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The Best YouTube Thumbnail Size: 6 Things You Need to Know

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YouTube thumbnails are the book covers of the online video world. Through video thumbnails, you can see a quick snapshot of your video when browsing YouTube.
A good thumbnail can attract your current followers as well as the future ones that have yet to discover you and your content.
What’s the right YouTube thumbnail size? This is the first question we need to answer before we create or address other things.

Google recommends that the ideal YouTube thumbnail dimensions in 2019 have a resolution of 1280 x 720 (with a minimum width of 640 pixels).
The aspect ratio is the width of the image relative to its tallness. A ratio of 16:9 is ideal as it’s used most often in YouTube players and previews.

Also, the image you want to use as the thumbnail should not be greater than 2MB. If not, you need to decrease the thumbnail size for YouTube.

Finally, please upload JPG, GIF, BMP or PNG as YouTube thumbnails. If you have a different file type of image, you should convert it.

Here are 8 YouTube thumbnail best practices to help you create a YouTube thumbnail that captures people’s attention and convinces them to click to watch your video.

1. YouTube Thumbnail Must Accurately Represent Your Video
Never create a YouTube thumbnail that doesn’t accurately represent your video. Otherwise, it will annoy the people you want to create lasting relationships with, and it will hurt your YouTube channel.

Audience retention can explain this.

Audience Retention is the average percentage of a YouTube video that people watch. This YouTube metric is concerned with how long your viewers spend watching your video.

2. Include a Shortened Version of Your Video Title
Many users will watch YouTube video thumbnails before reading the title or description. Therefore, it is recommended to add an abbreviated version of your video title in the thumbnail.

3. Make Sure Thumbnail Text is Large Enough to Read
A thumbnail image with an abbreviated title can make a huge difference to the number of views you receive. But, you need to make sure thumbnail text is large enough to read.

If your text is too small to read, it might be more effective not to include text.

4. Use Contrasting Colors to Capture Attention
Colors are powerful.

YouTube thumbnails with bright and contrasting colors draw the eye and compel more viewers to click on your videos.

Also, contrasting colors, especially when it comes to graphics and text on your images, will make your text stand out and ensure that your text and graphics can be read.

Maybe, you can play around with different contrasting colors to find what works best for your hand. To really make the color pop, you can increase the color saturation or contrast of your YouTube thumbnail design.

5. Use Whitespace
Some YouTube thumbnails look busy and cluttered. However, sometimes less is more.

If you’re using graphics or a designed image of any type, please use whitespace because it can keep your thumbnail looking clean and organized.

6. Consider Your Logo Placement Carefully
If you want to add your logo in the thumbnail and let it give you brand awareness without distracting from the thumbnail’s design and purpose, please place it in the corner of your video.

Never place the logo in the bottom right corner where there is a black box displaying the videos’ lengths in each thumbnail.

7. Keep Your Image Simple (Especially for Mobile Viewing)
YouTube thumbnails are small. Besides, many users watch YouTube videos on a mobile phone. In a mobile device, you will find the thumbnail is very small and the video title text (in the right column) is often larger than the text in the thumbnail.

Be keeping thumbnail simple to display a message that is clear and focused. Please pay attention to use contrasting colors and white space when creating a design that is simple but powerful.

8. Follow the YouTube Community Guidelines
All users need to follow the YouTube community guidelines. You cannot upload custom thumbnails if you consistently break YouTube’s guidelines.

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