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YouTube CRASH COURSE: Everything You Need to Create and Grow Your Channel!

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Lessons in This Class

19 Lessons (1h 5m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:54
    • 2. Choose a GREAT setting for your videos

      2:09
    • 3. Deciding on accessories

      3:38
    • 4. Mastering audio

      3:12
    • 5. Getting comfortable on camera

      3:26
    • 6. Finding background music

      2:38
    • 7. Editing your videos

      2:38
    • 8. Uploading and optimizing your videos

      2:33
    • 9. Why Good Video Thumbnails Matter

      0:44
    • 10. Finding Free Images for Thumbnails

      2:45
    • 11. Make Thumbnails: with Fotojet

      4:16
    • 12. Make Thumbnails: on Mobile with Canva!

      8:28
    • 13. Make Thumbnails on Mobile: with Spark Post!

      5:26
    • 14. Make Custom Thumbnails: With GIMP!

      7:30
    • 15. Why a Good Channel Banner Matters

      2:25
    • 16. Finding FREE Images for Your Channel Banner

      1:42
    • 17. Creating a Channel Banner with CANVA!

      5:53
    • 18. How to Make a Profile Icon!

      3:21
    • 19. Class project

      0:40
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In this class, you'll learn how to create your very own YouTube channel from the ground up!

We'll discuss the tools you need to create your own videos, and take the process all the way to uploading!

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Hey there! I'm Storm. 

I'm a YouTuber, and Photographer. Thanks for checking out my profile!

I have a passion for creating professional, unique visual arts using budget gear.

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In my classes you'll learn:

|>How to film and edit photos & videos on your smartphone

|>YouTube marketing and branding tips

|>Freelancing guides to help you succeed

...and much more! Let's have a good time!

