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SO EASY! Fast & Eye-Catching Photoshop Thumbnails!

Josh Peck, Learn to Make Amazing YouTube Videos!

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7 Lessons (1h 2m) View My Notes
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. Why Thumbnails Are Important

    • 3. Start Creating Here: Choosing Image Elements

    • 4. Editing Thumbnail Image Elements

    • 5. Writing Thumbnail Text

    • 6. Editing Thumbnail Text & Exporting

    • 7. Conclusion & Assignment


About This Class

Never opened Photoshop before? No problem! Expert Filmmaker (Silent Cry) and Popular YouTuber (Daily Renegade, The Sharpening Report, SkyWatchTV) Josh Peck teaches you how to make fast, easy, and eye-catching Photoshop thumbnails that really pop, even if you're a beginner! Learn the tips and tricks that brought Josh Peck so much success on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and many other platforms. Discover how to easily cut out a background and add a white border to any image, create 3d-looking text, learn how to write the best titles and thumbnail text, and use colors better than anyone else online. Even if you are familiar with Photoshop, you will learn some quick and simple tricks that can cut down your workflow time! Josh Peck is an expert and making the most advanced-looking work incredibly simple for those just starting out and experts in the field alike. With this course, you'll learn everything you need to know to compete in the social media marketplace of content and set your videos a mile above the rest!

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1. Class Introduction: Hi, I am author, filmmaker and do tuber Josh Peck. Today I'm going to show you the easiest, fastest Photoshop method to make the most eye-catching thumbnails for your YouTube videos. That will make your video stand apart from the rest, even if you've never opened Photoshop before. Having eye-catching thumbnails is so important in getting your videos recognize them. So few people know how to actually make good ones. So I'm gonna give you some tips and tricks so you can grow your audience. The best part is, this is incredibly easy. It only takes a few minutes once you get the hang of it. And I will show you step by step what to do so you can follow along. All that being said, let's get started. 2. Why Thumbnails Are Important: In order to prove how effective these thumbnails are, I wanted to show you the inside of my YouTube account here, so you can actually see this for yourself back when I used to do down here, you can see these, these two right here. So I do an interview show called The sharpening report. And these these two these were not very good thumbnails. All I did was I put the picture of the guest. I put kind of a generic picture of myself in this corner and they're just not really appealing. Even the text here is blocked by this timestamp, which if you're doing YouTube uploads, you always gotta be careful about, but they're not very appealing. So here, this one right here. Who, because doing an interview show sometimes it depends on if the guest is well-known or not. So this guest is not very well-known. But a lot of it has to do with the thumbnails though. So this only got 343 views. This, this guy is a little bit more well-known, that got 696. But then look up here. When I did this thumbnail here, for the next one, I started doing my own thumbnails with things that I'm going to show you today. And this one got a lot more views and this guy isn't much more popular than this guy. So it's not just that he brought an audience with them, but it's a few different tricks that I'm gonna show you in this class. But this one did really well. This got, what would that be? A 1000 more views. This is almost, almost quadruple or, or at least triple the size of or well, it would be like 2.5, but whatever, it's still quite a big hike. Now what's really interesting though, the quadruple thing is up here. So this guy, for this one up here that got almost 3 thousand views and look at that thumbnail, See how it's a lot more. It catches your eye a lot more to it just pops a lot more. You can see me real well and the guests, you know, he's still kinda being hidden by this timestamp, but it's definitely a bigger improvement. Then this one down here, which was the same guy. But look at, look at the difference in viewership. So this one only got 696 views with this kind of terrible, really drab, dark thumbnail, but with this bright, kinda more fun, this thumbnail that really pops almost 3 thousand views. So that's like more than more than I expected. That's about quadruple. Actually even a little bit more than that. That's almost five times as much. So that is a huge increase in views. So I started doing that. And then look here. This one got 9 thousand just from this. And this one could even be improved a little bit. The text is a little bit dark. I could've brightened that up, so I could have done something a little bit more with the background. But this one here, this background, you can't really read the texts that well, I could have made that a little bit bigger, but that got 5 thousand. Look at this one. You know, this the, the guest is a little bit more in a power stance and the text is still a little tiny, but you can still read it sort of well, and that one got almost 10 thousand now. And then over here this text really pops really easy to read. So that got 5 thousand ever, ever since I started doing this. And then these ones are relatively new. This one hasn't aired yet, but ever since I started doing this, my viewership has gone up quite a bit. And there's some tricks that, that I, that I wanted to show you what one of the, one of the biggest things that really helps is to have different text on the thumbnail than you do on the title. Don't just repeat the title in the thumbnail because the first thing that somebody is going to see is the thumbnail. So you want to catch their eye, you want something that's going to be bright and pops and that catches their eye and you want something kind of short. If you can get it short, you want something short. That's not just the repeated the title if they liked the thumbnail and if you catch their attention with the thumbnail, then your second chance is with the title. So give it a different title, but something just as enticing, something just as exciting, whatever kind of video you make. So I wanted to show you this to prove what a big difference thumbnails can make. I mean, not even that long ago, just going This is only a couple of months at the time of this recording, about a month and a half at the time of this recording in a month and a half time. And the only thing that I really did, my content is exactly the same. The only thing that I did was fixed my thumbnails and and, and not repeat the titles, but just from fixing thumbnails, from 343 all views all the way up to almost 10 thousand views in just and that's from December 12th is when I got this 10 thousand V1 or nearly 10 thousand now, December 12th, It was a month earlier. November 13th, so almost to the day a month earlier, I was only getting 343. And then this stuff down here, I originally had somebody else doing. I hired somebody to do my thumbnails. And these are good too, but there's still things that I've learned along the way were where even something like this can improve. But this here is still better than what I was doing on my own. So thumbnails are incredibly important and they're easy. You can make a really good eye popping one for really easy, just, just investing a few minutes and a couple of tricks that I'm going to show you. So let's get into Photoshop. 