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How To Find Images for a YouTube Clip

Here's a list of online sources that will enable you to download free images: albumarium burst flickr freeimages getrefe gratisography imagesource imcreator jaymantri kaboompics lifeofpix littlevisuals morguefile nos pexels picjumbo picography pixabay startupstockphotos stocksnap unsplash

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How To Create a Hero Image for a YouTube Thumbnail

In this tutorial, we will use the Remove.bg utility to extract a person's picture from its original background and them move it to a hero position on a YouTube thumbnail. Here's how to do it: Locate a picture of the person you want to use as a hero on your computer. In this example, we'll […]

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How To Extract a Frame From a YouTube Clip

In this tutorial, we will use the Convert Video utility from Kapwing to extract a still frame from your video. The utility is free and the interface intuitive. This will enable you to use the resulting image as a background image for your YouTube thumbnail wil ease. In the step-by-step example below, we assume that […]

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How to create a YouTube Video Thumbnail using GIMP

GIMP is an open-source, stand-alone (desktop) raster editor. It falls in the same general category as Photoshop. It is the most powerful paint-like free tool on the market. GIMP works on all common desktop operating systems (Mac, Windows and Linux). Here's how to create a YouTube thumbnail from scratch: Create an empty document using the […]

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How to create a YouTube Video Thumbnail using Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark is a browser-based drawing application. It falls in the same general category as Canva and dozens of similar services. Like its competitors, Adobe Spark offers a free tier that is powerful enough for creating social media resources such as YouTube thumbnails.. Simply open an account if you don't have existing Adobe credentials, and […]

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How to create a YouTube Video Thumbnail using Visme

Visme is a browser-based drawing application. It falls in the same general category as Adobe Illustrator. It is very powerful but requires more skills than the typical web-based design application.  Visme also offers a free tier that is just fine for creating social media resources such as YouTube thumbnails.. Simply create an account and you're […]

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How to create a YouTube Video Thumbnail using Gravit Designer

Gravit Designer is a browser-based drawing application. It falls in the same general category as Adobe Illustrator. It is very powerful but requires more skills than the typical web-based design application.  Gravit Designer also offers a free tier that is just fine for creating social media resources such as YouTube thumbnails.. Simply create an account […]

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How to download a font from Google Fonts

Downloading from Google Fonts Here's how to download a font from Google Fonts: Visit the Google Fonts application and filter the available fonts to locate the best one for your particular usage. Here's a selection of fonts for designing YouTube thumbnails. Click the font you want to download. In our example, we select Montserrat. Review […]

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How to create a YouTube Video Thumbnail using Befunky

Befunky is an elaborate web-based design app that allows editors to create many kinds of graphic resources. Befunky also offers a paid subscription-based service but the application has a free tier that is just fine for creating social media resources. Simply create an account and you're good to go. Here's how to create a thumbnail […]

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How to create a YouTube Video Thumbnail using Desygner

Desygner is an elaborate web-based design app that allows editors to create many kinds of graphic resources. Desygner Premium is a subscription-based service but the application has a free tier that is just fine for creating social media resources. Simply create an account and you're good to go. Here's how to create a thumbnail for […]

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