Who doesn’t love the spotlight? Introverts, agoraphobes, masked vigilantes, people with light sensitivity, moles, and bank robbers on the run, but that’s not the point.
Okay, different question: Who wants to learn to make a spectacular YouTube banner?
Boom! There it is. How to make a Youtube banner in easy steps. YouTube is a mega-giant on the social media stage, and an effective YouTube profile can attract more views to your channel. Read on for everything you need know about achieving YouTube banner excellence.
Best YouTube banner size
- Open a blank canvas by clicking Design in the top menu. Choose Custom.
- Enter 2560 x 1440 in the pixel size boxes. This is the size YouTube recommends.
- Add your picture, text, creativity, bling.
- Save at the largest file size you can for max sharpness on retina devices, but no bigger than 4MB. YouTube cries if it’s more than 4MB.
If you want a bit more direction, head on over to our “How to Make a Banner” tutorial.
Got a killer logo or text? Keep ‘em in the safe area
Because there are a ton of devices on which your video might play, you need to take extra care to make sure your most essential information sits in the “safe area.” It’s an area within your banner where your content/image will appear correctly, no matter where it plays.
- Minimum width: 1546 X 423 px. This is the safe area, where text and logos are guaranteed not to be cut off when displayed on different devices.
- Maximum width: 2560 X 423 px. This means that the safe area is always visible; the areas to each side of the channel art are visible depending on the viewer’s browser size.
Our ace designers have come up with this handy guide to show exactly where the sweet spot is.
A word of warning: YouTube’s crop is not customizable! You can’t reposition the selection, which means ensuring that your desired content lands in the safe zone can be a highly strategic process, not unlike parachuting from a plane and hoping you land on-target.
Patterned backgrounds like the one shown above, if they fit your brand, can be a simple option for minimizing crop-related stress.
Youtube Channel icons and why they matter
“Channel icon” is just a froufrou way of saying “profile picture” or “avatar.” The reason you want to spend a moment thinking about it is that your icon will appear on or under your banner.
So if you’re working up a stellar YouTube banner that’s all in line with your brand and creative vision, but still have your Google account picture set to that blurry selfie from the office party where you were inspired to belt out Firework while sporting a boa, well, might be time to swap it out.
The best size for a YouTube channel icon is 800 x 800 pixels, which you can whip up in PicMonkey using custom sizing in our Design tool. (For pixel geeks, your profile pic will render at 98 x 98 pixels.)
On a desktop, your channel icon will appear as a square in the upper left-hand corner of your banner. On Android and iOS devices, it will appear as a circle overlapping the banner’s lower left-hand corner.
Confused? Don’t be, here’s what it all looks like:
We also have some tips for creating a spiffy profile pic for different social media outlets.
And then your social media buttons
If you’ve added a website URL and/or links to your social media accounts, just remember that those puppies will appear in the lower right-hand corner of your banner when viewed on a desktop. Of course you, YouTube banner superstar, have kept all your important info in the safe area, but it’s something to keep in mind.
Go the ready-made way
Check out our collection of gawdgeous templates crafted by designers and find the perfect look for your YouTube banner. They’re ready-made and waiting for you to customize them to your heart’s content. Change the fonts, graphics, colors—whatever you feel like—and get a Youtube banner that’s all about, well, you.
Hot tip: having Premium gives you access to each and every one of our designer-crafted templates, so you can whip up everything from birthday cards to wedding invites to this-book-belongs-to labels on the quick.