November 29, 2014

how to make thumbnail
This week we’re learning about one of the most important factors of success on YouTube – making thumbnails. There’s a lot to learn when it comes to graphic design, but it’s worth it.


While big movies have advertising campaigns with trailers, posters, reviews, news stories and interviews – here on YouTube the title and thumbnail are pretty much all we have in terms of ‘advertising’.  People will scroll through their subscription feed, search results, or suggested videos, and decide if they want to watch your video or not. The main information helping their decision is the title, and of course the thumbnail.  

So we’re clear that thumbnails are important, right?

check out this week’s DSLRguide:


I use GIMP, which is a free and open source graphics program that is very similar to photoshop!



thumbnails vimeo


Simon Cade

Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.

  • Paweł Jabłoński

    Thx for nice videos !