A [Step-by-Step] 2021 guide to design your custom 2048 x 1152 YouTube banner for FREE!
“Do not judge a book by its cover,“ they said.
But, we still do it on a subconscious level (thanks to millions of years of human evolution).
The adage is true for YouTube banners too - we shouldn’t judge a YouTube channel by its banner.
But, the fact is we are humans.
Today, attention spans are at an all-time low and nobody can fault viewers for judging a YouTube channel by its banner size and design.
However, the success of a YouTube channel depends on how your YouTube banner looks.
So, in this blog post, I will help you create a stunning aesthetic YouTube banner of size 2048 x 1152 pixels.
I will also explain the best practices with some practical examples.
But, what is a 2048 x 1152 size YouTube banner?
If you already understand the basics of a YouTube banner, feel free to skip this section. But if you’re new to this concept, then read along.
A 2048 x 1152 size YouTube banner is displayed on the top of your YouTube channel. For example, consider our own channel - Picmaker.
Do you see the graphic that is displayed above our Picmakr's YouTube channel name?
Yup, the one with the words, “Design the Future”. That’s your 2048 x 1152 YouTube banner. It helps provide a professional look to your channel. Without that banner, any channel would look dull.
Removing a YouTube banner could be detrimental to the channel in a number of ways.
For starters, a new visitor might come to a channel and decide to not subscribe because he/she does not grasp what our channel is all about. A clean banner gives a good first impression and pushes people to subscribe to your channel.
What’s the recommended size for a YouTube banner?
With all that said, you might be doubtful about the right size for your YouTube banner. There are a ton of recommendations out there.
Frankly, it can get a bit confusing. But, I want to make life simple for you. Here are the only 4 details you’ll ever need to know.
- The recommended size for YouTube banner image: 2560 x 1140 pixels
- Minimum dimensions for YouTube banner: 2048 x 1152 pixels
- Safe area to display your texts and logos: 1546 x 423 pixels
- Maximum File size of YouTube banner: 6MB
These are the only dimensions and sizes you need to consider while creating your YouTube banner.
In this blog post, we’ll take a look at how we can create a 2048 x 1152 YouTube banner for FREE.
Why is a 2048 x 1152 size YouTube banner important?
A YouTube banner is important for a number of reasons. But, I’ll cover the top 5 most important reasons to create your custom YouTube banner.
- Give your visitors a solid first impression
Let’s say that you are reading one of my blog posts and click on a link to one of my YouTube videos. Let’s also assume that you love my YouTube videos and want to learn more about me (however, that's very unlikely).
So you click on my channel logo and go to my channel dashboard. Let’s assume that my channel looks like this now.
Would you subscribe to it?
On a scale of 1 to 10, how sure are you to subscribe to my channel?
Make a note of your answer. Please be honest with it.
Now let’s assume in the same scenario, where you click my logo, and jump onto my channel dashboard. This is what you see right now.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how sure are you to subscribe to this version of my channel?
If you’re like me, I am sure that you would subscribe to the second version of my channel. That’s because this channel looks much better than the other.
The custom 2048 x 1152 YouTube banner made my channel look professional.
It gave you the right first impression and pushed you to subscribe.
Plus, it got a lot of things right in our YouTube banner formula.
- Tell a story
If done right, your YouTube channel can tell a story about who you are and what you do. You can leave subtle clues as to what your channel is all about.
Take a look at Vanessa Lau’s YouTube channel.
She gets a number of things right on her custom YouTube banner.
- She explains what she does in a simple manner
One look at her banner and you can understand that she helps creators and coaches with their business.
- She also shows valid proof of how many followers she has on Instagram
This shows that Vanessa knows her stuff. This may be a very small factor, but subconsciously, our human brain tunes into that and recognizes it.
It’s a small nudge that will compel you to hit the ‘Subscribe’ button and become her follower.
- Explain your posting schedule
Once we are done with intros, you can also use the custom YouTube banner to show your posting schedule. Vanessa states that she puts out a “new video every week”. So, if you’re consistent with your YouTube game, be specific with your posting schedule.
