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How to Create the Best YouTube Thumbnails

Thumbnails grab potential viewers and make them click to watch

colorful YouTube Thumbnail example

What is a thumbnail on YouTube?

The video thumbnail is the first thing that viewers see when browsing through YouTube. It’s a small, clickable static image that either grabs their attention – or lets them scroll on by.

YouTube offers you a very limited choice of frames from your uploaded video, but rarely will this freeze-frame serve you well.

You need something that grabs the eye and communicates what your video is about at a glance. You want it to grab your target audience and make them think, I need to watch this!

The thumbnail is typically the first impression of your video, and essentially determines whether or not people will stop and watch.

Designing a professional YouTube thumbnail not only helps improve your channel’s brand, but it also attracts visitors and more eyes to your content.

1 Correct Size of Thumbnail

YouTube says your thumbnail image should be 1280 x 720 pixels, with a minimum width of 640 pixels. An aspect ratio of 16:9 is ideal as it’s used most often in YouTube players and previews.

2 Brand yourself

If you can take a few screenshots of yourself on your phone (or get someone to take them for you) it’s great fun

Make faces! Shocked face, pointy finger, authority poses are all good. Then you can choose your basic colours and start having fun

3 Colours that pop

Neon green, neon yellow, neon red.

Bold colours that mix and match well

Look at Mine

I like bright reds and yellows. If you put the “banner” in black with white or white on green it pops more and you get more views

Notice the pointy finger and the shocked face. For more “oomph” you can put the white outline around your photo

4 Texts and fonts

Don’t use the swirly ones that are difficult to read. Use a clear theme

The best fonts are

I also like Bangers

Always describe what’s in the video – no click bait stuff that gives false promises 🙂

5 Where can I make thumbnails?

Canva tutorial (free app)

Thumbnail Blaster – done for you thumbnails. Quick and Easy

If you want to learn more about Youtube Titles go here 7 Killer Tips for Writing Youtube Titles that get views

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