This is part two of my How To Start A YouTube Channel Series.
So you have your channel set up and named now it?s time to pimp it up a little with some channel art or as some people like to call it a YouTube Banner.
Branding is important and makes up a big part of having an optimized channel page.
Check out the short video below (or watch it on the official FAQ Tube channel) and then check below for the Channel Art specifications, a free photoshop template and my top tips.
Create and Add YouTube Channel art in 3 steps
I?d recommend carrying out this process on a desktop as it is easier to navigate. You'll also get a better idea of what your channel art looks like and is most likely where your file is stored anyway.
The channel art file needs to be created to the following specifications:
YouTube Banner Size & Specs
- Single 2560 x 1440 px image
- JPG, GIF, BMP or PNG (no animated GIFs)
And click here for a free copy of YouTube?s official channel art template for Photoshop.
Upload the file by going to My Channel > Add Channel art by hovering over the channel banner at the top.
Then click Select a photo from my computer and browse and select your channel art file before clicking Open. Alternatively you can drag and drop the file on to the same screen if you have the file to hand.
3. Preview and Adjust
Once this has uploaded you will be brought to the following preview screen:
I always leave the Auto Enhance checkbox ticked but you can uncheck it to see the difference it makes.
You can also play with the Adjust the crop feature if you've strayed outside of the template guidelines to ensure the main part of your artwork is displayed across all devices.
If you then hit Select the changes will take effect instantaneously and your wonderful new channel art will be viewable across all devices - mainly on your channel page as a channel banner and when users hover over your avatar.
?This is only part of your new channel?s branding complete so make sure to check out part three of this series ? ?Adding a YouTube Avatar?.
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