How to Add a Thumbnail to a Youtube Video

It's important to add a thumbnail to a youtube video to increase the click-through rate. When visitors are suggested your video by Youtube, and they don't click, because the thumbnail isn't appealing, it can hurt your video ranking.
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It’s important to add a thumbnail to a youtube video to increase the click-through rate. When visitors are suggested your video by Youtube, and they don’t click, because the thumbnail isn’t appealing, it can hurt your video ranking.

It's important to add a thumbnail to a youtube video to increase the click-through rate. When visitors are suggested your video by Youtube, and they don't click, because the thumbnail isn't appealing, it can hurt your video ranking.
How To Upload A Youtube Channel

Tutorial Video

Add a Thumbnail to an Existing Video

You can change the thumbnails that appear on videos that already exist on your channel.

  1. Open YouTube Studio and click Videos.
  2. Choose the video you want to change the thumbnail for.
  3. Click Edit. If you are using Tubebuddy, you can also click the TB and add a custom thumbnail.
  4. Next, click Edit thumbnail.
  5. Choose your thumbnail:
    • Click Custom thumbnail to upload a thumbnail you already created and saved to your computer. I create mine using Canva Pro.
    • Or, choose one of three auto-generated thumbnails from video stills.
  6. Confirm your thumbnail selection and click Select.
  7.  Click Save and you should see your new thumbnail.

Thumbnail Basics

The following thumbnail for youtube video best practices will help you create the right size thumbnail image.

  • 1280×720 resolution (with minimum width of 640 pixels)
  • JPG, GIF, BMP, or PNG image formats
  • Under the 2MB limit
  • 16:9 aspect ratio

Canva Thumbnail Steps

  1. Log into Canva (I use Canva Pro so I can remove the background of my profile pics)
  2. Choose Youtube Thumbnail from the options or type it into the search bar. They are already the correct dimensions of 1280×720
  3. Choose your favorite layout
  4. Edit backgrounds, colors, pics, and so forth.
  5. Save as a .png image

Thumbnails with Tubebuddy

Tubebuddy is an optimization tool for Youtube that helps with best practices for SEO, Video Descriptions, Tags, and more. There is also a built-in Youtube Thumbnail creator.

Here’s How:

  1. Install the Free Tubebuddy Extension for Chrome
  2. Click Edit Video
  3. Find the Thumbnails and click the TB
  4. Choose your Background: Still frame, Solid Color, Image or Existing Thumbnail
  5. Add Layers: Text, Image, Shape, Emoji, Frame, Template
  6. Preview, Save and Publish

Thumbnail Tips

  • Use vibrant colors and high contrast images
  • Use a close up of a human face as often as possible
  • Use large enough to read on any device
  • Use fonts, colors, shapes that match your brand

Youtube Tutorials

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