HOW TO MAKE YOUTUBE CHANNEL ART?
So welcome to another quick Photoshop tutorial today I’m going to show you how to make YouTube channel artwork using Adobe Photoshop and these simple tools here so what I have is a YouTube channel template if you type in YouTube channel art template in Google you can find templates like these that tell you all the safety margins and the sizes and dimensions that you need to be able to upload this to YouTube and have it accept it you need to go ahead and use the maximum dimensions.
Which are 2560 by 1440 so you’ll want to do that and I would recommend going with 72 or 96 dpi for this in your Photoshop settings when you’re exporting it as a JPEG because that will help you with the appropriate file size and make sure that has a good resolution when it’s showing up on screens and mobile so this tells you all of the proper safety margins and it gives you those guides to be able to use to make your YouTube channel artwork for context this is what my current YouTube channel artwork.
looks like as of the making this video with my you know thumbnail profile in there and all of the things, so that’s what it would look like this, is the Photoshop layout for me having used this template and mapped everything out but I’ve been thinking of updating this and I don’t know if I’ll keep this after this tutorial so I’m just going to kind of walk you through some of the basics and like how I would do this and I’ll even use this kind of from scratch here just to kind of set things up so what I want to do is I think that I want a different background colour and for now just because I need these guidelines to work with I’m going to go ahead and I don’t know that.
I want this grey but I’ll just start with that as a base, for now, to get started now you can see what that looks like there and so I know that one of the things I want to do is I want to bring in my always be creating logos year to the centre so I’m going to just drag that over so let me grab that and this is an Adobe Illustrator file that I’m using so I’m going to scale that down and then I’m going to use ctrl + the right bracket to move that to the front and you can see that’s over that template area I need a box so that I can just kind of see what’s going on.
So I’m going to go ahead and use the rectangle tool I’m going to say that I don’t want to stroke around this I’m just going to make a rectangular box here so that I can see what’s going on I’m just going to move that behind my layer and I can control this I can make this whatever colour or gradient that I want it to be so that’s pretty convenient I could go to the colour picker and if I want this to be you know a nice orange which is something I had before I can do that and so that’s exactly what I’ll get out of that and for now we’re going to just kind of roll with that I may change the colours or I may make this a gradient but for now we’ll just work with that because it’s convenient for just.
What we’re doing here so what I’m going to do is I’m going to group these and I’m going to call this channel art so that I can toggle that and you can just use a control G to group this stuff or you can just make a new group folder here in Photoshop with the create a new folder but I’m going to toggle that off so that I can see what we have going on here just in terms of the safety areas so we can see that and that looks good one of the other things.
I want to do is I think that I want to put one of my mini Roberto characters here to the side you’ll only see it on the desktop version but that’s perfectly fine I’m good with that and so what I want to do is I think I’ll use this one so I’m going to drag them over and I’m going to size him so that we can see the play button and we can see you know to create something awesome on the t-shirt there and we’re going to do that now there’s a problem or maybe it’s not a problem with the fact that this character is standing off of the area that we have here which this could be fine if you want this whole thing to show up on a television set instead of just mobile and this can go ahead and you know have some overlap here I’m going to toggle off my guides here just so you get a start to get a sense of what this looks like without the YouTube guides and the template behind.
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Can see that that’s not bad so I could leave it like that or I could mask this out so that you know after this you have a cut really with this rectangle but I don’t think I need to do that because I think this works in the context of a full-size you know the thing that would work on a television screen in terms of the full-size layout so I’m ok with this for right.
now and I just have to decide do I want borders on this that show up when it’s on television screen I think I might for that rectangle so I can click on this rectangle go to the rectangle tool and I can go ahead and I can add a white border and we’ll have that there so I’m ok with this looks pretty good and I’m satisfied with that all right so we have that there and I think that that looks good regardless of what colour the background is I think that looks pretty awesome there as for this rectangle shape I think that I might want a little bit of a gradient.
so I can go to my effects and I can do a gradient overlay I don’t think that I want to be quite that exaggerated so I’m going to turn it down a little bit maybe to about mm 25% and so I think that looks pretty cool I think for the text I think I want to add a little bit of a drop shadow not a heavy one um and I don’t think I want it that far away from it.
I want just enough to you know kind of standoff of it so I’m just moving this instead of using the distance and doing that manually I’m just clicking on this and dragging that I don’t think most of you realize you can do that with the drop shadow so I can literally just eyeball this and I’m pretty happy with that with the 20% there because I like subtlety I like these little subtle things and you can see that this is already very different than this by comparison.
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I think my other one feels slightly you know cluttered but I don’t think it was bad I just kind of like this a little bit more I think it kind of fits more with the current direction of my channel so that’s fine arm now if I like what’s going on here and I do like this one particular thing and I don’t want have to cut this out all over again so what I’m going to do is I’m going to do something interesting I’m going to drag this over here yep that’s fine now drag this over here because I want to use it again and I’ll show you how I handle the masking to clip this the way that I need it to have that headshot of me in there and I think that that’s going to be fine so I’ll just drag this back up into Photoshop I don’t need it anymore thank you and here’s the trick that.
