Are you looking for a YouTube channel art template for download or searching for YouTube Banner Sizes? Don’t worry, you are on the right page.
A few years ago, I created my first YouTube Channel and as a designer, designing the Channel art was one of the most exciting parts of it. YouTube has more than 1.5 billion users (second in social only to Facebook), and the average viewing session lasts almost 40 minutes to create a combined 500 million hours of video watched daily on the channel.
With more than a billion users and over a million hours of content consumed every day, YouTube is the second largest social media platform on the internet. Having a presence on YouTube is a must for most brands and professionals who are looking forward to building a following online. Part of building this following is branding which includes the YouTube Profile Picture and YouTube Banner.
We would look into the branding, profile picture sizes and Youtube Channel Banner sizes in this post. The objective would be to design an overall design the creates a good impression about your brand, make the channel memorable, and increase your follows.
The first time I created the Channel art, it was a trial and error method. After all these years, I have created or should I say set up more than 10 to 15 Channels for myself and my companies I have worked with.
Through this post, I would like to take you through the step by step process of designing your YouTube Channel art work. Before you start designing, you need to understand the elements involved in this design.
There are a lot of tools to create banners template for your channel including free image editors online.
I will start with my favorite tools for banner design which is Adobe Photoshop. Even if you are new to photoshop, the steps below here will help you in the process.
YouTube Channel Art Template Editing
So now that you have got your hands on the Blank YouTube Channel Art Template, you can open it with photoshop.
There is a small difference in how the channel art is displayed on different devices. The dimensions are different on mobile and desktop devices. Once you have the PSD file downloaded, you can save a new version of the template so that you do not make any changes or delete the file accidentally.
In the template file, you will find a few layers. The layer at the bottom is a guide layer. You can enable and disable the layer by clicking the display toggle option.
The second layer is the background later.
Lets me take you through the template step by step and what it consists of:
This layer group contains the guide and frame for a safe area. It is advisable to use this layer as a reference. You can disable and enable this group once you have an idea of the safe area.
This group contains a smart object which can be edited and replaced with a logo if you wish to do so. If you are not planning to include a logo or photo in the final design, you can just disable it like the Guides Group.
You can edit the text inside this group to replace it with your own text like your website, brand name, or even a tagline. If you are adding more text, I would recommend working with the font size so that it doesn’t go beyond the safe area.
This is a design layer with transparency applied. Since the layer is a smart object, you can replace it with the design you would like. Due to the transparency of the layer, the background color is important for the design.
This layer has multiple background colors and one layer with a gradient overlay applied. You can toggle on and off the layers using the visibility toggle to see how it looks on different colors. You can import your own background to this layer if you wish so.
The fact that you need to keep in mind is that the channel art banner is cropped on mobile devices. In the guide, you can notice that the markers for the visible area show you the area which will not be cropped on mobile devices.
Make sure that you are placing all-important content inside the visible area. The best practice would be to uniformly place the content. Depending on the type of business, you could use logos, artwork even just brand colors for your YouTube Channel Banner. In case you are designing it for a personal brand, it is a good idea to include your photo in the design. Just make sure that you do not place your photo inside the cropped section or outside the safe area.
Clicking this button will provide you with an option upload banner. There are many websites where you could download amazing banners background or abstract images. Some vector design download sites provide free background or design downloads which you could use in your banner designer.
If you are new to photoshop you can use this method it removes the background from the part of the image that you want to separate and place on the background.
You can also use Canva to design your Youtube Banner. The YouTube Banner Sizes can be set before designing it in Canva. You can use images or photos provided by Canva itself, in case you do not have your own banner content or design in mind. These templates are good as a starting point.
Coming back to the safe area of the banner, it is advisable to make the design stretch or fill the outer area which will make the banner look better on desktop devices. Make sure that even if these elements are cut off in mobile devices, it doesn’t make much difference.
Choosing your fonts and font colors for the banner is also important. If you have a set of fonts that you have decided for the brand and visual theme, then use them first.
Complimentary colors are another aspect of the design you should look into. You don’t want to end up using a dark background and a dark font color for your banner.
I have noticed that some YouTubers using their channel name on the banner itself. I think this a good idea views can remember the Channel or identify the channel easily.
Let’s Review a few of the YouTube Channel Art Template of Famous YouTubers.
You could download the PSD Template of YouTube Banners here.
Now that you know how you can design your YouTube Channel Art and know the YouTube Banner sizes, we will move on to YouTube Profile Picture Sizes. The profile picture is different from Channel art and shouldn’t be confused. Before we jump into the Channel Icon or YouTube Avatar Design, we will look into its size.
The best size for the YouTube Profile Picture is 800×800 pixels. Here is a PSD template for the profile picture.
