Free YouTube Banner Maker



The ideal YouTube Banner size and best practices (2019)

Leave a long lasting impression on your visitors by creating stunning YouTube Channel Art with GoToDesigno

YouTube Banner Size

 The recommended YouTube banner size is 2560 x 1440 pixels which means 2560 pixels wide and 1440 pixels tall. 

Minimum Size: 2048 x 1152 px.
Minimum safe area: YouTube allows you use the 1546 X 423 px for this purpose. In case you have larger image, it can be cropped for some views and devices.
Maximum width: Standard dimension for maximum width is 2560 X 423. We can say that ‘safe area’ is always visible regardless of screen size. Moreover, the area of sides of the banner is adjusted according to the browser.
File size: 6MB or smaller.

What is YouTube Channel Art?

Ever heard of channel art? Well, let me introduce you. It can be called as ‘header’ or ‘banner’ in other terms. So, in case of YouTube channel, it looks like a banner that resides at the top of your YouTube page. YouTube channel art is also called YouTube banner. 

If your YouTube Channel Art quality is professional and good looking then this will impress your visitors to subscribe to your channel and watch more videos. This will help you to increase SEO ranking of your YouTube channel.

GoToDesigno offers free YouTube Banner maker which allows you to brand your channel easily. This is cloud based solution and you don’t need to install/download any software. Not only that, you don’t need to have any graphic design experience.

We have plenty of pre-made YouTube Banner templates available which you can use to design the banner in minutes.  


Why YouTube banner is so important?

YouTube channel art helps occasional visitors to become a subscriber of a particular channel if it is engaging and fully niche specific. It is the first point on the channel for the viewers either to navigate the channel or leave the channel without subscribing. It is open option for you to brand your channel’s identity and make your page eye catching with your artistic skill.

A stunning YouTube banner shows how strong your YouTube channel profile is. It also shows your visitor who you are, what are your expertise and what area you specialize in.

When any visitors comes to your channel, YouTube banner is the first thing which they notice. It’s like a make or break situation. For this reason, high quality banner is strongly recommened. 


How to make a Free YouTube banner

1. Login to GoToDesgino website and select the template you like 

2. Customize the YouTube banner by changing text, font and icons using our tool

3. Download the banner and upload on your channel. It’s that easy!

Two in one tool

Exit Popup Software

GoToDesigno has another tool called Exit Popup, this is used to convert website visitors into subscribers and customers with our powerful exit popup platform. In this case, we are focusing on logo, so we will select “Create Graphic”

Step by step process to create YouTube Banner


This first question which can come to your mind is “How to make YouTube banner?” while thinking about making a banner for YouTube. This most helpful tip can also solve your curiosity for how to make YouTube banner!

GoToDesigno solves this problem for you by offering you a free YouTube banner maker. This tool is super intuitive and offers drag and drop feature to create YouTube banner.  


Login to GoToDesigno

Simply login to our website

If you do not have an account, you can create one free of cost. It will take only few seconds to create an account.

For your ease, you can also login with Facebook or Google as well.

You can use our tool to make YouTube banner for free. You can create professional banner in minutes. No graphic design expereince required. 

Choose Category

There are many categories available like social media, blog, ads, logos, flyers, info graphics etc. Let’s choose logo for this video.

For this example, choose YouTube Channel Art Category from the given options which give you a standard size thumbnail of 2560 x 1440 pixels.

Choose the design you like...

We have huge collection of Facebook  templates available, designed by professional graphic designers. These free Facebook banner templates are super easy to customize with our drag and drop feature. Choose from hundreds of pre-made templates, customize it and you are good to go. You can also create a new banner from scratch by choosing ‘create from scratch’ option.

For this example, let’s select one Facebook Banner design you like and customize it.

Customize text

Simply modify the text displayed on pre-made layouts and save it.

Free vector graphics

Choose from thousdand of free vector grahpics available within the tool. 

No graphic designer

Our tool is super easy to use. No graphic designer is required. 

Customize your design with user friendly editor

You can change the text, color, size, text and shadow effects easily. Here you can access hundreds of fonts perfectly fit for your designs. Choose the fonts that reflects your identity. 

In the graphics section – there are thousands of free vector graphics and icons available to make your logo design stunning. Simply search the relevant graphic you are looking for and just click on it. You can also upload the graphics and icons from your computer.

There is no need for Adobe Photoshop or graphic designer. Our drag and drop logo editor is super easy to use. 

High resolution download 

After putting all effects into banner and creating it stunningly, save it by pressing the save button given above. You can download it also by clicking ‘download’ button placed with all others on top bar. Your customized YouTube channel art is ready to use now. Upload it on YouTube channel and enjoy professional looks of the channel which can impress your viewers. 

