How to Make a Professional Thumbnail in 4 Quick Steps using Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom | Bryan Guerra | Skillshare

How to Make a Professional Thumbnail in 4 Quick Steps using Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom

Bryan Guerra, Entrepreneur | Marketing | eCommerce

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9 Lessons (35m)
    • 1. How to Make Professional Thumbnails

    • 2. The Best Software Programs for Thumbnails

    • 3. Identifying Your Background Image and Theme

    • 4. Resizing Your Images and Bringing Them to Life

    • 5. Layering, Quick Select, and Branding

    • 6. Overlaying Text

    • 7. Ordering Layers and Saving

    • 8. Using Canva

    • 9. Applying What You've Learned


About This Class

This course will cover how you can make a professional looking thumbnail in 4 quick steps using adobe Photoshop & adobe Lightroom. I've also added a short canva tutorial for students that prefer to use that.

By utilizing what you'll learn in this course, you'll be able to create endless professional thumbnails with little to no design minutes!


I know that when most people try to start learning how to make thumbnails, they’re under the impression they need to master design & master certain software programs. Now, obviously the better you are at those, the better your thumbnails will be.


But what if you don’t want to “master” them right away? What if you just want to get the best looking thumbnail out quickly where you don’t have to invest weeks learning a new software program & all the different features that come with it?


I’ve been there myself & that’s exactly what sparked the inspiration for this course. This Course is for the person that needs to learn how to make professional looking thumbnails for either standalone videos (like YouTube for instance) or course thumbnails quickly.


By the end of this short course, you’ll be able to do that with very minimal training, you’ll be able to replicate it over & over again so you can do it consistently, & you’ll have created your very first professional looking thumbnail.


