Question: Do YouTube Shorts have thumbnails?


Yes, YouTube Shorts do have thumbnails. By default, YouTube automatically selects a frame from the video as the thumbnail. However, you can customize and upload your own thumbnail for better control over how it appears on the platform.

Steps to Add a Custom Thumbnail to a YouTube Short:

  1. Upload Your Short:

    • Go to YouTube Studio.
    • Click on the “Create” button and select “Upload videos.”
    • Select your Short video file.
  2. Edit Video Details:

    • In the video details screen, you will see an option to upload a custom thumbnail.
    • Click on the thumbnail section to upload your desired image.
  3. Thumbnail Requirements:

    • Ensure your thumbnail is in high resolution, ideally 1280x720 pixels.
    • Maintain a 16:9 aspect ratio.
    • Use .JPG, .PNG, .BMP, or .GIF formats with a size under 2MB.
  4. Save Changes:

    • Once you've uploaded your custom thumbnail, save your changes to finalize the process.

Custom thumbnails help enhance the appeal of your Shorts, potentially increasing click-through rates and viewership.

Additional Tips:

  • Focus on creating eye-catching visuals that represent the content effectively.
  • Include text overlays sparingly to highlight key points or titles.
  • Maintain visual consistency across your channel to build a recognizable brand.

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