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Introduction

Are you starting a new YouTube channel and need some help to design your channel’s homepage? A great design for your banner, also known as channel art, can give your page a polished and professional look, and entice viewers to check out your content.

If you're new to graphic design and YouTube, we're here to help you. We'll show you how to use Canva, a free online graphic design tool, to create your design. Canva's templates can be customized to fit your needs and are sized to fit YouTube's dimensions.

One challenge with YouTube banners is creating a design that works for all devices. With 70% of YouTube views on mobile, it’s important to size your image to look good on a phone.

The YouTube Channel Art template helps you lay out your design for different devices. Depending on the type of device, YouTube crops the image. On a TV, it will show the whole image, but on other devices it will crop out most of the image and just show the middle area. Later in this lesson, we'll show you how to use this template to make sure all the important information is within this safe area.
Creating a YouTube banner | Canva for Beginners - Class 8

Getting started with Canva

Canva's YouTube templates have a variety of layouts and are suited for different topics. We'll help you narrow down your choices to find one that both fits your channel's personality, and has a layout that works for different devices.

In our example, we want to create an image for a baking channel to get people excited about watching our weekly videos about making doughnuts.
We’ll start by choosing YouTube Channel Art on the homepage.

Choosing a template


Canva has created different categories of templates for different channel topics including travel, beauty, and music. You can browse through these, or you can use the search bar to type one or more keywords. This could be a topic, such as food, or even a color. In our case, we'll look for a yellow template.
Creating a YouTube banner | Canva for Beginners - Class 8

You’ll see a variety of template designs. This one has all the important elements in the center, so it will look great on a smartphone. And the solid background will eliminate any issues with cropping out images or graphics.
Creating a YouTube banner | Canva for Beginners - Class 8

Customizing the text


Now that we have a design that we like, we’ll just make a few changes to customize it.
Let’s start by changing the text. We’ll change the title to the name of our channel. Then we can let people know a little bit about our channel.
Creating a YouTube banner | Canva for Beginners - Class 8

Finding a new image

Now it’s time to find an image to fit our message. We’ll select the old image and click the trash icon in the menu bar to make way for a new image.

Creating a YouTube banner | Canva for Beginners - Class 8

At this point, you could upload your logo or another image. For this example, we’ll use one of Canva’s vector graphics by clicking Elements. We'll search for images of red donuts.
You’ll see both free and paid images. Paid images are marked with a price or a crown. These images usually cost one dollar each. However, we've found that there are many free images to choose from, so we'll focus on those.
Creating a YouTube banner | Canva for Beginners - Class 8

Once you find one you like, you can click it to add it to the design.
Creating a YouTube banner | Canva for Beginners - Class 8

Resizing the photo


If the image is too large or too small, you can drag the corner or side handles to resize it. In this case, we'll size it down.
Creating a YouTube banner | Canva for Beginners - Class 8

Then we'll position it in the same place as the previous image.
Creating a YouTube banner | Canva for Beginners - Class 8

Checking the layout with the YouTube template


We want to make sure our design will look good on YouTube, so now it’s time to upload the YouTube Channel Art template and place it over our design.
You can find the template on this Google Support page: Create or edit channel art. Scroll down to the YouTube banner template and size guidelines. Then click the drop-down arrow and click Channel Art Templates to download it.
Creating a YouTube banner | Canva for Beginners - Class 8

The template is in a zip file. You'll need to unzip or extract it before you can use it in Canva. The procedure will vary depending on whether you're on a PC or a Mac.
Now let’s return to Canva to upload it and check it against our design. Click Uploads, then select Upload an image or video.
Creating a YouTube banner | Canva for Beginners - Class 8

Navigate to the Channel Art Templates folder and then open the PNG file.
Creating a YouTube banner | Canva for Beginners - Class 8

Now we can lay this YouTube template over our design by dragging the template over the edge of the Canva template. It should snap into place so that it fits the whole canvas.
Creating a YouTube banner | Canva for Beginners - Class 8

If the YouTube template is making it hard to see the banner design, you can change the transparency. In the menu bar, we’ll click the transparency icon. And then we can bring it down until our image shows through.
Creating a YouTube banner | Canva for Beginners - Class 8

We'll check that the text and image fit in the center area. If it doesn't, you can make some adjustments now. When you're done, you can delete the YouTube template by clicking the Delete key on your keyboard.