1. How to Make Professional Thumbnails: welcome to this quick course on how to make a professional thumb now, with little to no design experience. Now I know that when most people try to start learning how to make thumbnails, they're usually under the impression that they need to master, design or master certain software programs. And obviously, the better you are at those things. Well, the better your thumbnails will be. But what if you don't want toe master them right away? Right? What if you just want to get the best looking thumbnail out quickly, where you don't have to invest weeks learning a new software program and all the different nuances and features that come with it? I've been there myself, and that's exactly what sparked the inspiration for this course right here. This course is for the person that needs to learn how to make a professional looking thumb Now for either. Standalone videos were course very, very quickly. By the end of this short course, you'll be able to do that with very minimal training. You'll be able to replicate it over and over again so you can do it consistently, and you have created your very first professional looking thumb. Now 2. The Best Software Programs for Thumbnails: so really quickly to programs that I recommend for this are both made by Adobe. Okay, and that's photo shop and light room. Now you can use free programs as well, if you'd like. So Canada is an example of a great free option that you can use, but generally I recommend going with photo shop and light room. They will allow you to produce much higher quality thumbnail images, and you'll be developing skills and programs that are super in demand, which obviously is very valuable for you in the future at. So let's get started and we'll hop into my computer and start the technical how to off the training. 3. Identifying Your Background Image and Theme: All right. So I'm gonna run you through a quick four step process that's going to allow you to create professional looking thumbnail images over and over again very, very quickly, and very, very easily using simply photo shop and light room and enough, you know, website Here, There. Okay. So step one is to come up with a main image for your thumbnail that is relevant to your topic or Nietzsche. Okay, so this could be from a stock photo website like peck souls, for example, or, you know, pics obey, for example. And there are many others out there. If you just Google stock photo sites, the key here is you want to get a main image. If you're taking an image from the Internet rep, you want to get a main image that is not, you know, a copyrighted image or one that you know, the origins upright. The safest way to do that is to simply go to a stock photo site. Like I said, examples of those AARP Exel's pics of A and there's a number of others. Okay. And this could also simply, if you want to take your own picture, it could simply be a high quality picture that you took yourself with your camera or your phone. Okay, The key element here is that you want to get a main background image for your thumb now so that people that see it immediately no matter what theme you're going with, well, obviously know the topic almost instantaneous. And you can also use a picture of yourself if you're creating, you know, videos or courses around like a personal brand, for example. But I would recommend using an image with a topic. That's just my opinion. But it's a recommendation also because one of the things that I'm gonna teach you in a coming lecture is to overlay a picture of yourself on the thumbnail anyway, right? So, ideally, it's not gonna matter now, ideally, with the thumbnail size in the thumbnail image, you're gonna want a 1920 by 10 80 pixel ratio, or as close to that as possible, so that it resize is easily and looks great. Okay, I'm now generally speaking like you can see when you're on one of these sites here, you can see like up and down photos. Well, a 10 84 or 1920 excuse me by 10. 80 p. One looks more horizontal like this, right? Almost like a YouTube thumbnail. Now this one is probably not 1920 by 10 80. But if we just simply free download this one for free, you will see right. So it's 1920 by 12 80. It also comes a little bit other sizes, but basically I can take this because it's as close to 1920 by 10 80 as possible. And then I can simply resize it using Step two. 4. Resizing Your Images and Bringing Them to Life: All right, So now that we've actually downloaded our main theme off of a stock photo site, we want to move on to step two. So Step two is to simply upload that main image in Adobe Lightner. Okay, so we're gonna hit the plus button right here. We're gonna grab our main image that we downloaded, and we're gonna add one photo camped. Now, you can also have multiple photos down here in the train if you're working on multiple photos where you don't want to delete them. But I usually just kind of keep, like, a clear trey. I delete all the ones I'm not used. Now that we have this main upload uploaded the image in here for our theme in our background. We wanted then resize the image using light room so we don't distort the pixel ratio, but we get the right sized image. Okay, So what you gonna do is you want to come over here a crop and rotate. Click that now, if you come to aspect ratio up here, you can obviously input a custom AC aspect ratio if you ever need to. Although if you look all the way down here you can see that they just have a preset. That's 1920 by 10. 80 right? So if you just click that, what's gonna happen is it's gonna give you this little drag bar that lets you see, like, Okay, everything in this little rectangle right here is 1920 by 10. 80. So you can obviously drag the photo around to meet that. Now, clearly, this this the like the left and the right of this photo already mashed the 1920 by 10. 