A YouTube channel page needs to grab the attention of visitors and communicate what your channel is all about. You can inject your own personality into your YouTube profile page by creating a unique banner that tells its own story. We’ve curated some of our favorite banner template designs to ignite your imagination. Explore these eye-catching banners below to get inspired.
Your YouTube banner is an excellent piece of digital real estate to showcase what you think is important about your channel. Broadcast your brand’s tagline or slogan across your banner in an eye-catching way. Now that you know about font pairing, text styles and text effects, use these design elements to create magic with your tagline.
It is likely that viewers are regularly coming to your page to find your latest video upload. So why not take advantage of the traffic? Use your banner as a space to provide updates or add a seasonal touch to your channel. Going offline? Add that to your banner along with a return date so viewers know when you’ll be back. Is it your channel’s birthday? Add a cake and candles to your banner for the week to make it celebratory. In this example, we see that Matt’s travel channel is focused on national parks.
All the tools you need to make an impressive design are already right there at your fingertips. Here, we see how shapes, color, and placement can create something dynamic. The wiggly lines, scaled at a large size and used repetitively communicate the waves in the ocean. Color, font style, and placement was all it took to make the line of copy into an interesting, graphic shape. The surfer image packs a ton of action into this design. As you craft your banner, think outside the box and try something unconventional.
Text certainly isn’t necessary on a YouTube banner, but it can be nice to add text to include information your viewers won’t find elsewhere on your channel. Here, Hobbyland is describing what their channel is about and encouraging viewers to subscribe. If you feature a call to action, keep the rest of your design simple in comparison.
The word “Insomnia” here has been translated into graphic art simply by making slight adjustments to it. Spacing out the letters and using all-caps creates an ominous and expansive sentiment that resonates with the space image in the background. How can you style your text to fit your design? Perhaps by spacing out, stacking, or color-coding your letters? Maybe by playing with placement or negative space? How about size, repetition, or angles? These are all ways to add more meaning to your words and make an impressive design.
Here we see how brackets can be used to create a header text box. Enlarge your letters to show off their shapes and curves. Create boxes, frames, patterns, or negative space with them. We also love this design for thinking outside the box, literally, and stretching the brackets and type to overlay on both the image and the yellow square.
When it comes to font pairings, a good rule to remember is opposites attract. If you want to have a bold, creative headline like “Hong Kong,” choose a secondary font that is the opposite – in this case, a neutral san serif font. Consider a primary font that resonates with your artwork. Here, the main font echoes the edgy, adventurous vibe we see in the photo. The secondary font, however, is simply there to communicate a message. So, if you choose a wild, handwritten primary font, pair it with a neutral serif or sans serif font. If you have a headline that’s a professional, san serif font, go for a serif secondary font for legibility.
Take your copy to the next level with special text effects. Text effects are a great way to add impact to your design. With Adobe Spark, you can choose Text Effects such as cutout, as seen in the example below, outline, or shadow, or a combination of these effects. Text effects are a dynamic tool for adding dimension to your YouTube banner.
This photo of a live concert is without doubt stimulating and compelling. Upon first impression, a viewer already has a pretty good idea of what this channel is about. The title and subtitle fill in any blanks. Photos can often make a viewer feel much more than text can so use them to your advantage. Upload photos to Spark Post from your computer, phone, social channels, or Creative Cloud or browse through Adobe Spark’s stock photo selection for gorgeous images that you can place right into your designs.
If you have a specific brand or theme for your channel, curate the imagery on your banner to match. You can go full screen with your photos or drop them in frames or different layout options. You can even feature multiple photos by using photo collages.
Build a beautiful graphic banner with icons alone. Search through Adobe Spark’s wide selection of icons to find the perfect fit for your banner. Get creative with your icons by playing around with sizing. Scale up an icon to take up the whole background or shrink them down to create a cohesive design. Play with color and placement as well to make something totally unique.
Bright colors are one way to grab your viewer’s attention. You can also use contrasting colors, such as complementary colors on the color wheel, or a bright text against a dark background, or vice versa. Think about the intent behind your colors. This is a great example of color theory because the green shade communicates the “green” intention behind the channel. Pink and green have been popular color swatches recently so given the ubiquity of these colors, they may resonate with your viewer as something familiar. Color can communicate so much without saying anything at all.
Collaging is a great tool for featuring lots of content in a single design. This particular layout is an excellent example as there’s consistency between all the different sections – each is a single subject on a bright color background. Use different layout options to turn your canvas into a grid and create a cohesive design by mixing and matching photo and text boxes.
There are many ways to divide up the space in your design, such as collaging or using different layouts. Here, we see the shoe graphic expand through 3 different frames. An effect like this can be done by applying semi-transparent panels that are different colors over an image and using white lines to indicate a “break” or frame in the design. Dimension is added with lines and text overlaying across the frame borders. This banner feels jam-packed with energy and action.
Drop in an image to your banner design. Add a filter. Place a second image on top and adjust the transparency so you can see the photo underneath. Add a shape block, then overlay text on top. Now you’ve created a very dimensional banner design. Layering is a design element that creates depth and transforms something ordinary into something extraordinary. Let go of preconceived notions and experiment a little with layering different elements to create something entirely new.
YouTube banners are cropped differently depending on the device you view it on. Generally, the “safe area” is the middle rectangle of the banner, which is how the banner is presented on mobile and desktop. You want to make that your key focus, but also maintain a design that can be enjoyed in full screen, like on a TV. For this design, a full view shows the classic arcade game feel from the background texture.
When we crop it down to the safe area, we see the channel name and info in full, along with the fun icons used to give the design that spacey feel. Designing within the parameters will allow you to have an impressive banner when viewing on any device.
This is a fun example of how you can make YouTube’s different cropping sizes work for your design. On a mobile device or desktop, we see the middle rectangular section of this banner being the title and the details in the double exposure photos. When viewed on a TV, the whole banner appears, giving us a much different overall visual experience with the symmetrical silhouettes. Play with versatile designs that can be viewed in full or cropped and while still clearly communicating your channel’s info.
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.
There are lots of ways to personalize the templates. Change up the copy and font. Sub out the imagery with your own snapshots or short video clips. Or browse from thousands of free images right in Spark. Spend as little or as much time as you want making the graphic your own. With a premium plan, you can even auto-apply your brand logo, colors, and fonts so you’re always #onbrand.
It’s easy to add extra flair and personality to your projects with 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.
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 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.
Choose from a variety of free professionally designed fonts for every occasion.
Select from thousands of photos on the web or pick from your personal collections on Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe Lightroom, Dropbox or Google Photos.
Explore our wide variety of best-in-class layouts, colors, and fonts. Easily tweak them with the text, photos, and icons that best fit your needs.