A Crisp and Concise Guide to Designing YouTube Thumbnails

A Crisp and Concise Guide to Designing YouTube Thumbnails

Once your YouTube account is successfully verified, you’ll have the freedom to add custom thumbnails to all your videos. Thumbnails are the first things that YouTube users see when browsing for videos they’d like to watch. So, it’s imperative for them to be designed keeping a few things in mind.

In this post, we’ll share with you all the important tips that you need to know for creating the most compelling thumbnails for your videos, ones that will drive your audience to watch your videos and add to the number of views, likes, and subscribers garnered by your channel. So, without further ado, let’s get right into it!

Why you should ignore YouTube’s default thumbnail suggestions

Every time you’re about to post a video to your YouTube channel, YouTube will give you a few default thumbnail suggestions. These suggestions will include certain frames from your video, but there is no way that you can edit them. As a result, these default suggestions will fail to look attractive to audiences, which will most likely lead them to skip your video for someone else’s content.

Even if your content is of a higher standard than similar content posted by a competitor, it’s the thumbnail that makes the first impression. A boring and dull thumbnail isn’t really the ideal way of encouraging audiences to view your content. So, ignore YouTube’s thumbnail suggestions, put in some extra work, and use a photo-editing software to create a custom thumbnail for all your videos.

The tips for designing high-quality YouTube thumbnails

  • Pick the proper thumbnail size: The dimensions and size of your video thumbnails should be in accordance with YouTube’s guidelines. YouTube recommends 1280 x 720 resolution images with a 16:9 aspect ratio and 640 pixels minimum width. The images should be in BMP, GIF, JPG, or PNG formats, and the file size of a thumbnail should be under 2MB.
  • Choose an eye-catching background photo: The background photo of a YouTube thumbnail should be something that catches the eye of the viewers and something that’s relevant to the video. For example, including high-quality images of guitars as thumbnail backgrounds is a great idea for a guitar-oriented YouTube channel. Feel free to explore stock image websites for a wide variety of free images.
  • Include text: Including text across all your YouTube thumbnails is compulsory in today’s times. All the best YouTubers do it and so should you. A crisp and concise title text in the image can give your viewers more context. For example, if your video is a how-to type of tutorial, you can create a title based on the problems you’re addressing in the video. Avoid long, elaborate pieces of text, as they may overwhelm viewers. Stick to something that’s under ten-fifteen words. Also, remember to pick a nice font.
  • Create a consistent look across all your thumbnails: While there are no restrictions in terms of how creative you want to get for designing those thumbnails, it’s recommended to establish a certain style of thumbnail and stick to it across all your videos. Remember, your YouTube thumbnails are very much a part of your brand identity, and consistency is the key to establishing it. From the fonts to the graphics to the colors, be as consistent as possible across as many thumbnail elements as you can.

If you’ve never created a custom thumbnail for a YouTube video before, we’d recommend you to start experimenting with different software. While you can’t expect to create the most compelling thumbnail ever on your first attempt, it’ll certainly help you learn and slowly master the art of thumbnail creation on YouTube.

A Crisp and Concise Guide to Designing YouTube Thumbnails by YTpals Writers,

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