Youtube - How to create custom video thumbnails

September 2016


Youtube - How to create custom video thumbnails


Youtube gives you the ability to customize videos published on your channel, with custom thumbnails.
You can either:
  • Use a sequence from the video as thumbnail.
  • Upload an image file from your PC and use it as thumbnail.

We will focus on the second method:
  • Sign-in to your Youtube channel.
  • Go to My Channel > Videos
  • Select the video you want to edit.
  • Click on the "Info and Settings" button located below the playback window:
  • Click on the "Custom Thumbnail" button and upload an image file from your PC.


Some recommendations regarding the size and format of the thumbnail file (by Youtube):
  • Optimal resolution: 1280x720 (minimum width of 640 pixels).
  • Compatible format: .JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG.
  • Maximum size: 2MB
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9

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