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Making a Youtube thumbnail in 6 easy steps

Many photographers use Youtube to teach but how do you make a thumbnail for your videos. It really is quite easy to do if you know a few “tricks.”

You will need a few things to start it:

  • Photoshop CC
  • Background image
  • Foreground image
  • Your favorite font

Step #1: Open your background in Photoshop.

The best image is 1080 x 721 for Youtube. You will need the finished image ready before starting this process. Remember this is the base for everything else you will do.

Step 2:  Open the image for the foreground

It is best if the image has the subject you want for the thumbnail apart from the things around him. It is easier for Photoshop to see what is the important subject in the image in the next image.

Step 3: remove the subject from image

In order to do this, all you do is go to Select > Subject. Photoshop will look at the image and remove it from the picture so you can place it where it is needed. It really is that simple.

Step 4: Move the subject to the background

All you need to do now it is Right click > Move to new window and then use the move tool to pull the subject into the image with the background image. The last thing in this step would be resize the subject to whatever size you need.

Step 5: Add border around subject.

A lot of Youtube thumbnails add a white border around the subject. Doing this is quite easy. All you need to do is go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke. You will need to make the position is “outside” and that the pixel size is about 10.

Step 6: Adding Text to the image

The last thing you need to do is add some text to the image. In the example, I added “Testing 50mm (F/1.4) AI-S)” I like to center the text and wrap it around the subject if I can.

Final Image is here!

Now, you have a simple but effective thumbnail for your Youtube video. It shows what you are reviewing, tells about it and show an image you have taken with that product. You can do this quickly for any video that you make.



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