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How To Design An Engaging Youtube Thumbnail

teacher avatar The Entrepreneur, Graphic Designer, Photographer

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4 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. How To Design An Engaging Youtube Thumbnail

    • 2. The Importance of Thumbnails

    • 3. Designing

    • 4. Final Thoughts

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Are you looking to start a Youtube Channel or just want to improve your thumbnail design skills? Well, this course is for you! I will show you step by step how to design a thumbnail for free. This course is beginner-friendly. I will show you to add text, graphics, and photos to your thumbnail to make it stand out from the crowd! Why listen to me?

I was able to go from 0 to 2,000 subscribers in my second month on Youtube without promoting to friends or family! Youtube thumbnails are one of the most important parts of getting someone to click on your video! Check out my main channel: My First Youtube Channel

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The Entrepreneur

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Hello, and welcome to my profile. Thanks for stopping by! I graduated from college in 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in Art. I have completed a graphic design internship, two social media internships, and have worked on various freelance projects. I am very passionate about graphic design, art, photography, pretty much anything creative-related! My goal is to teach YOU and help you grow, whether you want to be a graphic designer, a photographer, or a creative entrepreneur, I will help you along the way. 

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1. How To Design An Engaging Youtube Thumbnail: Looking to start your own YouTube channel or maybe you currently have a channel GL or winding to learn to get better thumbnails. Or maybe you want to increase your click through rate on YouTube. Well, in this course I'm going to show you how to easily design YouTube thumbnails for free using Canada. In this course, I'll show you how important YouTube thumbnails are, as well as how to design any type of thumbnail Canva. And we'll cover that color style in different fonts to use in your thumbnails to make it pop and stand out. 2. The Importance of Thumbnails: Youtube thumbnails are important because they are the very person question that a viewer has on your video or channel. If someone doesn't like your thumbnail, the most likely not click on your video. We want your thumbnail to stand out, so increase your CTR or your clickthrough rate. It's also important not to have clipped Beidi thumbnails. If your thumbnail has nothing to do with your video, people will click off here video fast and not returned. Examples and get thumbnails are Mr. B's. Each thumbnail There is a story being told in a quickly grabs your attention. Another thing to know is that he doesn't have texts in the bottom-right corner. That's because if he had that texts there, it would be covered up by the timestamps in the right corner. So don't have texts right there. Now that you know the importance of thumbnails, let's get into the designing of the thumbnails using Canva. 3. Designing : What we wanna do is go to If you don't have an account with them, you'll have to sign up with your email on the homepage, you can see there are a hundreds of different design templates to choose from. We are going to look for the YouTube thumbnail template. On the right side is our board where we'll, we'll design our thumbnail on the left hand menu where you can upload photos, add text graphics in more. Right now I have the template selected. You can scroll through hundreds of free YouTube thumbnail templates with different themes. If you want a certain template, you just have to click on it. You know, it's changed the font background in photos if you need to. We're going to pretend that we have a food review youtube channel and for a video where you're reviewing the new Lady Gaga Oreos. Yes, those exist. So if I want, I can choose one of these templates or designing a YouTube thumbnail from scratch. I'm going to use this template, but I'm not, I guess I'm going to delete my much everything and just use the font. If you want to upload one of your own photos, you can just go to the menu, hit uploads, and then download a photo from your desktop or reverie habit. So for the layout, I want something simple and easy to read. I'm going to have my texts on the left-hand side in Oreo photo on the right. I'm also gonna change the background to a lighter green to match the theme of the Oreo colors. So if you could just go to background, you can scroll through hundreds of different backgrounds or just change it to a solid color. Don't mind this font via wants something bigger and bolder, so I'm going to go ahead and change it. So we're gonna go ahead and hit the text box on the left-hand side. Now for the text comments, type out something like, are they any good? You can click and drag the corners of the textbox. And that should change the size of the font. As you can see right above the art board, you can change the font, the size, the color of the font. And with canvas, there are thousands of free fonts you can choose from. Anonymously took me forever to choose a font because there's just so much to choose from and it's kinda overwhelming. But I'm gonna go ahead and go with this font right here, and it's nice and bold. I'm also gonna change the color of the font. I was thinking that we're just doing a simple white. But if you want to make your thumbnails tick out more, we can choose color like red or blue or yellow. And also remember when designing your YouTube thumbnail, make sure you don't have texts in the lower right of the thumbnail because that's where the timestamp that is on the when you go on YouTube and watch any video. So now I'm going to on the elements menu and you can choose through thousands of different icons and elements in graphics. And it's just crazy how many graphics there are. But I'm gonna go ahead in going the search bar and type in arrow. And a little bit more to this thumbnail, I'm going to use a nice bold arrow and had it pointing toward the Oreos. I'm also probably going to change the color of the arrow to maybe the color of the Oreos just stand out worn. A good idea when creating your thumbnails. You want to have more than one version of that thumbnail for the video, that way you can choose which one is bad. Also a good idea to ask her friends, family, and even subscribers which style they like best. Now for my second some bail version, I'm just gonna go back into the templates and choose a different template. So I'm going to use this template by IM. I kinda really use any of the graphics. I'm gonna go ahead and click on those to delete them. So now I'm going to upload a different Lady Gaga Oreo photo and just use this one and put it on the right-hand side again. And change the words in this thumbnail to Lady Gaga Oreo review. It's pretty straightforward and to the point, lining meant type an Oreo and I'm going to choose a different font though. I'm going to look through these different fonts. And obviously you don't want something that's really hard to read. Something that's like cursive or just too hard on the eyes. I'm going to try this one now it is kinda light, but you can always adjust the size and make it bigger. So after I put this right here and place it in the middle, I'm going to hold down the option key on my Mac and then pull it down. And it will duplicate that Lady Gaga text. But I'm gonna go ahead and delete that and type in review. Um, I also change the background color of this. And I'm going to stick with the theme of the pink and green because that's like the color of the package gene on the Oreos. So I might just go with this hot pink. And once you're done with your YouTube thumbnail designs, all you have to do is go to the upper right corner and click download. You can choose it as a PNG or a JPEG. Now I'm going to show you a couple more examples. Let's pretend we have a traveling Nietzsche to channel. I'm going to look through the different travelling YouTube themes or templates on the Canvas website. Let's say we're doing a video like this, 25 popular travel destinations. Obviously it doesn't have to be 25, it can be ten. But anyways, I really liked this template we have going on here. And you can change the background photo. Obviously you don't want this one. It costs money to remove the watermarks. So if you go into photos on the left-hand side, you can scroll through different photos like you can type in beach, mountains, the United States, like any travel type photo. I think this is a really cool photos. I'm just going to drag the ends of the photo to make it larger and go to position. Then click backward to bring the photo to the back. I really liked this thumbnail it, but it's not as easy to read. So I might choose a different photo and look through the photos right here. I like this one. It's definitely a lot easier to read and easier on the eyes. And we'll go ahead and click position and click backward to bring the photo to the back. 4. Final Thoughts: For the class project design one or two YouTube thumbnails using Canva. Remember to think about color style, font, and overall layout. Once you have designed your thumbnails, upload them below anyways, thank you so much for watching this course. If you enjoyed this, you can go to my profile and check out my other courses. See you next time.