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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Blogging Secrets #3: How to make a Banner for your Youtube Channel!




created by FionaBrianne for fionabrianne.blogspot.co.uk
Post number three in the Blogging Secrets series is here!
Thank you for the lovely comments that you have been leaving me encouraging me to continue with the series as well as the suggestions of what topic to cover next.
Today we are going to see how easy it is to make a decent banner for a Youtube channel using more or less any image.

Why is a banner important?
Honestly?
It is the very first thing a new subscriber sees on your channel and you know what they say about first impressions. If your banner is bold, different and colourful, then that suggests that you not only put time and effort in videos, but that they are exciting to watch. I have subscribed to people based on their banner alone!
 So let's get to it !
Note: For the purpose of this blogpost, I will be creating a new banner for my channel

Step One- Getting A Template
First things first, you will need to use a template for your banner as Youtube have size requirements for potential banner images. There is nothing worse than putting so much effort into a banner and then finding that it doesn't even fit your homepage. Luckily, YouTube have already made a template which will make a perfect size banner and creativity a whole lot easier.

On your YouTube channel page, hover over your channel banner and click the pencil icon that appears on the right side, then select 'Edit Channel Art'.



Then on the next page, select 'How to create channel art' which is highlighted in blue at the bottom of the pop up upload screen.

It will take you to a page with lots of information ( confusing information at that!), but scroll to the section that says Channel Art guidelines. There are two templates linked, but select the first option and save that to your desktop/pictures/computer/drive etc. And because I am extra nice, I have linked it here to avoid confusion.
You're welcome.
  Channel Art Template (Fireworks)


Step Two- Selecting images/ backgrounds
This part of the tutorial is completely up to you and what kind of image/ background you would like to use on your banner.
My favourite websites for clear high quality images and backgrounds are WeHeartIt and Tumblr because you can find almost anything on them just by searching using a key word, eg. some of my favourites- summer, chevron, paint splatter, overlays. Alternatively, Google Search is a winner, but be sure to select FREE stuff so you aren't chased with copyright issues ( especially if you plan on having a successful Youtube channel!). In addition, you may want to create your own social media icons to fit in with your channel theme, but that's another blog post!
Step Three- Creating your Banner
PicMonkey! Again, this image editor is King when it comes to making banner, icons, thumbnails etc, so that's what we will be using today.
Open PicMonkey and select the 'Edit' which is at the top of the homepage.


In the pop up upload window, find the saved template that you downloaded earlier and open the file.
You will notice that there are 3 shades of grey boxes on the image, where the central one is the darkest. I would recommend that you keep your images/ text in this grey box, just to be sure that your design will not be cut off on different devices.


Now to get creative! 
   If you would like TEXT on your image, click the icon on the side of your editing screen with two t's (Text) and go ahead and choose your text and font. Remember to keep it in the darkest grey box.


   If you would like IMAGES on your banner, click the butterfly icon (Overlays) and select the first option 'Your Own'. That way you can add any images that you have collected from your computer or websites to your banner.


 Although I manipulated my image beforehand, if you need to get rid of white space in an image, play around with the 'Blend Modes'. This is found when you click the image and select the 'Basic' Tab. If that doesn't work, select the 'Eraser' Tab and manually rub out the space.

   Once you have your text and images, you will need to get rid of the template outlines, otherwise it will just show up once you have uploaded your banner.
And that ain't cute.
Head over to the magic wand  icon (Effects) on the left hand side of the screen and scroll near to the bottom to the tab labelled 'Draw'. It will now give you the option to draw on your image, and that is what we are going to do.


Increase the brush size to the highest point, ensure that the colour is set to white and colour the entire image. You will notice that the colour will paint behind your text and images and will then provide a base for your background.


Obviously, if you want a white background you can leave it here. Hit the apply button to save the changes.
   If you would like a BACKGROUND, select the criss-cross/ hatching icon (Textures).


You can use the Textures provided by the website, but if you have already designed/ found your own, select the 'Your Own' icon.



 From here, upload your chosen background and play with the saturation and fade using the toolbar that has popped up.

And that is all there is to it!
Save your image to your computer and return to you Youtube channel homepage. Select the pencil icon again and then the 'Edit Channel Art'. Select your photo from the upload screen, ensure that the design fits all devices and you are all done once you have saved your changes.







Making a banner definitely takes some of your precious free time if you are a perfectionist or if you need the right saturation/effects/images/smile etc, but once that is done, the process is extremely quick, not to mention worthwhile as a great selling point for your channel.
(Doesn't it look so fancy!)
~

So! Another Blogging Secret has been revealed! Hope you all enjoyed today's post, let me know in the comments and 1+d this post to share it with your friends if you think it was worth 5 minutes of your time
 (FYI, these posts take days to make, I am not even joking).
Have a great week and make sure you ENTER MY GIVEAWAY NOWwhich will be ending very soon!

OTHER POSTS IN THE SERIES



Happy Blogging people
God Bless,
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1 comment

  1. This is a really helpful tutorial for making a YouTube banner! I am starting a YouTube channel, and I want to be sure that it looks nice and is user friendly. I am trying to get more subscribers, and I am sure that making a quality channel is part of this. Do you think it is good to go for a more simplistic style, or is it good to embellish things and bring in more designs? Thanks again for your great instructions! http://www.magdalenakulisz.com/create-youtube-banner-profile-picture/

    ReplyDelete

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Blogging Secrets #3: How to make a Banner for your Youtube Channel!




created by FionaBrianne for fionabrianne.blogspot.co.uk
Post number three in the Blogging Secrets series is here!
Thank you for the lovely comments that you have been leaving me encouraging me to continue with the series as well as the suggestions of what topic to cover next.
Today we are going to see how easy it is to make a decent banner for a Youtube channel using more or less any image.

