How to Make YouTube Banners

By Todd Bowerman

Your YouTube banner, referred to officially as “Channel Art” by YouTube, helps to give your channel an identity and lets viewers know they’re in the right place. Channel art appears behind your user icon and will only be shown when the viewer is browsing videos on your actual channel. High quality, custom-made channel art can make your channel look more professional and may encourage visitors to subscribe.

Step 1

Open your image editor of choice. Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, and are excellent choices for creating channel art.

Step 2

Start a new project and set its dimensions to 2560px by 1440px. This is the recommended size for channel art on YouTube.

Step 3

Create your channel art by adding text and images either culled from your videos or created from scratch. Be sure to follow YouTube’s template guidelines to ensure your text shows up in the right place. Save the image in a place you can easily access it.

Step 4

Sign in to your YouTube account and open your channel. Click “Add channel art” near the top of the page or click the pencil icon to edit your current art.

Step 5

Upload the image you created to set it as your channel art. Save your changes.

Tips & Warnings

  • High quality image formats, like JPEG or PNG work well for YouTube channel art.
  • Copyrighted images should not be copied and pasted into your channel art.