How To Make A Youtube Thumbnail Using Canva Free Software Templates

Ok, so you’ve landed on this page.

I’ve got to assume that you looking to make a YouTube thumbnail for your YouTube profile?

That’s really cool because you’ve come to the right place.

I mention the word free and to be honest the software is free to use, but you still have to do a little bit of work to design a really nice professional looking header.

Don’t worry too much about that for now, because the instructions I’m going to give you in the next few paragraphs we’ll get you there.

There are many other software tools out there that allow you to make your own header but haven’t come across anything as easy to use as Canva.

So let’s get started:

BTW, you can also watch my instructional video above if you have the time.

Sign up

1. Go to

2. Select which organisation best describes you or your brand.

Sign up for Canva

3. You have the choice of signing up with either Google or via email.

Register for Canva

Select a template

4. Once you have signed in, click on the “More” button.

Select the "more" button

5. There will be a lot of design categories to choose from. However, there is only on that interests us.

Scroll down to the “Social Media & Email Headers” section and select “YouTube Header.”

6. Select a template from a range of templates on the left-hand side.

Note: You have the choice of choosing a free template or a paid template. if you don’t want to spend any money just make sure you choose the free template and also upload your own images.

Choose a Youtube template

Edit your template

The great thing about Canva is the fact that the templates are already at the correct dimensions according to the platform.

The canvas should already have the dimensions 1280px x 720px.

7. To edit text, click on the text you want to change and start typing.

Click on text to edit

There are many different editing options for your text. If you want to produce a quick header design, I wouldn’t go too crazy here.

A lot of time can be wasted choosing different fonts and colours.

8. You have the choice to change the type of font, size and colour of the text.

Edit the font, size and colour

Upload an image

You can either upload new images from your desktop or choose from previously uploaded images.

Note: If you don’t have an image, check out my blog post – My Top 10 Royalty Free Image Websites For Your Content Marketing for some creative ideas.

9. To add an image, click on the upload tab and find a suitable image to use for your new header.

upload an image from your desktop

10. Once the image has loaded it will also display on the left-hand-side and is available to use.

Download your image

11. If you have finished editing the template, I’m assuming you want to save your masterpiece?

Simply click on the “Download” tab at the top, choose a file type and then click download.



For more information on YouTube thumbnails, check out this page by YouTube Creator Academy.



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