YouTube Thumbnail Maker

Create YouTube thumbnails that give your channel a sleek, branded look and keep viewers coming back for more. Start with a design template, or check our YouTube posts size chart to begin. Custom thumbnails will give your YouTube channel superior style. Start designing for free today!

How to make a YouTube thumbnail from a template

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Browse YouTube thumbnail templates

Start your design quick when you choose from our many YouTube thumbnail templates. They're pre-designed so choose a layout you like that matches your channel's aesthetic.

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Customize your YouTube thumbnail template

Make the YouTube thumbnail your own by swapping in your own photos. Customize with your logo, or text and graphics. You can also browse our massive stock photos & videos library for image inspo.

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Add effects to your thumbnail

Try background erase or outline on your pics for a trendy look, and give curved text or drop shadow a go on your words after you've browsed our hundreds of beautiful fonts. Use the Color Changer to play with colors like never before, or add hand-drawn shapes and graphics with the Draw tool!

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Finalize & export your thumbnail

When your YouTube thumbnail design is ready to go, download it to your computer or, even easier, PicMonkey lets you export your YouTube thumbnail directly to your YouTube channel. Add it to your video and watch the likes start rolling in!

Get the trendy sketchy look with Outline Tool

The powerful Outline Tool makes creating on-point designs a breeze. Outline your images, text, or graphics and then adjust the Angle, Distance, Thickness, and Color of the outline. It adds just the right amount of arty pop to images!

We have stock video, too!

Free stock videos included with all subscription levels, so you can take your designs to the next level. Use video in social media posts, ads, YouTube video interstitials, and more.

Graphics for YouTube Thumbnails

+ So much more! Browse all the graphics

Super-powered photo effects like Color Changer

PicMonkey is stacked with amazingly impressive photo effects that transform your images in seconds. Our newest tool is the magical Color Changer Effect—make red shirts blue, orange walls green, yellow hair purple...you get the idea!

More YouTube image dimensions in pixels

Social media image typeDimensions in Pixels
YouTube Banner / Cover2560 x 1440
YouTube Thumbnail1280 x 720
YouTube Channel icon800 x 800
YouTube Display Ad300 x 250
YouTube Display Ad Long300 x 60
YouTube Overlay Ad480 x 70

FAQs about making YouTube thumbnails

How do I make a good YouTube thumbnail?

Something on-brand and totally eye-catching are the pillars of any good YouTube thumbnail design. Think about it — this is the first thing a viewer will see! It’s what’ll make them click through to watch your full vid and, hopefully, visit your channel afterwards to become a loyal follower.

How should I customize my YouTube thumbnail?

What’s your video about? That’s the first question to answer. Get your design off to a great start with one of our YouTube thumbnail templates, then add your own flavor. Use brand-specific colors, and add graphics if appropriate. Outline images or text for trendy looks.

What are the size requirements for a YouTube thumbnail?

The perfect size for a YouTube thumbnail is 1280 x 720 pixels. This’ll ensure that no part of your design is cut off or uploads funky. Our templates and blank canvases come pre-sized, so no need to even worry about sizing if you start with one of them. Otherwise, you can always crop or resize your canvas to the perfect proportions.

PicMonkey's YouTube thumbnail maker tools

YouTube thumbnails are the first thing your viewers see when they come to explore your YouTube channel. They are a little preview, if you will, of what your video will be like, and a big factor in determining whether viewers watch it or not, so you wanna make it super eye catching and informational. We'll show you how to use our YouTube thumbnail maker tools to make wow-worthy designs that'll receive standing ovations...

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