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1. Introduction: Welcome to the glass. YouTube is a very saturated platform, with hours and hours of content being uploaded every second. For this reason, it takes creativity to come up with ideas for content that people actually want to watch. Ultimately, though, if you're thinking of YouTube as not just a hobby but a possible future career, it's important to know that she will only succeed and stick with it. If you enjoy the content, you're making one trap. Many aspiring YouTubers fall into early on is focusing on Lee on the monetary prospects and financial side of making videos. While it's obvious if you want to make YouTube your full time job and money is what pays the bills, your motivation for making videos shouldn't just be money, at least not if you want to stick with it and maintain a happy outlook. With that said, if you haven't already thought about what kinds of videos you want to make, start paying attention to what kind of content you find appealing. What catches your eye? Ask yourself a couple of these questions. What makes me keep coming back? Is that the personality of the Creator? Is it the video effects where the filming style is at the comedy. Here's a pro tip. Keep a notebook or the note pad app on your phone open when you're watching videos so you can take notes on what appeals to you most when you're watching them. That's a good way to keep all your ideas in one place and not just rely on your memory to do all the hard work. All right, so let's talk about a few ideas for videos you could make. If you're just starting out on YouTube, you could make travel videos. You can show off cooking videos. Short films become of lager, make comedy skits, create music videos, show yourself playing instruments or maybe some art time lapses. Of course, there's so much more you could do on YouTube, but there's just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Now let's talk about choosing a setting for your videos 2. Choose a GREAT setting for your videos: Now I want to talk about choosing a setting for where to shoot your videos, so a setting should be natural for the content that you're making. If you want to be an indoor of lager, you want to be someone right in front of the camera with a talking head. Similar to this. You don't have to go out and purchase a new studio. Really, You could just shoot this type of thing in your bedroom like I'm doing or in your living room or a space that's creative for you in your own house. The key thing to think about when you're shooting indoors is having good lighting. If you have a setting that's inside, you want to be either by a big window or get some lights that look good. Additionally, if you're gonna be a travel of lager or shoot music videos, that might be outdoors or in specific places for your scenes. But just make sure the setting kind of matches the content that you're making and with this , just keep it simple. You know you don't have to have anything fancy. You can usually just start with what you have on hand because half of the battle is usually just getting started and getting your video your first video out there online. A good setting meets to be three things and used to be clear. It needs to be relevant, and it needs to be sustainable. Let's break those down one by one. So first of all, clear your subject needs to be clearly seen on screen. Whether it be you properly lit in your bedroom or your spaghetti sauce properly framed in your kitchen in your audience must see what's going on. It needs to be clear and obvious. Next, relevant your backdrop and you're seeing needs to be relevant to your type of content If you're going to make storytelling vlogs and talking heads. If you're gonna have things behind you in your background or in your seen, it should be pertaining to your story or relevant to the kind of content you're making and sustainable. You're sending needs to be one that you can replicate if you plan on making more episodes of your specific style of content that make it easy on yourself to create a cohesive feel by starting off with something you can build on in future videos, for example, maybe a specific wall that you feel men in front of your room. Or maybe there's a park bench outdoors that you know, you really want to keep filming your videos at. Just keep it sustainable, something you can go back to you because if you really like it, you want to keep doing it. So now that we've kind of considered the basics of a setting, let's talk about choosing a camera. 3. Deciding on accessories: All right, So now we're talking about accessories. So now that we figured out, we don't have to let the idea of cameras scare us away, it's time to jump into what accessories air. Gonna be good to help you film and make your life easier when you're filming. Now, these are definitely not imperative. You can make videos without any of these, but this will help make your life easier if you decide to do this regularly. The first thing that I think you should pick up has a filmmaker or as a youtuber would be a tripod. A nice tripod. It doesn't have to be super expensive. There's some nice cheap ones on Amazon can get for around $35 or so. That when I'm filming on right now is actually $35 tripod, and I'll just gonna show you a picture of it right here. But a good quality tripod is gonna help your camera stay stable without you having to Jerry rig it on top of furniture. And the nice thing about it is you can set up your shots and walk away now, obviously don't have to have a tripod for this, depending on where you're shooting. You can just put some stuff on top of a desk, which I have done for years. But if you want to step it up and make your life a little easier, a tripod is a dedicated accessory for this purpose. Additionally, these come with smartphone mounts. Sir, if you're do shooting with your smartphone, that's totally flying. You can pick up a little smartphone attachment for your tripod again on Amazon for, like, $8 I think that's a good investment. Check out the class worksheet for any of the products that I'm mentioning so that you can see and get a few four kind of what's good and what to look for next. A microphone. Whether you plan on being on camera or not in your YouTube videos, Good audio quality is absolute king. I cannot stress this enough people will stop watching your video immediately if the audio is trash and your audio doesn't have to be garbage, we'll talk a little bit about this in the next lesson so that you can get some examples of what different microphones sound like and all that. So stay tuned. This next accessory is really good if you're filming inside, so if you want to do talking heads or vlogs video, light video lighting is a great thing to have to make sure you look good. It's a really good idea to pick up some high quality lights for shooting indoors if you plan on doing this regularly, because if you don't and you just use what's usually available in your house based on the temperature of the lights, they're not always what they call daylight temperature, which is what the light I'm using is which is pretty natural and looks like sunlight. It could be like orangish or bluish or were tones overhead. Lamps that are built into your house typically aren't made toe look great on camera. Let me show you what I mean. So this is what this exact same scene looks like when I'm just using the light in my room above me and nothing else. Um, so that's not great. And here's what it looks like when I just have my window open and no light on at all again , not ideal. And now we're back with the light that I basically made. This is a D. I Y light. It's not a professional video light by any means, and I'll actually share that in the classroom. Resource is so you can make this. This is about $35 total, Um, and that comes with light stand and led light strip and a power source. So it's literally a cake pan with led is inside of it. But it looks nice and soft, and it does the job. So obviously you can see what it looks like with the light on, and I think it definitely makes a difference. And here's a pro tip. You don't always have to use lighting setups. If you have a nice window that can bring in soft light on you, film in front of that again. Starting out. Use what you have, even if it's just the sun. Next stop Master Audio recording 4. Mastering audio: So now it's time to talk about mastering audio audio can make or break your video when it comes to YouTube videos. This is especially true. People come to YouTube for easily digestible content, things that can click on and click off of, so that breeds a small attention span already. But bring into play crappy audio, and it's just gonna all fall apart. I want to show you a couple different audio examples so you can see what I'm talking about . So we're still here in the exact same room, and this is the audio coming straight out of my camera. It's about it's a three feet away from me, and this is what you're here. Doesn't sound exactly the same, does it? Now we're going to switch over to a shotgun microphone that's mounted on top of the camera . This is what a lot of people use. I'm still about three feet away, and you could tell kind of the audio difference here as well. And now we're talking into a lot earlier microphone that I just clipped to my shirt. This is also an Amazon by, um, you can tell what the difference is here. I've used this one for multiple classes here on skill share, and I've also used it in a