OBS Streaming

OBS Design Fundamentals – Image Source

Image Sources in OBS allow you to directly insert images and display them on your stream. Image sources are one of the best ways to increase your presentation value. Image sources can help capture attention in general by having a unique background, image sources can be used to convey or display information that you are presenting, and image sources can be used to compliment other sources such as taking a logo from a social media site you use and have it next to your username. Image sources can use the following image file types.

  • BMP
  • TGA
  • PNG
  • GIF
  • PSD
  • WEBP

The only property that is available with image source is “Unload image when not showing”. What this means is when you are not on the scene that involves the image source, the file is unloaded to save system resources. You should use this feature if you find that OBS is taking up too many resources from your CPU when you stream.

Create an Image Source

For this exercise, you can use any image. For this example, I’ll be using an image of an overlay that someone who streams would use.

  1. Click on the + sign and select “Image”.
  2. Press OK in the pop-up window.
  3. Click on the browse button and select an image file.
  4. Press OK.

Image sources are an extremely versatile source that you should use often for your presentations, lessons, and content. If you need to show multiple images in a row such as a PowerPoint presentation, OBS has the Image Slideshow source.