YouTube Thursdays - June 17, 2021 Revisiting Thumbnails
Last year, we wrote a two-part series about video thumbnails, and why it's better to upload a custom thumbnail rather than use one of the default options offered by YouTube.
If you missed the series, here are links to those YouTube Thursdays posts.
In the "More Thumbnails" post, we mention using Canva to create custom thumbnails for our YouTube videos.
Therefore, this week, Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist sent us an email asking for help in trying to resolve a custom thumbnail upload issue on her YouTube channel, we recommended using Canva.
It seems her custom thumbnail photo, even though it was sized properly at 1280 x 720 pixels, was too large. Ironically, while on the phone she mentioned that Canva suggested downloading the thumbnail as a PNG. Instead, she decided to download it as a JPG. It seemed fine to me (Debb), - it wasn't. The same thumbnail as a JPG exceeded the limit, which is under 2MB.
After some experimentation on her part, Kathleen discovered the PNG file compressed the photo of her thumbnail to a size accepted by YouTube, while the same thumbnail as a JPG was still too large.
We are sharing her story this week to help those of you who might run into similar issues.
You can also use other online resources too, such as this YouTube Video Thumbnail Resizer. We found it while doing some online research about the topic.