How to Create Effective Youtube Thumbnails

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How to Create Effective Youtube Thumbnails

Youtube Thumbnail Template

Download Youtube Thumbnail Template

 

Why are Youtube Thumbnails important?

The first thing that grabs your attention to any video is the “thumbnail image”, the better the design the more chances there are that you’ll click on the video. A good Thumbnail image increases the chances of a user clicking on your video. In many ways, the thumbnail image tells the viewer what he can expect from your video. Remember these words, CLICKBAIT! That’s exactly what it is.

In this blog, you’ll learn how to create an “effective” youtube thumbnail image. Let’s show you how to design some “Click Bait”! 

Get Your Size Right!

Firstly! you’ll need to get the right size for your image to show up correctly and the right sizes are:

Thumbnail Includes in following sizes:

4K Resolution (4096 x 2160 pixel) 1080p Resolution (1920 x 1080 pixel) 720p Resolution (1280 x 720 pixel)

Now that we’ve got the sizes out of the way, let’s get started to design an effective youtube thumbnail.

Use Large Bold Text

 

Youtube Thumbnail Template

Download Youtube Thumbnail Template

Using large title text compliments your design. It allows the user to get an idea of your video content. Using fonts like Steelfish, Bebas, League Gothic, Futura among others is great for adding bold titles and is easy to read. You can divide your thumbnail into two sections, LEFT  SIDE IMAGE and RIGHT SIDE TEXT or Text right across your image with one background image. In the example above notice how LARGE TITLE TEXT STANDS OUT. It’s pretty easy to understand what video you can expect with a thumbnail such as that. I’m sure you get the idea!

 

Contrast your Thumbnail

 

Youtube Thumbnail Template

Download Youtube Thumbnail Template

Adding Contrast will separate the image and the Text nicely, making it more readable. Follow this rule – Light Text, Dark Background, Dark Text, Light Background. Notice how each of the Thumbnails in the above images have ample contrast and it’s easy to read what the Videos offer.

Choosing Your Images

Good Images are crucial for a good looking thumbnail. It’s common practice to include no more than 2 images of people or 1 background image. If it’s a vlog then it’s good to include a cutout image of yourself. If it’s a background image then it’s good to have an appropriate image with your text in the center fo more balance and symmetry. If it’s an image of yourself or a product then keep your product or image on the left or right with the text on the opposite side.

You can find some good images from here –

Download Premade Pixels Youtube Thumbnail Free Pack

This was a rather simple tutorial to give you the basics in creating an effective youtube thumbnail for your channel. We hope you enjoyed it. 

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Comments (5)

  • erotik izle Reply

    If you want to use the photo it would also be good to check with the artist beforehand in case it is subject to copyright. Best wishes. Aaren Reggis Sela

    November 12, 2020 at 3:57 pm
    • Sherman Jackson Reply

      These photos are from Unsplash. Where all photos are free to use. THANKS.

      November 12, 2020 at 4:09 pm
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