Once your YouTube account is verified, you will have the freedom to add custom thumbnails to all of your videos. Thumbnails are the first things YouTube users see when looking for videos they would like to watch. It is therefore imperative that they are designed with a few things in mind.

In this article, we’ll share with you all the important tips you need to know to create the most compelling thumbnails for your videos, the ones that will entice your audience to watch your videos and increase the number of views, likes and subscribers garnered by your channel. So, without further ado, let’s go!

Why you should ignore YouTube’s default thumbnail suggestions

Whenever you’re about to post a video to your YouTube channel, YouTube offers you a few default thumbnail suggestions. These suggestions will include some frames in your video, but you can’t edit them. As a result, these default suggestions won’t look appealing to audiences, which will likely lead them to ignore your video for someone else’s content.

Tips for designing high quality YouTube thumbnails

Choose the right thumbnail size : The dimensions and size of your video thumbnails should follow YouTube guidelines. YouTube recommends 1280 x 720 resolution images with a 16: 9 aspect ratio and a minimum width of 640 pixels. Images must be in BMP, GIF, JPG, or PNG format and the file size of a thumbnail must be less than 2MB.

Choose an eye-catching background photo: The background photo of a YouTube thumbnail should grab the attention of viewers and be relevant to the video. For example, including high-quality images of guitars as miniature backgrounds is a great idea for a guitar-focused YouTube channel. Feel free to explore stock image websites for a wide variety of free images.

Include Text : Adding text to all of your YouTube thumbnails is mandatory these days. All the best YouTubers do it and so do you. Crisp, concise title text in the image can give your viewers more context. For example, if your video is a hands-on tutorial type, you can create a title based on the issues you solve in the video. Avoid long, elaborate pieces of text, as they can overwhelm viewers. Stick to something under ten-fifteen words. Also, don’t forget to choose a nice font.

Create a Consistent Look on All Your Thumbnails : While there is no restriction on how creative you want to be when designing these miniatures, it is recommended that you establish a certain style of thumbnail and stick to it in all your videos. Remember, your YouTube thumbnails are an integral part of your brand identity and consistency is key to establishing it. From fonts to graphics to colors, be as consistent as possible on as many miniature elements as possible.

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