Photoshop
Twitch emotes are, at their core, small images and can be made quite easily if you have manipulated the odd image in your time. We are going to be showing you how to make these in Adobe Photoshop as it’s the most common and easiest way to produce Twitch emotes.
Open Photoshop and click “Create New“
Enter “112” for the width and height parameters
Click “Background Contents” then select “Transparent” and “Create“
Create your image
Click “File > Export > Save For Web“
Select “PNG-24” in the file type preset menu and then hit “Save“
How To Add Emotes To Twitch
Now you’ve made your Twitch emotes it is time to add them to the platform.
- Head to Twitch
- Navigate to near your avatar and click “Creator Dashboard“
- From the drop down click “Preferences” > “Affiliate/ Partner” > “Emotes“
- Under “Upload Emotes” click on each of the empty boxes with the “+” and upload
- Next, you can now enter a unique name for the emote in the “Unique Code” field, then click “Save Changes“
And there you have it, your new Twitch emotes ready to go.
For those of you out there that are already affiliated or partnered with Twitch, you have now been shown how to make Twitch emotes to truly customize your audience’s experience. You can now get really creative, or alternatively, just make an emote of your face. As you are likely new to this process we also included a quite step-by-step on how to add emotes to Twitch, so get cracking and watch your viewers start to interact with the stream in new hilarious ways.