couple of YouTube videos as well. And for kicks. This is some audio coming straight out of my iPhone. I have it directly below me in my hand, as you can see, and this is kind of just so you can get a feel for what you can expect if you're using your phone to record some audio. And usually it's not that bad. Second toe last. We have the headphones that came in the box with my phone. It's got a microphone here mounted on the wire. Additionally, this is something I used some of my earlier YouTube videos, and it's so easy to do. But it steps up your audio quality quite a bit. I've noticed. So there's that. And finally, we're back onto the blue Yeti USB microphone. I'll throw a picture of it up here. Um, this is what I've been using for. The whole class s so far, so I kind of like this microphone. It's mounted right below the camera just directly below me, setting on top of some boxes. I'll take a quick photos you can. I kind of see what I'm talking about. And I basically just have it plugged into my iPad recording on the voice memo app that comes straight with the iPad. You could do that with an iPhone to, but I got a little $10 adapter on Amazon. Plug it in and we're good, so hopefully you could tell a difference. With the exception to the Blue Yeti, all of the other microphones combined on Amazon were less than about $60. So I think the one that I mounted above the camera costed about $30. The love mike posted about 13. And then, you know the headphones. If you include those air like five or $6 again, check out the worksheet him, including with the class resource, is so that you can see exactly, which makes amusing. And these don't have to be the exact ones that you check out. But this is just so you can get a feel for what to expect when using these microphones. These little lapel mikes, which are like 10 to $15 on Amazon for some pretty good quality ones. Believe it or not, those could be clipped to your shirt you can clip them under your shirt to hide it as well , and that's a really great way to step it up for almost no money. All right, let's talk about getting comfortable on camera. 5. Getting comfortable on camera: All right. So you made it all the way to getting comfortable on camera. You should be proud of yourself. I'm proud of you have the idea for your video. You can were set up your light and you also have some audio. Now you're you're talking Teoh to a camera lens. It's kind of weird. Um, yeah. If it's your first time filming yourself or you're just trying to get over those nerves, here's a few things to help you out. First of all, prepare your talking points. It's easier to speak on the subject in front of camera when you know what you're gonna talk about. If you're having trouble every time you turn the camera on talking to it, a good way to get prepared for this type of thing is going to a mirror and kind of going through your video. We're going through your emotions in front of the mirror to get comfortable talking to yourself. The nice thing about talking to a mirror is you can see what your facial expressions are, how much emotion you're giving off the gestures that you're giving, and also if you need more energy or less energy or you can also believe not. I've done this. Hold up your smartphone in your camera in front of you when it turned off and just start talking to it. If you're filming style like a log per se is gonna be indoors, you can type up some filming points or even a whole written script. For me, the full written script thing hasn't worked out too well because I just end up tripping over my words. So what I make is bullet points with just a couple of additional phrases after them on the talking points I want to talk about that helps me be a little bit more off the cuff and also just fill in the gaps with words that I naturally want to use and that hopefully comes across more natural practice, practice, practice. No matter what anyone says, no matter how proud they are that they're youtuber or filmmaker of lager, this type of thing is unnatural. When you're first starting out, it's just not gonna be easy. At the end of the day, it's still just you talking to a camera, not a real person. It's okay if you're not completely comfortable sitting in a room talking to a piece of glass or wherever you're. But the more you do it, the more comfortable you'll become for vloggers. This is especially true because you could be outside holding up the camera in front of a crowd, and that's just really unnatural in a nerve ing with. People are staring at you, looking at the camera like you're crazy. But whatever type of video you're trying to make practice is finally, especially if you're planning on being on camera, remember that cuts are OK. The nice thing about this type of media is that cutting stuff out is OK. People don't have to see your mistakes. You're able to edit these things. It's not completely live. Did you stutter a sentence that's fine, tried again 10 times and then just cut out the bad ones. Did your sneeze? No problem. Cuts are a great way to hide things which can put you at remember that it's okay to film a three minute piece in and out. We'll talk a little bit more about this in the editing section, but for now, just remember, you're the director and the editor. Whether you're now whether you're now whether you're going to be on camera or not in your YouTube videos now, whether you're now, whether you're for example, if you're making in this type of and this and this section and final accessory I want to talk about is especially good. If you're trying to make a video is especially, get a bunch of content you can just use on your music. Let's move on to finding background music. 6. Finding background music: this next section can be done before or during the process of your video. I usually suggest before because it can help you get in the frame of mind for the type of video you're gonna make. But let's just talk about finding background music or music for your videos. Why is music important in videos? If you're doing something like a talking head, where you just talking to the camp of log or something? You want to keep it exciting and a good way to not lose your viewers. Attention is by adding just a little bit of music in the background. It doesn't have to be super loud. It doesn't need to overpower your voice, but just enough to keep people excited and watching. This isn't gonna apply to all types of videos that you could make on YouTube. Background music isn't gonna be applicable for every type of video. So if it's not for the type of video, you're making this solely find a list of those could be making music videos or playing instruments or videos where the audio is gonna be obstructed or you really need to hear what's going on. Um, that is OK if you don't need the music. But for vlogs presentations, travel videos, whole list of other things, you might really need some background music, and it can help your video stay upbeat. So here's how to find that. A great source for music these days, especially for YouTube videos, is found on YouTube itself. They have an offer, a complete music library for you to use. It's all royalty free or most of it is, and it's immediately available for download. The nice thing is, you can make money off of your videos using this music because it's carefully selected and you don't have to worry about owning rights to it. Things like that. Additionally, you confined sites like music bed or epidemic sound. I personally just started using epidemic sound, and the reason I like epidemic sound is you can try a free trial, which gives you two weeks with full access to their website, full access to their full music, the whole library as much as you want. You can see how much you like it, and that's a great way to find some high quality sounds that are not the same as everyone else is because a lot of the YouTube library has been used a lot. It doesn't always matter when you're starting out, but when you want to find something unique, epidemic sound, music bad. Those step besides a really good they do cost, like a monthly fee after the trial is over with epidemic sound. I think it's like $15 a month or something like that, but that can be a good investment in the long run. And of course, there's always making music for your videos. So if you're someone who's musical, or if you have a friend or family member who is able to make some music for your videos, you know they're on a free coffee. So let's talk about editing your videos. 