The YouTube thumbnail is the professional tool that the social platform offers when you have reached 1000 subscribers. You should be able to get the most out of it because it can help increase the number of views for your channel.
The importance of YouTube thumbnails has grown over the years to the point that nowadays the thumbnails are more important than the content of the video itself when it comes to the number of visits to your channel. Thumbnails can cause a user to be instantly interested in watching your video. Basically, it is the main element that can differentiate your video from others with similar titles and descriptions. When a viewer is searching for specific content, your video may not be the first option, however, a user will click on it if the thumbnail is eye-catching enough. In this world, the first impression is what counts.
Editing a simple photo in the correct way can bring more views to your channel. Doing it is easy, just log onto EDIT, our online editor and start creating your design. It can be a fast and simple process thanks to a large variety of templates and options that we offer you in the editor. We made our templates specifically formatted like this for you to save time!
Here are a series of tips that will help you build your YouTube profile like a pro.
You must create an original reoccurring design that allows any video on your channel to be easily recognizable by just looking at the thumbnail of the video. This is called branding and it will help you to create your own personal brand.
EDIT allows you to save up to 10 designs for free and unlimited designs in our premium version. So it will be super easy to stay consistent with your designs.
Another point to take into account is the use of the colors. The line of colors you choose must always be the same to maintain that personal image. You should also choose bright colors but be careful! The trick is to use a few colors that compliment each other. We recommend not using no more than 5 colors in total (including background and text). Moreover, the biggest contrast should be between the background and the title.
Like all the actions you do to improve your channel, you have to keep in mind who your target audience is. For example with our templates you will see how the pattern for the gaming or vlog thumbnails has some striking letters with bright colors.
The text is important because you are only able to focus on a few words that will describe what the video is about. The type typography is key. Ideally you would use the same font that you used throughout the video. These aspects help to reinforce your personal image. The message must be short and very clear, remember that we seek to attract attention. You will have to use a large size. The position will depend on the image you have created for the background but not be afraid to place it in an inclined way or some crazy manner, it helps to attract attention. The proposed designs from EDIT will give you some ideas on how to place the text.
This key element of the thumbnails depends on the target audience. If the channel is dedicated to video games, the background will not be the same as if you are a vlogger. Always try to create your own images and not use Google images because you will find many thumbnails with similar backgrounds to yours. If you are going to use a photo, you should know that forefronts photos work better. In case you are a gamer, the background should include something related to action like fire or explosions.
Also don't forget, if you have a logo you should always include it as a watermark in the thumbnails.
You can use different emojis and emoticons to make the design of thumbnails more attractive, but be careful not to overload the image. It can be relatively easy to do so because the image is a very small size.
Inserting the emojis will not be a problem if you create it through EDIT because it has a huge amount of options in just a click so you can easily add them.
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