The broadcast tools provided by Steamlabs modified version of OBS make getting started very easy for any budding streamer. Whether you stream PC games or via a capture card and console, the software helps you get up and running quickly. It offers easy to access widgets that you can integrate, while there are plenty of overlays to make your stream look neat and professional.
In recent times, much of the Streamlabs content designed for streamers has been placed behind their Prime service. You can subscribe to the service if you’re convinced that the extras will be worth your time. Almost all of the options that contain animated scene transitions or stylized themes will be locked behind the Prime service, but there are a number of great themes and overlays that you can get for free.
While you can find free options outside of Streamlabs OBS that can be imported into the program, such as Nerd Or Die’s tools, the client makes adding those offered by its built-in storefront very easy.
Simply head to the Themes tab on the left, and type ‘Free’ into the search to show all of the available graphics that won’t cost you a cent. These will not have the Prime logo, so they will be available to add to your own Streamlabs OBS in the form of a collection.
Here are the best themes and overlay templates that you can find for free through Streamlabs OBS.
This yellow and blue themed overlay offers a simple, yet elegant look to your stream. It’s perfect for when you need a clean look to your setup, and also comes with effective Starting Soon, Intermission, and Be Right Back scenes, all of which can be customized to your liking. It’s minimal on resources too, meaning if you don’t have a particularly powerful computer, it shouldn’t be hampered with this set.
Hint of Orange
For those who are active and want to promote on multiple social platforms, the Hint of Orange skin does a great job of showing a clean interface with all the necessary elements needed. All of your social handles at the top, stream interactions on the right, and your chat in the bottom right means you have everything to set up a great looking stream.
Another minimalist overlay and theme allow for your viewers to be the centerpiece of your stream. With the tipping and followers alerts at the top and covering a fairly large area, you can make sure that anyone looking to support you will be able to see their contribution.
The chatbox is non-invasive for most games, and your camera will allow viewers to see your reaction without distracting from the action.
Uplink – by Nerd Or Die
One of the few decent overlays that contain animations, the Uplink theme by Nerd Or Die on Streamlabs OBS has a very modern feel to it. There’s a stinger transition included, meaning you can make more fancy switch scenes rather than a standard looking fade or cut, and all of the scenes have plenty of customization options depending on the look you want.
While there is a premium version of this overlay, this free one should be enough for the needs of most streamers. All alerts are on screen, with choices available across the board, and they are neatly organized into groups, so no need to worry about your interface looking messy.
ElectroLyte – by Nerd or Die
Another high-quality, free overlay from Nerd or Die, the ElectroLyte theme has a great mixture of blue and yellow. This makes it ideal for people who are primarily streamers of games with bright palettes, such as Overwatch or Fortnite. Plenty of customization and screens for starting, intermission, and stream ending mean you have everything set for the start of your stream.
For those who play gritty or sci-fi based shooters, Star Industries offers a more hi-tech looking set of assets for your stream. Great with games such as Destiny or Warframe, the futuristic theme makes everything look neat without too much clutter on the screen.
Another excellent, modern theme, the Mystic Blue overlay offers some very cool animated blue mist around the corners of the camera area, chatbox, and header frame. The elements are generally out of the way of the action, and both the additional Starting Soon and Be Right Back scenes offer the flaming look too. This is an excellent choice if you want to give your stream a very cooling look, and works great with games that fit the cold aesthetic.
An overlay that is very complimentary to games with more of a watercolor-style art direction, Bamboo uses a parchment-like theme for all of its elements. This makes it a fantastic option if you enjoy traditional-style Japanese games, including JRPGs such as Dragon Quest, and visual novels.
Alerts for followers and donations sit discreetly under the camera position, and the parchment on the right allows neat ordering for your chat’s comments.
If you’re looking for a free theme to celebrate the holidays at the end of the year, then Holiday Spirit will give you everything you need to make your stream feel festive. It works with all manner of games, and the extra scenes included bring a cozy, wintery aesthetic.
With high-quality art panels, a simple camera section, and a nicely-created donation and follower set, this is an easy theme to adopt if you want to make the most of your stream’s look during the festivities.
Streamers of games all things horror are becoming more common and ever-growing in popularity. This means that when it comes to your stream, you want to make it fit as best as you can to the spookiness of the game. Thankfully, the Bounty Hunter theme is not only a great free horror-based theme and overlay, it is an excellent choice full stop.
Featuring animated elements in every scene and a clean, mysterious layout in your game view, the Stream Starting does a fantastic job of setting the horror mood with animated zombie arms reaching for the middle of the screen. If you want to upgrade your overlay for horror games for free, Bounty Hunter is the one you need.