Have you ever wanted to create your own facecam overlay for free? Well, now you can! Using the website photopea.com, we will be creating a clean and simple facecam overlay that will give your stream a more polished look. Today, we will be creating this clean looking facecam overlay for free.
Don’t worry; I will show you every step. If you have never opened any design tool, you can create your own facecam or webcam overlay border without any issue.
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Getting started with the facecam overlay design
Go to photopea.com and create a new project. As always, choose 1920 for height and 1080 for width. Keep the resolution to 72.
I will copy the colors from my previous episode, where I have shown how to create the coolest stream starting soon screen, on photpea.
But you can also find the assets and color codes link in the description box below.
Delete the existing background layer by unlocking the layer. Add a color overlay layer, by clicking the half-circle icon. If you click the colored box, you can change the color later in the future.
Setting up the rulers for facecam overlay design
Press “Control+R” to enable the rulers. Once you see those numbers, drag your mouse from left to right. And when you see some snapping effect, then release your mouse button. Do the same thing for the upper side as well.
Once done, you will have a nice Middle portion of the canvas. Now, choose the rectangle tools and press anywhere on the canvas. Then type your facecam resolution. Then hold shift and drag any of the corners inside. This will make sure the aspect ratio is correct.
For the colors, I will first do the rough sketches. Press control+J to duplicate the shape layer. Hit Control+ALT+T to enable transform tools. Then make the shapes smaller in height and make it wider a little bit. To make the upper shape centered to the existing facecam overlay, select both layers and click the center align tool.
Again draw another rectangle for the bottom part. Make the height a little bit more and keep the width exactly the same as the dummy facecam box. Add extra space between the facecam box and the bottom shape layer. If I hide the background layer, you will see the differences.
Download the required assets for designing the Facecam/webcam border overlay
It’s texturing time. Select the bottom shape layer and right-click. Then choose convert to smart object. After that, go to filter and then choose Noise. Copy the settings of mine. Choose 15% for the amount and uncheck the monochromatic option. It will give that shape a nice rough look.
Import the textures that you have downloaded from the link below. Place the texture on top of the bottom shape layer. Enable the transform option and stretch out the texture to fill the whole shape.
Once you are happy with the positions of the texture, then select the screen as the blending option.
At last, right-click the texture layer and select clipping mask. It will keep the texture layer only where the bottom layer is situated. In this case, the bottom layer is the bottom shape layer.
Add another rectangle shape with the primary blue color. Make sure you have made the new rectangle shape layer as a clipping mask. So it stays within the bottom layer. You can make further adjustments to the new shape layer, but for now, I will again choose the shape tool and then will a thin stroke.
Also, make sure you have put the shape layer under the texture layer. So the texture also applies to the new shape layer.
Adding the text
Well, let’s add the texts. Select the text layer and draw an area where the text will remain. Type your text and move to the text load option. Select the fonts you want to use. Throughout this free stream design series, I will be using Highrise and Newark font. Both of them are free to download. You will get the links as well below.
Once you have imported the fonts, search the names of the font in the search bar.
Then from the font properties option, you can make further adjustments. Now double click the text layer, to reveal the layer styles. Choose the gradient overlay color. I will choose the top gradient color to pure white, and the bottom color will be a darker tone. It will not be too dark but a subtle tone to give a 3d look. The rest of the settings can be like mine.
In the end, add a thin stroke with white color. Then make it look more easily readable by adding a subtle drop shadow.
Add your facecam overlay status icon for live stream
You can then import the icon you want to use. I have got this start icon from icons8. Make sure the icon is in PNG format. Once imported, adjust the size of the icon and double-click the layer.
Add gradient overlay into it and give that yellow gradient. It will be very easy. Simple choose one side as the main yellow color, and the second color will be a darker tone than the main color.
Add an inner glow. Make sure the settings are like mine for the best result possible. Finish the icon-editing with an outer glow.
You can again add another star icon and give that a solid light color if you want. Make sure you have enabled the clipping mask of the star icon, so it stays only in between the bottom frame.
Adding more visual to the facecam overlay border
Ok. Select the polygonal lasso tool, and draw an electric kind of line. But be sure, you have picked the right color before this step. And also, you have joined the last point to the start point, so it makes the selection.
When you see a dashed line, hit Control+Backspace to fill the selection to the selected foreground color.
