Trying to get your YouTube Video Thumbnails sized right? Here’s what Google recommends:


Your custom thumbnail image should be as large as possible, as the image will also be used as the preview image in the embedded player. We recommend your custom thumbnails:

  • Have a resolution of 1280×720 (with minimum width of 640 pixels).
  • Be uploaded in image formats such as .JPG, .GIF, .BMP, or .PNG.
  • Remain under the 2MB limit.
  • Try to use a 16:9 aspect ratio as it’s the most used in YouTube players and previews.

If you are now at the point of “huh?”, let me make things easier. Just head over to Canva, the incredibly useful online design site. You’ll find pre-made YouTube thumbnail layouts for use as your template and, you can upload your own art. The thumbnail below which I use on my YouTube Channel was made with Canva.

See ya in the movies!

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