Canva is a free online image editing platform that you can use to generate beautiful images; for example, thumbnails.
They have a huge library of templates that work perfectly on social media sites.
In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to create YouTube thumbnails with Canva; clickbait thumbnails to be specific!
Sign 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.
Search for “Youtube Thumbnails”
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.
Choose a YouTube thumbnail template
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.
Add some emojis to spruce up 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.
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.
I’m going to go with the one that has blue stars because the thumbnail it’s mostly blue. Makes sense, right?
Paste your emojis on to your Canva YouTube 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.
Download your new thumbnail
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!
Until next time, Josh