Do you as a streamer need your own website?

Having a website as a streamer may seem very far away or something you are not thinking about right now. But I can tell you that having your own website might actually be very brave and personally a good thing to have. Why? Well, you can have all your social media accounts In one place, you can share your personal story, your numbers, and a blog post. And even have your stream on your website. 

Now let’s be serious, why is a website a benefit for anyone in a creative or content creation environment. In my eyes, it’s multiple things. Having a website to present yourself to the world can free yourself in the sense that when a business asks for your information, you can show them your professional website and show of exactly who you are. But you can also tell someone to check out your stream and just link only your stream. 

 

But what if you sell the example above. You sell merch. Do you order them online and send them from your own comfort of your home, maybe smart then to open your own store on your website, instead of having to search the internet for it or let it be sold by another company and you then lose part of the money you earn. I know of a few websites that take 5/10 % of your purchase. Now, who wants that?

But what if like me, you design the emotes above, and you are stuck because you can only do it with Paypal. Here is where Woocommerce comes in. A plugin that you can install on your website in just a few mouse clicks which will then give you a whole shop for you to work in. Very simple right. If you look above in the menu bar, that’s actually a shop done with Woocommerce as well. 

The above is an example of that. My own store item

But okay, I get it.. You want a website, maybe you want it made by me. But the pricetag of 300 is a little too much, or even the 450 deal with webshop. Well here’s the deal.  For you as a streamer I’m giving you a special Black Friday deal next month! If you order your own website  with me before the 27th of November. at midnight, you get your website for 99 dollars. But, that’s without the hosting. That’s all of what you need to get done yourself, but for the 99 dollars you get an entire website done with what you need for your brand. How does that sound?

  • Only applies to the recently ordered website starting Oktober 22th and lasts until November 27th. DM for details. With too complex websites a small fee may be applied depending on if plugins need to be ordered or not. These are not included.

How I create animated overlays for streamer? [ Photoshop ]

A few months ago I was asked by the people over at GetWetSports, one of the partners of my website if I could create some GFX classes introducing people on how to create their own graphics or videos for their stream. One of the main topics was on how to create an overlay. In this article, I’ll explain more of my thought progress and show you the videos on how I made the animation effect.

For animating you don’t need more than simple Photoshop. A few years ago you did, but ever since Photoshop added the Timeline feature things like animation can be done within the program itself. An example of this is the creation of making small videos even within it. I personally only use it for small animations. A recent overlay created for Xinksly  was done within Photoshop using the timeline feature. 

To create the blicking effect and add the smoke I worked with layers. Each layer is a layer in the Timeline. So if you want to create multiple colors for the effect, the best way to do this is to change the text / icon color with a new one. To quickly do this is to double click on the layer to enter the effects panel. Here you will find the option to add several different things. The options I used in this example / banner above is the option to do colors and gradients. The little icons for that I used the color overlay. If you want the icons, you can download my product which contain all the different types of icons in different styles. 

Also if your interested in the color gradient. I used the light and dark variations of it from my own gradient pack

Now how do you set your layers in the timeline? 

layers

Of course these two screenshots don’t show you everything. So if you prefer a more in dept look. Check out my video below or read my e-book on how I create overlays

See you in the next blog! 

— JustSimy

Ander werk voor je portfolio / other work for my portfolio

English

When you first jump into the world of design as a person you will walk against many walls. Walls which you may need to break. To break them you need to learn. Learn how to break them. Learn how to create / research and send out the work correctly.. And if you need help with that I’m here for it. Helping is what I’m good at. It’s what I do each and every day.

Here are some of the resources I used when I first get started in my line of work:

When I was stuck on creating characters for a project I would always look at the work of Jazza ( Joshua Brooks ). One of the first videos I watched of his was the following video:


I loved the way he spoke on the video and how it was explained on how he worked that I get inspired to work like that as well.

Another person who inspired me was Gareth David. His course on Graphic design taught me about sketches, design, and just some extra tools while I had just started my journey as a graphic designer. This is not the first video I started with. The first one was about Illustrator. But it is one which I used as a inspiration later on to start my own courses and everything else.

 

New Look, New text, new site, new language

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English

Two languages now go hand in hand on my website. Dutch ( native speaker ) and English ( B2 / C1 level English ) go hand in hand now to show you the power of my portfolio.

The site also got replaced to a new and faster host platform and is quicker than ever. With new tools, new images and new logo, my portfolio shines new things. Also included is new branding work, new examples and new sketches as well as video work.

Enjoy this new part of my journey as a graphic designer.

Nederlands

Twee talen gaan nu hand in hand op mijn website. Nederlands ( Voertaal ) en Engels ( B2/C1 Niveau  Engels ) gaan hand in hand om de kracht te laten zien van mijn portfolio.

De site is overgeplaatst naar een nieuwe en snellere hosting platform. Met nieuwe gereedschappen, nieuwe afbeeldingen ( banners ) en een nieuw logo, mijn portfolio ziet er weer als nieuw uit. Ook toegevoegd is nieuw huisstijl werk dat ik heb gemaakt en nieuwe schetsen en voorbeelden en ook nieuw video werk.

Veel plezier in deze nieuwe kant van mijn avontuur als grafisch designer.