Making a clickbait thumbnail using Canva

Making YouTube thumbnails is really easy to do with Canva. They have loads of free to use YouTube thumbnail templates that you can build upon and edit. In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to create YouTube thumbnails with Canva; clickbait thumbnails to be specific!

1Sign up to Canva

Head over to Canva, and sign-up. The process is really easy!

Fill in your details and verify your email. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll have access to their platform, and you’ll be able to search for a number of different templates that you can use.

2Search for “Youtube Thumbnails”

Search for YouTube thumbnail on Canva

After logging in to Canva, you’ll see there is a search bar. Search this, and you’ll see all of their templates.

On the left-hand side, you’ll see different templates categorized by niche. Depending on the style of thumbnail that you’re going for, you’ll be able to choose the most suitable for your needs.

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Canva’s many YouTube thumbnail templates

3Choose a YouTube thumbnail template

Choosing a thumbnail that has impact

I’m going for a clickbait thumbnail, so I want one with bold, large text; something that will stand out amongst any weak thumbnails.

Of course, you need to edit the content so that it’s more fitting. I’ve used this thumbnail for this article and YouTube video.

4Add some emojis to spruce up your thumbnail

Choose an emoji for your thumbnail

There’s something about emojis that pop out on YouTube. Whenever I see a thumbnail with an emoji, I’m drawn to it, as are many others. Go over to Emojipedia and search for an emotion that you want to reflect on your thumbnail.

Don’t copy the textual emoji, instead, find the variations on the image used by different social media sites and devices.

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Variations of emojis on Emojipedia

By scrolling down and seeing more options, you can case an emoji that’s more fitting to the feel and colour scheme of the YouTube thumbnail that you’re making with Canva.

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Copy the emoji so that you can paste it on your new thumbnail

I’m going to go with the one that has blue stars because the thumbnail it’s mostly blue. Makes sense, right?

5Paste your emojis on to your Canva YouTube thumbnail

Paste your Emoji on your new thumbnail

Click on the Canva image canvas and paste (Ctrl+V). Then make some final touches, and you’ll have something like this.

Once you’re happy and perhaps thrown in some more emojis and sparkles. You’re ready to download your new clickbait thumbnail.

6Download your new thumbnail

Downloading your

Go to the Download button in the top-right section of the navigation bar, click it and then press Download.

Once it’s downloaded, you’re now ready to use it as you please. Replace your YouTube thumbnails, post them on Social Media or use it for your next blog post.

The beauty of this process is that Canva has a bunch of tools ready for you to create these thumbnails in minutes. Upgrade if you want to use it to it’s fullest!

They have a free 30-day trial too!


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