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How to create Youtube thumbnail with Canva

How to create Youtube thumbnail with Canva

You have a youtube channel, and you have finished the video-making process for your youtube channel. But now you are looking for a thumbnail design for this video. Don’t worry. In this step-by-step guide, I will show you how to create a youtube thumbnail with Canva.

You can also create youtube thumbnails with other graphic design software like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and many others, but as we all know, they are paid software, and you have to pay monthly or yearly.

I would suggest using Canva because it is free to use as a designing tool, and due to its friendly UI, everyone can use it. Even if you’re not a graphic designer, you can still use canva as your thumbnail design tool.

Create Youtube Thumbnail With Canva

Create YouTube Thumbnail With Canva

You can easily create a youtube thumbnail in canva by searching for “Youtube” in the “Create A Design” menu. Select the “Youtube Thumbnails” option, and a new blank design page will appear. Here you can add any type of element in the design to give your thumbnail an eye-catchy look.

Now add your picture and texts to the design. You can also play with the colors of the elements and text used in the design. Select the text, and a color tile will appear on the top of the design bar. Click on this tile, and a menu for colors will appear on the left side of the canva design page. Follow the same process for changing element colors.

You can also find pre-made templates of thumbnails which you can, and also you can edit these templates according to your content and video. Search for “Youtube Thumbnails” in the Templates menu on the canva design page, and a whole collection of pre-made templates will appear in the results.

For downloading the design in canva, just click on the share option in the top right corner of the canva design page, and after that, click on the download option, and your design will easily be downloaded.

Size Of Youtube Thumbnail

If you are making a youtube thumbnail, you must know the standard thumbnail size. The ideal youtube thumbnail size is 1280 x 720 pixels, and the minimum width of the thumbnail can be 640 pixels. And the ideal ratio for youtube videos and previews is 16:9. 

If you make a thumbnail of more than the ideal size, then you may feel your thumbnail pixelated, and it will not give a good impression to the viewer.

What is the Size Of YouTube Thumbnail

How To Create A Youtube Thumbnail

Follow our step-by-step guide for making a youtube thumbnail in canva, and it will solve all your queries about making a thumbnail in canva.

Step 1: Create A New Design

In this step, just open canva and search for “Youtube Thumbnail” in the “Create A Design” menu on the canva home page. Now click on the “Youtube Thumbnail” option, and you will see a new blank design page. Now you can make a youtube thumbnail of your choice.

How to Create A New Design in canva

Step 2: Add Elements And Colors

Add backgrounds and elements of your choice to the design so the user finds it attractive and loves to click on the thumbnail. You can add any background or element to the design if you are a premium user.

But if you are using the basic package of canva, then you will not be able to use some premium design elements. But don’t worry, it won’t stop you from making a good design.

How to Add Elements And Colors In Canva

I would suggest using Coolors or Color Hunt if you have less or no knowledge about colors.

Step 3: Upload Your Snapshots To Canva For Thumbnail (Optional)

Your thumbnail would very certainly feature an element from the video. For most individuals, that will be a quick snapshot. Upload your image to your design template and make any necessary adjustments.

Canva’s editing skills start with just adjusting the brightness and contrast. Make your snapshot such that the user finds it interesting and clicks on the video immediately after seeing the thumbnail.

You can add any other image of your choice by uploading it and using the same process. If your image has a white or any other background and you want to use the image without the background then I would suggest reading How to create a transparent background in Canva.

Upload Your Snapshots To Canva

Step 4: Add The Text You Want On Your Thumbnail

In this step, simply add all the texts to your thumbnail. Don’t use too much text. Make the thumbnail design simple and clear. Just add some necessary text to the thumbnail design and proceed to the next step.

You can also create gradient text in canva. Click here if you want to know how to create gradient text in Canva.

Add The Text In Canva

Step 5: Add Any Logo To Your Thumbnail (Optional)

Suppose you have a channel logo or any other logo you want to add to your thumbnail design. I will show you how to add your logo to the design. Just open the folder having the logo on your computer, click and drag the logo to the canva design page.

After that, your logo will automatically be uploaded to canva, which will be found in the upload menu. Just click on the uploaded logo, and you will find it appears on the Canva design page.

Adding Logo To Your Thumbnail design in canva

Step 6: Download Your Thumbnail Design

After the designing process is completed and now you want to download your thumbnail to your computer. Just click on the “Share” button on the top right corner of the canva design page. 

how to download Your Design on Canva

After that, click on the download option, change the download settings accordingly, and click on the download. Your design will be downloaded in just a few seconds.

Use Pre-Designed Youtube Thumbnails In Canva

There’s a reason why having an official YouTube channel includes the ability to upload your thumbnail. It serves as the face of your video and largely determines whether or not it will be watched.

So, when you’re dying to get that video out, the last thing you want to do is skimp on that one minor but essential aspect.

Use Pre-Designed YouTube Thumbnails In Canva

If you are new to canva and have less knowledge about designing, I recommend using pre-designed youtube thumbnails on Canva. On the canva home page, search “Youtube”, and a whole collection of thumbnails will appear.

Select the one you find attractive and just make a few changes in texts and pictures and any other according to your choice, and your design is ready by just using a free template provided by canva.

FAQ(How To Create Youtube Thumbnail With Canva)

What size are YouTube thumbnails?

The ideal size for a youtube thumbnail is 1280 x 720 pixels. The width of the thumbnail must be more than 680 pixels. The minimum file size for thumbnails is 2 MB. The ideal ratio for youtube videos and previews is 16:9. You can also use thumbnails of larger sizes. But in the end, you will find your thumbnails pixelated on youtube after uploading.

What makes a good YouTube thumbnail?

A good YouTube thumbnail captures viewers’ attention and invites them into your channel. That means it must be the appropriate size, have an interesting and high-quality photo or image, and include your title language to provide context to your audience.

What are YouTube thumbnail best practices?

You have to care for these things to create a unique and eye-catchy Youtube thumbnail. Using a clean, understandable font for your title text. Colors and images that fit your brand and color contrast to make the image as clear as possible while correctly presenting the content of your video and your channel.

Can I make YouTube videos in Canva?

Yes, you can make any type of video using canva, but if you are looking for professional work and want to spend some money, I would suggest using Wondershare Filmora or Adobe Premiere Pro for this purpose. Otherwise, canva is best and very easy to use if you are making a simple video without much editing.


I hope this article has helped you make a youtube thumbnail for your channel. You can make any type of thumbnail in canva very easily by using your design skills of just using any of the pre-designed templates available on Canva. 

You can also upload your images or snapshots of yourself on Canva so you can use them in your thumbnail to grab the viewer’s attention.

If you still have questions, you can ask me in the comments section, and I will be glad to help you.…