7. Editing your videos: So once you've got your video shot and you have your music picked out if you need it, it's time to start editing your video. And if you've never edited a video before and don't even know where to start, that is totally fine, because it doesn't have to be very. There's a few different ways to get your videos looking just like you want them without a lot of work. If your video just requires a few simple cuts and adding a background track and maybe a little bit of text or a simple presentation with slides, my movie is a great way to go. If you have an Apple device, especially if you filmed with your iPhone, it actually comes with your iPhone, and it's really easy to add it on to just drop the clips in a zoo. Well, as music and text actually edited one of my skill shirt classes on my iPhone because I didn't have a computer accessible at the time. So not only did I make the slides from my video and record the audio through the headphones , but I ended the entire video on my movie, which was free because it came with my iPhone again, use the tools available. Additionally, if you have a Windows computer, Windows movie maker is kind of like the equivalent or the free software that comes with your computer as well. So don't be afraid to just throw some video clips in there and see kind of how the transitions were. The different effects and the text works as well, when you want to start doing some more advanced at it. So let's say like crazy transitions or different cuts or something that I did earlier with the split screen where I had myself over here is a clone. You might need something a little more powerful, and that's when you can try out something called DaVinci Result. That's a free program out there that anyone can access and download. Right now, I'm editing on a program called Sony Vegas. It's a program that's about $10 a month if you want to try it out. And there's also Adobe Premiere, which a bunch of people love, which is also, I think, like $20 something that feel free to browse skill share and YouTube for different editing programs and tips on how to use those in depth because there's so much out there. But if you just want to get started, those free options are really easy. Get started, and there's a few names that you can try and search for to get started as well. Here's a pro tip. Most premium editing software comes with a free trial, which will value a few free export. Take advantage of the free trial to try before you buy. I got really comfortable on Sony Vegas by just using the free trial for 30 days. That was the way I made all my YouTube videos starting out, and after a month or so I figured out. And with the help of some YouTube tutorials, which are invaluable when you're starting out on YouTube, I was off the ground in no time. All right, now that the videos made, let's talk about creating your channel 8. Uploading and optimizing your videos: Now that you've got your video filmed, your videos edited, your videos exported and you're ready to upload. It's time to create your YouTube channel, and I think this is the fun part. Now, if you haven't decided on a YouTube channeling, that is okay, you can start out just using your name. But if you have like a cool name that you come up with, throw that in there to my first YouTube name is called the Bermuda Soda. I used to mix up all of the sodas in a soda dispenser in a restaurant as a kid, and I call that the Bermuda soda long story, but that became my YouTube handled. Believe it or not, people remembered it. And so that was kind of. But you could just start out with your name, or you can make a brand name as well. Here's a couple things to think about when you're thinking of your evening. If you want to use a name other than your given name, be sure to opt for something catchy and easy to remember, but also easy to spell or type in. If possible, it's good to start out with something sticks in people's minds to help you get your channel off the ground. Once you've chosen your name, it's time to work on your channel branding. There's a lot of customization that can go into your channel, especially with your YouTube. Better when you're making a YouTube better, you can just use a photo if you want to get started. But if you want to get everything sized right and make something that may look even more professional, be sure to check out my class on how to make you to General Header. Once you get your channel all set up and you like the imagery, it's time to upload. So hit the upload button drop in your file and it's time to choose a title, a description and tags. Here's a quick run down of what your title should be. It should be noticeable. It's easily searchable. It should be something that people want. While you don't want to be a complete copy of others, it's OK for Title is similar to There's one way to come up with titles is typing in a search for a video similar to what you're uploading and see what auto fills in the search bar. That way you'll be able to tell what others air searching for when it comes to your description. You want the description to include maybe links to your social accounts, but also a description of your video, something that catches the viewer's eye but also that can read more in depth about what your video is on that will help you when people are searching for your content. When it comes to video tags, this is basically keywords. So think about if you wanted to optimize your video for search, how are people gonna find your video? Is it about cell phones? This is about the beach. Make sure you include as many keywords as you possibly can, and a good way to think about this is what search terms would you use to find a video similar to yours? What would you type into the search bar in order to find a video that pertains to what you're talking about? 9. Why Good Video Thumbnails Matter: Whether you're just starting a YouTube channel or you've had one for awhile. Creative professional thumbnails is what's gonna make sure your video stand out in the sea of content on YouTube right now, regardless of your experience in graphic design, I'm going to show you some free ways to make creative YouTube thumbnails that still look professional and are eye-catching. We're going to break this down into three categories. There's going to be websites. So these are free websites that usually just require signing up for a free account. There's going to be mobile apps. So these are also free apps that you can download to your phone or your tablet to make thumbnails without having to pay anything. And finally, we're going to talk about one desktop program that's also free to download and free to use. So you don't have to pay anything. And you're gonna come away with some professional looking YouTube thumbnails. 10. Finding Free Images for Thumbnails: So before we get started on how to make thumbnails and use these templates from these websites and apps on how to just create them. Sometimes you already have a picture or an image that you'd like to use as your thumbnail that's personal to you. But if not, I'll show you four different websites that you can use to find stock photos that are free and high-quality. So first off, one of my favorites is Pexels.com. So P EX ELS.com, like pixels but with an e instead of an I, photographers just share all of their images and videos on here that they want to give people for free. You can see they're really colorful. They're really high resolution. So one of the thumbnails I want to show you how to make is going to be a travel thumbnail. Let's go ahead and just type in. I'm gonna do mountains, find one that would look like you'd have a lot of pop and contrast. I like this one right here. If you click on the image, you'll see it a little bigger. And then you can also download it here up top in different resolutions. For YouTube thumbnail, you don't really need anything above HD. So you'll notice down here you have custom size as an option. 1920 by 1080 is full HD. Let's go ahead and just click that and click Free Download. So that's going to be in our downloads for later as a pro tip, if you don't want to click and open each one, but you just want to download it real quick. You can also just click this little download icon right here on top of the photo. But those are good. This is also a good photo right here just because it's got a lot of negative space. So when you're thinking about finding images for thumbnails, look for things with negative space or a lot of contrast so that if you're putting text on top of it, you have room for it. And you'll notice when you hover over this, it'll give you examples of who the photographers were or what site it pulled it from. And this is one of the sites I was actually going to show you, which is Pixabay. So let's just hop over to Pixabay. Pixabay has 1.8 million plus free images and videos. So this is a huge, huge library. Pexels, I believe is a little more curated, but Pixabay has just basically anything you can imagine, kinda like a traditional stock photography website. But let's go ahead and search for, I'm thinking, a car free for commercial use. So let's go ahead and do a guess. We'll do the 1920 by 1836. Go ahead and download the third website I wanted to show you is Unsplash. Now this is another one that's powered by creators. So people specifically upload their images to this site and it's kind of curated as well. As you can see, really good quality images. Again, I'm going to search for guitar. If you hit this little download icon here, it's as simple as that. No capture or anything required. Pexels.com, pixabay.com, unsplash.com, and stock Snap dot I, O without any further ado, let's get into making those thumbnails. 