And that’s what GoToDesigno is for, easily create stunning graphics without Photoshop or graphic designers. So try us today at no cost and see how your business will benefit by using amazing design layouts for your social networks and other needs.

How to change YouTube channel art?

  • Follow next pretty easy steps to change YouTube channel art and upload according to your requirement.

    1. Login to your YouTube channel 

    2. Go to your channel page by clicking on the profile image page on top right corner of the screen.

    3. Here you will see two buttons. Customize channel and creator studio. Click on customize channel button.

    4. On next screen, click on small pencil icon on top right corner. Here you can upload the image from your  computer and you are good to go. 

How to add YouTube channel art?

Rest of the steps will be same as change channel art. The only difference is if you are adding the YouTube channel art for the first time, then the channel art space is blank by default. Here you can click on “Add Channel Art” button and select the image from your computer and gallery option provided by YouTube.

Size of YouTube channel art for Particular Device


YouTube Channel Art gives different look on various kinds of devices. Please make sure that you must have ideas how it will load when you are working in designing phase. Keep in mind that YouTube will allow you to adjust your banner matching your browser and device on which you want to view it.

TV Screen

Standard resolution of 2560 x 1440 px will definitely fit the Tv screen more accurately. This display is completely different to the other displays as in this visual presentation image is displayed in the background in the YouTube Channel Art.

Mobile Device display 

The ‘safe area’ is adjusted according to the mobile screen width which is different for different devices.

Resolution allowed

The resolution must be 1546 x 423 for mobile display.

(I think image used here should be from your website in this size. This is good for marketing too.)

Computer Display

Display is different for desktop and computer screens. Its resolution is given below.

Minimum resolution

Minimum Youtube channel art dimensions are 1546 x 423 px for computer screen and desktop. This is considered the best for viewing in perfect display.

Maximum resolution

Maximum resolution allowed for Youtube channel art is 2560 x 423 px. Exceeding it will greatly impact the quality of channel art.

Tablet Display

Youtube channel art size for tablet is 1855 x 423 pixels.

Best practices for YouTube channel art?

Collage background

In the above interestingly created thumbnail, GoToDesigno has introduced:

  • The important key points in banner to let the viewer see that there is value adding content in the channel.
  • This will definitely level up the interest of viewer. Red color with contrast is used along with impressionable collage.

Use Bright Colors

Many studies have introduced the concept of bright colors usage in pictures or images as they look impressive as compared to dull and light colors. Same goes in the case of thumbnail used in YouTube video. This will also pop-up the image automatically and will look pleasant. Many of the YouTube thumbnail makers have introduced this concept in their impressive looking thumbnails.

Use Contrast Colors

Contrast Colors are also effective and instantly divert the attention of the visitors and its effects on eyes and brain are long lasting. This verified technique gives more clicks to your videos and increases the viewership of the YouTube videos. Always keep this checklist in your mind:

  • Always use great contrast colors with background and foreground to pop up the text.
  • Never choose too similar colors like blacks and greys, oranges and reds or purples and violets.
  • Hue and saturation of colors must be set relative to each other like 40 and 50 percent.
  • Use consistent colors on your videos or channel
  • Avoid YouTube color scheme like reds and whites in your videos.

Use high quality image

Successful Youtube channel tends to use high quality images. This is the best trick to attract viewers and subscribers. Beauty always attracts human eye and high-quality pictures are definitely beautiful and neat. If low quality pictures are used then they will look blurry and this will not cast a good impression on users of our channel. Scaling of image must be correct otherwise user will not be able to see clear logo or icon of your channel. Always remember this will also attract your marketing and other metrics. You don’t want that to happen with your YouTube channel art. The best way for avoiding this is to follow exact size and resolution described above for every screen. 

Example: Gotodesigno tool contains over hundreds of stock and high-resolution images.Choose the one which you like.


Use Bold and pop up text in your thumbnail

Let me tell you one thing straight. By using this technique your text can be bright and clear to the viewers. This will clearly intimate the user with your Video purpose and will entice him to watch it till end. This tactic is used in several thumbnails now a days to increase viewership. Introduce your viewers with bold and pop-up text of your video then sit back and watch every minute increasing views on your video.

Attached thumbnail is just the best example of this.

  • Text written in pop-up words is clearly indicating the purpose of thumbnail with a perfect number of white spaces.
  • Bold and contrast colors are used.
  • Consistent color scheme is introduced in graphic and text like pink and blue.


Social sharing and channel links

If you have taken notice, YouTube channel art is always showing some external social website icons which is quite purposeful and beneficial for you as in this way, your subscribers will interact with your brand’s personality.

Your YouTube channel art must be designed in a way which includes clear space for these links and social media icons as they are the life of your channel.