Something like “New video every Sunday noon Eastern Time” or “New videos on every weekday“ or even “New videos every single day”.
(BTW, If you’re someone who puts out new videos every day, I just have one question for you - How do you do it?! I am struggling to even create 1 video a week.)
Tag @picmakerhq on twitter and tell us all about your YouTube video secrets.
- Point people to lead magnets or any other CTA
Finally, you can use your 2048 x 1152 YouTube banner to lead people out of your YouTube channel. If you take a look at Vanessa’s custom YouTube banner, she points visitors to a free training.
When you click on that, you land on Vanessa’s website.
This is an example of how you can use custom links to take your subscribers off YouTube and into your website.
You can also use the same button to guide people to a free Ebook.
Ahrefs uses this chance to push people to subscribe to their channel.
Click on this and you will get an option to subscribe to their YouTube channel (if you’re not subscribed already). Just like Vanessa, they could have used this chance to ask people to hit that button, just by leaving a small Call To Action there.
9 simple steps to make a custom 2048 x 1152 YouTube banner
Before you start with the designs for your custom 2048 x 1152 YouTube template, make sure that all your dimensions are right.
Plotting out dimensions is a tedious process.
That’s exactly why I created a YouTube banner design template to help you with that process.
All you need to do is download this image and use it as a reference when you are designing your custom 2048 x 1152 YouTube banner.
Right click on this template and Hit “Save image“ to save it on your desktop.
If you feel that this template is too colourful for your likes, you can also download our 2nd version.
It’s quite friendly on the eyes.
Or you can also download this template below.
Anyways both are the same, apart from the different color schemes.
This template will be your guiding light for creating your custom 2048 x 1152 YouTube banner image.
Step 1: Download our YouTube banner measurement template for FREE
I’ll say it a thousand times before you download this template. Trust me when I say that it’s that much important for this process.
Just click on the Image and click 'Save'
Have you downloaded it yet?
Let’s get on with our 2nd step now.
Step 2: Go to Picmaker and select a custom dimension
Visit Picmaker.com and login to your dashboard. Feel free to create your own account if you’re not an user already.
On your dashboard select the “Custom size“ option.
Step 3: Enter the custom dimension values in there
After you click on the custom size option, this pop-up will be displayed to you.
Enter the Dimensions as ‘2048‘ and ‘1152‘ in the corresponding boxes.
Select ‘px’ as the measurement factor.
Now click on “Create Design“.
You will be taken to a brand new blank page with your 2048 x 1152 YouTube banner dimensions.
Step 4: Upload our template and import it onto your page
Select the upload 'tab' on the right-hand side and upload the template you downloaded earlier.
Hit the upload button
Once you find the template on your device, upload it to your dashboard.
Step 5: Drag and drop the template onto your blank canvas
Once you have the template on your Picmaker dashboard, drag and drop it onto your blank canvas.
Resize it to fit the dimensions of your custom 2048 x 1152 YouTube channel template.
Step 6: Determine your background for the custom YouTube banner
Once you have uploaded this template onto your dashboard, it’s time to get your hands dirty. Understand if you’re planning to use a picture or a solid color for your banners.
- If I am using a picture, here is how I would go after this step
You can click on the photos tab and choose from millions of stock photos on our templates.
If you want to make it personal, you can also upload an original photo by clicking on the upload tab and uploading your image.
- If you are using solid colors, select on the Gradients or shapes to fill your YouTube banner.
On a personal note, I like to keep things simple. So I am just going to go with solid colors for this tutorial.
Step 7: Add fonts and colours over the entire banner
My first step is to add a primary color over the tablet area.
Once your primary color has covered the entire desktop area, click on ‘Arrangement.’
And then hit ‘Backward’.
The design will disappear behind our template.
But you don’t need to worry.
We will retrieve that design in the coming steps. Now go on and add another solid color like this cyan for the mobile area.
Just like the above step, click on ‘Arrangement’ and hit the ‘Backward’ option.
