Create an Irresistible YouTube Thumbnail for Your Video

Make it impossible for your audience to scroll past your YouTube thumbnail without having a click and a look.

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Design an eye-catching YouTube thumbnail that boosts viewership

You’ve finally done it — you’ve filmed and edited a video that will put all the internet’s cat clips put together to shame. Now you’re wondering if it’s possible to encapsulate all that awesomeness in just one thumbnail design. What you want is something that will capture the full length of your video in one image and boost its clickability in one fell swoop.

With Canva you can enrich your chosen snapshot with text and design elements, or create a clean cut thumbnail design for a synchronized playlist or channel. With our tools and easy-to-navigate interface, you can easily customize your YouTube thumbnail to the tune of instant virality. How to make a youtube thumbnail? Easy!

How to make a YouTube thumbnail

  1. Choose a template from Canva’s library of YouTube thumbnails. We’ve got hundreds of different designs to choose from, so it’s easy to find something that suits your taste. Or you can design from scratch!

  2. Choose from our library of professional graphic design elements such as banners, icons, frames and more. We’ve got more than 2 million images in our library. Or upload your own!

  3. Click on the placeholder text to add your own message. We’ve got hundreds of free fonts to choose from, too.

  4. Change the background, the colors, the fonts… it’s easy to customize your YouTube thumbnail in Canva, and fun too!

  5. Download or share your finished YouTube thumbnail.

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Take advantage of professionally designed YouTube thumbnail templates

There’s a reason why one of the perks of having an official YouTube channel is getting to upload your own thumbnail. It acts as the face of your video and in no small part determines whether your video will be watched or not. So the last thing you want when you’re just bursting to get that video out is to skimp on attending to that one tiny but important detail.

But even if you’re in a rush to get that video out, you won’t have to sacrifice the effectiveness of your thumbnail. Canva lets you create a stunning video cover for your masterpiece with readily available and professionally designed templates that even non-designers can tweak and make their own using Canva’s easy drag-and-drop interface.

Create a team and collaborate together

Your YouTube thumbnail is the first thing your audience sees before watching your video. And with Canva, you can keep your creativity flowing and invite team members to collaborate on your YouTube thumbnail in real-time. Post comments, tag your team members, leave feedback, share designs, and resolve suggestions all within the Canva editor.

Upload and edit your own snapshots for a thumbnail that captures your video’s best moments

Your thumbnail would most likely include an element pulled from the video itself. For most people that’s likely to be a simple snapshot. But the channel master who really know what they’re doing are aware that you can take that a step further by turning some tone and contrast knobs here and there and make the colors really work for them.

Upload your own snapshot onto your design template and tweak it just like that. With Canva, your editing capabilities range from simply adjusting the brightness and contrast or choosing a preset, to creating a filter that you can re-use again and again on future thumbnails.

Choose from a wide selection of fonts and icons for a stunning YouTube thumbnail cover

A picture paints a thousand words, but adding a headline to your thumnail can make it speak volumes more. If you’ve browsed through the most popular channels on YouTube, you’ll notice that they usually render their headlines onto their thumbnails. The really good ones add a complementary copy that directly supports their image and makes for an effective scroll-stopper.

Adding text to your thumnail is a cinch with Canva. What’s more, you can choose from a wide selection of fonts that can complement your video’s subject matter — whether that’s a playful mashup or an informative lecture. Icons, photos, and illustrations are also readily available for bringing all your design ideas to life.

Get that awesome YouTube thumbnail on your channel and all your social media properties

Congratulations! You’ve designed the perfect YouTube thumbnail for your video! Now all you have to do is download that awesome design and load it up on your channel!

Simply head on over to the Download button and choose your preferred image format. Download it as JPEG file for a smaller file size or get it in PNG if you want your image in stunning high quality. Customize your video with your masterpiece of a thumbnail and publish for all the online world to watch and learn from your stellar example.

Collaborate with your team

Canva is built to help you grow your brand. If you’re creating a start-up, building a small business, or dreaming bigger, once you’ve created your Canva logo can help your team can create sleek, on-brand designs with shareable brand color palettes, logos, and elements within the editor. You can also collaborate together in real-time on any design, on any device, from any location.

FAQ

YouTube thumbnail sizes are 1280 x 720 pixels, with a minimum width of 640 pixels. The dimensions use an aspect ratio of 16:9. Stick to a maximum file size of 2 MB. Remember it should look good when displayed as the same size as the video player.

A good YouTube thumbnail grabs people’s attention and draws them into your channel. That means it needs to be the right size, use an engaging and high-quality photo or image and include your title text to give your viewers some context.

Best YouTube thumbnail practices include:

  • choosing a clean, readable font for your title text
  • using colors and graphics that match your brand
  • taking advantage of color contrast to make the image as clear as possible
  • accurately reflecting the content of your channel.
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