Publishing on YouTube


When you’re ready to publish your design on YouTube, you can click Download in the menu bar.
Creating a YouTube banner | Canva for Beginners - Class 8

Next, we'll set the file type to PNG and then click the Download button.
Creating a YouTube banner | Canva for Beginners - Class 8

Finally, let’s go to your YouTube page. Make sure you’re signed in to your Google account, and then choose Your Channel.
Creating a YouTube banner | Canva for Beginners - Class 8

Next, click Customize Channel.
Creating a YouTube banner | Canva for Beginners - Class 8

Here you can add or edit your channel art. If it's your first time creating a banner for your page, you'll see Add channel art in the banner space.
Creating a YouTube banner | Canva for Beginners - Class 8

Then we can drag and drop the file from the Downloads folder.
Creating a YouTube banner | Canva for Beginners - Class 8

YouTube will show you a preview of your design on TV, mobile, and desktop. If it’s not fitting quite right, you have the option to Adjust the crop right here in YouTube.
Creating a YouTube banner | Canva for Beginners - Class 8

Since everything looks good, we’ll click Select to add it to the page.
Creating a YouTube banner | Canva for Beginners - Class 8

Now you have a head start on a great YouTube channel. We encourage you to get started on your own channel art design that will show your channel’s personality and get people excited about your video content.

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FAQs on Creating a YouTube banner - Canva for Beginners - Class 8

1. How can I create a YouTube banner?
To create a YouTube banner, you can follow these steps: 1. Sign in to your YouTube account and go to your channel homepage. 2. Click on the "Customize Channel" button. 3. On the channel customization page, click on the "Add channel art" button. 4. You can choose to upload an image from your computer or select one from your Google Photos or Gallery. 5. Adjust the banner's position and size if needed, and click on the "Select" button. 6. You can also add text, stickers, or other elements to your banner using graphic design tools like Canva or Adobe Spark. 7. Once you're satisfied with your banner, click on the "Publish" or "Save" button to make it live on your YouTube channel.
2. What are the recommended dimensions for a YouTube banner?
The recommended dimensions for a YouTube banner are 2560 pixels wide by 1440 pixels tall. However, it's important to note that the visible area of the banner may vary depending on the device and screen resolution. To ensure your banner looks good across different devices, it's recommended to keep the important elements within the safe area, which is approximately 1546 pixels wide by 423 pixels tall.
3. Can I use copyrighted images for my YouTube banner?
Using copyrighted images for your YouTube banner without permission may infringe on the owner's rights and lead to legal consequences. It's always best to use images that you have the rights to, such as your own photos or images from royalty-free stock websites. If you want to use copyrighted images, consider obtaining proper licenses or permissions from the copyright holders to avoid any issues.
4. How can I make my YouTube banner stand out?
To make your YouTube banner stand out, you can consider the following tips: 1. Use high-quality and visually appealing images that reflect your channel's theme or content. 2. Incorporate your channel's branding elements, such as your logo or color scheme. 3. Keep the design clean and uncluttered, avoiding too much text or overcrowded visuals. 4. Ensure the banner is consistent with your channel's overall aesthetic and style. 5. Experiment with different graphic design tools and techniques to create a unique and eye-catching banner.
5. Can I change my YouTube banner anytime?
Yes, you can change your YouTube banner anytime you want. Simply follow the steps mentioned in the first question to access the channel customization page and upload a new banner image. It's a good practice to update your banner occasionally to keep your channel fresh and reflect any changes in your content or branding.
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