How to Create a YouTube Video Thumbnail Using Canva

Video thumbnails are you YouTube channel screenshot for your videos.

Video thumbnails let viewers see a quick snapshot of your video as they’re browsing YouTube. After your video is finished uploading, you can choose a thumbnail from the three options YouTube automatically generates, or upload your own.

AND… you can use Canva to create your youtube video thumbnail.

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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

Examples of  YouTube Thumbnails created in Canva

 

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Canva.com 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.

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