Your guide to YouTube sizes 2021.
Welcome to your one-stop-shop for YouTube image sizes, filled with sizing and formatting tips as well as professionally designed templates to ignite your imagination.
1. YouTube banner or channel art size.
Your YouTube channel art needs to grab the visitor’s attention and communicate what your channel is all about. So use this opportunity to create something original that will intrigue your visitors.
YouTube channel art banners experience a wide variety of cropping across different devices, so it’s imperative that you pay close attention to dimension sizes to create artwork that can communicate clearly at any size.
Here’s how channel art appears on each device:
- Tablet display: 1855px by 423px
- Mobile display: 1546px by 423px
- TV display: 2560px by 1440px
- Desktop: 2560px by 423px
That being said, here’s the best protocol for creating your channel art:
- The ideal size for a YouTube channel art image is 2560px by 1440px.
- The safe area that will display on all devices is the central area of 1546px by 423px. Keep any logos, text, or image focal points in this area.
- Accepted file types are JPG, GIF, BMP, or PNG no larger than 6 MB.
Keeping track of all these specific size requirements can be exhausting. Adobe Creative Cloud Express comes loaded with professionally designed pre-fixed-sized YouTube Channel Art Templates. Find a channel art design that resonates with your YouTube channel, and then remix it to perfection. Once you’ve selected a template, choose the resize option to pick from designated YouTube size canvases.
2. YouTube thumbnail image size.
A YouTube thumbnail has the same function as a movie poster or a book jacket, capturing attention and persuading people that clicking play is worth their time. After you invest the time to create your YouTube video, spend a few more minutes adding a professional-quality thumbnail that can greatly impact your audience’s growth.
- The ideal size for your YouTube video thumbnail is 1280px by 720px (a 16:9 aspect ratio).
- Accepted file types are JPG, GIF, or PNG that are no larger than 2MB.
Creative Cloud Express makes it easy to create a YouTube thumbnail. Explore professionally designed templates that you can remix to match your channel’s branding. Once you make a Youtube thumbnail you love, duplicate the design and revisit the design to make it work for future uploads. Having some consistency across your thumbnail artwork helps to support your channel’s branding.
3. YouTube channel profile image size.
Your YouTube channel profile image is uploaded to a square format but displays as a circle throughout the site. Keep this in mind when choosing a profile picture and make sure that it crops in a way that communicates your image, logo, or brand.
- The ideal size for your channel profile image is 800px by 800px (a 1:1 aspect ratio).
- YouTube will automatically resize your profile image to be displayed at 98px by 98px.
- Accepted file types include JPG, GIF, BMP, or PNG.
- If your channel is connected with a Google Account, then changing your YouTube channel profile image will automatically change your Google Account profile image to match.
Creative Cloud Express features a 1:1 square canvas to get started with making your profile image. Browse through our library of templates to ignite your imagination. Use the Creative Cloud Express Logo Maker to create a logo for your page that you can also use as your profile image. The logo maker tool makes designing a logo incredibly easy and empowering so you can create a logo identity that perfectly captures what your channel is all about.
4. YouTube video size.
16:9 is the textbook standard aspect ratio for filming landscape (horizontal) videos. Almost all recording devices will automatically film at this ratio (including your smartphone when you turn it sideways). Most editing software will operate within this format, including Creative Cloud Express.
When using Creative Cloud Express to create a video, choose the 16:9 aspect ratio option for videos you upload to YouTube. Seamlessly duplicate your video and resize it to a square to share it elsewhere, such as your Instagram or Facebook feed.
If you happen to film a vertical video on your smartphone, don’t add padding to your video to make it fit in a 16:9 aspect ratio. Instead, upload it as is. YouTube will automatically fit the video to the viewer’s device. If you film a vertical video on your smartphone, others can watch it on their smartphone in the full-size, vertical format. This also applies to square videos.
- 2160p: 3840x2160
- 1440p: 2560x1440
- 1080p: 1920x1080
- 720p: 1280x720
- 480p: 854x480
- 360p: 640x360
- 240p: 426x240
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Let Creative Cloud Express be your YouTube sizing expert.
YouTube is a place of possibility where you have the opportunity to become a self-made graphic designer, video editor, and TV host or community leader. Rank your YouTube videos to give the chance to shine by sizing your content to the suggested formats. Let Creative Cloud Express be your guide to resizing and adjusting any custom content. Creative Cloud Express makes the creative process fun and easy with templates, an intuitive interface, and the ability to share and download with ease so you can focus on creating your channel into something great.