What’s more important – your YouTube video thumbnail or channel art?
Channel art is the first thing people see when they visit your channel – it helps explain what your videos are about and why you are making them. Thumbnail, on the other hand, is the first visual thing anybody sees about your video. The preview appears in users’ subscription tab, in search results, in recommended videos next to the one a user is already watching, it shows up in embedded previews on external websites.
Even if you don’t have much of a design inclination, you don’t have to use your old vacation landscape photos and blurry screen grabs. Creating attractive and informative images for your YouTube content can be pretty simple with custom templates. Let’s look at the ones available in Crello – designed specifically for creating YouTube channel art and thumbnails.
Crello templates for YouTube thumbnails are available in the format of 1280 by 720 pixels. Find a template most suitable for your content and customize the text. Alternatively, you can pick a template with the design that speaks to you most and replace the background image with your own (or one from Crello’s built-in stock image gallery).
Depending on your channel style and theme, it may not be as important that the title of your video is included in the thumbnail, but it’s important to find a way to reflect the topic of your video in the image and text in the thumbnail, so pick wisely.
Here are some of the free YouTube thumbnail templates you can explore:
Click the button below to check out more free YouTube thumbnail templates in Crello or proceed to part two of this post to learn more about Crello’s channel art template options.
YouTube Channel Art
Crello’s YouTube channel art templates come in the size of 2560 by 1440 pixels. Unlike your video thumbnails, your channel’s banner is what users will see a lot of – every time they visit your page, it’ll be there, staring them right in the face. That’s reason enough to make sure your banner represents your brand well but also isn’t a busy image that people will get tired of quickly.
Including your logo in your channel art image may be unnecessary, especially if you already have your logo featured in your profile picture, but including your mascot or recognizable brand style elements like icons, fonts or other design elements can very well be called for. It’s a great way to reinforce the association between your business and its YouTube channel, as well as a tool to remind casual visitors of your services or product.
For more designs, browse Crello’s free database of YouTube channel art templates and pick one that suits your project best! By the way, we’ve just added 34 more channel art templates in categories Business & Finance, Holidays & Celebration, Education & Science, so explore away and let us know what you think: