How to Add Your Overlay to OBS Studio - Easy Setup

How to Add Your Overlay to OBS Studio

In this guide I’m going to be showing you how to add your overlay to OBS Studio.

OBS can be a little tricky to work with if you’re not completely familiar with it yet, but once you’ve gone through this quick tutorial on adding an overlay to OBS you’ll have mastered one of the most important steps in managing your Twitch stream.

It’s a fairly straightforward process, so open up your OBS and let’s get right into it.

If you’re more of a visual learner, then I’ve put together a video guide for adding your overlay to OBS that you can watch below:

I’ll assume you already have Open Broadcast Software Studio set up, but if you don’t you can grab it here.

1. Select the Scene You’re Wanting to Add Your Overlay to In OBS

If you have multiple scenes setup for your stream in OBS, then before anything you’ll want to make sure you have the scene you’re wanting to add your overlay to selected.

Just left click on the scene, then verify that you’re on the correct scene by checking to see if that one has the blue background behind it.

Select the Scene You’re Wanting to Add Your Overlay to In OBS

Or if you want to create a new scene, you can right-click in the Scenes box and click Add – or click the plus (+) icon on the bottom left and click Add.

2. Add Your Overlay to OBS

Once you have your scene selected, you can now add your stream overlay to OBS under the Sources tab.

To do this, simply right-click anywhere within the blank space of the Sources box, then mouse-over the Add button, then left-click on the Image button that pops up.

Add Your Overlay to OBS

Alternatively you can left-click on the plus icon (+) at the bottom of the Sources tab, then left-click Image in the window that pops up.

Add overlay alternative

3. Name Your Overlay

A window will popup in OBS with the options to Create new, or Add Existing. Since this is your first time adding an overlay to OBS you’ll want to select the Create new option.

In this window you also have the option to name your stream overlay. So make sure to name it something that’ll allow you to easily identify it in your Sources tab. Something like, “overlay” is a good start ;).

Once you’ve done that, hit OK.

Give your overlay a name

4. Upload Your Stream Overlay to OBS

On the next screen you’ll have the option to Browse for your overlay image file. So click on the Browse button, then select your overlay wherever you have it saved on your computer.

For this example I’ve chosen to add my webcam overlay to OBS.

*If you’re due for a new webcam overlay for your stream, then check these out.

Once you’ve found your overlay, and have it showing in your window like the screenshot below, then hit OK.

upload obs overlay

5. Resize and Move Your Overlay

When you first add your overlay to OBS you’ll probably notice that the image is too big and/or not positioned where you’d like it.

To resize and change the positioning of your overlay you can right-click on the actual overlay in your preview window, or on the file in your Sources tab…

And in the options menu that pops up when you right-clicked; mouseover the Transform option and there you’ll find a bunch of options to modify your overlay.

Resize and Move Your Overlay

If you’re simply wanting to resize and move your overlay around, then here’s a quick way to do that:

  • > To move your overlay left-click and drag on the image in the preview window.
  • > To resize your overlay left-click and drag on any of the small red circles that are around your image.

resize your overlay in obs

You also have a couple other left-click options when resizing your overlay:

  • > If you hold alt and left-click while dragging your overlay you’ll be able to crop the image.
  • If you hold shift and left-click you’ll be able to resize your overlay without the aspect ratio being locked.

Once you’ve resized and positioned your overlay how you want it to look on your stream, then you’re all done! You’ve just learned how to add your Twitch overlay to OBS.

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Overlay Not Showing Up In OBS?

If your overlay isn’t showing up in the OBS preview window when you added it, then it could be because your Image Source is below your Game Capture or Display Capture Source.

Think of each source as layers; the sources that are higher up on the list will show up over top of the sources that are below them.

So if you have a source that is taking up your full screen (like your display or game capture), then make sure every source that you want visible (like your overlay) is listed on top of those full screen sources.

overlay not working in obs studio

You’re Done!

That’s how to use your overlay in OBS. Now that you know how to set up your overlay, you now know how to add other images that you might want to add to your stream as well. It’s the exact same process :).

If you have any questions about adding your overlay to OBS please leave a comment below, and I’ll see if I can help out.

27 thoughts on “How to add your overlay to OBS

  1. Is it possible to use OBS studio to add a prerecorded facetime onto another video that is a prerecorded screencast? The facetime would be small in the corner and the screencast in the background. Please explain how I would do this thank you!

    1. I don’t see why not. If both videos are appropriate video file formats, then you can simply add them to your OBS scene – make sure your facetime video is on a layer above the screencast so that it’s visible over top of it.

  2. Can I add an overlay retrospectively?
    Also, is it possible to edit a recording in OBS once it’s finished? I want to cut bits out, that I are not good.

      1. I have a problem. I set up my overlay, but my game didnt show on streams. or my league client. it appears only the overlay. what can i do?

  3. Once you have created a Scene, right click in the Sources box (or use the plus at the bottom) to add what ever you want to capture. Whether it’s a specific window, a capture card or game, image, text or your entire display that you want to capture, there are several different sources available in OBS Studio for you to choose from. Try them out!

  4. So I am experiencing a weird cam/game capture problem. I add the game capture – no issues. Then I add webcam as another video capture device. When I do, The game audio (Desktop Audio) disappears. If I try to add the webcam and resize it before adding the Game capture (video capture device), then no matter what settings I try, there is just no sound in desktop audio at all. I just don’t get it. Please help?

  5. So I have my overlays all set up, but how to I get, for instance, the “most recent follow” to actually show my most recent follower? In streamlabs there was a list (most donated, most recent follower, subscriber, ect) but I don’t see that option in OBS, when I get a new follower, it doesn’t update.

  6. Hey! I was just wondering if I set up the overlay i want to know if i start streaming on twitch from PlayStation 4 without any 3rd party recording service such as OBS will the overlay show on stream even if im not using OBS to stream from there

  7. Hi, i have created an overlay in my browser with elements, that includes media share, chat and text, but how do i get this in my obs stream? I copy the link, and paced it, into a browser source thing, but there isnt anything showing up 🙁

  8. Hey I was wondering, what would cause a Overlay on Streamlabs to not move over to OBS when I used the Export/Import feature on OBS when all the other overlays have been imported correctly.

  9. I have done everything in every video I have seen, I have downloaded the stream overlays and installed all the necessary fonts required but still obs does not show the stream overlay folder that I am using like it isn’t downloaded. However when I browse files outside of obs it shows its downloaded and opens the image when clicked on.

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