80 ratio. Right? But sometimes you get an image. It's bigger on both sides, both with and you know, height. Okay, So in that aspect, you can just drag the rectangle around to where you want the picture today. Now, because the focus of this image is clearly down here, like right off here. And then it slowly gets a little, you know, less and less more like focused as it goes out. I don't want to drag it all the way up to the top, right? I want the main part of the image with the focus down here. Okay, That's what I'm gonna do. And then I simply hit enter, and that's gonna bring that image resized back in to a light room. You're then going to want to adjust the brightness, the saturation and a few other things to make the image brighter and, honestly, give it more pop. Okay, think about right. You want a bright, saturated image that captures I attention, you know, immediately, especially because you're gonna compete. Be competing with other images on the screen, you know, and you want people to immediately see yours and have their eyes drawn. You okay? And that doesn't matter if you're competing on a course site. If you're competing on somewhere like YouTube, if you're simply competing on a social network, it's all about I traffic and I Attention. Okay, One of the easiest ways and quickest ways to to get this and, you know, achieve that result is to simply brighten the image and saturated. Okay, now, a recommendation. Quickly, before we jump into the side things over here and I show you how I go about doing it and some of the things that you're gonna want to set up as well, depending on your image. Obviously, each image is gonna be slightly different when you start a recommendation. is to Don't you know you don't want to go overboard with us? Okay? It can look a little cartoonish if you go overboard unless, you know that's the look that you're going for them. More power to you. Okay, so the first thing I'll dio depends obviously. Like I said, you know, on the image that you're grabbing, you know, is I'm gonna increase the contrast. I like the way that looks. I think it increased the contrast between the light in the dark colors and the power a little bit better. Now, if it's a darker image, sometimes if I'm taking like a still frame from a video that I dio, what I'll do is all improve the highlights or I'll improve. You can also type over here on the sides and type in the number. If you ever want to go back to see your own, you're having trouble getting their sometimes tragic drag it back and they will end up being like negative, Right. So I'm gonna make those zero. But sometimes, if you ever need to brighten an image up, you can just increase the shadows. You can increase the white, you can increase the highlights and play around with it till it looks a little bit better. But I like the way that this image looked right here, so I'm gonna keep it right. So, generally speaking, I usually only do three things, and that has increased the contrast, increased the vibrance a little bit, make it more vibrance C If I did drag it down, how much that increases the vibrance there. You don't wanna go too much, then it looks cartoonish and it doesn't look rial. But if you just go a little bit right, like instead of like, zero ish right here, you just increasing a little bit. It's gonna come give it a little bit more pop, right? Especially when you add a little bit of saturation there too, Right? So that's the way that's just basically gonna add a little bit more brightness, a little bit more saturation, a little bit more vibrance and a little bit more kind of, you know, attention to the eye when they're scrolling quickly, right, Because you're trying to grab attention almost immediately. It's an attention game against other similar images. This is one of the easiest ways to basically achieved that now some of the things. Like I said, those are the main three that I always adjust and I'll adjust them up or down a little bit slightly. Never liked down this way. But like on the right side of the spectrum czar, adjust them up and down according to how the original photo looks on, and you can take, you know, a couple of minutes and play around with it. Try to find you're something that's good and looks good for you. Those are the three that I always do now. Everyone somewhere. Like I said, I'll adjust the highlights if it's dark or the shadows or the whites. If it's if it's a dark image on, obviously vice versa. If it's a, it's a brighter image and you want to darken it a little bit every once in a while. I will, too, if the image isn't very, very clear and this is obviously a good picture taken from stock photo site. I'll increase the clarity a little bit every once in a while or I'll increase the texture. If we look do that, we're all increased the texture a little bit, so you can kind of see like the texture on some of the rocks or or whatever the focus is on , I'll do that. I'm not gonna do that for this one or even in increased the grain sometimes, or if you scroll down a little bit, I'll sharpen it up and I'll reduce the noise. But that's very, very rare. Those are things that you can play around with, but really all you need to know, because this course is obviously how to do it quickly is that all you really need to know is upload your image, resize it, using the crop to 1920 by 10 80 or whatever you know ratio that you need and then work on the contrast, the vibrance and saturation That's baby, maybe 90 to 95% off the battle with these types of images. 