I am going to say it exactly like it is. I am a designer dumbo. So if you want to know how to make a custom Youtube Thumbnail and you are not a very bright spark when it comes to design you have really come to the right place.
The images I design aren’t the best but they are good enough. I don’t have to pay a graphic designer which is a huge financial saving, and I also don’t have to wait for anything anymore which is also great.
I wouldn’t say that my images are anywhere near as good as what they could be though.
Before I show you how to make a custom Youtube Thumbnail I just want to explain quickly why it is so important.
The first reason is that when you upload a video to Youtube they will automatically choose 3 screenshots from your video that you can then choose from to use as your thumbnail. I can promise you that each and every shot they have chosen for me must be the worst images in the entire video, especially when my face is in it. For me it has never been about choosing the nicest image, it has been a case of choosing the best of the worst.
The one occasion it was so bad I didn’t want to publish my video. The good side of that is that it forced me to learn how to create a Youtube Thumbnail.
The other reason is that even if the 3 images that Youtube chooses for you are nice, they will most likely never be as good as a special custom made thumbnail right? Your Thumbnail is one of the biggest reasons someone is going to click on your video. So try and make it stand out.
Also consider Pinterest and how a Youtube Thumbnail is shareable on Pinterest… you want it to look good right? And if you embed a Youtube video on your WordPress post the thumbnail is what will show to your readers.
How to Make a Custom Youtube Thumbnail
The website I use to make my Youtube thumbnails is Canva. It is the simplest and easiest way to do it. Yes I agree there are much better design programs like Photoshop… if you know how to use Photoshop and you are an ace at that, this article is not for you. This is for people like me that have tried Photoshop and will never understand it. My sister is a graphic designer and she has spent loads of times showing me how to use Photoshop.
There is something in my brain that is just not connecting the dots and I don’t think it ever will. Besides I like writing, this is what I want to spend my time doing. I don’t want to spend my time pulling my hair out over an image!
Ok so back to Canva… you can just sign in with your Facebook account. It is that simple and easy. It is free but there are some paid options you can choose while designing. There are some lovely paid images and other features but I have always gotten by without paying anything.
On the home page you will see an option to choose your own dimensions or you can just scroll down the page to find the image size you want and they are named according to what you want to do with it. So scroll down until you see the one called Youtube Thumbnail. Click on that and your blank image will appear.
On the left hand side you have all the options to change the background, upload your images, add text and many other cool features. I suggest you go and play around.
Watch my video to see how quick and easy it is.
Have you found a quick and easy way to make a custom Youtube thumbnail? What is your experience with designing images? Leave a comment to join the discussion!
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