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Make YouTube thumbnails for free in minutes.

Explore free YouTube thumbnail templates and customize any design in a flash. Make standout thumbnails that your audience is sure to love.

Create your YouTube thumbnail

Creating custom YouTube thumbnails is easy with Adobe Express.

A striking thumbnail is a powerful tool for making your video stand out from all the others within search results. If you’re interested in branding your work, the Adobe Express online YouTube thumbnail maker offers you the ability to make, save, reuse and resize the specific graphics that make all your videos instantly recognizable. Adobe Express collaborates with you to bring your creative efforts to the widest possible audience.

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How to make YouTube thumbnails.

Create your own YouTube thumbnail now

Customize your YouTube thumbnail design.

There are endless possibilities to customize your YouTube thumbnail design. For example, when you choose a photo as your background on the free thumbnail creator, you can zoom in or out and change its color with an assortment of filters and palettes. As you move through the steps provided by the YouTube thumbnail template, craft your thumbnail your way to make it unique and special.

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Build your audience with our thumbnail creator.

With Adobe Express, you don’t need an idea in place before beginning the design process. Even if you don’t know exactly how you want your YouTube thumbnail to look, you’ll find unlimited creative possibilities when you browse the Adobe Express Inspiration Gallery. You can select a general topic category that matches your video and see what other designers have created. Or you can just embark on the step-by-step design pathway and see where each successive choice takes you. With Adobe Express, the creation process allows for effortless trial-and-error, so you never have to feel anxious about messing up.

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Frequently asked questions.

What are ways to make a standout YouTube thumbnail?
Use thumbnails to instantly communicate the theme of your video to your viewers. Feature big, bold, and easy to read typography that captures the premise. Add high-quality images to your design, potentially including a photo of yourself or the video’s subject.

Should I include my picture on my thumbnail?

If the video is about you or features you, then definitely. Upload images right from your device to use in your thumbnail. Use our remove background tool to create a cutout of your headshot and make a collage-style design. You can also use a still frame from your video or a stock image if you feel that it’s a better fit.
What size should I make my thumbnail?
YouTube thumbnails are 1280px by 720px. Get started with one of our presized thumbnail templates, or create a design from scratch and enter in your desired size.

Can I get Adobe Express for free? If so, what’s included?

Yes, Adobe Express has a free plan that includes core features like photo editing tools and effects and thousands of free templates. Learn more about our plans and pricing.

Can I create my own YouTube thumbnail template?

To create a template, open your Adobe Express project. From the upper right corner, select Share and choose the option to make a shareable template. Follow the prompts to publish and share your template.