Question: What are the best export settings for YouTube thumbnails?


To create effective and visually appealing YouTube thumbnails, it's crucial to use the right export settings. Here are the recommended settings:

Dimensions and Resolution

  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels.
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9, which is the standard aspect ratio for YouTube videos.

File Format

  • Format: JPEG or PNG. JPEG is commonly used due to its smaller file size, but PNG can be a better choice if you need transparency or higher quality images.

File Size

  • Maximum Size: 2 MB. Ensure your thumbnail file size does not exceed this limit to avoid upload issues.

Color Profile

  • Color Space: sRGB, which is the standard color profile for the web and will ensure consistent colors across different devices.

Additional Tips

  • Text: Use large, readable fonts for any text on the thumbnail. Avoid cluttering the image with too much text.
  • Contrast and Brightness: High contrast and bright colors help your thumbnail stand out.
  • Clarity: Make sure the main elements in the thumbnail are easily recognizable even at a small size.

Using these settings will help ensure that your YouTube thumbnails are optimized for both visual appeal and technical requirements.

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