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How to make a YouTube Banner

    The best way to make a YouTube banner is to use a free online photo editor that offers templates and size recommendations.

    The two main editors I would advise (and are often used by many YouTubers) are Pixlr and Canva.
    And although both of them will do the job very well, starting out with Canva could be your best bet.
    Not only do they have some great templates for YouTubers (top banners and thumbnails), they are also extremely easy to use.

    Create a free account on

    Create a free account here, that way you will build up a collection of templates and have it available across all platforms!
    Then, follow these steps:

    1. Create a new design. Select the “YouTube Channel Art” option, which is specifically designed for YouTube banners.
    2. Choose a template or start from scratch. You can either choose a pre-designed template or create your own design from scratch.
    3. Add elements to your design. You can add text, images, shapes, and other elements to your design using the toolbar on the left side of the screen.
    4. Customize the elements in your design. You can adjust the size, color, and positioning of each element by clicking on it and using the options in the top toolbar.
    5. Preview and download your banner. When you’re satisfied with your design, click the “Download” button in the top toolbar. Select the “JPEG” option and click “Download” to save your banner to your computer.
    6. Upload your banner to YouTube. Go to your YouTube channel and click the “Customize channel” button. Under the “Branding” section, click the “Edit” button next to the “Channel art” option. Choose the banner you just downloaded and click “Select” to upload it to your YouTube channel.

    Boom, you are pretty much done here!
    With the same easy, you can create all your social images!
    Canva has got you covered on the full YouTube design thing 🙂

    Keep creating awesome content and share it with the world!

    Maurice from