3. Start Creating Here: Choosing Image Elements: Okay, so if you've never opened Photoshop before, if this is your first time, that is totally fine, then this is the video for you. I'm gonna take you step-by-step and let's start. So you just, you know, I'm hoping you already have photoshop installed so you need to at least get that far. So just click on Photoshop and we're gonna open it up and you'll come to a screen that you know, if you've used it before, it should look something like this. We're going to create a new one here. Here are some examples of things that I've already done in the past using this method that I'm going to show you today. But let's go create new film and video and then go over here to where it says 1280 by 720. Click on that. But then over here at resolution, change that to three hundred, three hundred pixels per inch. That's just usually what I use. And then over here where it says Background Contents, make that transparent, okay? And then you can leave everything else the same and it's totally fine. So if you want to give it a file name, then that's fine too, or we'll just call this skill share thumb, nail and then create. So then you're, you're given this, now these lines here, they're good to have on here because these are going to be your guides, meaning you shouldn't have anything to important GO outside of these lines. Because depending on certain players, if you have a thumbnail where you have line like words in this area, it could cut it. It could cut it off. So if you if you keep them, you know, at least inside of the outside line here, you should be fine if you keep them inside of this very inside. It might look kind of cramped. But at least inside of that line, that's fine. Alright, so the first thing that you're going to want, what really helps is if people can see you, you know, if you have a type of channel where you're talking into the camera or you're the host. Or if you have an internet show where you have your guest on, people have an easier time being convinced to click on a video if they can see a face. And I think it has something to do with just the psychology of being able to see the face that they're going to learn something from. So, you know, it's a trust thing, there's a psychological component to it, but it helps if people can actually see your face. So i on every single one of mine, I always put either my picture or a guest. Like I said earlier, I have an interview show and but I also have some other teaching videos. So I tried to put somebody's picture. So you just grab I already have a picture of myself here. You can take you can take a picture of yourself. You can even take one with your cell phone and that's fine. And you just i, and another thing that I do is I always add a new layer. I don't even know if this is necessarily needed, but I used I started using Photoshop back in the days of Photoshop, six or so years and years and years and years ago. And back then. Had to start a new layer because anything you added to the Background layer wouldn't be transparent anymore. You didn't have a transparency under the background. So I don't think that's still the case anymore with Photoshop because there have been times where I've forgotten to add the extra layer. So you don't have to do that, but it's just out of habit, so you'll see me do that. But to me it does help. So then you'd just grab your picture and you literally just drag and drop it in and then it will put it there. Now what I like, I really like the look where the the person you have is cut out and then there's like a white border around that person. So I really, I really like that. Now, before we can do that, you could do that at this point. But before we get there, let's put a background image, some kind of background image here, so we have something to contrast against. So when you, when you think about what background image you're going to use, think about what the vibe of your, thinking about what the vibe of your video is. So if it's something more serious than you probably want to use like kinda darker colors. And maybe, maybe not as distinct and maybe some kind of image like that. If it's something that's kind of more fun and more uplifting. And they're going to learn something like, like, like this video is a little bit more uplifting and fun. This doesn't have a really serious tone to it. So something like this. You can get away with some, you know, some brighter colors, but maybe those brighter colors should be in the text. Because if you have like a darker background, the text is going to pop better and so is your image here. So any kind of, if you, if you go with a dark background of any kind, you're gonna do well, but keep in mind that the darker the images is going to be, then the harder it's going to be. Like if you actually want to picture shown, if there's something in the background that you want somebody, you want somebody to be able to see than the darker the image is or the more that you want the text over it to pop, the less that picture is gonna be seen. So sometimes you can even use like Wald papers for like wallpaper. So you would use on your desktop or something like that. And the good thing about doing thumbnails like this is we are going to be blurring that image and darkening it. And we're going to be doing all sorts of things, adding text to it. So you can pretty much use whatever image you want and you're going to be safe as long as there's alterations to it. But if you really want to be safe, you just open up Chrome, Google Chrome here. And if you wanna, if you want a good background, it doesn't even have to be a picture. You can do like an abstract kind of background if you know it's going to be text IV. But if you want something kind of less descript, you can just go like abstract background. Just put that in and it'll give you all sorts of things. And if you want to be really careful, go over