5. Layering, Quick Select, and Branding: So Step three is to now upload your new version of that background image in the photo shop . Okay, you now have an eye popping image that will grab attention. It's formatted for most platforms, and now it's time to start adding layers to it. Okay, now, the first layer that I like to add to this image myself is literally off myself. Okay? And that's because obviously, my content personally revolves around the personal brand. Okay, if yours does as well, then feel free to use this technique. Okay, You can also add a logo, or you can simply just add text and another picture if you want to go that rude. Okay, so what you need is a few random pictures of yourself already before doing this, so that you can then either add them or sniff them out. I'll show you both of those examples. Okay, so what you can basically do it's really simple is just set your phone or your camera up in video mode, then record yourself and make a bunch of gestures or standing poses and then take snippets or screenshots off that still frame in the video by simply pausing it on the gesture and taking a screenshot war photo off that and then you'll use that screenshot here on your actual thumbnail and you'll pull yourself out of the screenshot like I'm going to show you to basically personalized your film male image. Soon nobody else can use it, right. It's a really good way and a good good technique that you see a lot of personal brands doing. Although, like I said, if you don't have a personal brand, then you can adjust this and you don't have to use this step. Okay, Now, an example of how this will look right here is you can see with this suit picture. I've already cut myself out. So if I just grab this is a PNG right here and this is what I will show you how to do in a second. I can literally just drag myself on to the actual picture. And there I am over laid on the thumbnail. Okay, Now you can what I recommend that you do in most cases. And obviously I didn't do it here so that I could show you is you want a bunch of these ahead of time already in PNG mode. So you don't have to do this next step, you know, every single time and cut yourself out every single time, right? You want to go through ahead of time, cut yourself out ahead of time, and that way you can simply drag them on. Because this is, you know, how to make a professional thumbnail, you know, quickly, right? In four easy steps. So you know, if you do it once. Well, then, every other thumbnail that you do using that the future will be, ah, lot shorter. But if you don't need to know how to do that, basically what you want to dio is you can see the examples of the still frames that I've taken here. So we use one that doesn't that isn't in PNG mode, that we need to take myself on, remove myself from the back. So let's use this one right here. This example right here. Okay. Now, if you need to maximize the image, you can hold all and scroll up on your mouths if you need to. You know, UNM ax Mayes the image than hold all and scroll down on your mouse as well can. Now. I'm gonna screw Hold on, scroll up a little bit. And what I want to do is I'm gonna take myself out of the background of this photo so I can overlay myself onto that actual image for our main thumb now so I can add it, you know, as a personal brand thing. Right? So we want to use the quick, select tool, which is right here. So I'm gonna click the quick, select tool, and you're gonna want to make sure that the plus is selected. The minus will take stuff out. The plus were actually select stuff What you want to grab, So I'm literally just gonna quit selected. All right? I'm just gonna hold down and drag it and you could see it starts to automatically go around the image that we want selected. Okay, now, it's not always perfect. You can see right here. It's let too much, and we'll go back and take that out here in a second. But basically, you're screwing Jack. Drag everything around. That's pretty close to what we want, right? So if my ear is missing a little bit here, there's an extra part right here that I don't need and Obviously, we need to take this out, but everything else automatically selected pretty well. Okay. Now, if you need to actually really, really do this, you can select the pencil and just, like, draw a pan around yourself and then select it. But that takes so so long. So the quick select whole is a game changer. So now that we selected ourselves and we need to add a little bit more right here on the ear so we're just gonna drag this down a little bit. That looks pretty good to me. We want, you know, hit the minus because I don't need this little thing right here. So I'm gonna hit. I'm gonna click down and drag over it and boom, there we go. That's taken out now. Same thing with here. We want to just kind of click down and boom it pretty much grabbed it. OK, now you're gonna wanna it's gonna take you maybe like a minute or two to get used to how to do this. You wanna click and kind of drag around that were You can simply just like click once click ones click once and I'll slowly start taking pieces out on bail. Obviously, if you take too much out, you can just go back and hit the plus and re select more. OK, but now, once you have the image pretty much selected like this, you're gonna wanna click, select subject and then hit, okay? And it's gonna select the subject right here. And then you want to go over to this image right here, the move tool, and that's gonna actually select to your image. Okay, so now it's in PNG. You can see if you drag it around. It literally took you out of the background. But what we want to do is you want to drag this entire layer over like it was like a web page file, and then I'm gonna drag myself over on top of the thumbnail image. Okay? Now, you're gonna x out of this one right here, and you're simply gonna increase, you know, and drag yourself wherever you want the thumbnail image. But that's pretty much how you dio that. Now, assuming that you've done this right and