If you’re a YouTuber then you should know that YouTube Thumbnail is a very important part of any video. If you’re visiting YouTube daily, how many times you’ve clicked on non-attractive thumbnails? None right? So today I’ll show you 3 best ways to create YouTube thumbnails.
Free Ways To Create YouTube Thumbnails
Canva is a great platform that allows you to create multiple designs easily. You can create YouTube thumbnails, logos, posters, Instagram posts, social media & much much more.
Now you’ll learn how to create YouTube thumbnail by using Canva step by step.
If you don’t have an account with Canva you can sign up with your Gmail, Facebook or with your email address.
If you already have the Canva account you can log in.
Once you’re logged in, click on the ‘Create a Design‘ button as shown below.
Once clicked, Canva will provide you a search box where you can type what you looking for.
Type YouTube in a search box as shown below.
Now Canva will provide you a few options to choose from. Click on YouTube thumbnail.
Once clicked, you’ll be presented with many design options, such as Music YouTube Thumbnail, Food YouTube Thumbnail, Beauty YouTube Thumbnails, Tutorial YouTube Thumbnails & many more.
Choose your choice of the thumbnail you want to create. For this example, I’ll choose Tutorial YouTube Thumbnail as shown below.
Click on ‘see all‘ to view all the pre-made examples.
Now you can see a full list of examples.
Now depending on your YouTube video, pick one design that you think suits best to your YouTube video. I’ll pick the first example.
Once clicked, you’ll see the full design on the Canvas as shown below.
Double Click on the title to change the text.
I’ll change my title to ‘5 best Chrome extensions‘ for this example.
You can drag the green rectangle to adjust your text. You can activate the green rectangle by clicking on objects.
If you like to change the font or size of your text, you can activate the text menu by clicking on any text & the text menu will appear on top.
Similarly, if you like to add effects to your background, you can activate the effects menu by clicking on the background. The effects menu will appear on top.
Let’s apply the filter to our background.
Click on ‘filter’ as shown below.
Once clicked, pre-made filters shown up on the left side.
Let’s apply the ‘Epic filter’. Choose Epic filter from the filter menu as shown below.
The result of the Epic filter is great. You can see the result below.
Play with different effects & font types to achieve the result you’re looking for. Once you’re happy with the result it’s time to save the image file to our computer so later we can upload the image file to YouTube.
Click on the download button on the top right.
Once clicked, a drop-down menu opens up.
Click on ‘download a free watermarked draft‘ to download the file for free. If you like Canva then you can join the premium to remove the Canva watermark otherwise you can use it for free with a watermark.
This is how you use Canva to create YouTube thumbnails.
DesignEvo is another best way to create YouTube Thumbnails. DesignEvo is a great platform to create free logos but you can use DesignEvo to create YouTube thumbnails as well.
Now you’ll learn how to create YouTube thumbnails with DesignEvo step by step.
If you don’t have an account with DesignEvo, sign up for a free account.
You can sign up with Gmail, Facebook or with an email address.
Once sign up, you can log in with your chosen platform.
Once you’re logged in, click on the ‘Make a Logo‘ button as shown below.
You’ll be presented with a lot of templates to choose from.
You can search for any template or you can choose a template from a category.
On your right, you can pick any design from the Category preview.
For this example, let’s pick up this yellow design.
A popup box appears asking you to insert the name & slogan.
You can enter your name & slogan to get started or you can do that manually by hitting the skip button.
For this example, I’ll enter the name & slogan to get started. For the name I’ll put ‘Best Themes WP’ & for Slogan I’ll put ‘Must Watch’ as shown below.
A new window opens up with the design canvas & it’s properties.
Change the resolution to 1280 x 720 because this size is YouTube thumbnail standard & hit apply as shown below.
Now the page size of your thumbnail will increase.
Click on the text to activate the text properties as shown below.
Increase the size of the font.
Now our thumbnail looks much better.
Let’s change the icon of our thumbnail. Look for a search box on your left to search for an icon as shown below.
Type WordPress in a search box & hit enter.
The search query will show you the results of the icons you can use.
Pick one that fits your needs. I’ll pick the last one for this example.
Once clicked, the icon will appear on the DesignEvo canvas.
You can delete any icon by selecting it & hit the delete button.
Now adjust your icon & the title text to the middle with the help of snap guides. Snap guides will appear automatically when you drag any object on the canvas.
Now select your icon & change its color as shown below.
If you’re not happy with the result, you can play with more icons & fonts for the best result.
Once you’re happy with the result. Click save on your top right to save your design so you won’t lose the file.
if by this point you’re happy with the result you can click download to download the design file to your computer.
Once you click download, you’ll be presented with DesignEvo premium packages.
To download files for free click on ‘Download a low-resolution free logo‘ as shown below.
DesignEvo provides ‘Basic’ & ‘Plus’ package for high-resolution downloads with some extra features. If you enjoy DesignEvo a lot then you can join one of their premium packages.
This is how you can use DesignEvo to create YouTube thumbnails.
3. Thumbnail Maker (Android)
Thumbnail maker for Android is my favorite way on the go YouTube thumbnail creator. Whether I’m on a bus or train I can always work on my YouTube thumbnails instead of looking around & wasting time.
Let’s learn how can we use this app.
Open your App Store from your android phone.
Type thumbnail maker in the app store search box.
Download Thumbnail Maker for YouTube as shown below.
Install & open the Thumbnail maker App.
Once the App is open, get familiar with the Thumbnail Maker interface.
Click on the Thumbnail Maker icon as shown below.
YouTube Thumbnail maker interface opens up as shown below.
By default full frame template is selected. You can experiment with all the templates. For this example, we’ll try the full-frame template as shown below.
To start creating YouTube Thumbnail click on the camera icon as shown below.
Now choose an image from your phone to work with.
I’ll choose the ‘PUBG Mobile’ screenshot for this example as shown below.
Once selected the Thumbnail Maker editor opens up again.
Click on the ‘smiley icon’ to get the icon list as shown below.
Once clicked you’ll be presented with many useful icons as shown below.
Now click on the arrow icon.
Click on any arrow icon you like as shown below.
Once the icon is placed you can use the arrow circle to resize it. Just drag the arrow circle with your finger.
If you’re not happy with the icon you can delete it by pressing on the cross circle as shown below.
Once you’re happy with the result it’s time to type some text.
Click on the text icon as shown below.
Click on any text style you like. For this example, I will choose the first template. Click on the pencil icon to edit the name. I’ll call it ‘PUBG’ as shown below.
Now place the text to somewhere it fits, I will place it on top right. I will also change the style of the text to blue & pink as shown below.
You can play with more icons to design a catchy looking thumbnail & once you’re happy with the result, click on tick mark to save your file as shown below.
This is how you use Thumbnail Maker for Android to create great thumbnails on the go.
If you’re not getting views on your YouTube videos it might be because of your non-attractive YouTube thumbnails. I hope by now you know how to create great-looking YouTube thumbnails.
Thumbnails are one of the top factors where visitors click on your YouTube videos but you also need to make sure that you have proper SEO & actionable titles & description. I’ll soon create another article where I’ll teach you how to properly SEO your YouTube videos.
For now, that’s it for this article. If you think this article was helpful then please share it on social media & with your friends. This will help me a lot to take this blog further. Thank you for reading.
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