YouTube Size Guide

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Youtube Thumbnail and Channel Size Guide

If you want to make and share video content online, you’re probably going to be using YouTube.

It can be a lot of work to set up a channel, and the standard for high-quality video content is only getting higher and higher.

But it’s not enough to just make engaging and relevant video’s (though that should always be your first priority) - you also need to have static images that represent your channel’s brand accurately and are engaging and attractive to your audience.

A successful YouTube channel needs to have thumbnails that will grab a user’s attention and make them click on your video instead of the dozens of others.

Your YouTube thumbnail also shows up in Google search results. If you go to the trouble of using good SEO practices to get your video to rank highly in Google search results, but don’t invest the time to make sure your YouTube thumbnail is the right size, you might be missing out on clicks that could otherwise be yours.

That’s why we made this guide. We’ll show you the correct dimensions for your YouTube thumbnails and Channel art.

And if you want to make it even easier for yourself, you can make thumbnails of exactly the correct size with the Vectornator presets!

Youtube Thumbnail Size

According to Google’s support page, the correct size for a YouTube thumbnail image is 1280 x 720 px, at a 16:9 aspect ratio.

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That might seem bigger than you’d think for an image that is usually displayed so small, but it makes sense: At the end of a video, when new videos pop up as recommendations for what to watch next, the thumbnail is displayed at a larger size.

So ideally, you want to create a YouTube thumbnail that looks good at both sizes.

It should be designed to catch the eye at a small size, but it should also be created at a high enough resolution that it still looks clean and crisp when it’s blown up to a larger size.

Your thumbnail must also be in a .GIF, .JPG, or .PNG format, and must be no larger than 2MB.

But good news - making a YouTube thumbnail in Vectornator is really easy! When you create your new project, just choose the YouTube Thumbnail template under the Social preset options, and your artboard will be automatically set to the ideal size.

Youtube Channel Art Size

The other important static image for your YouTube channel is your channel art (sometimes called a YouTube banner).

As the main piece of art on your channel’s homepage, it’s really important that your channel art is eye-catching and high-quality.

Ideally, your YouTube banner dimensions should be 2560 x 1440 pixels (and yes, we’ve got a preset for it).

Now, it’s important to keep in mind that your banner will be displayed at different widths depending on which device someone is viewing it.

Make sure that the important information in your banner is located in the center. If you put information too close to the edges of your image, it might be cut off when viewed on mobile devices.

If you’re using Vectornator to make your banner image, it’s easy to try out different versions of your banner to make sure that your information is visible on all devices.

Youtube Profile Picture Size

Finally, you’ll need to make a YouTube Profile Picture, also sometimes known as a channel logo. This is the circular icon that displays on your channel homepage, but also shows up next to your channel name under your videos, and next to your name in your subscribers’ sidebar of subscribed channels.

youtube profile picture size

The ideal size for this photo is 800 x 800 pixels, but it will display as a circle with those dimensions rather than a square. So make sure that your YouTube channel logo takes this into account.

Your icon should be centered, with nothing important in the corners, otherwise they’ll be chopped off. It should also be fairly simple - ideally you want people to be able to remember and identify your channel from just glancing at your icon.

So if you haven’t made a logo for your channel, now’s a great time to do so! Whether it’s a small icon variation of your main logo, or a brand new logo, Vectornator is the perfect tool to create a vector logo that will establish an iconic look for your brand’s channel. We’ve got a template for your YouTube profile picture as well, so after you’ve made your logo, slotting it into a perfectly-sized image takes only a few seconds!

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