11. Make Thumbnails: with Fotojet: So the first one I wanted to show you is photo jet.com. So if you just go ahead and type in photo jet YouTube thumbnail in Google, it'll take you directly to YouTube thumbnail maker. So that's the link you're going to need to go straight there. So if you get, get started, this is going to open your YouTube thumbnail maker. So we have photo jet at the top. You've got saved, shared download, free trial your account. And then the left side, you've got all of the templates, a place to add photos, library of things that maybe you've uploaded, a place to get text, place to find Clip Art and backgrounds for these thumbnails. Now the easiest way to create a thumbnail on photo jet is just to go to template at the top left, which is already selected. And they have all selected. So this is all of their templates. You can notice that on the top right of each template, the ones that have the orange icon or the crown means that you'd have to get there plus account, which they do offer a free trial for seven days until you need it. I wouldn't sign up. So if you click on the All dropdown menu, you'll see a bunch of different categories. And usually they're pretty good at really finding the ones that you'd want. For example, I did want to make a travel video. Let's go ahead and click on travel. And when you click on them, you'll be able to see the different template load here on the right side. But I really like this one here, exploring the highest mountain, when you click on any of the elements that it loads up, whether that's the photo or text or shapes. You'll get this little box that pops up. So as you can see, I clicked on text, so it does have font. So you can change the font, the size, the color, bold, things like that. But every element you'll click will also have a property tab that's going to allow you to flip it horizontally and vertically, change the layers. So if you want something in front of something else or below everything, for example, the background, you'd want that all the way to the back or the text. You'd want that all the way to the top. You can also duplicate something. So if you click on it, it'll duplicate what you have. You can also delete something. And then the effect tab is especially nice because you can change opacity. So if you want to see something behind what you drag, you can use that well as the tent. So if something doesn't necessarily have a color, you can change the tent in order to change the color as well. I don't want photo jet.com, so I'm gonna go to property, delete. And I also don't like this photo in the background. That's not what I want to use already found one. So let's go ahead and hit this delete. Let's go to library. And this will be where you upload photos of your own. I'm going to hit Add Photo and find one that I downloaded that I really like. Once you click on it, it's going to populate it here on the right. And then you can go ahead and drag it to make it bigger. So this is going to be the background. There's going to be text on top. I'm going to hit this little icon for bottom that'll send it all the way to the back. And finally, I'm going to edit this text and put travel 101. And I'm going to get the most from your trip. And you notice this little line isn't going to work there. So let me go ahead and move that line down. I liked this image, but it doesn't really give us the effect now that it's blocking him, this is where negative space really comes in. I think it is going to be a much better photo for what we wanna do. Actually think I'm going to get rid of that. I'm going to keep this, make this text much bigger. Drop that right here. Loved the font, but I'll change the color to white. Get the most from your trip. Like that, that it almost looks like the guys are looking at the text. And I'm just going to skip one of these lines. Drag this one out. I'll make this a little bigger. That's kinda nice right there, just like a neon. You can also get an outline if you want. So let's try an outline of black. I might do that on here as well. Some glow. That'll really make the thumbnail pop. Now if we're ready to download, we can hit this download icon. Download. We can change it to JPEG or PNG. I say PNG is going to be the highest quality download. We have a brand new YouTube thumbnail, which I think looks pretty good. 12. Make Thumbnails: on Mobile with Canva!: So I'd like to show you a couple of resources that I love to use. Some apps that are on mobile. Two of my favorites are going to be Canva, just like the website that we found and also Adobe Spark Post. These are two free resources that make making thumbnails easy. Let's start with Canva. If we go ahead and open up kinda, the design is also similar to the website. You will have to create a free account in order to use the app. However, next up you'll see the search bar at the very top. Go ahead and tap on that and just type in YouTube thumbnail. And that'll bring up all of the templates they have specifically for YouTube thumbnails pre-made that we can start editing. You'll notice that the ones that have a little free icon on the bottom right of them are going to be free. They don't have any assets in there that you would have to remove if you didn't want to pay for their premium subscription. However, if you do see one that you really like, that doesn't have that free icon. Usually the asset that's inside of it can be swapped out for something custom of your own anyway, and I'll show you how to do that. So don't let the templates that don't have free on them scare you away because there is a way to get around that. Let's go into an example of one of those. So you'll notice here on the left side my top five simulation video games, it doesn't have the free icon, but I want to use that template because it looks pretty cool. Let's go ahead and tap on it. And you'll notice it has the Canvas icon there on the right side on top of the lady with the VR headset tells you that that's the asset or something in that area is premium. So let's go ahead and tap on it. And here on the bottom menu, if you scroll all the way to the right, you'll notice this little eye icon tap on that. And that'll tell you the resource that costs money. So you'll notice it's the virtual reality gamer from Getty Images. So it is the image. So all we have to do to get around paying for this template is swapping that out with something of our own. So since I already have an image that I can swap it out with, will do that. But before we do so, let me give you a rundown of how the app works. At the very top left, you're going to see the Home icon. To go back to the homepage. You'll also see the three.me in order to see some things on how to save your image and share it and resize it. You've got the crown icon, if you'd like to go ahead and upgrade, you've got this Download icon as well and share as well. On the bottom menu, you're going to see this icon here for duplicating objects. You're gonna see deleting objects with the trash can, replace an object so you can just swap went out in one-click. Effects is going to allow you to change effects for photos. Seeing with filter, adjust has some more specific adjustments that you can use for sliders like brightness, contrast, saturation, et cetera. Crop will allow you to do just that. Flip will let you flip the asset position will allow you to change where it is on the layers. So if you have something on top of another thing and can move it forward or to the back, for example, for a background, you also have a paintbrush icon and finally, this transparency icon. The others you won't really need to use. Now that you have a rundown of that, you also have a Zoom icon in the bottom left. So if you want to zoom in to see what you're doing, you can do. So let's go ahead and get started. So let's replace this photo by first of all, just tapping on it and hit Replace on the bottom left. And I'm going to go into my camera roll and find this image of me that I like. So once I tap on it, it drags it right in. And if I do crop up, it'll allow me to crop it just where I want it to be. And just like that, it has dropped it into my image. And you can see these assets, these other assets are all over. I kinda like the fact that this one on the top left is black. I don't like this blue one down here. I'm going to change that to black as well, just to give it something else. You can also rotate your assets are anything using the 20 arrowed icon and dragging it. I'm just going to double-tap this text here so I can change it. And I'm going to tap in ten creative photo and video ideas. And I'm just gonna get rid of the text here. And I think I'll get rid of that icon as well by hitting the trash can on the bottom. So there's delete element and delete group. Deleting the element will delete, just one thing. Deleting the group will delete the whole square. So let's do delete group. And I'd like to add just a little icon of like a camera. So let's tap on this plus sign here in the bottom right. And you're gonna notice there's templates, upload photos, elements, text, videos, camera roll, background folders and more. Text will allow you to add more text. But let's do elements. And I'm going to search for an icon of a camera. And the ones that have the pro icon you would have to pay for. So let's not do that. Let's find something that isn't probe, but still looks kinda cool. I think this one here on the left side looks pretty nice. Drag that where I want it and resize it. And that looks pretty good there. Well, let's zoom in. I like that a lot more. All right, I'm going to add an exclamation point here at the end. And honestly, I think it's done nail is looking pretty good. So we'll go ahead to the top right and just hit this download icon to save it. It's going to go ahead and prepare your design. And just like that, you are done so you can continue editing or go to your homepage. And our thumbnail is finished. This is what our thumbnail looks like once it's done. And I think it looks pretty nice. But let's say you don't like any of the templates. They do have a lot of great templates. If you go back to home, type in YouTube thumbnail, they do have a lot of great templates and that's going to be the absolute easiest way without any graphic designing required. But if you wanted to start from scratch