Making Youtube Thumbnails The Easier Way

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After I’ve spent a few hours filming a video, a few hours editing said video, I don’t feel like making a thumbnail.

Because I’m hella lazy.

Something you might have noticed is that my thumbnails are all very similar across the board – which I like, because it totally creates visual consistency aaaand it caters to my slug life.

In this post, I want to walk you through how I super easily create new thumbnails so that it doesn’t feel like a chore.

1. Download your Editing Program

To create a thumbnail, you need an editing program.

I’m talking a proper, downloaded program here.

I use Affinity Photo, an alternative to photoshop that’s around $80. An awesome cost compared to the $240 a year it costs for photoshop.

2. Create a thumbnail template

Using your editing program, create an image that is 1280 x 720 (the optimal thumbnail size) and fill it with everything you might normally put on your thumbnail.

Save your image so that you can use it whenever you want. Make sure to save it as the programs default file type so that you can manipulate it in future.

3. Create your thumbnail

Do your normal screen cap of your video, and put that image in to your photo editing program.

Resize your image to 1280 x 720, chuck it in to your thumbnail template, do a bit of rejigging of your text.

Walaa! You’re done.

You can do the same thing with blog post graphics, instagram quotes, pinterest photos.

Take Action

Anything that’s easy and repetitive can be semi automated.

Automate as much as you can, rather than having to do the same thing over and over. Not only does it create consistency, but it makes life simpler.


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