to Tools, Usage Rights, and click on Creative Commons licenses. So these, you can use any of these and you could literally make one of these your thumbnail and it's fine to use. Now I wouldn't do that because you want to actually add some stuff, but you can use any of these and it's totally, It's copyright-free, it's totally fine to use. So usually what I do if I'm trying to pick something out, I'll kind of scroll fast like this and then look for something that catches my eye immediately as I'm scrolling through like what catches my eye. Because you have to imagine. People are like that immediately caught my eye really fast. This one, I don't know if orange and red fire kind of look would be the right feel for this video, for doing something in Photoshop. But it could be that immediately caught my eye. But you've got to imagine people are going to be scrolling through YouTube, searching for a video and whatever catches their eye the first, that's the first thing that catches their eye. That's what they're going to be most likely to click on. So you want to keep that in mind. So I usually just scroll through images like this. That one there kinda caught my eye immediately. That could be good. And then you just try to find something that kinda has feel that you're looking for. Sometimes if you can't come up with an idea, you could just type in whatever your video is about. So you could do like this one is Photoshop for beginners. So type that in and then just see what comes up. So that kinda came up. And sometimes you can get ideas from this. Now if you're in, if you're in the creative commons thing, not a whole lot is gonna show up. But you know that, that might be something there. But if you're just looking for ideas, then go on All. And then it'll bring up a whole bunch of stuff. And then you can just kinda scroll through and get an idea what might be, what might be something. Now these you wouldn't want to use, especially if there's already text and everything because there's copyright issues. But you can just kinda scroll through like that, you know, that kinda looks neat. You just kinda scroll through and think, you know, if, if I was scrolling around on YouTube and I, I, I saw, you know, what would make me want to click on a video like mine. So, you know, anything like that. But, you know that that immediately popped out and it's got the little Photoshop thing there too. So that, that tells us maybe we should put the Photoshop icon as well. So let's actually get that image now, photoshop icon. And usually any of these is fine. I liked when I want to use icons for something, I usually like to just go with whatever the most standard thing is. So I look down at what I have here, Adobe Photoshop 2021, and it's this one. And that's what I'm teaching from. So I'll get, I'll get this one looks like it's already on a transparent background. It's from Wikimedia Media Commons. But again, just to be sure, we can go to creative commons license. And you know, any of these, any of these will be fine. Let's just, let's just use this one and that's fine. Alright, so save image and we'll save that on the desktop. We'll drag it in. And it should automatically go on its own layer. You can just sort of size it. But it doesn't need to be size perfectly yet because we still need that background. So let's go back to our Photoshop. Let's do Photoshop abstract background and see what comes up. And we're still in Creative Commons license. So let's just kinda scroll through and see what catches our eye. That one kinda does. Another thing you want to look for is size. Now since we're gonna be blurring this, we're going to be blurring it so it is fine if the size is a little smaller, but I would say, you know anything, 1280 is fine. You're gonna be blurring it. So even if it's, even if it's a little bit pixelated, that's okay. I'm actually surprised that this image is on the Creative Commons License. But so let's just say that that's the one that caught your eye, that's the one we want. And then you, you also have to remember we are going to be blurring it. So all these little details, mainly what you're looking for is the color. You're mainly looking for, eye-catching color. So let's say that we want this one. This is actually a good one to use too, because it's totally not the right size. I mean, this is this is vertical where as our thumbnail is horizontal. But I'll show you how we can get around that. It's actually really easy. So save image, we're gonna do the same thing, put it on the desktop. Whenever you add a photo, you have to hit this check mark, otherwise you can't add anything else. Okay? Now, will just add that. Alright, so we have our background, we have our couple of foreground things. 4. Editing Thumbnail Image Elements: With this back ground, we are, you just grab one of the boxes and you make it really big. Now I know that this is covering up our pictures. We're going to fix that, but just make it big and give yourself some room to be able to move it around. Now, you'll see when you first import something, anything that any one of these boxes you grab, it's going to keep it in proportion for you. If for whatever reason you don't want it to do that, you can just unclick this here, but we, we want, we want it to keep proportion. So we could, we could have it like down here if we want that to be the background. If we want more of a contrast, we could have it like that. And I actually, So with this, I usually try to think ahead so I know that we're going to have the little Photoshop thing probably in this corner. Because again, if this is for YouTube, we have to remember, we're going to have that. We're going to have right in this corner, that time code. So it either has to be me here, my picture here, or you can put the Photoshop thing here, but plan it out in a way where you're not putting words right here. So we could move this down quite a bit. You know, figuring I'm going to be about here. We're going to have the Photoshop thing about here and then words here, a couple of words here. So kinda, kinda just figure where you want it. And then again, remember this is going to be blurred and darkened and things like that. So let's say, and we can always move this around light later, but let's say we like it about there, okay, now over here, this is your list of layers. So every element, meaning every picture in your, in your full project here, should have its own layer. If you ever need to make a layer, it make a new layer. You just click here. Now again, it's not going to let you do something right now because you have to accept the changes that you made for this picture. So we'll accept that. And then if you, So it works, it works on layers. Basically, things on the bottom are on the bottom, things on the top or on the top. So right