How To Create YouTube Thumbnails
Recently, a lot of people have been asking me how I create my cool looking YouTube thumbnails, so I decided to write a quick guide to share my favorite tools online. I actually used to use Picmonkey, which I really enjoyed. I was using the paid version of it, which was not expensive at all, but as soon as I found the free tools that I am about to show you, I canceled my Picmonkey membership.
I have also made a quick video tutorial to show you all the tools that I like to use to make YouTube thumbnails.
So without further ado, here is the list:
As you may already know, Canva is quite popular among graphic designers and aspiring graphic freaks like myself hahaha. To be honest, I didn’t use to like it that much, but I noticed recently that they have changed their platform and they have added more features. So I’m definitely adding it to the list.
Desygner is another tool that allows you to create YouTube thumbnails. It also gives you the possibility to create other types of graphics like Facebook posts, Pinterest pin images, Twitter covers and other stuff.
Visme is another tool that you can use to create a lot of different types of graphics. YouTube thumbnails is just one of the options. You can use this website to create infographics, web graphics, documents, reports, e-books, social media image and so much more.
Picmaker has quickly become one of my favorite tools to create YouTube thumbnails. In fact, it was because of finding Picmaker that I decided to cancel my monthly plan on Picmonkey. It has a huge arsenal of pre-built YouTube thumbnail templates and they all look modern and really cool.
Picmaker is only offering options to create YouTube thumbnails, YouTube channel art and Instagram TV thumbnails.
It has a lot of different options and helps you create thumbnails that really pop!
All of the above tools have an option to upgrade to premium, except for Picmaker. I didn’t see any paid option there. But as far as I am concerned, using just the free version is enough.
I really hope you have enjoyed reading this post and watching the video. If you use any of the above tools, let me know which one is your favorite. Otherwise, which tool do you use to create YouTube thumbnails?
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Awesome list Hooda fred flintstone here needs to join the 21st century when it comes to adding cool looking thumbnails.
I am still so 2010 lol.
Great post bookmarked.
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Awesome! Glad you like the post!
I haven’t put toes in the water of YouTube for my blog yet but you offer some great tools; I love free! Canva is currently my favorite for blog banners and Pinterest Pins.
I also use Canva for my Pinterest pins and blog graphics. I use video a lot in my marketing, so I had to find a good tool to create thumbnails.
Thanks for sharing this Hooda. We’re thinking about starting a YouTube channel. Hanging on to this post to help us create thumbnails for our videos.
YouTube is a big part of my marketing strategy so I do give it a lot of time and effort. I am glad you found these tools helpful!
I have known Photoshop for over 10 years, so use it for everything. But, it’s always good to know about other programs because I know a lot of people who want to do images like this but don’t have or don’t know how to use photoshop. I know quite a few who use Canva and love it!
I am still a newbie Photoshop user and I am learning a lot, so I had to find an easy tool to use while I’m learning more advanced graphic skills.
This is a really helpful post! I have wanted to start using YouTube more, but the thought of trying to come up with a thumbnail has always stopped me. Thanks so much for this useful tip.
Great! YouTube is an amazing traffic source when used correctly. Glad it has helped you!
I’ve always wondered how to do this. I’m not a YouTube expert by any means. Lol I made one video once and it wasn’t the best. Lol this will come in handy.
Just keep making videos and you will eventually get good at it! Thanks for the comment.
This is a great list of resources! I recently started a YouTube channel and I have no idea what I’m doing!
That’s perfectly okay! Just keep making videos and you will get better at it every time. Good luck!
I always wonderred how people did this! I haven’t done much youtube but this is super helpful!
Glad it helped!
That is a great idea! I love canva for creating pinterest images as well! Its incredibly easy to use!!
I love Canva too. I use it a lot. But for videos, I like these tools while I am also learning to use Photoshop. Thanks for your comment!
This is such an informative post! I’ve heard of and used Canva before but all these others are new to me. Thank you!
Glad you liked the post, Christa!
I always find it useful to know about different packages and programs. Thank you so much for this xx
Thank you! Always happy to help!
Thank you! This is so useful! I always use the preliminar thumbnails because I didn’t know better!
You are very welcome!
I don’t really dabble in YouTube but this is awesome. I will be passing this along.
I am sure that this information will be very useful for people, who already have YouTube channel. Though, I don’t have YouTube channel, it was fascinating for me to read.
Thank you. I am glad you found this post useful!