Youtube Channel Artwork Sizes_Claire Jenks Design2

Hello, we’re back again, to talk a little bit more about YouTube. And this video is all about creating graphics for the YouTube channel to make sure that it looks spot on. And in particularly, we’re going to be talking about the sizes that you need to create your graphics at to make sure it looks great.

When I’ve been working with clients and helping small businesses and creating their YouTube channel graphics sizes is one of the things that trips people up seems to be a big hurdle. So hopefully I’m here today to give a bit of an insight into some of the sizes that you should be saving your graphics at to make sure that your YouTube channel is looking at best.

So there’s a few different areas and a few different graphics that you can create for your YouTube channel.

Your YouTube Channel Header

So first up, we’ve got the channel header, and the channel header is that long graphic at the top, which gives an insight into what you channel is about, and who’s channel it is. It’s the perfect opportunity to draw in viewers and subscribers, as is often the first thing they will see when they land on your channel. Remember first impressions! This needs to look just as good as the thumbnails and the videos themselves!

I might show off your company’s logo, it might show some photographs of you, it might show some social proof about where your videos have been shown, it might even say how often your videos come out. There’s a few different ways people use it. It’s a great space to take advantage off and should capture the essence of your channel and your brand.

Now this is one of the more tricky ones, because depending on what device you’re using, this header looks different. It automatically gets cropped when seen on mobile and tablets so it’s worth noting that it’s worth getting this right in order to make it look it’s best.

There’s a specific size for mobile, a different size for tablet, another size for desktop and a larger size specific for TV as well!

The best way to create your header would be to use a template to ensure your graphics¬† And the best way to do this is to use the template that is provided to create all the graphics to work across all these different devices. You want it to look as best no matter where your viewers are viewing your videos. I’ve provided a template below for you to use, but there are plenty available for you to use. If in doubt, ask a designer to help.

  • The full channel artwork: 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Desktop: 2560 x 423 pixels
  • Table: 1855 x 423 pixels
  • Safe area and for mobiles: 1546 x 423 pixels
  • Maximum file size: 6MB (but file sizes can be smaller)

The artwork is best being uploaded as the full size but remember, you don’t need to fill the full space – only the safe area.

NOTE: Ensure any of your important information fits within the mobile safe area so that is it seen across all devices.

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Your YouTube Profile Picture

Your profile picture is another chance to show off your brand or the person behind the channel. Decide which would suit your channel better, a headshot or a logo.

This is best uploaded a square size at 800 x 800 pixels.

Much more straight forward compared to the header and your profile image will be viewed no matter what on different devices.

Your YouTube Thumbnails

And last up is your thumbnails. So in previous video I gave you 5 tips for creating YouTube thumbnails, but size really does matter.

You want your thumbnails to look great no matter where the viewer is seeing them, baring in mind that a lot of people will be viewing on a mobile at a much smaller size. Set them up at the recommend size and they’ll scale down perfectly. You don’t want them being scaled up when viewed at larger sizes.

The recommended size is 1280 x 720 pixels (16:9) 

TIP: You could save off a smaller version of your thumbnails that you can embed onto your email newsletters and use on social media as promotion. Add a play button on, so people know it’s a video that you’re linking to.

Hopefully that gives you a bit more of an insight into the sizes that you need for your YouTube channel artwork, the thumbnails and your profile picture.

If you’ve got any questions, please drop a message in the comments or get in touch. I’d love to help you out and make sure that your YouTube channel is looking at its best.


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