I’m going to use I could do this a couple of ways for one thing I need to put this behind the ABC and I think I want to angle it slightly just a bit yeah I think maybe that’s okay so if I want to make sure that this is cut off in a specific way there are a couple of things I can do for one thing I could just lower it down to here up and that’s fine but if I don’t want this overlap what I can do is I can put a guide right here that’s going to help me with eyeballing this and then what I’m going to do is I’m going to take my rectangular marquee tool and I’m going to select that and then I’m going to go here and I’m going to create a mask and you’ll notice what that did that cut off right where I need it to and so that’s fine if I want to select this mask I can move it up just the nudge if I think I needed to and let me click this so that the mask is unlinked.
so I can just move the mask because I think I need to move it up a pixel now it was fine we can zoom in just to make sure yeah it’s right there on the line so it’s perfectly alright so that’s where I need the mask to be and so far this looks fine this is similar to.
what I have going on over there and then if I select my smart object I can just move that in I think that’s probably a little closer to what I had because the placement for that was fine so I think that this actually looks pretty good and if I wanted to do something else just to kind of make what the channel is about very clear I can go ahead and add something just like I did in my original channel artwork a lot of times you want to add something that tells people either your upload schedule or what the value proposition channel is just you know something to make things less confusing make things clear and so what I could do with this is I could select my rectangle tool, in this case, I think I’m going to use just go ahead and use a two-pixel stroke here we’ll see I think this is fine I’ll need to bring this up in the layer hierarchy a bit and what I want to do is I want this to have a fill of maybe something like on there like 40 per cent something like that we’ll see.
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how I feel about it I think that’s fine then I’ll use white text going to need to make this smaller maybe 30 points or so we’ll see and this is going to say definitely can make that smaller than 30 points you need to bring that down creative entrepreneurship all right so that looks pretty good and I want to know that this is in the centre of everything so I’ll just Center align it based on that instead of eyeballing it and I will do the same here and that tells me that that’s the centre okay good all right that’s pretty good that’s close to what I had over here I think the difference is minor and I think that the difference is I think the way that YouTube handles this I need to shrink this just a little bit and then it’s probably fine and again I’m trying to get this close to my overall original here because like I did that stuff in the first iteration of this for a reason and it’s because it worked so okay.
this isn’t bad overall in my case I think I want this more than 50% opacity though I think I want closer 75 or 80 um and then in terms of the actual shape here I think I want to give it a little bit more breathing room I think it looks a lot better like this, to be honest, and I may end up just using this as the new YouTube channel artwork so ultimately kind of what I’ve shown you here and I think that there’s still a little bit of room for improvement I think that I can shrink this down to one minute is I’m going to hold alt and scale that down from the top and I’m just doing this.
I prefer to work with my eyes rather than making sure that all this is quote-unquote perfect a lot of the time so you’ll have to kind just humor me on that a little bit all right and I’m just going to making sure that I have all this under artwork here because what I’m going to do is I’m going to turn these guides back on just so you get a sense of what’s going on alright so as you can see I’ve got everything that I really need is within the margins of safety here for the desktop so everything that I really need to have in the center is in the center so that actually works out really well for me and it balances out pretty well visually it is going to be slightly less heavy on this side but I’m okay with that and I kind of need it to be and this will play out very well in previews and on the mobile app and then we know that over on the other side is that’s where if we look at what my old channel art was we know that okay you know this will be balanced out fine here and if I want to sigh do you want to add my hash tags in then.
I know more or less where I can put those within the margin of safety I can just bring down another margin here for myself and know okay put them there so it’s not hitting my profile picture and so I can go ahead and I can add those hash tags so people know what to hit me up within social media and that would work out just fine so I do like this approach to doing the YouTube channel artwork in my case I think this works out and for a lot of you just doing very simple things like this going ahead and knowing you know what let me put something interesting on that you know far right side to balance out.
where the profile picture will be centring your text making it simple using gradients these are all straightforward things that will make your YouTube channel artwork better there are fancier things I could do I could have put stuff in the background I’ve done that before I could have faded stuff but this is the simple version of making effective YouTube channel artwork and I think that this is the approach that a lot of you could take and you’ll get reasonable results.
so this is what I was able to do and come up with pretty much working just with what I had my logo I had a profile pic that I liked and I had one you know graphic element that I wanted to use and so ultimately that let me produce pretty nice overall YouTube channel artwork that has good visual balance good coloring and I’m pretty happy with it anyway if you guys enjoyed this if you want me to do some more tutorials showing you.
how to do social media stuff in Photoshop whether it’s doing other examples of YouTube channel artwork whether it’s Facebook Twitter Instagram things let me know in the comments section also let me know what software tutorials you want me to cover do you want me to cover some other free programs and apps do you want more Premiere Pro video editing tutorials.