Step 8: Delete the template
After you have added enough variations and colors, feel free to go and delete the template.
Voilà! Now, you are left with just the templates or designs that you chose earlier.
Step 9: Be creative within the designated area
Now that you have the designated area all to yourself, feel free to let your creativity run free. Start by adding the right texts and CTAs for your YouTube channel. You can choose from the hundreds of fonts available on Picmaker’s dashboard.
Just click on the text tab and select a style of your liking.
You can change the size and color of the selected font to make it fit your design.
You can also add some fun elements to make your 2048 x 1152 YouTube banner pop.
Select the ‘Objects’ bar and put in elements that fit the theme of your YouTube banner.
If you’re looking to amp it up, you can also add your images by removing their background.
Upload your image and click on “Effects.”
Select ‘Remove Background’ and remove the image background for free.
You can finetune it to add or remove parts from your image. Once it’s done click on ‘Finish’.
You can take this up a notch and ‘Stickerify’ your image to make it pop. But, I’m not going to do this. Instead, I'll let you figure out that feature for yourself. 👊
Once you’re satisfied with your 2048 x 1152 custom YouTube banner, go ahead and download it.
Just one last thing, feel free to add a background for this banner. This background cannot be seen on your smartphones or desktops, but it can be seen on your television.
Personally I like to add multiple colors and keep my background as a gradient of all the colors.
Once it’s done, hit download and take your 2048 x 1152 YouTube banner offline.
And your custom YouTube banner is done
Now that you're done with all the steps, it's time to take a breather with this quote.
There are three great responses to a piece of design.
Yes, no, and wow!
You should aim for 'Wow'!
With your Youtube banner, you should aim for something that wows the people taking a look at it.
With all that said and done, here's a short recap of the 9 steps in the form of an Infographic.
With all that said and done, creativity plays an important role in your 2048 x 1152 YouTube banner.
Your opportunities are endless with Picmaker's free images and graphic, at your disposal. Learn more about it in our YouTube banner maker.
Go now and come back with a spectacular YouTube Banner!
How to upload your custom 2048 x 1152 YouTube banner?
You’ve worked really hard on your custom YouTube banner. You have added the fonts, graphics, and CTA to make it truly personal. Now, you need to make sure that you upload your YouTube banner in the right way.
Go to YouTube and click on your account logo at the top right.
Select ‘YouTube Studio’ from the drop-down list.
On your creator studio, select the ‘Customization’ tab
and click on ‘Branding’.
Select the change banner option and upload your banner.
Now select your custom 2048 x 1156 YouTube banner from your downloads and upload it.
Once done, click on the ‘Publish’ button.
Now you can click on ‘View Channel’ to your channel with the new and updated custom 2048 x 1152 YouTube banner.
Go ahead and view your YouTube banner on all your devices to make sure that it’s perfect.
To wrap up, here are 3 examples of a perfect YouTube banner
- Justin Brown - Primal Video
From the CTA to the short summary about the channel, Justin Brown at Primal video does everything right. The banner matches the color theme of their YouTube channel, while also asking visitors to check out their free guide.
This custom YouTube banner screams perfect in all ways.
- Nick Nimmin
Nick Nimmin is a successful youtuber and marketer, who has one of the perfect banners on Youtube. He uses his banner space to convert more visitors into subscribers. He does this in three successful ways
- His tagline explains why you should subscribe - He explains that you should subscribe for tips on Youtube videos and video-making tips.
- He places a “Click to subscribe” link on his CTA. - This allows visitors an extra way to subscribe to his Youtube channel.
- Salma Jafri
Salma Jafri keeps her YouTube banner simple. All she includes is a short summary of her channel, along with her picture. This is also a great way to design your banner. She has included links to all her social media channels along with her website.
I hope that by now, you a good idea about designing and uploading your custom 2048 x 1152 YouTube banner.
If you have any more queries or doubts, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'll be happy to personally answer your queries regarding this topic.
Thank you for reading.
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