you've dropped, you dragged yourself over the background and place yourself where you want right now, you want to adjust the size of the portion accordingly. Pretty self explanatory. I also recommend, personally adding, like a shadow effect and a background effect to this as well. Okay, Now some people also add a light halo effect around their picture. You'll see that a lot on YouTube. Thumbnails. I've kind of moved away from that because I think it looks a little cartoonish, and I don't necessarily I recommend that you do that. So to do that, you want to right click on the layer over here on the actual timeline right here, and you're gonna go to blending options. Now, if you do want the outer glow, you can click outer glow right here, and then you can simply drag the the like, the feel of it. How wide is open. If you want to add that, you can also adjust the color if you want to do that as well. Like I said, I don't never really do that. If you click outer glow off, then it'll basically go off for all I really do. And it's gonna be tough to kind of see it with this image because it's a little bit of a darker image. But you can see a lot better on a lot of images, and it's really gonna bring me to the forefront. Here in second is the drop shadow, right? See, how kind of adds the shadow right there on the back. Now, if I un select that, going to see that shadow, this fear and that's gonna add the shadow. Okay, It's subtle, obviously. Same thing here. You can adjust the size of the shadow if you want to or move it around, you know, as you see fit, and then you're gonna hit. Okay, now you'll see that that really kind of brings me to the forefront of this and you'll see the shadow behind, and it really kind of separates the layers a little bit better. I really like the way that that looks OK, so I'm gonna drag myself right here. I'll make myself a little bit bigger and will keep it like that. Now, obviously, this is gonna be an example of thumbnail picture, you know, for let's hypothetically say it's like a travel photography course. Okay, so what I need to do is I need to obviously add text to that to identify that it's travel photography or if it was a travel photography thumbnail for a video that I was doing first say no on YouTube, for example, right? But now my personal brand images in there, and now I want to move on to adding text. 6. Overlaying Text: So step forwards the add text and, you know, or a logo if that applies to you as well, right? So if you already have your personal brand, then that's great. You could see a drug drug mind over a little bit. You know, it's a little bit more to the middle. I'm gonna add the text up here a little bit. It's kind of think it would kind of look a little bit better now if you don't have this than just add a logo, another picture and text originally. And you also want to focus a little bit more on the background image. Now, if you do have yourself when you are putting yourself and text in the image, then obviously you just want a theme in your background image because the main theme is going to your personal brand what the topic is and then just, you know, an attention grabbing text overlay. Okay, so you want to add text and position and accordingly and that's important. OK, then you want to bring that text toe life and, you know, to the forefront. Okay, now I recommend adding a rectangle background. I'll show you how to actually do that here in a second so that the text is clear to see and then bringing it a life. Now you don't need to add a rectangle background. You can just add the same like let's hypothetically said, I'll show you what to do. So let's go over the text. And I said, for example, this is gonna be like a travel photography thumbnail. So let's just say like, travel, photography. And then I'm gonna things like moving around and adjust it and we'll just make it like, a little bit bigger right here, make a little bigger, and I'm dragging my photo over slightly, and obviously you can just click things and move them around accordingly. Just make sure that you have this right here. The drag tool and move tool selected. I'm gonna move it like right here and make this a little bit lower. Okay, so travel photography. Now, I'm gonna select this. I'm gonna copy it, but like in control, see also right click copy as well. If you want to do that way, and then the paste it by clicking control, they so control C control C control V and then it's gonna pace that some with the same formatting and say made simple. So I'm just adding text here. That's pretty self explanatory. You can obviously hit the text over here and change the font of the text if you want to go that way, and the way that you could do that is basically over here with your characters. Change the font, change the weight changed size change the color pretty, you know, pretty, pretty commonsensical right here. That's how you're gonna just that. Now I'm gonna drag this right here on that had two different boxes around these Because, like I said, I want to add boxes in the background so that it makes it really, really easy to set to sea. Now, if you don't want to do that, you can simply right click on the text and same thing as before, right? You can go to the blending options and you can add like a drop shadow or an outer glow or something like that. Sometimes that looks good on certain backgrounds. I don't always do that. Obviously, it's gonna depend on the color of the outer glow that you choose. So if you click out of glow like I said you can move, adjust the noise and make it bigger. Like I said, once you click on it, you can also adjust, like the size and the spread of that. So I'm gonna do that. Do that. Move that. But if you wanted to change the color here, then you would go to, like, read, right. Boom. Now