When uploading a video to YouTube, you have the option to select a photo from your video as a thumbnail or upload your own custom thumbnail because thumbnails are meant to grab viewers’ attention and get them to click on the video to watch. It can be extremely useful to use a thumbnail tool that lets you add text, icons, shapes and other images.
According to YouTube rules, only accounts that have been verified or have access to live video streaming can have custom thumbnails uploaded to their videos. Thumbnails should be 1280×720, have a compatible file format (JPG / GIF / BMP / PNG), be less than 2MB in size and have a 16: 9 aspect ratio. Many of the free tools for creating YouTube thumbnails have these sizes and image formats that work on their platforms, so you do not have to worry about resizing later. Here are some of the best free thumbnail makers to check out.
DesignCap : Tools for Youtube Videos
DesignCap is one of the most versatile and intuitive design tools out there for all kinds of graphic social media and other types of designs. In addition to having specific YouTube thumbnail templates, you can also use the tool to upload your own images to add to the layout, add custom text, select icons to add from the DesignCap built-in library, and upload your own fonts, and more.
Once you have signed up for a free account on designcap.com, simply click the “Get Started Now” button to access the editor. Here you will find the “Social Media Graphic” category. Click “YouTube thumbnail”, choose one of the templates and customize it.
Adobe Spark is one of the top free graphic design platforms. You do not have to pay to access the default Adobe Spark thumbnails. You can select one template, customize it however you want it to be, and download it when you’re done the design.
One thing you may notice about Adobe Spark is that features it offers are very basic. There are not so many shapes or icons to add as there are on DesignCap, but you can customize your layout with the color palette, background components, text, and a few other basic options.
Snappa is a graphic design tool with free and premium options that offers all sorts of social media templates, including one for creating thumbnails of YouTube. All you have to do is signup for a free account to be able to start browsing some of the prepared YouTube thumbnail layouts or use the blank template to create it from scratch.
Take advantage of Snappa’s built-in optical icon library or upload your own images to design your thumbnail work. You can also change the background, add some effects, put your own custom text wherever you want, create shapes and much more to make your thumbnail look the way you want it to look.
For an extremely basic YouTube thumbnail tool, Panzoid Backgrounder may be a nice tool you really need. Check the Basic Settings tab, you can select YouTube Video Thumbnail from the Default drop-down menu type to make sure your image is all the right size and format for YouTube.
You can select from some preset layouts (or start from scratch) and then move on to add and adjust new levels. Layers include images that you can upload to yourself or custom text, and the option to group the layers to make them easier to move. As an added bonus, Backgrounder lets you create a color gradient or a sunset to make your thumbnail really pop!
YouTube Video Thumbnail Creator
The convenience of mobile devices and the quality of the cameras they use today make it easier to record, edit and upload videos through the official YouTube mobile app. And for those who don’t want to move to a desktop computer just to create thumbnails, there are apps like the free Thumbnail Maker YouTube Video app that can be used to create great thumbnails in seconds on any compatible iOS device.
This app enables you to upload your own photos to use as a background and also has a choice of predefined background layouts to choose from. From there you can crop your thumbnail to fit your perfect YouTube thumbnail size and add optional filters, fonts, photos, and even stickers to make it more impressive.