If you want to brand your YouTube Channel identity and give your channel home page a unique look then I suggest using Canva to create your channel banner.

Canva is a free online tool for editing graphics. Once you’ve created it your channel banner will adjust in size so it will display correctly on TVs, Mobile Phones and desktop computers.

  • First you want to go toand here’s the home page where you can sign up with Facebook, Google or Email.
  • Click “login”
  • You want to click on “More”
  • And here you’ve got all different templates
  • You’ve got popular design types, Social media posts, Documents, Blogging and Ebooks, Marketing Materials, Social Media and Email Headers and here is the YouTube Chanel Art Template
  • Click on YouTube Chanel Art Template
  • And here you’ve got a whole bunch of images that you can choose from
  • You can also search for images, such as “dogs” and “mountain scenery”
  • I like beaches so I search for “beaches”
  • You’ve got a lot of images here that are free
    but you also have ones you have have to pay for
  • I’m going to select this free image.
  • Then you can just drag it until it fills up the space
  • I can add elements to it if I wish
  • I can add text
  • You can have a different background
  • Or you can upload your own images but for now
    we are just going to go with text
  • Give it a title..you can highlight that, change
    the color and bold it, or center it
  • I can also change the size and change the color
  • I can move the image around
  • I can expand the image if I wish
  • Next you want to download the template
    from YouTube by going to this website…
  • And here it says create or edit channel art
  • It gives you the guidelines for the channel art
  • And here it says “if you’re not sure about the width or height of an image, download the our Channel Art Templates”.
  • Now go back to canva and we are going to upload our channel art template
  • Go to uploads…upload your own images..so go to the
    channel art template and upload the template
  • On canva it puts it over the top of the image we are trying to create
  • Then we just expand the template to cover our image
  • And then what we do is click on this drop down arrow
  • Go to transparency and bring the transparency down so you can just see the template through your image
  • So you can see that the title is going to actually appear on the banner
  • Ok once we’ve got the image right .. we can just download it by clicking “download”
  • I’m going to download it as a jpg instead of png
  • It says “Hold tight, preparing your design”
  • Go back to my YouTube channel
  • Click “edit channel art”
  • So go back to my computer again
  • The PNG is 6.9MB which is over 4MB that is why it is too large
  • videosdoneforyou.jpg is 3.2MB so it’s under 4MB so that should be fine
  • Click open..it’s uploading
  • Here is desktop, tv and mobile
  • Click select
  • Here you’ve got your banner titled..”videos done for you”
  • It’s not perfect but it will do for now
  • If you want to add a photo of yourself or change your channel icon

Now you know how to create a YouTube Channel Banner Using Canva

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