How To Add Your Overlay To OBS (open broadcast software)

How To Add An Overlay To OBS

by Streamplay in Guides on November 9, 2018

Hey, you over there… are you looking for the best guide on how to add an overlay to OBS?

Of course you are. Read on and let’s get that cool lookin’ Twitch overlay showing up on your channel for all your viewers to see.

My goal is to make this as simple as possible for you to understand, so you don’t have to waste hours trying to figure out how to overlay-ify your Twitch stream – or maybe you’re using hitbox or YouTube.

Either way, enough chit-chat, here’s how to add your overlay image to your stream using OBS in 3 simple steps.

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Here’s an updated 2018 video walk-through for adding your overlay to OBS: 

For the text version – keep reading below:

Step 1. Add a Scene

I’m going to assume you have Open Broadcast Software already installed. If you don’t, feel free to pick it up here.

OBS creates a scene for you by default when you open up the program, but if for whatever reason you don’t have one – create one.

Mouse over the Scenes: box > Right Click > Add Scene


Step 2. Add Your Overlay Image

Next we’re going to add your overlay image (yayy).

Mouse over the Sources: box > Right Click > Add > Image


Give it a name, hit OK, then from there you’ll want to click on the Browse button to find the overlay you’re wanting to add to your stream.

Once you’ve picked out your overlay image hit OK again, and voila! You should now have your overlay added to your OBS scene.

Step 3. Resize & Move Your Overlay To Your Desired Position

OK, now that you’ve figured out how to add your overlay to your stream we’ll want to make sure it’s the right size and it’s placed where you want it.

To do this, hit the Edit Scene button, and make sure you have your overlay image selected.

You’ll now see a red border around the overlay:


Now you can right click on either the image name under Sources: or right click the actual image itself to bring up a bunch of different options…

In my case, my overlay is too big for the scene, so I’m gonna wanna hit the Fit To Screen button (Ctrl-F) under the Position/Size menu:

Alternatively you can mouse over the red borders and resize it that way with your mouse, just like you would if you were resizing any window.

Sweet, the overlay is at the perfect size, now all you need to do is move it …move it…

While still having the overlay selected, left click on the image and drag it to your desired position.

And that’s it! To stop editing, simply hit the Edit Scene button again to save your new sizing/positioning options and you’re now good to go.

How your overlay should look when you’re done

Pro Tips:

  • For even better image resizing capabilities – hold Alt while you use the click to drag resize option.
  • Save your overlay image without a background, and as a .png file so you don’t have to deal with any annoying white (or black) backgrounds when adding it to OBS.

Not Seeing Your Overlay?

If you’ve added your overlay image and for some reason it’s not showing up, it could be because the image source is underneath another source (like your gameplay source) that’s covering the entire screen.

What do I mean? Check out the images below…

Always make sure your window/game captures are the bottom layer in your Source panel.

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That’s it That’s all

So that wraps up this guide on how to add your overlay to your stream using open broadcast software. Quick and painless…

If you have any questions just drop me a comment below.

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Streamplay at 1:33 pm

Hey guys, if you have any questions or anything else – feel free to drop a comment here!

BootMemes at 8:38 am

I have to put my images on my desktop or else my image wont be there, where can i put the background where ever BUT my desktop?

Blanket at 4:15 am

So I’m having troubles uploading my overlay. Its just a white screen with the overlay that I have made and I cant remember how to make so that only my images I made on photoshop show on ops and not this big white blob.

Mr.Mell0w at 7:06 am

Hey, nice tutorial! Really helped. I’ve used it to make sort of like a channel watermark in the corner and I was wondering if it would be possible to make it slightly translucent? Thanks!

Rob at 4:41 am

Hey sorry for reviving this old article, but I have everything downloaded correctly I built my own overlay online and it utilizes a url. I have the overlay above the game capture source. In the preview, the overlay is over my stream but not on my actual screen. Even when streaming people see it but allot of it I need to see like viewer count and chat box and new followers. Is there any way to have it show up on the top of my screen as well as in the stream? I am running a powerful computer and I’m on windows 10.

Carol Butler at 8:28 pm

I created an image overlay in Photoshop and saved as a png. The moment I select Video Camera it disappears. I’ve tried regrouping the layers and nothing works.
I just want it to appear while I do my Live Show. I have my logitech HD camera set up (disabled its mic), using my Yeti and I’m connected to Facebook although I cannot remember how I got to the copy my url and streamkey for ME to paste into STREAM. Can you help? Thanks.

Russell at 11:09 pm

What is the best size image to import into OBS to fill the complete screen area without having to resize? Usually I create 4×6 images for postcards and those fit if I stretch but I prefer not to stretch. Thank you for your help! Russell

HammerHazard at 6:39 am

Can OBS work with ps4 somehow?

chilling at 11:16 pm

yes, that depends on your capture card, elgato works great “Add capture device” on the newest version

Jon at 4:24 pm

Is there a way to use motion graphics in an overlay? (a transparent video/animation file). If so what file type would be best suited for this?

Kieran Shae Hunter at 7:13 pm

I need to overlay video in video. How??

Mary at 2:38 pm

Hello, I need to place a overlay graphic on a OBS. The graphic will include layers with low opacity and a transparent background, but to do that, I need to know what kind of image file is supported by OBS. Can someone lend me a helping hand?

Thanks in advance :).

Dakota Crownover at 12:48 am

Can you do a tutorial about animated overlays in OBS Studio. I seem to be having trouble with one I recently got.

Kate Wetzel at 3:51 am

So.. Where do I find an overlay so that I can actually follow this tutorial?


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