At any point, if you want to change the color, you click the thumbnail icon while holding Control. It will again make the selection. Then you can change the foreground color to your desired color.
Well. I will copy and paste the elements to the right side with some size adjustments. You can make it obvious like the left side, but I think you can use the right space for more important alerts. So bigger the space will be a great thing.
Once we are done with the bottom part, let’s move to the upper side. As always, double-click the upper layer and enable gradient overlay. Then I will use the primary color and the dark tone of the primary color. If you want a nice-looking gradient only using a single color, this is a basic thing.
Always add the same primary color to both ends of the gradient tool. Then make 1 side color to a darker tone.
At last, I will add a stroke with 2pixels width. Add the main color we are using for the gradient. In this case, it’s yellow.
Adding the Top Logo box in the facecam overlay border
Once we are done, let’s move to the last element. Add another rectangle box in the middle of the facecam. You can use the rulers as a guide. Then choose the direct selection tool. If you can’t see the tools, simply left-click on this pointer icon.
Once you have selected the direct selection tools, click any box point. Then hold down shift and move press your left arrow 3 or 5 times according to your likings.
Do the same thing for the other side as well. The bottom shape will be less wide, and the upper p[art will look wider.
To make it cooler, I will do the same thing on the Upper two points. Not make it too harsh and wide. Keep it subtle.
Double click the upper shape layer, and add the gradient overlay. This time I will be using the Primary blue color. Once done, add a stroke to it. But lets me show you a cool trick. You can change the stroke color from 1 solid color to a gradient color.
Select the option from the dropdown menu. Now, add a very light tone of the blue color we have used for the gradient. Click the upper color selector and change the opacity to 0%. It will give the box a nice look. You can play around with the angle to keep the gradient direction as per your needs.
Adding the Brand name to the facecam upper box
Again add your brand name by selecting the text tool. Keep it below the upper shape tools. I am using the highrise font for this text. If you click and hold the middle bottom anchor box, and move your mouse to the right or left, you will get the nice skew or italic effect.
Then Double click the text layer and add a gradient overlay to it. Keep the end color to pure white and the start color to a blueish tone. Add a nice stroke and soft drop shadow. That’s it. Let me know below if you want an in-depth tutorial of the layer styles options.
Again, create another copy of the text and disable all the effects. But add only a stroke. Then make the fill option to 0%. Now, if you increase the size of the text, you will see it has a stroke look. Make it big, so it fills like the whole box.
At last, make it a clipping a mask, so it stays in between the box.
To wrap up the design, select the polygonal lasso tools, and draw a similar shape. You don’t need to make it perfect, as we will use it to make the shadow. Keep the layer under the upper shape layer.
Make it in black color. Then go to filter and add a gaussian blur. As you can see, the drop shadow has a pattern to it. It gives an angular look at the sides. You will get more flexibility by adding the shadow using this method, than the normal method of adding the drop shadow.
Exporting the Facecam/webcam border overlay in the perfect settings
Well, we have reached the end of this tutorial. Let me show you how to save the overlay in the correct format. First of all, you have to disable any background you have. Once you can see the checked board, that means there is no background.
Then go to file, and choose save as PSD if you want a local copy. Choose save as and then png. From there, choose 100% for the quality and hit save.
And there you go. Now, you have your own clean custom facecam overlay. No photoshop or expensive software is needed at all. Also, check out the next episode by clicking on the right side, to create your custom twitch panel and discord server channel banners.
Check the previous episode where I have shown how to create a custom stream starting soon screen using photopeak for free. Catch you in the next one. Peace!
In conclusion, we have shown that you can create a clean-looking facecam overlay for free using photopea.com. This is a very easy process, and the results are professional-looking. So, if you are looking to make a facecam overlay for your next video project, be sure to try out photopea.com!
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FAQ on “How to design clean Facecam Overlay border in 2022 with photopea“
How do I create my own facecam overlay?
You can use photopea.com if you don’t have photoshop. It is the best photoshop alternative that is free of cost. Then you can easily create your own custom facecam overlay.
How do I make a facecam overlay for free?
Using photopea.com is absolutely free. No credit card or free trial is needed. You can get started for free and create your facecam overlay for free.
What is Facecam/Webcam Overlay?
Facecam overlay is a border overlay that sits on top of your webcam or camera in your live streaming. It’s a visual representation to make the stream more enjoyable.
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