YouTube Design, Creating Channel Art @CreativeMarket

Let me begin by saying that I don’t support any of my students using paid services to design their YouTube channel art or any other online endeavor. When you get a little more serious about YouTubing, and you’ve got hundreds of subscribers, maybe you could begin to consider whether it’s necessary or not.

That said, there are some great sites that offer free, or limited free design and template help. I’ve taken the following from Creative Market:

A Rundown of Useful YouTube Channel Art Makers


If you are going down the very design-involved route of creating channel art from scratch, then you’ll want to check out the available channel art makers on the web. These are all free tools that you can use to design your banner to your heart’s content.


Adobe Spark
Adobe Spark lets non-designers go to town on their banners and explore their creativity. Starting the process is as easy as signing up to this tool and then selecting the typography, choosing from stock photos or uploading your own, or using a pre-designed theme that’s fully customizable.


Fotor
Fotor lets you design from scratch in just a few steps. After you open its design tool, you can manage the layouts, drop in text and images that you like, and tweak the background. Finally, save your new design and preview it before it ever goes live on YouTube.


Canva
Canva is another tool that doesn’t require you to have masterful design skills to create your YouTube channel art virtually from scratch. In only a few minutes, you’ll be able to design your own banner by selecting from its premade layouts and tweak the typeface, colors, and illustrations or images to your desire.


Bannersnack
You won’t be creating your channel art from scratch here, but you’ll get a selection of premade templates to begin your banner creation. Designed to have your banner done in a short time, simply choose your template, then add any shapes, clip art and stock photos that you want.


Snappa
If speed’s what you’re looking for, then you’ve got to try Snappa, the channel art maker that promises results in less than one minute. You don’t need to be a designer to create professional-caliber channel art by using Snappa’s library of templates, high-resolutions images, and graphics. In only a few steps, you have the chance to create a vibrant design for your channel art.


Crello
Thanks to Crello, you’re able to design YouTube channel art without any friction. Simply dive into its deep resources of thousands of templates and stock photos to create the ideal banner that you want. You can also personalize your design by switching out backgrounds, adding or removing text, and tweaking the typeface exactly how you see fit.

Creative Market, “Designing the Perfect YouTube Channel Art: Amazing Tips and Tricks”
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