and just play around, tap on the Blink one at the very top left. And it's going to automatically ask if you want to use templates, just swipe down where this little pill is. And we have a blank canvas. You can make a complete thumbnail just from this because Canva has all of the resources you need, whether it's photos, text, icons, you name it. So let's go ahead and start. I'm going to tap on this plus icon in the bottom right. And I'm going to tap on photos. Now this is their photo library, not mine. And let's say I want to make a video maybe about like finding time for yourself. I'm going to scroll down and I see this one right here with these mountains and this little sun, sun flare. I really like that. It looks pretty serene. We're gonna go ahead and drag it where I want it. Now if I go back to the bottom right, I'm going to add some text, tap on the plus sign and hit text and then give you some stylized ones already. Let's see if any of these would look kind of nice. Maybe this one here. Now if you double tap on one of the elements, you'll see that this square is in a bigger square. So those are two linked objects together. And I'll tap on the next one here. And what I'll try to do is with this bottom one selected, I'll go to the bottom here and it allow us to edit our text. And that lets me change the color of one without the other. That looks pretty good. I think I m gonna go back to this background and lower it just a bit. Simply because that's going to make it look a lot better. Now if I go back down to elements, I'm just going to look for maybe some abstract shapes that I can use. Okay, So I found a couple of shapes that I like here. And I'm just going to edit this globe here to be the same color palette as well we already have. So I'm going to take away all of the blue. And the same over here. I'm gonna get rid of the red and maybe change this to, let's see, possibly something more like the mountain. Just like that. You already have another YouTube thumbnail that we've completely made from scratch. So if we download it, I think that looks pretty good. 13. Make Thumbnails on Mobile: with Spark Post!: Now we'll move on to the next app, which is Adobe Spark Post. You will need a free Adobe account in order to use this app. And it will prompt you to try and get the premium subscription in order to get kinda some extra assets and templates. However, you don't have to sign up for anything to use it. It is totally free. So at the top right, you're gonna see this search icon. Tap on that. And let's put in YouTube thumbnail. And you have a slew of different templates. However, all of these ones with this little badge, this yellow badge, are going to be the premium templates. So you're going to want to avoid those if you don't want to pay a cent. So this very top one here, I noticed that in the middle it has two different sides are really loved that, that look for templates. Let's go ahead and hit remixed this template. And you'll see the Adobe Spark watermark on the bottom right. Tap on that and that'll allow you to remove it. On the bottom it says remove the watermark on this project. And you're going to have a couple of different options on the bottom, ad will allow you to add images, video, text, icon, sticker and logo. Colors is going to allow you to change the colors of whatever's selected are in your palate. So for example, if you just click on it, it will change the color palette for you without having to do basically any work, which I really do enjoy because it gives you a good starting point, even if you don't want to stick with this, It's a good way to just get started. So let me actually find one that I like. I think I'm gonna do this one here. I really like this palette. So I'm going to hit Done. And if we go ahead and tap on that photo on the right side, I'm going to hit Replace on the bottom left and change it to something in my photo library. Found the photo I want, so I drag that in, drag it where I want it. Perfect. Now over here, I don't really want these waves, so I'm going to tap on them and hit delete at the bottom. You can also duplicate them and select multiple things or change the order of it on the layer mask. You can also adjust it by rotating it, nudging it, flipping it, change the color or the opacity. But I'm gonna go back to Edit and hit Delete. Let's select the text that I want. I don't want this one here. Delete and a double-tap on the three, make it 15. Drag that to the middle, make it a little bigger. And down here I'm going to change this text to say photo tips. Let's do photo tips and tricks. Okay? And as you drag it, it's going to resize it for you automatically. I am noticing them and a half to recenter this a little better. I do not like this font, so I'm going to tap on the text and hit font. And let's find some font that isn't too distracting. Looks kinda clean. Finding font can be the hardest thing for me. I think I like this one here, so we're going to stick with that. I'm liking this color scheme a little bit, but not enough. So I'm going to tap on my face and adjust the, the looks here. So looks is going to give you the color filter you have. I'm just gonna make it grayscale instead. I like that a little better. And I'm also going to change the color of this text, something more neutral. I might even change the element here in the back. This blue to black. And there's another one I notice here that's black. And I think that looks pretty good. I'm going to adjust and just take away the filter altogether. And then I'll go to enhance, brighten it up a little bit to give it some pop contrast as well. And I really actually like that thumbnail. So we're gonna go ahead to the very top right on the Share icon, and we'll hit Save image. There it is. So that's one image with Adobe Spark. Let's see if we can make one more. And this time maybe we'll do one that has to do with budgeting tips. I like this one here that says color intro to color theory. Let's tap on that and see how easy it is to re-mix this a little bit. So I'm going to get rid of this watermark here by tapping on it. I'm going to tap on the background. I'm going to hit Edit and replace. So I imported this one that looks like money. And you can already see it did a good job of just adding it there in the background. But it could be much bigger so that you can see that it's money. We're going to get rid of intro to don't really need that at all. Just delete. All right, so now I'm going to double-tap it and actually change what the text says. And I'm going to put budgeting tips. And just like that, we have a thumbnail that actually looks pretty good, I think would stand out. So it'll go to the very top right, and at the Share icon, hit solid color and save image. There it is. And that looks pretty professional to me because it already cuts out the text. If you wanted to do that with on your own. If the texts wasn't already cut out. When you tap on the text, you can go down to effect and you can see outline, shadow, cut out. Cut out is the current of the coolest one. So those are a couple of apps that I love to use to make YouTube thumbnails on mobile. Hopefully, that was helpful. I'd like to show you how to use a program on Windows and Mac so that if you want to download something and get even more in-depth and more creative, you can't. 14. Make Custom Thumbnails: With GIMP!: He wanted to do some more in-depth editing. For example, I'm going to edit this photo right here into a thumbnail and actually trace around myself and give myself an outline. Some things that will require Photoshop like features, but the free version, well, I'm going to use as Gimp. So if you search that on Google, the very first link there, this right here is GIMP. Basically it's a knockoff of Photoshop. So first of all, right, off the bat, you're going to need to make your own Canvas or format this image correctly for YouTube. So let's go up here and hit File and New. And this is where you're going to hit the image size or dimension. I'm going to make it HD, so 1280 by 720 and you can see I just put that there and then hit Okay. So now this is resized perfectly for you too. I'm going to zoom out just a bit by hitting the minus sign on the keyboard. And I'm gonna go ahead and go into my folder and just drag one of my images on here. Now you can see it's already too big. So if you go over here to this little, this little bar here in this box, you'll find the Scale Tool right under the magnifying glass. If you click on that and then click on your image, drag on the corners in. And notice how I'm being squished and it's not really natural looking. If you go back over here and tap Keep aspect, that'll make sure it resizes correctly and you don't get all worked. So I think that's probably a good size, let its scale and then go up here to this thing that looks like a, kinda like a compass, the Move tool. And then just select your image and drag that where you need it. That's pretty good right there. All right. There's good. Okay. Now actually want a background behind myself. So what I'm gonna do is drag another image on, say the city. Actually kinda like that image. Changed my mind. Let's do the, let's do the plane. Have a few options here, okay, I'm going to have to resize it again. So I'm gonna go to the scale tool, tap on the image, drag in on the corners. And as you notice, keep aspect is already on, so I don't have to click that and hit Scale. Let its scale itself. And as soon as I'm done with that, I'm going to move it