Hey Youtubers, make YouTube thumbnails in 3 steps
with our online Youtube thumbnail maker!

You do not even need to create an account and it is free.
Discover how below..

Why Youtube Thumbnails matter ?

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You already know that there is no better video platform online than Youtube. Youtube turned 16 in 2021 and with more than 2 billion monthly users, it is today the world's second-most used social platform behind Facebook with a billion hours of video played every day on the platform. So, Youtube has definitely an audience worth noticing (with 56% of Youtube users are men and 44% are women).

As you can imagine, the competition is ruthless and uploading a stunning video thumbnail will definitely help you get more views and therefore be notified positively by Youtube's algorithms.

How to create a Youtube Thumbnail
in 3 steps ?


Choose dimension

Preset or custom

Open our free graphic editor and you will access our online template library. Select a template from our Youtube thumbnail library to get started quickly. You will notice we also provide other dimensions for social media, display ads, blogs and webpages.


Pick a template

Youtube thumbnail, banners, etc..

Choose from one of our unique Youtube thumbnail templates or start from a blank document. Upload a snapshot from your video or choose among our 3.000.000+ photo collection. Our editor have been designed and built for non technical people. It is easier to use than tool like Photoshop and you will be able to edit your video thumbnail post in a snap. Apply effects and filters to your video screenshot, add text or quotes, icons, shapes. Everything you need is accessible in the same place.


Tune and download

Unlimited free download of your graphics

As soon as you finished editing your creative, click on the download button from the top right corner of the screen. Your edited Youtube or video thumbnail will be instantly generated and saved on your computer.

Select a Youtube thumbnail
to start editing

Youtube thumbnail template

No account required

Discover the tool used by thousands of Youtubers
to make engaging and professional Youtube thumbnails.

Tutorial : How to make a Youtube thumbnail

1 Choose a template or upload a video snapshot

Open Pixelixe Studio and either select a Youtube thumbnail template from our library or start from scratch clicking on "Create from scratch" to start with the perfect Youtube thumbnail image dimension.

Either choose to upload one of your own images, or choose from 3.000,000+ of stock images that are high resolution, and available inside Pixelixe's "Graphics" or "Background" menus.

If you want to upload your own images, click on "Background" from the left menu to make the "background" panel appear. There, you will find 3 subtabs ("Images", "Upload Yours" and "Color"). The "Upload yours" subtab will let you drag & drop your new images. Click on "Upload Yours" and drag & drop your image from your local computer directly into the "Drop image here" box.

Once dropped, your image will instantly be displayed on your canvas.

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Youtube thumbnail templates

2 Edit and enrich your thumbnail

From our studio, you will benefit from more than 3.000.000+ photos, thousands of fonts, icons, a variety of photo effects and filters and even more. We created Pixelixe Studio with one objective in mind: Be sure that anyone can use our tool without any design skills. You will see that our product is way more easier to use than other competitors. By the way, do not hesitate to contact our team anytime to share feedback or if you need help. Now, unleash your inner creative and add text, graphics, icons, shapes, etc until your video thumbnail is exactly what you envisioned.

Moreover, our video thumbnail editor provides a rich caption editor to enrich your Youtube thumbnail. You can easily adjust font size, caption color, opacity, font (among a variety of thousands of fonts), line height, letter spacing, shadow and more..

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Youtube thumbnail creator

3 Download

Nothing more simple to download your creation. Click on the "Download" button from the top right corner of your screen. You will instantly see a popup with the "Download your creation" headline with a few options to let you download PNG or JPEG (HTML restricted to PRO subscriber). Choose one option and your graphic will be downloaded and saved on your computer.

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What is the ideal YouTube thumbnail dimensions ?

Optimize your YouTube thumbnails with these dimensions: 1280 pixels wide by 720 pixels tall, with a minimum width of 640 pixels. A ratio of 16:9 is ideal as it’s used most often in YouTube players and previews.

Youtube thumbnails are available as a preset from our graphic design tool. A single click creates a canvas suited for thumbnail design. You can be sure that every thumbnail will display perfectly the first time.

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