Question: How do you add a watermark in YouTube Studio?


Adding a watermark to your videos in YouTube Studio is a great way to enhance brand recognition and prevent others from using your content without permission. Here's how you can add a watermark:

Step 1: Prepare Your Watermark

First, prepare the image you want to use as a watermark. It should ideally be a PNG file with a transparent background for best results. The image must be square, and YouTube recommends a size of at least 150x150 pixels.

Step 2: Open YouTube Studio

Log in to your YouTube account and navigate to YouTube Studio by clicking on your profile picture in the top right corner, then selecting 'YouTube Studio'.

Step 3: Access Channel Customization

Once in YouTube Studio, select 'Customization' from the left-hand side menu.

Step 4: Go to the Branding Tab

In the ‘Customization’ section, click on the 'Branding' tab, which will allow you to manage branding elements like watermarks.

Step 5: Add Your Watermark

Under the 'Video watermark' section, click on 'UPLOAD' and select your prepared watermark image. After uploading, you can choose when you want the watermark to appear on your videos. Options typically include:

  • At the end of the video
  • Throughout the entire video
  • At custom start times

Step 6: Save Your Changes

After setting your preferences, click on ‘Publish’ in the upper right to apply the watermark to all your uploaded videos.

This watermark will now appear on all new videos you upload based on the display settings you’ve chosen. It can serve as a subtle but effective way to constantly promote your brand and protect your videos.

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