Custom Thumbnails on YouTube
In this video, learn how easy it is to create custom YouTube thumbnails that stand out and get clicked.
Greetings everyone on the Internet , this is your easy-going and and loyal YouTube expert Derral Eves Now I want you to think of one YouTube fact, 500 hours. Now think about this, there’s 500 hours of video content uploaded to YouTube every minute. That is a lot of content. And what’s gonna make your video stand out? Well one of the ways to do that is adding a custom thumbnail Now adding a custom thumbnail to your video isn’t new, all you need to do is have an account that’s verified and you’re able to upload a custom thumbnail. But that’s not this video, this video is to teach you how to actually create a custom thumbnail without even leaving YouTube. Let’s do this. [Voiceover] DerralEves.com Now it’s critical to get those custom thumbnails on each one of our videos. And I’m gonna show you the easiest, simplest way to do it without even leaving YouTube. Now the first thing that you need to do is go to tubebuddy.com/go and download the plug-in, it works on all the different types of browsers. Once you’re able to do that, then as you upload a video like I did right here, you can see right down here there is a button for a thumbnail generator that you can create a custom thumbnail on your video. But for me, most of us wanna go back and tweak some different videos, so once you have Tube Buddy installed, you can use the quicklink thing right here, and you click on the upper right hand corner and then come down to My Videos which saves you a couple clicks and you can see that I actually have the video right here that’s ready to get that custom thumbnail that we actually uploaded. What you can do is click on this link right here and what we wanna do is come down to Thumbnail Generator. Now the first step in creating that custom thumbnail is choosing your background. You can either do a still frame from the video, a solid color or an image and keep in mind you can modify this at different times. So I wanna go ahead and hit Still Frame From Video. And what it does is plays the video and you can go ahead and move to a different part in the video and you can also adjust the video frame so it goes frame by frame. I’m gonna go take it back a little bit. That’s a good one. I’ll go ahead and click Continue and what this does is it uses that frame within the video, so it’s really cool. You notice that there’s a little check mark right here for lock background, you can unclick it and you can move it around if you want. The great thing is that you can even change the size of it by clicking any square, either at the top of the frame or on the side, holding the mouse down you can make it a little bit smaller if you wanted to go from there. But for this example, where this is the background, I’m gonna go ahead and hit Back and I’m gonna show you the other couple options you can do. You can do a solid color, which you can pretty much choose any solid color that you want or you can even do an image, they have a library of different images like this one’s pretty cool or this one and you can go ahead and see that you’re able to use that. Let me go ahead and hit the Back button because what I wanna do for this example is to use a solid color. So you can see the solid color right here, you can modify that if you want a different shade or different color type, you can do that. Go ahead and hit Choose. Once you’re here, let’s go ahead and hit Continue. And I wanna show you all the options that you’re able to do. Now the great thing about it is you can add text at any time and you can go ahead, put your text in there, you have a variety of different fonts and if you don’t see a font that you like, you’re not just confined to that, you can actually upload you’re own font to this as well. You can go ahead and hit Upload and you can use it from there. The size of the font, which that really doesn’t really matter right now and I’ll show you why in a second, and you can do the colors so if I want this one black we can modify that, hit Choose, Bold, Underline and then outline in black and you also have your justification out here. Now let’s go ahead and hit Add. Now here’s the thing, like I said, I didn’t really care about the size because you can click on the side of this and you can just hold the mouse button down and move it around, up here you can actually rotate it, which is really cool and you can kinda figure out where you wanna go from there. Now if you wanna add multiple items of text, you can go ahead and do that. Let’s do something else here, let me show you how easy this is, text two, okay. And you can see how simple that is. Really if we want different colors, you can modify the different colors, all that you want and just kinda move things around which is great. Now another one is images. Now if you have the free version, you can only upload one image, on this one I’m gonna go ahead and upload a new image. Let’s go ahead and add me. I’m gonna go ahead and add this picture. And here we are, go ahead. And it’s the same controls so you can just click and hold the mouse down, you can kinda move the image anywhere that you want. One of the things that you’re able to do too is change the size or I can move me around a little bit, whatever we want to do. Now there’s a couple other things that I want you to see, one being which, notice the text is behind, you can actually change the position of that, you can bring it forward, and move things around and done. You can also do shapes so let me show you some cool things on the shapes. You can do a triangle or a circle or whatever you want to do I’m gonna go ahead and do a circle, we’re gonna make it blue and hit Choose and hit Add. Once you’re there, you can actually make it bigger or you can distort it a little bit. So if I wanna distort it and have it be on this other area real quick. This is the cool thing is you can modify it any way that you want and go from there. So pretty much you have as much freedom, you don’t have to use photoshop, you don’t have to go to a different website, it’s built right in which is really cool. But let me show you what I really, really love. I’m gonna go ahead and delete all this, okay. This is what I really love is Tube Buddy gives you the ability to save templates. So guess what, I have this template right here, I can go ahead, if this is my second step, I can just say Choose Background, come to the second step and hit that, boom, it brings everything in. Check this out, and all I gotta do is click on this and start replacing this, look how fast this is. You can modify it right there. And once you get it to where you like it, you can see how quickly it is to do templates and keep in mind, if you have the free version you cannot use the templates, that’s why I’d encourage you to just at least get the pro version. You can go ahead and hit Continue. You can preview how it’s gonna look, you can go ahead and hit Save and Publish and it’ll say are you sure you wanna publish, just hit okay. So the thumbnail’s successfully published, you can either reload this page and see the changes or you can download the thumbnail and save it there. I’m gonna go ahead and hit Close. Let’s go ahead and hit Reload. And you can see now, that it changed that thumbnail, that’s how simple it is. Now I’ve made a lot of custom thumbnails over the course of my career, for my own YouTube channel and for my own clients, but I wanna hear your thoughts on something. Do you believe by putting text in your custom thumbnail that it makes a bigger difference? Put your thoughts in the comments below. You know for me, I found on some channels it makes a pretty big difference, on others, no, just that picture or way that it’s positioned or the graphics that are in there are a little bit more engaging. But I wanna hear your thoughts, what do you actually think? Put it in the comments below and if you haven’t subscribed yet what are you waiting for? Here’s the subscribe button, go ahead and subscribe and check out a few of my other videos about Tube Buddy, I love Tube Buddy, I think it’s an amazing tool, it’s gonna save you a ton of time. Thank you and have a productive day.