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Creating a unique look for your channel can really help you stand out on YouTube. Part of defining the look of your channel is being consistent in the kinds of videos you upload, but another huge factor is your channel art. YouTube channel art includes thumbnails, banners, watermarks, and icons. Thumbnails will help viewers decide to watch your videos, and a personalized banner will tell people who you are and what your vlog is about. Watermarks both label your work as yours and protect it from theft. Your icon is the avatar you will use to communicate with your subscribers.
If your channel art will not save or upload properly then it is probably because the dimensions are not perfect. First, try to make sure any art you upload to YouTube is a JPEG file. The site does support PNG, but not reliably.
As to how big your art should be: banners should be 2560 x 1440 pixels, and icons should be 800 x 800 pixels. YouTube will render icons down to 98 x 98 px, but you get the best results starting with larger images.
To ensure that everything runs smoothly keep your image files 2MB or less.
Here are a couple places where you can create custom YouTube channel art for free:
On PicMonkey.com you can use pictures from your computer or social media accounts to create art for YouTube or other sites. In addition to YouTube banners, watermarks, and icons you can create Facebook covers or other types of graphics.
When you use PicMonkey you edit your own photos and then apply them to templates which already match the ideal image sizes for YouTube channel art.
You can use PicMonkey’s basic features for free, or you can subscribe for more tools and to get rid of ads. Subscriptions are $4.99 a month, or $2.75 a month if you subscribe annually.
Canva.com is a bit newer than PicMonkey. On Canva you can use pre-made templates for channel art, or you can even build your own designs. You can access Canva.com from your computer, or download their iPad app.
Canva has a huge library of stock images. You can upload your own photos from your computer or social media accounts and edit them on Canva, or you could use some of the stock images which Canva provides. It is free to use Canva, but they do have premium features that cost $1 each to access.
A thumbnail is the image that represents your video in YouTube’s search results. There are things you can do with your thumbnail that will make it more likely to get clicked on. Always upload your own thumbnail rather than relying on the one YouTube automatically chooses, and make sure the thumbnail you use is related to the content of your video.
One of the most important things to remember is that thumbnails are small. It is better if there is not a lot going on in them because details will be hard to see. If there is any text in your thumbnail make sure it is huge so that people can still read it once it has been shrunken down.
If you are making a thumbnail for a vlog entry then choose a shot that has you in it, particularly one where you are not too far away from the camera. It is also a good idea if the thumbnails for your vlog entries all look similar so it is easy for people browsing to recognize which videos are yours.
Watermarks work best when they are small and transparent so they do not distract viewers from your videos. If your watermark is colored, there should not be more than one or two colors. Unlike the full version of your logo, you do not want your watermark to be overly eye-catching.
Your icon will be small so make sure that if you are using a logo, or any other image besides your face, it is not overly intricate. Your icon will be displayed on the main page of your channel hovering over your banner, so make sure the two graphics do not clash. All of your channel art should look like it belongs to the same set.
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