now, it's saying that our background image is on the top covering up all of this stuff. So the way we fix that, it's really easy. Just drag this to the bottom. Now again, I have that extra layer because I'm a creature of habit, so I would put that extra layer under it, but it's just a transparent image so it doesn't matter. Okay? So you want your background, basically in the background. And then then we, you know, these two, they're not gonna be overlap, overlapping one another. So it doesn't really matter which one is on top and which one is on the bottom because, you know, it just, it won't matter. Now, here is how to get rid of this background and you're going to love this. It's like the easiest thing in the world, so you just click on this. We want to get rid of this background completely so we can give me that kind of white background, white outline that you see on a lot of YouTube videos that you saw in some of the videos that I showed you. So we're going to just click this and then we'll get to the background after we deal with that because we're going to darken and colorizes and we're going to fix the background to what our main image is. We know that we're not going to have to do any color correcting or anything. I'll show you how anyway in case you ever need to do it, but we're not going to have to do any of that with this image because it's already a professional image. But if you, if it's something that you just take with a cell phone, that's totally fine. I'll show you how to make some minor adjustments to help it pop more. But all you do, you just click on the picture, makes sure that that layer right here as highlighted, you click on this magnifying glass, and then you click on Quick Actions, and then remove background and then hit Apply. Look how easy that was. And it usually does a pretty good job if it's if the shot that you're using is well lit and there is a clear separation between the background and the foreground, then it's going to do a good job so that, that like you don't even need to do any adjustments on that now that looks great if you ever did need to adjust. Like if it cut out something that you didn't want it to cut out, all you do is hit Select and mask. And then it'll bring up these tools here. So it'll automatically put you on the ad tool, which is what? This is, how to add things back. And then, so if it took out something that you wanted to add back, you just click on that and it'll put it back. Or you can click up here to the minus 2l. And it'll, if it didn't get rid of all the background, then you just click, you click on that minus two and then click on the background and didn't get rid of, and it'll get rid of it. And if you still have some trouble, get as much as you can. Like if it, you know, make sure you are all there. But if it still is keeping some of the background, then if it's still keeping some of the background to get what you can and then you just go through and you just hit OK. Down here after you're done doing your thing. And then you would just click on this eraser tool. First, let's exit out of that. You would this button right here, this diagonal rectangle with one black side, one white side. That's an eraser tool. You would just go through and erase whatever background it left, and you just click on it and drag and you can erase it. And, you know, you can zoom in if you need to. Zoom out. I'm on an amount of MacBook, It's Command Plus and command minus to zoom in and zoom out. But usually if you have a good enough image with that, let's brightly lit with a distinct background and foreground. It'll, it does amazing. You're not going to have to do much. So we have that. Now we're going to click on this tool again to make sure our picture is selected. And now we want to do what's called an Outer Glow to give it that white, that white ridge around, around the image. And the reason you wanna do that is that it helps the image pop off from the background even more. So because right now you can even see even without me darkening. This picture yet you can see that my shirts kinda blending in a little bit. You know, if you're, if you're thinking of this and if you want to know for sure, zoom out and know that if people are viewing it on their phone, that's about the size, actually even smaller than that. That's probably about the size that somebody is going to see your thumbnail. If they're looking, if they're browsing through images on their phone or videos on their phone, they're gonna, that, that's what they're gonna see it. So zoomed way out and see if you can still read it, see if you can still see it. So you can see that my shirts definitely blending in with the background there. And then even if they're on a TV or on their computer or something, it's still only going to be about that big when you're editing it. You can have it as big as you need, but always, when you think you're done, always zoom out and make sure. So an outer glow is a good way to make that pop off from the background. So you just hit effects here. Make sure your layer here is checked to make sure that's selected. And you click this button FX and go to Blending Options. You can just scroll right down to inner glow, but just go to Blending Options. And it'll bring up all of your layer styles. All we're going to use right now is Outer Glow. I think I might have said Inner Glow a second ago and just use Outer Glow. So just check this box. Now, I already have mine set up with the kind of glow that I like. So minds already set up here. I'm going to actually click on the outer glow so you can see it was on Blending Options. So my apologies for that click on Outer Glow. So even though it was checked, it wasn't clicked on it. Checking it just puts the effect on the image. Clicking on it will let you see the attributes. So what you can do, you can do what I did and you can set it up however you like. And then you can click this, Make Default. And it'll make these settings, you know, whatever settings you set it at, it'll make those settings your default settings. So every time you click on Outer Glow after that, it'll, it'll just do what you did automatically, just like it did for me. Now, if you wanted, I mean, you could if you could make it you can make it bigger. You can make it like really like more of a harsh cut out by playing around with these numbers if you like something more like that or even like that. I like it more about about there. But again, to each their own. So you get a little bit, you get a little creative license here. And each one might be a little different anyway, because you're going to have different backgrounds. And every single thing. I would also suggest, if you're doing regular show or a regular series, don't use the same picture of yourself and every single one use different pictures. Use, use