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.

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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. 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:

That being said, here’s the best protocol for creating your channel art:

Keeping track of all these specific size requirements can be exhausting. Adobe Spark 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.

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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 have a huge impact on your audience’s growth.

Adobe Spark 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.

Adobe Spark 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 Adobe Spark 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.

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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 Adobe Spark Video.

When using Adobe Spark Video to create a video, choose the 16:9 aspect ratio option for videos you upload to YouTube. Seamlessly duplicate your video and re-size 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.

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Create graphics for your YouTube channel now.

Start with inspiration.
We hook you up with thousands of professionally designed templates, so you’re never starting from a blank canvas. Search by platform, task, aesthetic, mood, or color to have fresh inspiration at your fingertips. Once you find a graphic to start from, just tap or click to open the document in the editor.
Remix it to make it your own.
There are lots of ways to personalize your image templates for YouTube. Change up the copy and font. Sub out the imagery with your own product shots or photos. Or browse from thousands of free images right in Adobe Spark. Spend as little or as much time as you want to make the graphic your own. With a premium plan, you can even auto-apply your brand logo, colors, and fonts, so you’re always #onbrand.
Amp up the flair.
It’s easy to add extra flair and personality to your projects with Adobe Spark’s exclusive design assets. Add animated stickers from GIPHY or apply a text animation for short-form graphic videos in one tap. We’ve taken care of all the boring technical stuff so you can focus on your message and style. You can also add collaborators to your project, so you can have more hands-on-deck bringing your YouTube content to life.
Re-size to make your content go further.
Gone are the days of having to memorize image dimensions for every single platform. Once you’ve landed on a design you like, you can easily modify it for any social network by using Adobe Spark’s handy re-size feature. Simply duplicate the project, hit re-size, select the platform you want to adapt it for, and we take care of the rest.
Save and share your YouTube artwork
Once your design is complete, hit that publish button. You can share your designs right to your YouTube channel or share them digitally via email or link sharing. Adobe Spark saves your designs, so you can always revisit your projects if you need to update them.

Let Adobe Spark 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 Adobe Spark be your guide to re-sizing and adjusting any custom content. Adobe Spark 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.