Why is a banner important?
Honestly?
It is the very first thing a new subscriber sees on your channel and you know what they say about first impressions. If your banner is bold, different and colourful, then that suggests that you not only put time and effort in videos, but that they are exciting to watch. I have subscribed to people based on their banner alone!
 So let's get to it !
Note: For the purpose of this blogpost, I will be creating a new banner for my channel

Step One- Getting A Template
First things first, you will need to use a template for your banner as Youtube have size requirements for potential banner images. There is nothing worse than putting so much effort into a banner and then finding that it doesn't even fit your homepage. Luckily, YouTube have already made a template which will make a perfect size banner and creativity a whole lot easier.

On your YouTube channel page, hover over your channel banner and click the pencil icon that appears on the right side, then select 'Edit Channel Art'.



Then on the next page, select 'How to create channel art' which is highlighted in blue at the bottom of the pop up upload screen.

It will take you to a page with lots of information ( confusing information at that!), but scroll to the section that says Channel Art guidelines. There are two templates linked, but select the first option and save that to your desktop/pictures/computer/drive etc. And because I am extra nice, I have linked it here to avoid confusion.
You're welcome.
  Channel Art Template (Fireworks)


Step Two- Selecting images/ backgrounds
This part of the tutorial is completely up to you and what kind of image/ background you would like to use on your banner.
My favourite websites for clear high quality images and backgrounds are WeHeartIt and Tumblr because you can find almost anything on them just by searching using a key word, eg. some of my favourites- summer, chevron, paint splatter, overlays. Alternatively, Google Search is a winner, but be sure to select FREE stuff so you aren't chased with copyright issues ( especially if you plan on having a successful Youtube channel!). In addition, you may want to create your own social media icons to fit in with your channel theme, but that's another blog post!
Step Three- Creating your Banner
PicMonkey! Again, this image editor is King when it comes to making banner, icons, thumbnails etc, so that's what we will be using today.
Open PicMonkey and select the 'Edit' which is at the top of the homepage.


In the pop up upload window, find the saved template that you downloaded earlier and open the file.
You will notice that there are 3 shades of grey boxes on the image, where the central one is the darkest. I would recommend that you keep your images/ text in this grey box, just to be sure that your design will not be cut off on different devices.


Now to get creative! 
   If you would like TEXT on your image, click the icon on the side of your editing screen with two t's (Text) and go ahead and choose your text and font. Remember to keep it in the darkest grey box.


   If you would like IMAGES on your banner, click the butterfly icon (Overlays) and select the first option 'Your Own'. That way you can add any images that you have collected from your computer or websites to your banner.


 Although I manipulated my image beforehand, if you need to get rid of white space in an image, play around with the 'Blend Modes'. This is found when you click the image and select the 'Basic' Tab. If that doesn't work, select the 'Eraser' Tab and manually rub out the space.

   Once you have your text and images, you will need to get rid of the template outlines, otherwise it will just show up once you have uploaded your banner.
And that ain't cute.
Head over to the magic wand  icon (Effects) on the left hand side of the screen and scroll near to the bottom to the tab labelled 'Draw'. It will now give you the option to draw on your image, and that is what we are going to do.


Increase the brush size to the highest point, ensure that the colour is set to white and colour the entire image. You will notice that the colour will paint behind your text and images and will then provide a base for your background.


Obviously, if you want a white background you can leave it here. Hit the apply button to save the changes.
   If you would like a BACKGROUND, select the criss-cross/ hatching icon (Textures).


You can use the Textures provided by the website, but if you have already designed/ found your own, select the 'Your Own' icon.



 From here, upload your chosen background and play with the saturation and fade using the toolbar that has popped up.

And that is all there is to it!
Save your image to your computer and return to you Youtube channel homepage. Select the pencil icon again and then the 'Edit Channel Art'. Select your photo from the upload screen, ensure that the design fits all devices and you are all done once you have saved your changes.







Making a banner definitely takes some of your precious free time if you are a perfectionist or if you need the right saturation/effects/images/smile etc, but once that is done, the process is extremely quick, not to mention worthwhile as a great selling point for your channel.
(Doesn't it look so fancy!)
~

So! Another Blogging Secret has been revealed! Hope you all enjoyed today's post, let me know in the comments and 1+d this post to share it with your friends if you think it was worth 5 minutes of your time
 (FYI, these posts take days to make, I am not even joking).
Have a great week and make sure you ENTER MY GIVEAWAY NOWwhich will be ending very soon!

OTHER POSTS IN THE SERIES



Happy Blogging people
God Bless,
post signature

1 comment

  1. This is a really helpful tutorial for making a YouTube banner! I am starting a YouTube channel, and I want to be sure that it looks nice and is user friendly. I am trying to get more subscribers, and I am sure that making a quality channel is part of this. Do you think it is good to go for a more simplistic style, or is it good to embellish things and bring in more designs? Thanks again for your great instructions! http://www.magdalenakulisz.com/create-youtube-banner-profile-picture/

    ReplyDelete