In 2014 YouTube became famous as the second biggest search engine on the planet. With 6 million hours of video viewed every single month and 100 hours of movie uploaded each minute, it’s surely a force to be reckoned with. So, you have a Youtube channel, You must optimize your videos in the competitions. Video thumbnail is the most important thing to click your video.

Video thumbnails let viewers see a quick picture of your movie or video as they’re browsing YouTube. After your film is finished uploading, you must choose the best thumbnail that attracts people in it. Your video thumbnail must be relavent to your video.

Thumbnail pictures are just as important as the movie’s title. The pictures themselves are what will jump out at users and help you stick out in a long line of search results. Considering these image thumbnails also show up on Google’s search engines. They’re essential to making the most of your own feelings.

In this article, I’m going to learn you over whatever you need YouTube thumbnail, including the perfect size, how to create them easily in Canva the most natural designing platform in the world.

The perfect Youtube video thumbnail size:

Your custom Youtube thumbnail image should be as large as possible, since the picture will also be applied as the preview image in the embedded player. Google recommend your custom thumbnails:

  • Have a resolution of 1280×720
  • Keep minimum width of 640 pixels.
  • Be uploaded in picture formats such as JPG, PNG, BMP or GIF.
  • Remain your thumbnail size under the 2MB limit.
  • Attempt to use a 16:9 aspect ratio as it is the most utilized in YouTube players along with previews.

Your thumbnail may disable with some reasons. So, Before designing your thumbnail, follow the google rules.

Know the best YouTube profile picture size with 5 metrics for 2019.

Design a Youtube thumbnail with

If you don’t know to design anything or don’t have a designing skill, Just go to Canva. Canva is a designing software where you can design anything using template or customs. Here I’ll learn you to design a Youtube thumbnail image simply. For that, you have to follow the steps below:


Go to and Sign up. Here you can use your facebook id, Google account or custom field to register on Canva.

Canva home


To design your Youtube thumbnail, You can use one of the three options here.

  • You can click Create design option to choose a Youtube thumbnail template.
  • Click search bar and scroll down and click YouTube Thumbnail option to get a template.
  • The last one is creating custom design without any template in the top right corner.
Create Youtube Thumbnail with Canva


Here, you will see many options to design your thumbnail. Just use them and create your YouTube thumbnail as you wish. To use any of the elements, click on that element. You also can resize them by click and drag process. I just have a short description of the left options below:

  1. Template: There are thousands of free and pro model which you can use in your design.
  2. Elements: Here you can see both images and graphics. To use any of you needed, just click the Element option and search your desired features.
  3. Text: Using this option, you can choose any typographic template or custom text area. You also will be able to use to resize the font, google font and different colors.
  4. Background: Background is the most important thing for designing. So, choose an attractive background here.
  5. Uploads: If you want to use your own image or template, Click Uploads option and upload elements from your device.
  6. Folders: It’s only for the premium members. It is used to save any documents as a folder.
  7. More: Here is an interesting option in the Canva software. You can use any social like Facebook, Instagram, Twetter pictures using more option.
Choose a thumbnail template


Finally, download your thumbnail. To download your designed thumbnail, click top right Download button and select one of the file formats. After completing all, click Download button with pest background.

Add a thumbnail to a youtube video:

After completing upload your video, Just scroll down. here you can see three default thumbnail from your video clip. As you want to use your own Youtube thumbnail, you will select custom thumbnail option to upload your own thumbnail.

Now scroll up and click Save changes button to save your uploaded image.

It’s live your custom Youtube Thumbnail now. So, people will see your Thumbnail before playing your video.

So, I’ll be very glad, If you get any benefit of this session. If you any wrong feel free to notice me with a comment. You can share it to your friends who have need this article.