it's red. If you want to make it yellow if you want to make it red. If you want to make it like blue, you get the picture. And I don't think that that looks very, very good. So I don't do that. Are most things I don't outer glow my text and I don't add drop shadow on my tax Although you can add drop shadow and out of low If you want to go that you don't want to add the boxes. So I'm gonna cancel this. What I actually like to do a lot of times is I'll move this down slightly is I like to add a box, you know, in a background rectangle to the text. So it's clear to see and it brings it to life. Okay, I also recommend keeping the text on your phone nails. Super minimal, can you don't want to have, like, a long sentence or paragraph. I see this all the time, and I've made this mistake countless times as well, right? I've found that if you keep the thumbnail text super minimal, maybe 3 to 7 words, Max. Okay, preferably on the lower side of that towards career. For right. You can see there's literally four words here on this one. Okay, You want the texts to be super easy to read and get right to the point. Because, remember, people are scanning images quickly, especially film now. So sometimes also add a logo too, if that's relevant, especially in course. Thumbnail. Specifically, I also recommend that you had a shadow effect to this too, if you do at it. And sometimes it looks good. If you also add no color light effects to it as well. Like I should be previously. But I don't always do that on the logo or the text. What I like to do is all makeup box. So I'm gonna go up to the rectangle in Mark Rectangular marquee tool, and I'm gonna hit that. And I'm just gonna draw a simple rectangle around the box. Now, sometimes I'll go. I'll draw a big rectangle and sometimes I'll draw like a super close rectangle. I've played around with both of them, and it really kind of just depends on the weight of the thumbnail looks. Sometimes I'll get, like, you know, in a kind of ah, groove of doing a big one. Sometimes I get kind of in a group of doing a small one. This is probably a little too close. So I'm gonna do another one just a little bit bigger right here, and we're gonna make that box, Okay, Now that we've drawn the rectangle around it, we want to cut that out and turn the background black or white, depending on you know what color you have the text. I like going to the white text. You don't have to do that. Although I think it makes it look really good. So I'm gonna right click on that on that In between that rectangle and I'm a click new layer To make this new layer, you can name the new layer rectangle one to whatever you want. I'm just gonna keep it as layer to I'm gonna click OK, And I'm also gonna right click again and I'm gonna fill it this time with a black color. Okay, Now you can add a color. You can also turn it white or 50% gray. I like to keep it black darkened and 100% 0 pacing up Hope a city. Excuse me so that it turns it black. OK, but now I need to come over on the timeline here, and I need to adjust that. Okay, so I'm gonna move the layers up above this, So I need Excuse me. I need travel photography and made simple above that. And now you see that the text comes in front of that. So I'm gonna click off for this now, and I'm gonna draw another one really fast. Right around, Made simple and the same thing, right? Click new layer. Okay. Right. Click New. Let. Sorry. Right click. Phil added black. And then same thing. I'm gonna click off of it. And now I'm going to go back to the move tool so I can adjust. Thinks you might be saying that doesn't look that great. But what I like to do obviously, is I'm gonna click on those layers right here. And I'm gonna go layer three, which is the black and layer to, which is the black rectangle. I'm gonna go to the blending adjustments, and I'm not gonna add the outer glow or the drop shadow to the text made simple or travel photography. I'm gonna add it to the background, you know, rectangle, because I think that that makes it look a lot better. So I'm gonna add outer glow in a mad at drop shadow, and I think that that's gonna look great. Okay. So you can also play around the color to look if I go back in and I right click and I select that again and go toe blending options And I go to the outer glow when I click on that, just like I showed you before. You can obviously adjust the color, right? So you might think like, OK, let's try pink. That looks OK, but it looks a little strange. You can also go like light blue a little bit. That kind of looks pretty good. I kind of like that, actually. And then same thing with this woman. Go to the right here layer to blending adjustments, and now it should have that same thing formatted. So I'm gonna click outer glow and drop shadow and bam hit OK, and now we have some popping text on it with a background that's clearly in front of the image. Same thing with me with a personal brand. You can obviously selectees if you want to select everything and then dragged them around as you want. Just make sure that you like drag select. You don't click one. Ordell just drag that that actual thing. So I'm look like out of this. I'm gonna do that so it looks like that, and we'll move on to the final step in the process. 