Webcam filters aren’t that common of a concept for most Twitch streamers. Snapchat provides a dozen silly ways to look like a chiseled Greek god in one snap and a slobbering goblin in the next. Instagram’s filters can make a simple picture of food look like…well, a very fancy picture of food.

What if I told you these same kinds of filters can be applied to your stream. Specifically to you and your webcam. It’s amazing what a little cosmetic tweaking can do for a streamer’s presentation. And it can all be achieved through a filter, or what’s better known as a LUT.

Video Guide

As with all of our guides, below I have included a full video tutorial if that is your preferred method of learning.

LUTs are simple, easy-to-use filters that can be applied directly into OBS or SLOBS, allowing your webcam presentation to become brighter or more cinematic

What are Webcam Filters/LUTs?

LUTs, or Look-Up Tables, are simple, easy-to-use filters that can be applied directly into OBS or SLOBS. They allow your webcam presentation to become brighter or more cinematic. All without spending a dime on new equipment like lighting or an upgraded camera. LUTs are not a replacement for those things. But it certainly can have a positive (and free!) effect on your overall presentation.

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So how do you actually create or find these webcam filters for OBS? Have no fear, because I’ve created 30 custom webcam filters just for upcoming Twitch streamers like yourself. I’ve coined this package the “Surname” filter pack…because I used a surname generator to give them all names. It was late, alright?

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Once you have downloaded the filter pack by filling out the form above, unzip them using 7zip or Winrar. Keep note of where you unzipped these files, we’ll be back for them later. For now, let’s kick open OBS.

Applying filters to your Webcam in OBS

Here’s some good news: Applying a webcam filter in your streaming software couldn’t be easier. From within OBS, you’ll want to right-click on your webcam from the list of Sources. Find Filters from the drop-down menu that appears.

Psst… Do these instructions already have you scratching your head? You may want to check out my OBS Ultimate guide to Streaming on Twitch first to get a handle on the basics!

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Inside Filters, you should see your precious mug staring back at you from a smaller window next to two empty fields. We’re going to be applying an Effect Filter. Use the plus icon in the bottom left to bring up a drop-down menu where our top-most option is Apply LUT. Select this option.

OBS comes with some pre-packaged LUTs that you should be seeing on your screen if you’ve been following along. Play around with these LUTs if you’d like, but, and I know I have a bias here, I highly recommend using one of my custom, readymade LUTs so you can really POP on camera.

From within this file selection window, track down the unzipped Surname LUTs from earlier. Found it? Great, because here’s where the fun begins.

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Choosing your Filter/LUT

With these 30 webcam filters at your disposal, I guarantee you’ll find one that makes you shine in just the right light. Start with the first filter and don’t stop until you find the LUT that you love. Remember, you can use the preview window in Filters to see how each LUT affects your presentation. Everyone’s taste is different, so I’ve made sure there’s something here for everyone.

Speaking of, if you’ve found a LUT that offers the right aesthetic augment, but perhaps it’s just a little too intense, have no fear. Back in the Filters screen, you’ll see a slider bar next to the word Amount. Use this slider to decrease the LUT’s effect while still keeping the look you enjoy.

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With your preferred LUT selected, hit Close in the Filters page. Done. Seriously, that’s it. Twitch is calling your name, you well-filtered stream fiend.

Streamlabs OBS Users

Things don’t change for SLOBS users, except that (DAD JOKE: INCOMING) they may have to wipe the chip dust off of their shirt before they apply their LUT… SLOBS, get it?

Seriously, the process is just the same. Right click on your video source, find Filters. Use the plus icon to add a filter, choose Apply LUT, and then use Browse to find your way to the “Surname” LUTs. This can’t get much easier!

I Want to Hear From YOU!

Hopefully, I’ve helped you find your right look for streaming on Twitch with the help of these custom filters. If you’re using one of the “Surname” webcam filters for your stream, I’d really love to see it. I mean it too! Share your newfound look with me on Twitter or Instagram. I’ll be retweeting my favorites!

I’d also like to hear from those of you who may be interested in creating your own custom filter/LUT. It’s a bit more work to dive into the realm of photo editing but you can have a lot of fun with it. Reach out to me on Discord, and I’ll get to work on a tutorial for you fine folk.

Until then, keep an eye out for more content for Twitch streamers. Both in written and video form, right here on Gaming Careers.