YouTube thumbnail size (+ 3 sites to create an irresistible thumbnail)

YouTube thumbnail size (+ 3 sites to create an irresistible thumbnail)

If you are about to start, paying attention to the YouTube thumbnail is one of the most important factors for success.

Believe it or not, but those who neglect this very simple part often do not receive any interaction on their videos.

Therefore, as a continuation of YouTube course, I decided to put everything for you about this important topic.

Starting with the most appropriate thumbnail size, then the best programs and websites through which you can design an excellent image that improves your viewing rates. Not only that, but also the importance of this image and how you place it in the video.

So if you are ready now, let me take you on a simple tour to excel on YouTube in very simple steps.

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Let me start with you now…

What is a YouTube thumbnail?

Once you enter YouTube, you will find yourself in front of a group of videos. The thumbnail is the image in the interface of each of those videos.

What is a YouTube thumbnail?

The importance of the YouTube video thumbnail

Simply put, its importance is directly related to what is called YouTube SEO .

If you do not know what this basically is, once you click on that word above, you will be directed to a topic that explains in detail what YouTube SEO is, its importance, and the steps you must take to rank at the top of the search results.

But how does a thumbnail help in this matter?

The thumbnail is the basis that prompts someone to click to watch the video.

The more attractive and attractive the image is, the higher the rate of clicking on it to watch the video. This is called CTR (click through rate).

Which is considered one of the most important SEO factors, which improves the appearance of the video and makes it more widespread, and certainly works to increase views and also increase profits .

This was simply its importance, and you certainly should not underestimate its results.

In short, the thumbnail is the first step that gives the viewer the feeling that your video is worth watching.

You may want to know:How much does YouTube pay for 1000 views?

Now let’s talk about something else, which may be the reason you are on this topic, which is the size of the YouTube thumbnail.

What is the (most appropriate) YouTube thumbnail size?

According to YouTube’s guidelines , the size of a YouTube thumbnail should be 16:9, meaning that the width of the image is 16 and the height is 9, multiplied by whatever number it is.

Also in the same guide you will find that the preferred size according to Google and its partner YouTube is 1080:720.

Therefore, it is preferable to adhere to this measurement.


Is there a better way?


I do not prefer adjusting the sizes myself, so I use some distinguished sites that provide ready-made templates with a very suitable scale for YouTube, according to my experience.

Now let me tell you….

How to make a thumbnail on YouTube? (best sites)

As you can see from the previous title, these sites do not only provide you with templates of appropriate size…

But it also contains free icons, shapes, and images that help you design an excellent thumbnail that will make your CTR soar to the sky.

These sites are in order according to my personal experience and what I prefer…

1- Adobe Spark website

Spark is my favorite program and website.

Not only in designing an excellent thumbnail for the videos, but also in designing the images for this blog as well.

  • First, you will need to create an account on the site (you can register directly using Gmail).
  • After that, you will be directed to an interface like the one in the picture

YouTube thumbnail design

  • Now that you have followed the instructions in the previous image, you will find yourself on a page like the one in the following image.

Choose the appropriate template for the image through the Spark website

All you have to do is choose the appropriate YouTube image template as it already exists in the image, then click the Next button.

  • After that, you will be able to design your own thumbnail with ease, and I have put the most important steps in this image for you.

Design a distinctive thumbnail for YouTube

What is unique about this site is that it also provides a mobile program that you can also use.

For me, Spark is the best free program, whether for mobile or computer, through which you can design images very easily.

So I strongly advise you to start with it, but there are definitely other options such as….

2- Canva website

Canva is also a great site for beginners to start designing attractive images.

It also provides templates with fixed dimensions, but in reality I do not prefer it as much as the previous site.

This is simply because:

  • Some technical errors occur when uploading the image and some elements change.
  • Lots of premium icons, images and templates are paid unlike Spark.

3- Photoshop program

You have certainly heard of it and you certainly know that you can design excellent images through it and adjust many settings with it, unlike the previous two sites.

Photoshop is more professional, so I consider it more suitable for those who have some experience.

But if you are still a beginner and do not know anything, then you can use the previous two options to create distinctive images.

These are my favorite sites and also the most used of all the sites and programs that provide thumbnail-sized templates for YouTube.

How about I tell you some more about the picture?

What are the most important characteristics of the highest-performing thumbnail?

Through my personal experience and also many studies, there are many factors that you can apply in your video image that will significantly increase the click rate on the video. The most important things that I noticed are:

  1. Using your personal photo or anyone’s photo in Thumbnail increases the click-through rate tremendously.
  2. It has an element of astonishment or surprise.
  3. She explains the topic of the video briefly and very clearly.
  4. Put your channel logo on it.
  5. Use attractive and harmonious colors such as (yellow and black – blue and white – red and white – and so on..)
  6. Make the words on the picture in clear, large font.
  7. Use some emojis on the image.
  8. A picture showing the difference (before and after), for example.
  9. Do not use unreal images or false titles.
  10. The simpler the image , the more it will be clicked.

These were the most important things provided by the video CTR.

Now I have designed the best Thumbnail. Let us now answer the question of many beginners, which is…

How do I put a video thumbnail?

In fact, it is so easy that I am surprised that you would ask this question!!

But if you don’t already have a channel and are about to ask, it’s natural that you want to know the answer.

So let me tell you the steps simply.

  • First, you will need to go to your YouTube channel.
  • After that, go to the section for uploading a new video, as in the following image:

Start uploading the video

Now you will be directed to a page where you can choose the video you want to upload to your device.

  • After that, you will find in front of you a page like the one below. All you have to do is scroll down with the arrow to find something like the one in the picture, then follow the steps in the picture and upload the thumbnail.

Choose the thumbnail and place it on the video

Thus, you have successfully placed the seductive image on your YouTube video.

Complete the steps to upload the video completely, then click Publish and release your creativity to the world.

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