[7 Step Guide] How can you create amazing YouTube channel art?

A viewer starts to wonder who made the video.

They decide to visit the channel of the creator as soon as they feel the curiosity bug biting them! The creator’s Channel Art is the first thing to grab their attention!

The channel art is the best way for YouTubers to show people what their channel stands behind!

It tells the channel’s story. That’s why engaging YouTube channel art is so important.

This will ensure that viewers have a lasting impression of your channel. Your chances of a viewer returning to your channel are higher if they have a strong memory.

Now, you need to know how to create eye-catching channel art.

Well! This guide will provide all the information you need.

We’ll start by explaining the importance of YouTube channel art and the best practices for creating cool channel art.

Click on point 3 to jump directly to the creation section.

1. How to create great channel art on YouTube. Here are some best practices to create great channel art. How to create cool YouTube channel art.

1. What is YouTube channel art? Why should you care?

YouTube channel art is also known as “YouTube banner”, or “Channel head image” and appears at the top of your YouTube channel. It’s similar to the Facebook cover picture.

It is at the top of YouTube’s channel so it holds a lot importance.

It’s the first thing that people see when they visit your YouTube channel. You should have outstanding channel art to make your first impression memorable.

YouTube channel art that is well-thought out and communicates to the viewer what your channel is about and what they can expect.

Matti Haapoja YouTube channel art

Matti Haapoja’s channel art is a great example. Matti Haapoja’s channel art shows that the channel is related to travel, videography and photography. This message is made clear by the text in channel art.

You must make sure your channel art conveys your message clearly. Before you start designing your YouTube channel art, it is important to know the best practices and guidelines that will assist you in creating an engaging channel art.

2. Here are some tips for creating great channel art.

Every YouTube channel has its own content and brand personality. The YouTube channel art creation process is unique and will not be “one-size fits all”.

We have created clear guidelines to make it easier for you. They will show you the optimal size of a channel artwork, the safe zone within the channel art, and where your main components, such as text or images, should be placed so they are visible on all devices.

The best size for a YouTube Channel Art

Google recommends that YouTube channel art be 2560x1440px. YouTube may crop out different parts depending on the device.

If you create channel art that is 2560×1440 in dimensions, this will be how it looks on different devices.

Channel art on different devices

YouTube Channel Art in Safe Zone

The image shows that the channel art can be seen on TV, while it is cropped to fit desktops and mobile devices.

It is important to note that the channel art is visible on all devices. This is the safe zone for YouTube channel art.

How can you ensure that Channel art is safe while designing?

Well! We have an easy and quick solution for this problem.

You should ensure that all important elements are in a safe place by placing them within a 1546×423 px space. You can crop everything outside of this area depending on what device you use.

This image will visually show you how channel art is cropped on different devices.

Channel art on different devices

Picmaker makes it easy to locate the Safe Area.

Click on the preview button at the top right-hand corner of the screen. You will see how your channel art will appear on different devices when the preview screen opens. This feature allows you to check if the most important elements of your channel art are within the safe zone.

YouTube channel art preview

Let’s now dive into creating YouTube channel art.

3. How to create cool YouTube channel art

It can be difficult to create YouTube channel art without a user-friendly tool. This is especially true if you need to create for different devices.

This guide will show you how to use Picmaker to create channel art that is compatible with every device. Picmaker, a free and easy-to-use YouTube channel art creator, was created by Animaker.

Let’s get to it!

1.Select the right YouTube channel size

The recommended dimensions for YouTube channel art are 2560x1440px, as we have discussed in the previous section. Click on the YouTube channel artwork button to create a project of the recommended size.

YouTube channel art option in Picmaker

2. Choose an image

After the project has been opened, you will need to choose an image for your channel art. Your channel’s personality and brand will be defined by the image you choose. It is important to think deeply about the image you wish to create for your channel.

If you are creating a YouTube channel art that is focused on travel, you will need to choose an image that captures the essence of your travel experience.

Use photos in Picmaker

Picmaker allows you to use images from the web. Click on the photos button under the property tab. You can choose the image that best suits your needs from the 1000s of royalty-free stock images available.

3. Place your image in the safe area

Once we have placed our image in the workspace, it is time to move it into the safe zone.

We will be focusing on the van travel, so it is important to ensure that it is in a safe area.

Now, you can check if your subject is in the safe zone by clicking on the preview button at the top right-hand corner of the screen.

Preview channel art option - Picmaker

After you’ve made sure your main subject is safe, it’s time to spice up your image by adding graphic elements, shapes, patterns, or attractive typography.

4. Make your channel art more interesting by adding shapes

You can now add shapes to your design and make your channel art even cooler.

Click on the shapes icon under the properties tab to add shapes.

Add shapes in Picmaker

After you have selected a shape, rotate or resize it in any way that you like.

Click on any one of the shapes to open a property setting window. You can modify the transparency and color of the shape by using this property setting window.

Change shape color - Picmaker

To make the design more appealing and interesting, add more elements to the mix.

You can move any object to or from the foreground by right clicking on it and selecting the option that you want.

Move shapes- Picmaker

This scenario shows us moving the shape backwards. We click on the “move back” button.

YouTube channel art - Picmaker

Here you are! It looks cool, right?


5. To improve your channel art, add frames

There are always ways to make things amazing. The same applies to shapes. Frames can make plain-looking shapes look amazing.

Picmaker frames are shapes that allow you to add another image.

Shapes - Picmaker

Click on the properties tab, then click on “Frames” to add a frame. You can now choose one of the available options to use in your channel art.

Adding image to frame - Picmaker

To add an image to the frame click on the settings icon. A settings window will now appear. You can click on “choose an image” and drag any image from your library into the frame.

After you have dropped your image into the frame and dragged it around, you can reposition the image by double-clicking the image in the frame. Click on the settings button (marked with 1) to add filters to your image in frame.

Your channel art will look like this once you’re done!

Image added to frame - Picmaker

6. To clearly communicate your channel’s message, add text

After you have created graphics and images, add text to your channel art. This ensures that your channel art conveys the message you wish to send clearly.

Click on the text tab in the left-hand menu to add text. You have two options: you can choose from a variety of pre-built text or you can start with a blank text box. Picmaker allows you to upload custom fonts.

Double-clicking inside a box will allow you to edit the font. Or, click on the edit icon to start typing. Other options allow you to change font style or size.

Add text - Picmaker

Your channel art will look like this once you’ve chosen a font style.

Final YouTube channel art

7. Download and preview your channel art

Once your channel art has been created, you can preview it and see how it looks on different devices. You can view the preview option at the top right of your screen.

YouTube channel art preview - Picmaker

After you are happy with the design, click on the button to download the channel art. It is located in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.

You are now done!

Picmaker makes it easy to create cool YouTube channel art!

Picmaker has all the tools and features you need to create amazing YouTube art in a matter of minutes.

Are there any tips that can make channel art even more cool? Leave a comment below.

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