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Thumbnail Thoughts and Advertising Your Own Videos

The secret to gaining more YouTube views is all in your thumbnail! Sharla from Sharmander and Sharla in Japan, shows you how she's able to grab your attention on the YouTube homepage.

Posted: 4 months ago by Tokyo Creative Quote

The secret to gaining more YouTube views is all in your thumbnail! Sharla from Sharmander and Sharla in Japan, shows you how she's able to grab your attention on the YouTube homepage.

Posted: 3 months ago by Dutchie Abroad Quote

Very similar process to what I do. I will scroll through my edit to find a good shot and then use Clip Studio Paint to adjust levels, brightness and saturation. Often blur out the background as well, if it's a distraction and not an integral part of what the thumbnail is supposed to say.

I'd actually love some feedback on my thumbnails. I've been using a thin border and a colored background to my text for ages now, but seeing that stark outlining works just as well makes me question my methods. I've also used a glow outline around myself here and there, but I'm not sure if it is adding anything.

This stash file has a few different styles of thumbnails I've been using, I'd love to hear what you think would work better!
https://sta.sh/2yrufxy1dwb?edit=1

Posted: 3 months ago by Kenji Quote

Hello there Dutchie Abroad! Sorry for the late response.

Thanik you for posting your thumbnails. Here is some of my personal feedback

-Bigger text and playing with colors
Do remember that your thumbnail is viewed on a computer, and more likely smartphone so a bigger text is crucial. Also playing with more colors. To be honest I think using white text with a drop shadow is more helpful. Sometimes keeping it simple will work in the long run.

-Interesting background
Some Youtubers will not bother with this, but for someone who is just starting up and working on their reach it is very helpful. Depending on the software you use, you are able to crop yourself out of the background and then replace it with graphics. Also putting a white outline to separate yourself from the background also helps since you are the focus of your channel.

Hope these 2 tips will help you and wish you the best. If you have any more questions don't hesitate!

Posted: 3 months ago by Dutchie Abroad Quote

Hi Kenji,
Thanks so much for your feedback! I thought the size of my text was large enough, it is easily readable on mobile, but I'll have a look at it. I don't like it obscuring too much of the thumbnail. You also suggest the use of more colors, but then say white and black is the best. How did you mean this exactly? Should I keep using the colored squares?

I've been thinking for a while to crop myself and put better backgrounds behind me, I'll give it a shot :)

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