with the move tool. And I move it right over here. So this is going to be behind myself. That's the idea. Now overhears your layers. You can see that the picture that you see right here is on top of me. It's on the top. I'm going to drag that right below me. So now you can see I'm on top of the plane. Now if we select the image of me and then go over here to this thing that looks like a lasso free select tool. And then hit Shift and plus to zoom in. I can select by clicking around myself. Now I'm just using the mouse and moving some points. I'm just basically creating an outline around myself. Because what I'm gonna do is I'm going to cut out the background behind myself. You see the bricks on the wall. And I'm also going to put a small shadow behind me. So to do that, I'm going to have to get rid of that background and this is how you do it. This is one way. You can also use this little wand magic select tool. But I noticed sometimes it doesn't get exactly where I need, so just taking it and doing it by hand, it's a little easier. Notice that I can't select any further because it's too far away. Hit the minus, zoom out. All of this is just blank area, so it doesn't matter what you select out here. Go ahead and hit Delete. And you see what happens. It deletes that area. So if I hit Control Z to go back, what I wanna do is delete the rest, the opposite. So go to Select on the top-left, invert, basically selecting the opposite of what we just drew around. And now I'm going to hit Delete, and now I have what I want. So what I'm gonna do to make myself have a shadow actually, is if you hit Control Shift a, you're basically getting rid of your selection. What I wanna do since I have my self-selected is I want to make a shadow. So I'm gonna go to Tools, no, sorry, filters and go to light and shadow. I'm gonna go to Drop Shadow and minimized it but untick allow resizing or you're sizing, you'll get all weird. And this basically controls how big your shadow is going to be. I'm just going to leave it there and hit Okay. And what you'll notice here is on the right side of me, I'm kinda separated from the background. That's the look that I wanted. Let's add a little bit of text. Go over to the a icon. Select this color right here that's naturally black, and just choose a color and hit Okay, Tap anywhere. Well, first let's change the font. As you'll see, this is Sans font. If you click on the double a, you can choose a different font. I'll go with scribble box and I'll change the size to 40 inter. Okay, let's tap anywhere and just put this is an example. All right. I'm going to select all of this by double, triple tapping actually and make it bigger by adjusting the size. You can also enter it here. So like 80 or a 100, Two 100. And that's actually pretty good. I'm going to select somewhere in the middle of these words and backspace and hit Enter, so it drops down to another line. And I'm also going to move it over here. Oops, Control Z. Move it over here. And I'm gonna put this text under myself so that I'm in-between myself in the background. So I'm going to take this layer, I'm going to drag it below me and the drop shadow. And there you go. I'm going to hit I'm just going to select the background because that's not visible. And you can see kinda what I have here. So this is exactly the size you want for YouTube, and this is also already a YouTube thumbnail. And if you wanted to go a little bit further and make your text standout, you can select the area where your text is. Go up to filters and repeat the drop shadow. And now that's also standing out. So that's kinda cool. Some people like to colorize the image and make it all bright green or blue. I'm going to do that for you. Let's go to this image where the plane is at. Go to Colors and colorize. What this is gonna do is just color your whole image to the hue that you select. So if I drag this left and right, you're seeing that the color changes. It's kind of a nice blue hit, Okay? And now it kind of stands out. If you want to export this and make this a file, go to File, Export to example dot P and G. Let's make that JPEG. Jpeg for a smaller file. I'm going to put that on my desktop, Export and Export again. So now if I go to my desktop, I'm going to go to example, I can find it. This is my image. 15. Why a Good Channel Banner Matters: The best way to hold a viewer's attention is to show them something appealing from the first few seconds. And the best way to do that from your YouTube channel is by a great channel header. You want your channel header to be engaging to the viewer, be professional, and stand out from the crowd. The nice thing about the tools available these days is that you don't have to pay any money or hire anyone to make you a professional looking channel header. Do also don't have to be a pro level photographer to find images for your header. I'll show you some free resources on the web that you can use to find high-quality HD, totally free to use images. So that appeals to you. Let's hop in. So before we get started, I'd like to show you a couple examples of some really nice YouTube headers that I personally like and that caught my eye. So I can give you a couple of examples of different things different people are doing. So first off, these photographers, I follow Mango Street. They first of all show their channel name. They'll show a picture of themselves. And then you also have some examples of what they do. So photography and film-making tutorials that don't waste your time. So right away looking at this header, you already know what to expect from these guys. A YouTube header is a great opportunity to give an example of who you are and also what people can expect from your videos. Moving along to our kids, Brown Lee, MK VHD, super simple. It's just a red background with a couple of icons, his channel name and what he does, quality tech videos. So a YouTube channel header doesn't have to be anything too crazy or extreme. It can be simple enough that just represents who you are. The next one is Peter McKinnon. So you can see a picture of him in his moody style gives off a vibe that you're going to see in his videos based on how he colors his videos. But it also has kinda like a handwritten style of his name, handwritten font. Again, super simple, just a photo and some text, but it gets the point across. And finally the slow-mo guys. So as you can see from their header, they make slow-mo videos. And you can tell that by kinda the drawing they made here with the things moving in the air really slow. And they communicate that well, really cool like poppy design as well as text of who they are. But that's all it says. It's simple, it's recognizable, and it pops with a lot of color. So you want something that's eye catching, that gives off some personality based on who you are, what your content's going to bring to the table and something distinct. So there's some examples of some different peoples channel headers to give you some ideas of what we're going to be able to create. But let's now hop into the next section, which is finding images for your headers. 16. Finding FREE Images for Your Channel Banner: Since YouTube allows the YouTube header to be scaled all the way to the size of a television. The bigger image you can find, the better. This will give you more moving room and editing room when we start to do that, also, higher contrast, colorful images really pop and these draw people's eyes directly to your header. But now I'll show you two free to use websites that have tons and tons of professional looking photos that you can use for your headers today, the first website I want to show you as Pexels.com. This is a free stock photo website that's sourced by photographers around the world. People upload their images to be used by you and downloaded as many times as you want. For the first example, I think we're going to make a header for a travel YouTube channel. So when I think about travel, I usually think about mountains. And another thing to keep in mind, you notice how this image is taller than it is wide. That's called portrait. We want landscape, which is the opposite aspect ratio, longer than it is tall. So that's gonna make it easier for it to fit on a traditional screen. I really like this one here with this guy in the middle of this mountain. So I'm gonna go ahead and hit this download icon, but I think I'm also going to find one for food. So for example, a cooking channel. I really like this one here. It looks like it's kinda made to be a channel header. I like this 12, it has a lot of negative space. When you're thinking about finding photos for your YouTube headers, lot of negative space is going to give you some room to work with text. So keep that in mind. The second site that you can use this just like Pexels but has some more options. That's going to be stock Snap dot io. And again, if I were to just type in mountain, Let's just see what they have available. This is another good stock photography website as well that should hopefully help you find images. Now let's go ahead and start editing them. 17. Creating a Channel Banner with CANVA!: Now that we've found our images, I'd like to show you canva.com. It's one of my favorite design websites for branding and for marketing. Let's hop in. The nice thing about Canvas is if you sign up for your free account, you'll be able to save your designs and come back later, super-useful at their search bar. If you type in YouTube channel art, you'll come to this