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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. 
You'll need:

> An advanced image editing program: Gimp, Photoshop, Pixelmator, Paint .Net etc.
> Some time.
 
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Step 1: The Channel Art template

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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.

Hey there, I'm finding this SUPER confusing and would really appreciate your help in creating my channel art. It's just this photo and I can't get the dimensions right.. Thank you so much, Paris (PS my email is pjcollingbourne@hotmail.co.uk)

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mytubedesign3 months ago

Fantastic tutorial!

If you don't have those tools/software or simply don't have time to do it, you can check out http://www.mytubedesign.com for free channel arts :)

kristynkritters made it!7 months ago

Thanks so much! For now, mine is pretty simple - but its a start :) *Btw: I love the Pixelmator app you mentioned! Downloaded the free trial version & will definitely be buying it!

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Sarim Abbas (author)  kristynkritters4 months ago

That's amazing Kristy. Good job!

Thanks for the huge help!
Sarim Abbas (author)  TheHumanWhiz1 year ago
Hey, no problem :P
Where do you find profile picture templates because it always says that my picture is either too big or too small and when I crop it to the measurements they suggested it still was too big or small
Sarim Abbas (author)  TheHumanWhiz1 year ago
Hmm, profile pictures?

The specification is 1600 x 1600 px so try cropping your image to 1600 x 1600 px and then compressing it with ImageAlpha or PNGoo (links in the Instructable). That will reduce file size while keeping the dimensions the same. Then try uploading.

Sometimes there is a bug on YouTube where PNG files are said to be too small or big even when they have been sized correctly. Try uploading your profile picture as a JPEG instead.