The new YouTube One Channel design is both hated and loved. Either way, you’ll have to adjust to the new system, because that’s the only way you’re going to attract people to your videos.
Channel Art is one way you can do this. Channel Art which looks great across desktop, mobile and TV devices is definitely going to leave a long-lasting impression, and get people coming back to your Channel for more.
This Instructable will teach you how to make Channel Art.
> An advanced image editing program: Gimp, Photoshop, Pixelmator, Paint .Net etc.
> Some time.
Step 1: The Channel Art Template
Get your hands on the YouTube Channel Art template. You’ll find it here: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2972003?hl=en along with some other guidelines, most of which won’t make sense to you immediately, but it might be okay to look through them if you want an idea of what you’re going up against.
The Channel Art template is a .PSD, so you’ll need Photoshop, but I often use Pixelmator for Mac to do image editing, which is really the same thing. If you’re looking for a free program to do this editing, look into Paint .Net or Gimp. The interfaces of all image editing programs are fairly similar.
Open up the template and study it for a minute. If you're new to image editing programs, play around with a few controls, particularly the ones which have to do with hiding/showing and adding/deleting layers.