Your Guide to YouTube Sizes

Welcome to your one-stop shop for YouTube image sizes, filled with sizing and formatting tips as well as professionally designed templates to spark your creativity!

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More than 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and the site gets over 30 million visitors per day. YouTube is not just the largest video sharing site, but also one of the biggest sites on the Internet! One of the major keys to connecting with the right audience is having high quality content that will catch their attention. Follow our guide for proper image sizing standards so you can focus on posting creative video and visual content to your channel.

YouTube Banner or Channel Art Size

Your YouTube channel art needs to grab the attention of visitors 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 in order to create artwork that can communicate clearly at any size.

Here’s how channel art appears on each device:

  • Tablet display: 1855px by 423px
  • Mobile display: 1546px by 423px
  • TV display: 2560px by 1440px
  • Desktop: 2560px by 423px

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

  • The ideal size for a YouTube channel art image is 2560px by 1440px.
  • The safe area that will display on all devices is the central area of 1546px by 423px. Keep any logos, text, or image focal points in this area.
  • Accepted file types are JPG, GIF, BMP, or PNG, that are no larger than 6MB.

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, so if you need to spark your creativity in the process, start there! 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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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 the growth of your audience.

  • The ideal size for your YouTube video thumbnail is 1280px by 720px (a 16:9 aspect ratio).
  • Accepted file types are JPG, GIF, or PNG, that are no larger than 2MB.

Spark makes it possible to create a YouTube thumbnail with no experience necessary. 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 sort of consistency across your thumbnail artwork helps to support your channel’s branding.

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 image, and make sure that it crops in a way that communicates your image, logo, or brand.

  • The ideal size for your channel profile image is 800px by 800px (a 1:1 aspect ratio).
  • YouTube will automatically resize your profile image to be displayed at 98px by 98px.
  • Accepted file types include JPG, GIF, BMP, or PNG.
  • If your channel is connected with a Google Account, then changing your YouTube channel profile image will automatically change your Google Account profile image to match.
  • Remember, no nudity, celebrities, or copyrighted images will be accepted as a profile image!

Spark Post features a 1:1 square canvas for you to get started with making your profile image. Peruse through our library of templates to spark your creativity. Or, use the Spark Logo Maker Express App to make a logo for your page that you can also use as your profile image! The Express App makes designing a logo impossibly easy and empowering so you can create a logo identity that perfectly captures what your channel is all about.

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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), and editing softwares will operate within this format, including Adobe Spark Video!

When using Spark Video to create a video, choose the 16:9 aspect ratio option for videos you upload to YouTube, and seamlessly duplicate your video and resize 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 stress! And 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. So 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!

For default 16:9 aspect ratio videos, be sure to encode them at this resolution:

  • 2160p: 3840x2160
  • 1440p: 2560x1440
  • 1080p: 1920x1080
  • 720p: 1280x720
  • 480p: 854x480
  • 360p: 640x360
  • 240p: 426x240

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How to make your design with Adobe Spark

  1. 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.

  2. Remix to Make it Your Own

    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.

  3. Amp up the Flair

    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.

  4. Resize 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 Spark’s handy, auto-magical resize feature. Simply duplicate the project, hit resize, and select the platform you want to adapt it for and our AI will take care of the rest. Boom! Content for all your channels in a fraction of the time!

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 from the start. Rank your YouTube videos to give the opportunity to shine by sizing your content to the suggested formats. Let Spark Post be your guide to resizing and adjusting any custom content. 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 making your channel into something great. Let your creativity shine!