This is a square size image that has a dimension ratio of 1:1.
The Youtube profile picture appears as a circle and you need to make sure that the main content is placed inside the safe area so that it is not cut out or cropped.
Let’s see how some of the top brands have managed to design their profile pictures on YouTube.
Tools for Designing Your YouTube Profile Display Picture
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe Photoshop
- Affinity Designer
- Ms Paint
Frequently Asked Questions:
#1. What are YouTube Banner Dimensions?
The latest updated YouTube Banner dimensions in 2020 are as follows:
Banner Size: 2560x1440px. The aspect ratio of this banner is 16:9.
The maximum files size is 6MB
The minimum size for YouTube Banner is 2048x1152px
Safe Zone: 1540 x 427 pixels, centered
With an updated banner with my design.
#2. Can youtube banner be animated GIF or Video?
If you are wondering if you can upload an animated GIF or video as your YouTube Channel banner unfortunately you can at the moment.
#3. Can you change and add Youtube Banner?
Yes, You can upload the banner by following the steps below:
1. You can use your YouTube account to access the YouTube Studio.
2. You can select the Customization section from the left menu and then Branding options.
In case you upload a banner with a smaller dimension than the minimum required size, youtube will show you a warning or error message.
#4. What is YouTube companion Banner and is it different from YouTube Channel Banner?
A YouTube Companion banner is a clickable banner that is used for YouTube ads. When you run YouTube Trueview ads, these companion banners appear to the top right of the youtube interface if you are on a desktop.
The size of the companion banner is 300×60 pixels and is totally different from the channel banner. The supported formats for companion banner are JPG, GIF, or PNG.
#5. Why is my youtube banner bad quality
In case you have uploaded an image that meets the minimum required size but the image itself had stretched or pixelated artwork, it will be of course of your youtube banner is blurry because of the quality. You can fix this by creating a high-resolution version of the banner.
#6. Why can’t I change the Youtube banner?
If you are trying to change your channel banner and you are unable to then there are a few things you can try.
1. Sign out of your account, clear history, and cache.
2. Then login back in to access the customization section and upload a new banner. If it doesn’t work try Method #2.
1. Open YouTube.com on a different browser
2. Signs and Try to change the channel art banner.
If none of these above methods work while trying to change your banner, you can contact YouTube support to get it fixed.
#7 Where can I download the YouTube banner for Free?
Where are a few free Youtube Banners and their PSD templates:
YouTube banner for Gaming channel template
YouTube banner for Cooking channel template
YouTube banner for Tech channel template – Download Here
YouTube banner for Music channel template – Download Here
#8. How to design a YouTube banner in photoshop?
It is easy to design YouTube Banners in Photoshop, just follow the steps below:
Apart from having the option start from scratch, you could download the templates and get into the design it faster.
#9. How to design a YouTube banner in Canva?
With Canva, you get access to a lot of templates already built-in. Once logged in you can upload a design to use as a background or select from the library.
You can drag and drop text and then customize the colors according to your requirement.
10.What is YouTube Banner URL?
You can use this URL to directly go to the banner editing or uploading section for your channel if you are logged in to YouTube.
- The YouTube Banner URL is:
The watermark image size for YouTube is 150x 150px
YouTube Profile Picture Maker PSD Template
Tired of searching for tutorials on how to make YouTube Profile Pictures? Don’t fret! Download the Profile Picture PSD Template for YouTube and can make your profile pictures ready for upload in just a few minutes.
Why use YPPM Template?
Your YouTube Channel should be branded and should convey your message. When it comes to Profile Pictures, they are small and round. You can place your logo or photo inside this guided template and save the image for YouTube upload. Easily customize the background colors using layer styles or just replace it totally with your own designs.
With YouTube Profile Picture Maker, you could easily change the color of the background by editing the visibility also. The template comes with more than 10 colors to choose from apart from the ability to change to a custom color or gradient using the layer style feature in photoshop.
Don’ts waste your money on monthly subscriptions to design. Just download and edit the template for free. If you need to get the trial version of photoshop, you can download it from Adobe.com
Once created you can use the design on multiple platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to brand your profiles.
I have added multiple icons for different industries in case you don’t want to spend time designing those. You can easily replace these icons with your own designs by disabling the layers and creating new layers of your own.
Check out a few of the icons and display pictures created with YouTube Display Picture Maker.
Gaming Display Picture
Food Display Picture
Cakes and Cup Cakes
Fork and SpoonEducational Display Picture
With all these designs, you could brand your YouTube Channel in a breeze.
Floral designs for Youtube Channel banners.
Test your designs with YDP mockup in the same folder. Open the template and add your YouTube banner and Display a picture to create a mockup of how it will look on YouTube.
Check out my other posts on social media images and banners: