How to make a Custom YouTube thumbnail

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Learn how to create a Customized YouTube Thumbnail to make your uploads more professional.

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  • Great pointers Sue. I would add though that the content of the thumbnail needs to be carefully selected for best results. I actually wrote an article about it here http://www.faqtube.tv/youtube-thumbnail/ hope it helps you guys
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  • You have to confirm your account. There is a link to input a phone number where they will send you a code. After that you will access to all of the options.
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  • Hi Sue,

    Thanks for the info. Do you need a special account to make custom thumbnails? I don't see that button on my YouTube page.

    -Evan
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How to make a Custom YouTube thumbnail

  1. 1. How to Make a Custom YouTube Thumbnail
  2. 2. Ready to make a Custom YouTube Thumbnail? First, Take a screen shot of a frame you love, this saves the image on your desktop. (Command Shift 4)
  3. 3. Open Photo Editor Type http://pixlr.com into your browser. This is a free photo editing application. Click on Pixlr Advanced.
  4. 4. Upload a Photo Select Open image from computer. This will open a new window and have you located and select your file from your computer.
  5. 5. Create a Text Box Now the image is in the editor Select the A button, Then click on the image. A text box will appear.
  6. 6. Add your text Add your desired text, change the font size, style, or color if you wish from the options above. Then Click A button again to exit. Take a screenshot of this new image.
  7. 7. Upload to YouTube Log into your YouTube account, and go to Video Manager.
  8. 8. In Video Manager, find the Upload that the created Thumbnail is for. Click Edit.
  9. 9. S e l e c Remember to t Changes Save when you are done uploading. Select Custom Thumbnail And Upload your image!
  10. 10. Done! You now have a custom Thumbnail for your video.
  11. 11. Your Custom YouTube Thumbnail adds professional value to your uploads. #SueBDoDoes! Come to Suebzimmerman.com today to sign up for more business tips and tricks!
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