Leave a lasting impression on your audience with a professional looking YouTube banner. With Canva’s free banner maker you can easily create a strong profile that shows them who you are and what you specialize in.


Create a stunning banner in minutes

A YouTube banner is the first thing your audience sees on your profile, so you want to grab their attention. Fast. Think of Canva’s YouTube banner maker as your graphic design tool kit. With no design experience necessary, you can create a professional looking banner within minutes. Aside from thousands of designer-made templates to choose from, you also have access to thousands of free colors and fonts, millions of high-quality images and illustrations, and an in-built image editor.

How to design a YouTube banner

  1. Choose from thousands of sleek templates or start your design from scratch.
  2. Instantly upload your own image with one click or choose from millions of premium images in our Canva library.
  3. Drag and drop your chosen colors, fonts, and images until you’re happy with your final design.
  4. Download in any format (JPEG, PNG, or PDF) and upload to your YouTube page.

Get the perfect dimensions every time

With Canva’s YouTube banner maker, you’ll never upload a pixelated banner again—forget the need to remember that your design needs to be 2560 x 1440 pixels. All our templates are made to perfectly fit YouTube’s banner requirements. With Canva, your images will magically sit within your template, so you save time on resizing. All you need to do is drop them into the smart template.

Upload existing brand assets for free

If you’ve already got a logo or an image you would like to use, with one click you can instantly upload your brand assets into the editor and drop them straight into your design. You can also choose to overlay your design elements, create gradient backgrounds and play with the transparency of images. Once complete, your banner will look like it was designed by a professional (minus the complicated software and price tag). Canva’s image library also gives you access to millions of images and illustrations. All our images are free, and premium images are extremely affordable, so starting from scratch doesn’t have to cost you a fortune either.

Create all your YouTube channel art in one place

Once you’ve created your YouTube banner, you can easily create all your other YouTube channel art within the Canva editor. All your images, colors, and fonts are in one place which saves you time and energy with every design.

Update your designs with a few clicks

If you decide to update your YouTube banner, Canva makes it as simple as a few clicks. All your designs are automatically saved, so you can easily create a copy of your banner design and tweak the colors, fonts, and layout to match your new theme or the latest video you’re trying to promote.

Market your video on social media platforms

Save time on marketing by creating all your design needs in one place. Canva’s banner maker also allows you to create thumbnail art and social media images. With all your designs in one place, what was once a time-consuming task is now as simple as a few clicks.


The recommended YouTube banner size is 2560 x 1440 pixels and 4 MB or smaller. Keep in mind that if the viewer has a smaller screen or has their windows minimized, the image will be shrunk from the right side, which means any information from the right side will disappear first.

Your YouTube banner should include:

  • your brand tagline and slogan
  • a sneak peak into what viewers can expect from your channel
  • a logo if appropriate
  • high quality images
  • readable text
  • on-brand colors and fonts
  • a call-to-action

Remember to think about how your banner might look on a 30” smart TV.

A great YouTube banner gives viewers and inside look into your channel. It grabs your attention with colorful graphics but doesn’t look too busy, and stays on-brand with text, logo and font. You want people to be intrigued enough that they want to visit your channel and learn more.

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