How to Create a YouTube Video Thumbnail Using Canva

Canva makes it incredible easy to create a video thumbnail for your video.

The YouTube video thumbnail is usually the first image someone will see BEFORE they hit the play button. Typically, YouTube will take a screenshot from your video. However, you have the option to upload a custom video thumbnail image as well.

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What You Can Include on the Video Thumbnail

  1. The name of the video – so when someone is scrolling thru, they can visually see the name of the video
  2. A photo of the main person in the video – who is the ‘main’ character of the video
  3. A screenshot from the video
  4. Your company logo
  5. Your brand’s colors

Why Use a Custom Video Thumbnail

  1. Visually appealing
  2. More likely to get clicks

In this video I will show you how to create a YouTube video thumbnail using You can also use the same custom video thumbnail to upload for your Facebook videos. is an online graphic design platform that allows users to create social media graphics, presentations, YouTube video thumbnails, posters, flyers, logos, and other visual content. It is available on web and mobile, and integrates millions of images, fonts, templates and illustrations. Users can use the free version or upgrade to the pro version ($9.95/month if they pay for the year) if they feel like they need more.