a still frame from the video itself, uses different pictures of yourself that really helps. It gives people the idea that something is new, something is fresh. So for example, you saw I had a guest on my show is name is Dr. Michael Brown, but he's gotta show of his own called line of fire. But in every thumbnail that he has, it's the same exact picture of him and the only thing that's different is the text. So it'll be like his same picture here. And then he'll have basically the title copied and pasted just right on the thumbnail. And then every single thumbnail is exactly the same. So don't do that. Because if somebody sees a bunch of your videos all at once, they're not going to know which one to pick because they're all going to look the same. But so that's a little trick for you too. But anyway, so just doing an outer glow like that helps out a lot. So just hit okay. You can do the same thing with this photoshop thing. If you like. You can do the same thing with this. Now, you'll notice here, see that hardline right there. It's because Photoshop cut off that part because in the actual picture, if you see here, this isn't a corner, right? So there's going to be that hard line. And that doesn't always look so great. So an easy fix, I could have gone in with an eraser tool and maybe tried to erase some of that. But an easy way to, just a really easy way to do it is take your picture and just make it bigger and get rid of that line. You know, just something like that, super-easy. You might even get away with a little bit of it. But that's a really easy thing to do. And you want your, you want your picture nice and big. Also, it helps if you follow what's called the rule of thirds. And you just imagine this split up into thirds. Or you can, you can put on like rulers and stuff for it sometimes. And I believe in some. And we see here in the US, not shown on here in some versions of Photoshop, they'll actually have it, but, but you don't need it just if you imagine, imagine this picture being split into thirds, vertical and horizontal. So this way, and this way, the eye is naturally drawn there. So right here, you see that, you know, my, my face is right there and then you want to do the same thing here. Your eyes should be roughly, you know, rule of thirds, the third of the picture horizontally as well. So get the middle of the face about there on that third, and then get the eyes on that third. And it's more aesthetically pleasing. It'll, it'll draw the eye even more. So little things like that really help. And now we can do the same Outer Glow thing we that we did with our picture here. We can do the same thing with this photoshop thing if we want, or we can just put a drop shadow on it and let it kinda Stanford itself. Or we can try some different blending options. So you can go to Photoshop and then down here, click Blending Options. And it'll bring these up. You can try seeing what an inner glow does. And you know, that'll, that'll kind of bring a glow on the inside, Inner Glow. It's kinda obvious, you know, maybe a little bit of that would look kinda cool and then have like a hard edge there. So that way it's a little bit different than this. But if you're going to have a hard edge, I would suggest putting in a shadow as well. So if you put it into shadow, that really does help. And you can change the, you can change the direction if you want of your shadow. You can, you know, I would have if you know, there's a light source in your picture. So, you know, there's sort is one here, let's say like up here or back there. Try to match, match the shadow to that. As much as you can. You can change the distance, you know. So, so actually, you know, my light source would be like that. But again, you know, doing that, it's kind of hard to see the shadow now. So you can, you can cheat. It doesn't always have to be like that as long as it's not just obvious that the light sources not casting that shadow, because the human eye can pick up that as well. But let's say we haven't like that. And then you can, you can change the size, you can change the spread, how much it spreads out. You can change the distance. So we'll try that and see how that goes. And something else you can do if that's not colorful enough, because the inside of that looks a little bland. You can do adjustments up here and then click on hue and saturation. Now, this is important. Always make sure if you do anything up here, always makes sure to right-click on the thing that you just, it just put on there and go create clipping mask. Because if you don't, if I just started messing with the saturation, it would saturate everything underneath it. So saturation is like how much color is in it. It would saturate everything underneath it. Clip. If you do a clipping mask, it'll set it to just the thing right underneath it and it won't affect all of this stuff. So we can try turning up the saturation a little bit and then, you know, maybe turning up the lightness a little bit. And then also a good one to do is brightness and contrast. High contrast is good. So again, create clipping mask. And you turning up the contrast always is going to help it be seen when it's small. And actually you should do that with your picture as well. So we want lots of, lots of contrast. Don't go on this. You can kinda go crazy because it's just an icon but on yourself. So we want to do that on me, on my picture here too. You want things to be brighter, sharper, and more saturated and more contrast. Those are the four things that you want. Brightness, saturation, contrast, sharpness. Now this one's already pretty sharp so we won't have to do much. But you, again, you click on your picture here and then go to adjustments. Let's start off with brightness and contrast. And again, remember create clipping mask. Otherwise it's gonna do everything under that. So you want more contrast, you know, pretty much as much as you can get away with, and then a little bit more brightness. It might not be able to go crazy because you don't want to be just washed out, you know, you don't want to be Casper. So maybe about maybe about there. And then maybe we don't need that much contrast. And then do another one for. Do another one for. And always make sure you click back on that picture. Because if you don't, it could try adding a saturation to this effect that you just did. You always want to click on your picture. Let's go hue and saturation. And then C. Now if you see release clipping mask, then you know it automatically already did it for you so you don't have to, you don't have to click on that. So don't click on that. It automatically did the clipping mask thing for you because you already did one up here. Okay. So turn up the saturation a little bit, you know, not so much to where, you know, it's like