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Creating Graphic Overlays to Enhance and Brand Recorded Content

This article reviews best practices to consider when creating graphic overlays and the dimensions and styles for creating graphic overlays. Graphic overlays can include logos, customized nametags, or watermarks. 

Best Practices 

  • Consider your livestream destination to confirm the content is not covered with the added layouts. This is especially important to confirm if layout elements have been added to the edges or when auto-generated captions are used. It's best practice to test ahead of the livestream with a quick livestream test. 

  • Confirm that the design is manageable (it'll obstruct your speaker) or too small (it'll be illegible). A good best practice is to keep it around:

    • Width: ~25% of total video width

    • Height: ~15% of total video height

  • Once uploaded to Socialive, you can resize any lower third graphic to fit appropriately within the different layouts we offer, review Using Audio, Video, and Graphic Overlays in Socialive to learn more. 

  • There is no recommended exact size/dimension of a lower third, but proportionally, the following is a good starting point (these images are based on a 1920x1080p layout)

File Size Recommendations

Full-width lower-third

  • 1280 x 150 px for 720p 

  • 1920 by 225 for 1080p


Corner bugs, Logos, or Watermarks: 

  • 150 x 150 px for 720p 

  • 200 x200px for 1080p

Full-screen overlays

Cover the entire screen with a 1280 x 720px overlay graphic when streaming at 720p, it is recommended to use 1920 x 1080px when streaming in 1080p. 

  • 1280x720 px for 720p

  • 1920x1080 px for 1080p



Left or Right Thirds/Panels

  • 420 x 720px for 720p

  • 630 by 1080 for 1080p


Orientation Options 

You can use the template to create backgrounds and overlays for a variety of orientations besides landscape. The following are examples of these alternative orientations.  

  • Square (1:1)

  • Portrait (4:5) 

  • Full Portrait (9:16)


Square (1:1) Examples


Portrait  (4:5) Examples


Full Portrait (9:16) Examples


Draw.io - Free Online Drawing Tool

One quick way to create overlay graphics is to download this Socialive Graphics Template and open it in draw.io (a free online drawing tool):

  1. Download the Socialive Graphics Template

  2. Open the template file in draw.io

  3. Customize each graphic, as needed 

  4. Select a specific graphic (usually a "group" of objects)

  5. Navigate to File > Export as > PNG

  6. Use the following export settings and click Export

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