How to create a YouTube Video Thumbnail using GIMP

Here's a quick overview of the process of creating a YouTube video thumbnail using GIMP, the free video editor.

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:

  1. Create an empty document using the standard YouTube thumbnail size (1280 x 720 pixels)
  2. Add an image layer as background.
  3. Add effects, graphic elements and text as needed.
  4. Save and export the final thumbnail to your local computer.
Last modified on September 3, 2020, 1:59 pm
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