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Getting Your Video Seen | How to Create the Perfect Thumbnail

Now that you have mastered the art of titling, your next step in YouTube success is perfecting the craft of thumbnails. Discover how Chris Broad has managed to draw in audiences on the trending pages; just from his thumbnails alone.

Posted: 7 months ago by Elise Quote

Treating your video thumbnails as the storefront of your brand... I love it! What do you guys think about Chris' perspective on thumbnails?

Posted: 7 months ago by Daniel Quote

Yeah, Thumbnails have never been a strong point during my sporadic time as a content creator. It's kind of embarrassing since I am an artist and composition is one of the key things you learn being one haha.
I think it also helps to consider the overall aesthetic of your brand, as in if you have a particular color pallet or theme then making thumbnails that cater to that would be beneficial. Perfect example is Chris' use of the White bold text and red outline, it's effectively a part of his brand, while also connecting the colors of Japan.

If your channel is also based off of making certain series like "how to make..." or "Let's draw...", etc, then it may be useful to think about a way to connect the videos of the series together. For example I've seen content creators that use something like a graphic or a choice of color so that each video within that series has something in common, so returning fans know what the video entails by connecting that graphic or color to the rest of the videos.

Insightful video Chris!

Posted: 7 months ago by Josua Quote

Very insightful, it is interesting how something so seemingly simple can have such a massive effect on the viewership.

All the tips are very good and make so much sense, your thumbnail is basically the storefront for your video and personal branding in the video.

The text is the compelling copy tat makes viewers understand yet be intrigued to click on what is going to happen in the video.

The color needs to pull the readers attention and red is a very commanding color, so many tips that will help in the long run. thank you so much Chris for these nuggets of gold.

Posted: 7 months ago by Dutchie Abroad Quote

Good tip on Photoshopping your thumbnails, especially if there is a specific item that needs to draw the attention. Big fan or the Karaage mountain thumbnail :)

Posted: 7 months ago by Yoko Lost in Japan Quote

Thanks for all the tips. I already started with some of those a while ago and want to improve in the future.

Posted: 7 months ago by Elise Quote
by Yoko Lost in Japan 7 months ago
Thanks for all the tips. I already started with some of those a while ago and want to improve in the future.

We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Posted: 6 months ago by Breezy Quote

First off, I want to say that I will not be paying $50 for a picture. Right now I use a website called Snappa.com and I love it. I wish they would let me do the text outline like your texts, but it is whatever. I am trying different things with my thumbnails and I am still learning. This video was really informative because I have been looking at what other people have on their thumbnails and maybe I should start using photoshop, but we will see!

Posted: 6 months ago by Ellie Quote
by Breezy 6 months ago
First off, I want to say that I will not be paying $50 for a picture. Right now I use a website called Snappa.com and I love it. I wish they would let me do the text outline like your texts, but it is whatever. I am trying different things with my thumbnails and I am still learning. This video was really informative because I have been looking at what other people have on their thumbnails and maybe I should start using photoshop, but we will see!

Definitely try out some different programs! A lot of programs will offer a free trial period so do some experimenting and see which one works best for you.

Posted: 6 months ago by Elise Quote
by Breezy 6 months ago
First off, I want to say that I will not be paying $50 for a picture. Right now I use a website called Snappa.com and I love it. I wish they would let me do the text outline like your texts, but it is whatever. I am trying different things with my thumbnails and I am still learning. This video was really informative because I have been looking at what other people have on their thumbnails and maybe I should start using photoshop, but we will see!

HAHAHA! To be honest, when Chris said $50 for a picture, I myself was like DAAAAAAMnNnNN that's expenny. I've heard of Snappa! It's super easy to use and I like using it myself. In times like this, sometimes I wish I had Windows and Paint because making those white borders is so easy on Paint HAHA

Posted: 4 months ago by TheBitzr Quote

The Shocked expression thing makes so much sense! I will total start doing that!!!

Also for beginners who don't want to spend the time and money on Photoshop, I highly recommend Canva.com it's Free and Easy.

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