that and I mean, unless that's the look you're going for, but I usually go till it a little bit red. So, you know, usually about 25 somewhere around there. And then you can play around with the, you know, the lightness and the darkness and try to get it somewhere. Alright, so that's the brightness, saturation and contrasts. So now we just try some sharpen. So again, click on the picture and then go up here to filter. And you'll see sharpen. Now you're either gonna do sharpen or sharpen more. Try sharpen more first. Because especially if you're taking a picture with a cell phone or something, it might need it. So there we go. Like that actually is is fine because again, remember if you're looking at that up-close, you know, that that looks weird, right? But again, remember, they're going to be seeing it, you know, pretty small. So you want to make sure that your sharpened more because most people are not going to sharpen their images at all. And because of that, if yours is sharpened, then it's going to draw the eye more. It's all about drawing the eye. Now if that is too much, instead of sharpen more, you could have just clicked on sharpen. But let's say that that is fine the way it is. Now, I'm going to make our Photoshop image here a little bit smaller because we know we're going to want to put in some text. And, and again, remember to try and stay within these lines. Now of course, you know, I'm not within these lines, but the part of me that's outside of the lines is not important, you know, top of my head. If the if that gets cut off, it's not really a big deal. So now we have all this open space to put text in. But first, we want to now darken and to blur our background. I always try blurring first because sometimes you might not need to darken it. If, if you can get away without having to darken it, then great. But one great way to do this. So usually I just start off with blur, so you just click on that go to Filter. And I always use Gaussian blur. It's the best one. Usually five will do it whenever you need it for five is usually usually good. So we can try that. You can try and more, you can try less. Play around with it, see what you like. But usually five is like for me, right where I want it. Now again, I know that I said in the video, this only takes a few minutes to do. I'm taking a lot of time to explain things, but once you get the hang of this, it is so easy and you can do it in no time. So it doesn't have to take this long. 5. Writing Thumbnail Text: We're going to put some words in here. And we're going to think about what our title is going to be. And then what words we can put in here that, you know, only a couple of words or a few words, but something that will draw the, I get somebody interested. So think about your video and what your target audiences. So this one definitely about thumbnails, it's definitely about Photoshop beginners. And this video is made for people who just want to learn to do a really quick and easy thumbnail in Photoshop and do it fast. So think easy, fast thumbnail Photoshop. Now a lot of that's gonna go in your title two. So what's a good idea is to make a list of a few different words that you know you want to use. But you can do this in a separate document and just write out some words that you know, describe your video. Just a few, maybe ten words. So, you know, Photoshop for this one thumbnail. Easy, fast, beginner, you know, think of some words. And this can also help you to, because you can double these as your, as your keywords, as your tags in YouTube. Maybe something to describe how it, how it looks. So thumbnails that, that pops. So maybe maybe pop or maybe eye catching. So you just, you just kinda think as some like that. And then, and then you try to think of what your title can be and what you can put in the thumbnail. What words you want to use to really make people want to click it. So the title can be whatever. You can actually make the title a little longer than than you can with the thumbnail. The thumbnail, the best thumbnails only have a few words in them. So, you know, we have, we have the Photoshop icon here. So we're probably going to have Photoshop in the title. We don't need it in the thumb nail because it would be redundant. We already have the Photoshop icon. So you don't want to double information and just take up real estate on your on your thumbnail here. So we know that we'll probably put Photoshop in the title, not in the thumbnail. So thumbnail, you know, you could you could put it really in either easy, fast, beginner, pop, eye-catching. Any of those can go in there. So you just think of something that is gonna make somebody want to click on it. So maybe something on the top, like beginner course. And then we'll have maybe under that, fast and easy eye-catching thumbnails, maybe you decide you want that for the title because that could that could be something you can put in the title and then maybe in the thumbnail. So let's move this up here. As, as you type, you'll get, you'll get ideas. So maybe in the thumbnail it could be how to, because again, beginner course and How to. Those are two different ways of kind of saying the same thing. So you would not want both in one area, you wouldn't want both on the thumbnail or both in the title. So maybe how to create thumbnails that pop, you know, maybe something like that. And maybe even how to is redundant because you're on skill shares. So you gotta, you gotta know, you know, think about where you're posting your video. If you're on skill share, it's because you're looking for How to videos. So how to is already kind of a given. So maybe we don't need How-To. So maybe we want something like perfect for beginners. Create thumbnails that pop, you know, even that's a little wordy for a thumbnail. But that might be okay with something like beginner. It depends on how much you want to highlight that. So in this video, I probably really want to highlight that this is for beginners. But if you have perfect for beginners on the thumbnail and it's easy to read, then we don't really need it here. And in the title. So we can spend more time, shorter is better, but you also want to be descriptive, as descriptive as you can be in a short amount of space as possible. So we know that we can use these kinds of elements for the title. Now we probably won't want thumbnails. Again here because we have it here. Maybe like increase video views with this trick or something like that, just something enticing, but you can figure all that out once you know what you want on your thumbnail. I'm saying let's go with, you know, perfect for beginners. Create thumbnails that pop. 6. Editing Thumbnail Text & Exporting: Once you have that down, then we're gonna go over here and we're gonna make a text layer. So we're going to split this up into two different texts. We're going to have one that says perfect for beginners and one that says create thumbnails that pop. So we're going to have perfect for beginners up here. And then create thumbnails that pop right here. So let's do one. And just click about where you want it to start. And if you, if you move it away, you can. Once you get that you can, it'll give you that tool to move it around. So I usually do everything in all caps, but you don't have to. So maybe the top, I'll do all caps and then maybe the bottom. Maybe the bottom. I won't. Perfect for beginners. Okay? And then now obviously that, that is, that's too big. So if you click this button here, you get the same kind of textbox, those little boxes that you can, you can kinda move this around. So if you know that you have kind of a long thing on one line, then pick a compact font. So usually DIN, condensed or impact is a good one. That one might even be better for this. But, you know, actually impact is kind of because I had just made it bigger. So if we use that one, we will have to shrink and even more. So let's do, you know, you can check some of these other ones and there's a bunch, a bunch that it comes with. But let's do DIN condensed. And then one thing you can do is pack these letters together as much as you can to make them as big as you can. So over here, when you click on your text layer, you'll get this box here. And this gives you your font size and it gives you all everything that you need with it. But here, scroll down. Then these buttons, these menus will let you fix the line distance if you have more than one line or what we're looking for here, the space in-between letters. So play around with this. Let's try negative 50 C. And as long as it's, as long as you can read it. And it looks nice. You can kinda cram those together a little bit more. And then we were able to make them a little bit bigger. So what you wanna do though, is you always wanna make sure that you have roughly the same distance between here and your other thing over here. And then you also want to make sure that that it lines up vertically. So we're going to have to move our Photoshop thing over a little bit. Move that just to that line because it just helps it look. A little bit nicer, it's more pleasing to the eye. So we have perfect for beginners. Now there's some things that you can do with that text. Just find your find your thing. We can I usually go with white text because it matches, it matches our outlines and it's easier to read. Now that black text does look pretty easy to read, but we again, we might have the dark in this background image still will have to see. So you just click on it, click up here and you can, you know, you can change it to whatever color you want. Let's go with white. And then we're going to do some of these Blending Options. Because you don't want to leave it like that. It actually doesn't look that great. So let's open up our Blending Options. I usually like doing Bevel and emboss. And there's a couple of different kinds like outer or inner. And then we can try contour, maybe throw some texture in there, see how it's already kind of popping out a lot better. In try. If you increase the depth, you can increase the size. You can make it look like it's kinda melting off of the thing, the background image. It can soften or unsafe in it. Probably want that softened so you can change all of these. And then let's try doing a drop shadow as well. Now, anything that you want done, you can just adjust it here. So maybe, maybe something like that. You know, that that helps it pop a little bit. And then if you, if you like that, then we might think, okay, well we like how that looks. But what if we want one of these words to pop? Like, what if we want beginners to pop? Something else you can do which is really easy, just highlight that one word. And you can change, you know, change the color, maybe, maybe kinda turquoise or a yellow. Perfect for beginners. That kinda helps it. You know, maybe, maybe a green. Green is good. So that kinda helps it pop a little bit more. So what that will do is that'll put the focus on beginners. And since we have such a big drop shadow on that, it's easy to read, so perfect for beginners. Alright, and then we want create thumbnails that pop. We're gonna do a second text layer. So you just click your text button, click it here or wherever. And this one, we've got create thumbnails that pop. I like the idea of having this on two lines. And since it looks like I'm lining everything up to this line here, make sure it's on the right margin because then you can line up everything easier. Create thumbnails that, and then pop. So what we can do, it's kinda line that up and I usually like to try. To fill the contour around here. So I'll probably make that pop, I'll probably make that really big. I think, create thumbnails. And I'll use a different, different font for all this. So maybe impact or maybe this one. I'm probably going to use a couple of different definitely not that one. Usually with anything like this. The easier to read, the better. Maybe we want something kinda, kinda fun. Okay, I like, I like Futura for this top one here. But this one, this one. I might want a wider font. I kinda like this scheme. So we can do that, see if there is options and there is, so we can make it black extended. Look at that. So that looks good. And then we'll obviously have to change the font size to fit. So maybe we'll change it to, we could even get a little bit bigger than that. You can you can just type in whatever, you know, whatever you want to try it out. And as long as it's highlighted, you can alter whatever you want. So we could even we can even come over here and, you know, hit the check mark. We can even come over here and change this stuff if we wanted to. So you could highlight that. And let's say if we wanted this, if we wanted the letters to extend out more so it's a little easier to read. You can do that, but that's negative 25. And maybe we wanna do the same thing with this. Maybe we wanna try. And maybe we want to try that. Or maybe 30, maybe 35. Let's play around with it. See what looks good. And that, that looks kinda good. Demean. Now again, I always start off everything white. And then I usually try to pick out a couple that we can make different colors. So, you know, again if you wanted to. And I like this because this, this follows the contour of my head here. So I could actually go back to this perfect for beginners. And maybe we want negative 25 on this one too, so it extends out a little bit. Maybe negative 30. Let's try 35. There we go. Okay, you know, changes, change the height here. And then for create thumbnails here, you want to have things spaced out evenly. So we can try giving it a little bit