7. Ordering Layers and Saving: now, another little bonus tip that might help you. It isn't. Doesn't really apply to this thumbnail specifically because I've kind of spaced it out correctly, you know, is that you can drag layers around to give them precedent on your timeline. If, for example, you want to put something directly in front of the other red, then you just want to simply export your picture when you're done. Right? But this is the timeline to recap over here. So, for example, let's say I had something in the background over here and I wanted to, you know, maybe put myself, you know, over here in the corner, or like, down here right on the edge. I wouldn't but let just, for example, right. If I wanted to drag myself an ad precedent, then I could literally dragged layer one, which is me when I'm selected in front of the text. Because obviously the top of the timeline takes precedent. Right? So I dragged myself in front of that. Then obviously, I'm going to be in front of the text and vice first, right? If I drag myself below, made simple right here, then obviously I'm in front of the text, but not in front of the texts. Background. Okay, so you can use that to your advantage. Obviously, I don't really want to do that. Dragged us all the way down. I moved myself back over here, like right about here, because I think that looks good. But that's just another tool that you can use. Always remember that you can drag, you know, your layers or whatever is over here in your timeline. This is just where it kind of collects all your different, you know, layers and different things that you have in your photo. You can move them around so that they take precedent. Remember, top is in the front, and bottom is in the back, okay? And then you want to simply export slash savior photo. Right. So you're gonna cook file, we're gonna save your photo. And when I always like to do another little bonus tip is all say, but it's a J J peg. Andi. Sometimes I'll save it as a PNG. Although a PNG file can be a little bit more space on your drive. So keep that in mind. So what's your Save it as a J peg right now. but another little bonus tip that I like to kind of, you know, suggest that people is always save it as keywords. Right now, this isn't gonna relatively matter a lot on most things, but if you're on like a course flap or if you're on like a search engine like YouTube, right, I could save this as, like, thumbnail picture, right? Or I could save this. As you know, travel photography made simple for new. You know, photographers film now for you know something else, right? And because I'm saving it as that's just gonna give me a little bump compared to other videos that aren't doing this in their actual you know what? Their actual metadata is saved for their thumb now. So just like a tip that you keep that in mind, and then you're simply gonna hit, see? And that little tip is literally gonna take you about five extra seconds to type something out. But it could bring you a lot of extra evergreen traffic over the long top term. Okay, so hit OK, and then you'll be able to see your picture in the final products in your actual downloads . Writes what we click this. This is what the final product of our thumb now looks like. Okay, now, this clearly right here because it was just kind of going through a quick example when I took a bunch. You just as an example for this course isn't the most, you know, but the thumbnails great that the or the background of thumbnails. Great. The text is great, but this isn't like the most focused picture of me because I was taking it quickly. Obviously, you're gonna want to make, you know, spend a little bit more time. I'm just trying to give you an example of how you could go about doing that. But that's pretty much how you're gonna do it. Super, super, quickly. It's a simple force, that process that you can dio literally. You know, you have replicated over and over again, but you can do this literally in, like, a minute or two once you get good at it. 8. Using Canva: All right. So quick, canvas tutorial for those of you that decide to go that can vote were now here on camera. It's 100% free. If you don't want to grab photo shop in light room, I would recommend that you do, though. Now, if you're on camera, what you could do is you can create design. Or you can simply go to one of the designs that they have pre templates down here. So what you do channel are obviously the instagram posts. And if you scroll over enough, there's gonna be a YouTube one somewhere or you to thumb their right there. Or you can simply create a design if you want to add your own custom dimensions in and then obviously type the pics or issue in that right? So let's say, for example, that you wanted, like, you know, I just like in 1920 by 10 80 is your generic, you know, thumbnail that fixed most places and most sites. Or like, for example, if you have to do like I don't know, an I g story one or something that's like a little bit more different. You want to get the pixel ratio for that and then obviously type it in and create your new design Already showed. You have to do that in light room and re size, but that's how you're gonna do it with can. Okay, so then you're gonna create your new design and same thing, right? So we go up to uploads. They already have pre, you know, selected thumbnails or photos in here and elements, you know, some text and some stuff that you can add for backgrounds. Now, you can obviously, at a background layer here if you want, you can also fill it with a background color. Or you can add a picture just like I showed you with light room. Okay, so we already have that picture from our downloads that I showed you before. So we're gonna upload an image into our photo and keep in mind through that now, because we created this costume dimensions for 1920 by 10 80 we have the actual thumb now already size that we can just drag out, you know, to our pixel ratio. So if we go to downloads really fast, here's the original photo that we grabbed on. Dhere is the one that we updated in light room. So we gonna grab the original one so I can show you how this looks. And then once it finally uploads, I'm going to select it and drag it in here and then resize a little bit and drag it out. Now, one of the things that I don't like about candle, which is another reason I said left or I suggest using light room. And Photoshopped is when you drag it sometimes because this is a free software. It distorts the image quality a little bit. So when I drag this out every once a while, it does. That doesn't do it every time, in my experience, and I don't use can do that much. But every once in a while, it does distort the image quality that you're gonna see. So there we go. Same thing roughly. I'm you know, if we double click, it would drag it over a little bit, because that looks like that's where the focus is on that picture we hit. Okay, there we go. So now we have in 1920 by 10. 