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Free YouTube banner maker

Level up your YouTube channel with some amazing channel visuals and video thumbnails. Use our banner maker to create background wallpapers that will bring more life to your channel, and video thumbnails that are guaranteed to draw attention. Create new visuals for your channel that will impress everyone!

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How to make a YouTube banner

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    Choose the YouTube banner size

    The recommended YouTube banner size is 2560 x 1440 pixels, but you don’t need to remember this. That’s because under the Social tab, you already have this preset size available, so all you need to do is log into your account and search for the YouTube Channel Banner. Select this banner size, and you’re good to go.

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    Choose a template or create your own

    Don't know where to start? We've got you covered. Check out our collection of professionally designed templates created for different industries such as health, food, automotive, fashion and makeup, blog and lifestyle and many more. You can choose the one which best fits your needs and use our free YouTube banner maker to customize it to your desire, or if you feel inspired, you can create your channel cover starting from a blank canvas.

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    Start customizing your banner

    Customize your template, starting with the right background image. You can go with a solid color or a gradient one if you want to make something simple. Choose from the variety of images we have in our stock library, or you can add your images. Then, add the text using the colors and fonts you want. If you have a font specially designed for your brand, you can import it, save it in a brand kit and use it for all your creations. Make sure you add in your logo and brand name. Be as creative as you can be to draw more attention. When creating your visual, don’t forget about the maximum safe area for text and logos, which is 1546 x 423 pixels.

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    Download your YouTube cover photo

    You're just a few clicks away from having one of the best YouTube Channel covers out there. Just export it as a PNG or JPG and choose the desired quality. You can select the quality of the JPG file, which ranges from the best quality and larger file size to low quality and smallest file size. Pick whichever suits your needs, but keep in mind that the YouTube cover photo size is large therefore, higher quality is better. Then simply upload it to your channel.

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Lots of cool YouTube banner templates to help you get started

You don’t have to create your banner design from scratch. Just start from one of our ready-made templates! Create the perfect YouTube cover for your channel without any design skills.

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Create amazing visuals faster than ever

Have you ever dreamed about an easy-to-use, intuitive photo editing software to make a YouTube banner? Creatopy might be just what you need! Hundreds of free stock photos, shapes, and text presets are waiting for you!

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All-in-one social media banner maker

Be consistent across all social media platforms! Now you can use Creatopy to create great-looking visuals for all your social accounts: everything from YouTube channel banners and video thumbnails to any kind of social media advertising.

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Create a cool YouTube banner with Creatopy

Why Creatopy?

Our visual production platform features hundreds of templates and presets to help you focus on what matters the most: your creativity!

The drag-and-drop photo editor is really user-friendly and fun to experiment with.

Fully flexible: you can upload your own fonts, images, and even the .svg files you need to create your personalized YouTube cover photo.

Actionable tips to get the perfect YouTube header

Pay attention to YouTube’s special sizing requirements and focus all your main elements in the middle of your design. The safe area guaranteed to be visible on any device has only 1546 x 423 px. With our templates, none of the important elements from the cover will be left out.

Don’t clutter too many elements. Use clean, simple designs, enhanced by high-resolution images.


What size is a YouTube banner?

To make sure your banner looks good on various devices, it’s advisable to use the recommended YouTube Banner size of 2560 x 1440 px, while keeping in mind that the safe area for text and logos will be 1546 x 423 pixels. Remember to place important info within this zone, so it doesn’t get cropped. Use a high-resolution image to emphasize on the quality of the materials that you’re going to upload. Incorporate visual elements that go with your brand, and don’t forget to keep the text to the minimum.

What is the best font for YouTube banners?

Here are a few great fonts you can use: Impact, Bebas, Roboto, Bangers, Badaboom BB, Budmo, Anton, Lilita One, Ultra, or Fire Sans Extra Bold. Your YouTube banner background is the first thing a user will see when they land on your channel’s homepage, so you want to make sure you use a font that’s legible and stands out. When picking your font, make sure it fits your video content’s style and your brand.

Can YouTube banners be animated?

No, it's not possible to animate this types of banners. YouTube changed the supported file types for channel banners, which means that you can still upload a GIF file as a YouTube channel art, but it will be displayed as a static image.

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Create your best YouTube banners

Our online banner creator is professionally designed to make the creation of new stunning designs as smooth and as fast as possible. It’s a great visual production platform for both marketers and designers, with a lot of free resources to help your creativity.