more space there. We can just kinda center at a little bit. Here we go. Okay, so now what I would do is I notice that this part here that says that pop it kind of touches the horizon on this, on the background. So I would just take this and move it down a little bit. You can use your cursor's, your ear arrow keys on your keyboard to do this. Okay, so that looks good. It's looking like I could be backed up a little bit and kind of fill out this space a little bit better. And the reason that we move to this around is because you notice here there's a big empty space, right? So we can get that that crack in that rock. We can get that right in the middle there to help, to help fill in that negative space. And that'll be more appealing to the eye as well. So any little thing that you can do like that really helps. Okay, so now with this, I am going to make it easy and I'm just gonna do the same bevel emboss thing that, that I already did before. Babylon and boss. Maybe this time I'll try doing an inner bevel. You could try that. Maybe I want to keep it outer. And then you could do the same drop shadow. Something else that helps. Let's make pop a different color. Purple on purples probably not going to look great. But, you know, may, maybe a yellow. Lets say we like that over here. So you have a color and then a color here and a color here on opposite ends. This helps balance it out. And if you don't, you know, I don't want it to be too crazy, so I might just make that one blue. So perfect for beginners. Create thumbnails that pop. Now, something else you can do, and I do this quite a bit. This is kind of my thing. You don't have to if you don't like the way that it looks. But I usually like doing this. I will right-click on this and hit rasterize type. So this way, I can free transform and I can distort. This, can help you fill in some space that you might, you might want to fill in. And it can also, it can also give your project some movement. It can help it look like it has some movement. So you can do that. If we had our Photoshop thing over here, maybe I would even bring, which is, you know, maybe that's something we want to do. So I can bring this down to maybe there. I'm bringing this up little bit. Create thumbnails, hypoxia, sale. It just gives it some gives it some movement. And then, you know, then we can move our Photoshop Button. Maybe we want to move that over here now and make it a little smaller. Or maybe in, maybe in between. So now, now this thing is centered with that. Or you can leave it in the same spot and just have it centered and just have it smaller. Let's just say right there. That helps fill in some of that negative space too. And something like that. So there, there you go. Quick, easy. There's more you can do. You can get more creative with it if you want this to pop out more, you can make your background a little darker. Again, brightness contrast, create clipping mask. And you can, you can drop down the brightness, maybe up the contrast of your background, and then that'll pop a little bit more. Something else you might wanna do if you have your layer, maybe we can move this over to this corner because we have all this empty space here. Could probably even make that a little bit bigger. And then if we do that, we might be able to do more with this layer. And we have even more room that we can fill. So we'll just hit distort again and let's see how far we can push this. Because I mean, you can really get crazy with with your texts and really make it stand out. And really try to fill the, fill that contour of your image. And you know, you can bring any of these in. You also wanna make sure that it's easy enough to read. You just click on that checkmark command, minus and C. I can, I can still, even that small, I can still easily see beginners. I can see thumbnails, I can see pop. Makes it easy to see that Photoshop thing is right there. And we might even want to make that a little bit bigger. We just click on this tool here to get our boxes back. The main thing is to try to keep everything centered, to keep everything pleasing to the eye. So even here, you know, I try to, I would look at the distance from this corner to the edge of the shirt here and then try to match that here. We see that the contour of the face here matches the text. Here. We do the best that we can with this to try to fit it in here. So there's a lot of little things like that that you can do that really helps make your thumbnail stand apart from the rest. And then when you're done, when you think that you're done, you just go to File. Well first you have to if you make a change on a layer, you have to hit that check mark, but hit File Export. And you can either do a quick export as PNG or if you want more control over the settings, then just hit Export As. And all of this should be fine. It should just automatically do it. You're at 1280 by 720, P and G c. Now this, this was something here. If I wanted to fill in this area, I can put my name in there. If I wanted to. There's a lot of things that I could do right there. I think this is fine for what this is. But for your assignment, I'm gonna have you actually take my picture here and then create your own thumbnail. And I want to see if you can do a better title, you know, better texts. Maybe you can think of some ways to fill in that little area there. Maybe even dropped down the picture. Maybe there's a better place for this photoshop logo. I'm curious to see what you guys come up with learning every technique that I talked throughout this class. But once you get to this point, you'll be able to actually see your thumbnail and full. And you just hit Export. And you can save it as whatever you want. So, you know, save it wherever you want as whatever you want. Eveready exported a version of this. So I'm just going to replace that old version. And that's it. That's all you have to do. And then you have your thumbnail wherever you saved it. On your desktop. There we go. Looks crisp, looks clear. And again, if you zoom in, you can tell that that sharpness kind of distorted the picture a little bit. But you have to remember if you want extra sharpness because people are going to be seeing this thumbnail about that big. So you want to make sure that everything can can stand out. So now you know how to make thumbnails that pop. 7. Conclusion & Assignment: And that's it. It's that easy now you can make thumbnails that will set your videos apart from the rest. I'd love to see your work. So for your project, I'm going to provide the same picture of myself I used, and I'd love to see what you can come up with in terms of text, style background and really making things pop. Don't forget to follow me here on skill share for more upcoming classes. 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