Channel icon is always placed at the corner with these icons overlaying the YouTube banner. You have to make sure that YouTube channel icon is in sync with your brand’s personality.

Follow YouTube Community Guidelines

YouTube Channel Art is the core of your YouTube page. If it is well designed then you have completed the first step of creation of your channel with success. It is only possible when you follow all the standards of the YouTube community guidelines which you must read for your complete understanding.

Don’t be worried! GotoDesigno tool is developed to create all banners that are consistent with the YouTube recommended limits so you can easily give free rein to your creativity without worrying about your channel being deleted by Youtube. Because, if Youtube Guidelines are not followed you are truly on verge of your channel being deleted or taken down in near future.

You are allowed to post the content which is violence-free and contains no harm/nudity. But no illegal content is allowed so if you will violate the guidelines there can be critical consequences of this. You may not be able to upload videos, thumbnails or even your channel can be deleted, in turn draining your long hours of hard work into vain losing all of your viewers and subscribers. 

Color combination 

Always use colors which are effective and matching with your channel art. Youtube channel art makers always emphasizes on choosing and using correct color scheme. Brightness and contrast should be precise. Too much sharp and light colors will always irk you. Try to deliver the best possible image of your brand by seeking consultant/professional help to get the right sense of color hues.

If you are using collage and lot of pictures, try to be consistent in color scheme which is consistent with your YouTube videos colors. This will help viewers and subscribers to identify your brand immediately after looking at your channel art.

In this example below, perfect blend of colors is mixed with perfect contrast level.

Tag line matters

Content or tagline is the King of your YouTube channel art. If you are placing only logo and channel art without any words then you are in trouble. As this is the most effective strategy and viewers are always going to attract and subscribe the channel which includes some info/content regarding their channel. This also plays a vital role in gaining more subscribers. This will pique their curiosity for more and will definitely add more viewers.

Content/tagline must be precise and to the point. Find a way to express your channel in few intelligent words.

Look into example below. This beautiful background is clearly defining a channel with a good tagline and explaining about the general idea.


Gain subscribers with stunning background

YouTube is the most visited streaming website on this planet. Even though GoToDesigno features best backgrounds images which you can use in your channel art with precision. Go and take a look at YouTube channel art backgrounds. They are versatile in nature and after going through each one, you can sense a consistency and relativeness of channel art with background.

Background relative to profile icon

So, it probably comes as no surprise that background must be relative to your profile icon. As video is a leading marketing tool for all brands, this point must be kept in your mind while designing channel art. In this way, you will surely attract many subscribers. Colors and channel art must adhere to your profile icon.

Look into this channel background. This is consistent with perfect blend of marketing and exciting curiosity which is clearly a great trick to attract subscribers.

Text with short and huge title is the key 


Video without any text is quite difficult to understand as compared to videos including meaningful and bold text which is clearly defining what the video is about. If you are asked to write the meaning of whole paragraph in a sentence, you must acquire such a skill to fulfill the requirement. For this purpose, if you are lacking of such skill, you should consult or hire some skilled person but the title must be concise with bold text which must be giving a clear idea about the video.  Give a unique look to the title by giving white spaces between the characters.


Instead of “Top Ten White Hat SEO Techniques Recommended by Webmaster to Score Business Leads” you should write “10 Lead Generation SEO Techniques “.  Viewer’s eyes will capture this title at once surely as this is concise, bold and huge.

  • This image is clearly defining the concept of mobile apps aptly by concise title.
  • This YouTube thumbnail template is perfectly designed with care of white spaces, contrast colors, bold text and short title along with small icons. 

Try logos in thumbnail by adjusting size according to screen


Logos are sometimes are quite effective for companies’ official videos and if users are searching for your videos, these logos attract attention of users immediately by viewing them in your thumbnails.

Another important point is to adjust them according to screen size like how will it be viewed in mobile, laptops and tablets. You must remember to adjust its size accordingly. This will draw attention of viewers. Click through rate (CTR) will be increased if logos are used in a correct way with good color scheme.

Some Extra cares regarding YouTube channel art

  • Always avoid using irrelevant images and text as they will give a bad introduction to your whole channel and will ruin your reputation before it is even built.
  • Never use the blur image as this will prevent the viewers from watching your video
  • Avoid using too much text on the images as each category images have their own introduction.

As we have already established this fact that GoToDesigno is definitely best thumbnail maker for YouTube.  


YouTube Channel Art is the visual representation of your business theme and brand. Good and business-oriented banner is sign of promotion of business activities. This is point where viewers decide either to further explore the channel or not. This is the point after which user decides whether he wants to subscribe the channel or not. In other words, it is the visual promotion tool of your online business.

Author: Bisma Farrukh


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