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Creating YouTube thumbnails is easy with Adobe Spark

Find unlimited creative possibilities when you browse Adobe Spark’s gallery of templates for inspiration.

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How to make YouTube thumbnails

  1. Pick the Best Size and Shape

    Adobe Spark makes creating a thumbnail in the required YouTube thumbnail size a cinch. Simply click on the template labeled “YouTube Thumbnail” and we automatically supply you with a design field in the precise shape and YouTube thumbnail dimensions YouTube requires.

  2. Add Some Personality

    Incorporate your logo into your YouTube thumbnail to help distinguish your brand. Then, add content and images to really help your thumbnail stand out. Adding little personal touches and details makes your thumbnail unique and can help attract visitors to browse your channel.

  3. Choose an Image

    For a YouTube thumbnail background, choose an image that’s bright and clear with a close-up subject. Adobe Spark makes it easy to upload photos from your device or from your Google Photos, Creative Cloud, or Dropbox account.

  4. Add Eye-Catching Typography

    You can choose from dozens of styles and fonts for your video thumbnail. Text communicates the essence of your video as powerfully as the images themselves and Adobe Spark offers a broad set of typography choices.

  5. Download and Share Your YouTube Thumbnail

    Your YouTube thumbnail design can be downloaded from the app and shared in your YouTube video or online with friends, family, even the world.

Customize your YouTube thumbnail design

There are endless possibilities to customize your YouTube thumbnail design. For example, when you choose a photo as your background on the free thumbnail creator, you can zoom in or out and change its color with an assortment of filters and palettes. As you move through the steps provided by the YouTube thumbnail template, craft your thumbnail your way to make it unique and special.

With Adobe Spark, you don’t need an idea in place before beginning the design process. Even if you don’t know exactly how you want your YouTube thumbnail to look, you’ll find unlimited creative possibilities when you browse the Adobe Spark Inspiration Gallery. You can select a general topic category that matches your video and see what other designers have created. Or you can just embark on the step-by-step design pathway and see where each successive choice takes you. With Spark, the creation process allows for effortless trial-and-error, so you never have to feel anxious about messing up.

Build your audience with our thumbnail creator

A striking thumbnail is a powerful tool for making your video stand out from all the others in search results. If you’re interested in branding your work, Spark’s online YouTube thumbnail maker offers you the ability to make, save, reuse and resize the specific graphics that make all your videos instantly recognizable. Spark collaborates with you to bring your creative efforts to the widest possible audience.

Spark YouTube thumbnail examples