page, which is their templates page. There's different types. You've just got photos with text, things with different assets such as rectangle's shapes. This one allows you to have multiple photos in the background. This one has a square around it. So the first one I wanted to make with something related to travel. So let's see if I can find something that might look good with that guy who is inside the cave that we found. And just to show you around Canva just a little bit with the layout here. So at the top you're going to see home. That's how you get back where we came from. File resize is nice if you're going to be using the same banner across all social media. So if you wanted to transfer this to like Twitter header, you can do that. On the right side, you can try Canva pro share download is what we'll be using at the very top left again, templates. This is how you can switch between templates right from in the editor. Uploads is where you're gonna be able to upload your own images. Photos is how you can find photos within Canvas. So instead of downloading it from the sites we mentioned, you can find them right within here. Elements is how you can add shapes on the icons and logos and shapes text. If you don't like the text they already have, you can add different text in here. Videos is good if you're making like ads, that's not going to be useful here. Background, if you'd like to make just a quick background without an image, but more so colors and things like that, textures, you can find them in here. And there's a couple other things you won't need. So first off, let's just say that this Travel Channel is going to be called Easy trips, 1, 0, 1. So I'm going to type in easy trips 101, travel tips for the average person. And right away, I don't really like the font it has for that. So I'm gonna go ahead and click up here to the font. And I'm going to click on something else. So then my like there are some of the crown those are not free to use, so just keep that in mind. But you do have access to all the other ones. I kinda like that one there. And it's looking pretty good. I could already just download this myself, but I do have my own image, so I'm gonna go ahead and click these images in the back and hit Delete grid. So this would be a way for you to add multiple images. They already have a grid pre-made. I'm just going to use one image. So I'm going to delete the whole grid. So I'm going to go over here to uploads. And I already uploaded the image, so I'm just going to click on it. And now I'm going to drag it to the top and just resize it for myself. Perfect. Now if you go up here to the top right and hit position, you can hit backward and that will put it all the way in the back. And I notice it's hiding this guy's face. So I'm going to move it a little bit. That looks pretty good. And then I'm going to click on this black bar they have. And I think I'm gonna do, go up here to this checker box and I'm going to lower the opacity or the transparency just so that it does show him behind it. So this would be good to go. However, I wanted to show you something that'll help you size things properly. So let's just go ahead and download it here at the top right, when you do download something, you'll want to use the JPEG format because it will be smaller and YouTube does have a file size limit. So let's just hit JPEG and download it here. So now if we go back to YouTube and we opened our channel, if you go up here to the top right and hit Customize channel, this will be where you can add all of your channel branding. And we'll go to branding at the top. Now if we go to banner image and hit Upload, this will allow us to upload our image. So let's upload the image. Here's what YouTube does for you. It does show you how your image will show up based on how it's being viewed. So if you're looking at it from a smart phone, for example, or a tablet, this is what you'll see, this smallest square if you're viewing it on desktop, this is how big it will usually get. So it's going to stretch all the way across. And then if you're viewing it on a TV, your, your image could show up that huge. But the most important thing to remember is the smallest rectangle is what you want to optimize for. So anything you want to show up in your channel banner on any device needs to be in that little rectangle. So as you can see, everything that is there in that rectangle. I'll hit Done. And then on the top right, Let's hit Publish. And it should give us a little pop-up on the bottom says go to channel. Let's go ahead and do that. And there it is. Easy trips, 1, 0, 1, I will say if we go back to Canva, Let's say for example, that you have this arranged improperly. So maybe the text was too big to fit in the banner or something was moved down here and you didn't know and then when you tried to upload it, you're like, why can't I see what I need to see? I did include a resource in the description that you can upload to Canvas as an image. And it's the resource small image. So the resource large image is basically that template that shows you the entire thing. And then resource small will help you directly in Canvas. So if you open that as an image and then you drag it over here and resize it properly. And then try and drag it to the very middle of your image here. And then if we make sure it's in the middle, we can drop the opacity to see where everything is. So you can see this is outside of my box. So that way I can use this element and drag all that right to the middle. And now it's within my box and I can delete that. So that resource is going to be helpful for you when you're using templates through Canvas in order to make sure things are sized properly. That's going to take all of the guesswork out of it without you having to be a graphic designer. So here are the images we were able to make ourself using these free websites and free resources. 18. How to Make a Profile Icon!: Let's talk about how to tie your YouTube channel together with the professional channel icon. That's going to be your little profile icon that displays next to your name when people search for your videos, and I'll show you how to make it on Canva. There's a couple of different ways to go about this. You can either make a photo of yourself or a photo of your brand. So let's go to canva.com and type in YouTube icon. And here you're gonna see a bunch of different templates that you can use. But to begin, I'll just show you how to make one really simple and easy with a photo of yourself. We'll go to uploads. You'll hit Upload Media. I already uploaded it. So I'll take this one here. And something to remember is YouTube does crop its profile icons into a circle. So whatever photo you use, just make sure you know that the corners will be cropped out and it'll only use a circle cutout from that photo. The best way to create your channel icon is to make a square canvas and place the photo inside it. From here, we can go to download. I'll do JPEG download again. And I'll show you how to add this to your channel. So if you head to your YouTube page, click on your icon on the top right, it'll probably be blue. Next, go to your channel, customized channel. Branding here at the top-left. Hit change under Picture. And we'll just go ahead and hit the one that we downloaded upload. And now you'll see what I said about the cropping. So you can crop it. If it's not cropped in the right spot, then hit Done, publish. And you can see it's updated there. So if I refresh my channel, it has changed a little bit. But there it is. So that's an easy way to make a photo of yourself, your channel icon. But let's say you wanted to put your brand name in your header. A lot of these templates are totally free. So I'm going to choose one that I think kinda fits the channel. This is a nice font here. I'm just going to put storms tech tips. I'll make it just a little bit bigger and keep it right in the middle because it'll crop it out. So let's just remember that when we're moving our text, try and make that right in the middle with these two pink lines. And I think I'm going to change these elements to blue. The nice thing about these templates is they're completely editable. That looks pretty good. On second thought though, I'm gonna make it dark on the back ground. And then I'm going to change the font to white. And you just match up these. And I might even move this. There we go. Let's go ahead and hit Download. I'll do JPEG just for the smallest file size possible. We'll head back over to our channel. If you're back on the branding page. Go ahead and hit Change. And let's upload our new one here. Publish. And there we are. That one looks pretty nice. So basically what you want is an image that's easy to read on any size of screen. Something that jumps out at people, or just a photo of yourself. That's how to make profile icons. 19. Class project: All right, guys, I hope you enjoyed the class as much as I enjoyed making it. YouTube is something really dear to my heart, and I hope that you can find some real enjoyment in making your own videos and for the class project. I'd really love to see your first video. If you can get through all these tips and tricks and find a way to create your own YouTube video to share with us, I love to see it. Remember, it's not about the gear, it's about this story, and it's about your excitement in creating the content. If you care about the video, it will show. I want to thank you for watching guys and I hope to see you in the next class.