80. Same rough background image. What? We need to brighten it. Okay, so If we select the picture now, right and you click on the actual image and you come up here to adjust, then you can obviously dragged the contrast. Same thing as light room. It's not gonna be as good, but it still will do its job. And remember, this is free can also drag you. Adjust the saturation a little bit as well, and you can also tenet or, you know, increase or decrease the brightness as you see fit, obviously, depending on whether it's a bright or dark photo. Okay, you also play around with the other ones, but the only ones that I've ever really used. I touched with 10 a little bit, although I don't recommend that you do that. It can look good on some pictures. But, you know, like I said, use it sparingly or it's gonna look too cartoonish. Really? All you really need to know is brightness is there if you need it. Contrast in saturation, just like in light room. Although one of things that isn't in light room is the actual you're not gonna have the vibrance option. Okay, so let's say that we want to just adjust the contrast the little bits, probably a little too much and maybe the saturation just slightly. And then we're gonna enter and that should, you know, drag that now the same thing here with the text, you can add some text and they have some pre, you know, text designs, pre kind of loaded in here and also create Texan adjust the font appear and the sizing. So if we want to do like, for example, um, travel photography and then made simple And then we dragged that up, and we can also adjust the like, I said, even you can switch the font here. Some of them are paid fonts, but there's a lot of free ones as well. You can adjust the color of that. You can also adjust the sizing. You could bring it to life with an actual. If you go over the elements again, you can bring it to life with a rectangle in the background. It's not gonna look the same as obviously a photo shop. One will, but it's just something that you can, you know, keep in mind, and then, if you needed to position this, you could hit position and then backward, and then do it like that, right? So, like I said, this is not ideal. But if you're looking for something free, this technique can obviously help you with that. So I'm gonna x out of this, and I'm gonna add this up here. And then, obviously, if I wanted Teoh, I could bring my own picturing as well. Just kind of give you some reference, but important pictures cut out to me. What's that? The suit One here and band. Right. So this is something that you can use if you elect to go this route. Like I'd recommend you can't obviously add like a shadow. You can add the same effects. It's not gonna look the same, but it is a good free option for those of you that want to go this route, you know, right out of the gate. 9. Applying What You've Learned: and now you have a professional looking thumbnail with little to no design experience. In just four quick steps, you didn't have to outsource it. And you didn't have to spend a lot of money getting one made for you. You also don't have to take a one course in master, photo shop or light room or both, either. Pretty cool, right? So now it's time for you to go out and apply what you've learned in this course for your course projects. I want to challenge you Can. I want to challenge you to create your very own thumbnail just like this. Then I want you to upload it through the course project area. I'm really excited. Obviously see what kind of creativity you have and what you come up with. Now your first thumbnail does not have to be perfect. For example, I know mine was not even close to perfect. Just creating one, though, will teach you a lot and you'll get better each time you do it. Okay. Now, if you don't want to use photo shopping, light room and you want to use like a free site like Canada, then that's totally fine. Simply apply what you've learned in this course, using that site and upload your very first thumbnail to the course project area. Obviously, you will get a lot more features with a program like photo, our photo shop or light room, for example. But you can do pretty much everything with Canada to you can adjust the brightness. You can adjust the saturation as well, and you can also overlay images and text on your background. And I've honestly seemed some pretty high quality images created with free sites like Canada. In fact, that's actually what I started on with the entirety of the first year of my own, you know, content business. So it's very possible to do. But like I said, I would recommend you go with photo shopping. Might room. It's gonna let you learn valuable skills quicker, and it's gonna let you produce higher quality images of So I really hope you enjoy this course. I'm really excited to check out the thumbnail that you create and upload as well and see the creativity that you have. And I want to also thank you for spending your time here with me today. I hope you learned a valuable skill that you can obviously apply to all facets of your life , whether that's work or, you know, leisure or whatever, and I genuinely hope to see you in the next one.