Step 2: Create a Background

The first thing you'll want to do after you open up the template is zoom out a little, because the dimensions are large and hard to navigate through. 

Then, find the control which lets you create new layers and create a new, empty/transparent layer. You'll see it added to the Layer tab of your program. Since we're going to be using this layer as a background, you should drag the layer all the way to the bottom underneath all the other layers, so the above layers are imposed on top of the background instead of being obscured by it.

Then, hide the other layers, so only the new, empty one can be worked with. In Pixelmator, a checkbox lets you hide layers, in Photoshop it's an 'eye' icon. Now, you need to create a background.

When it comes to backgrounds, you have a few options. You can create a nice smooth gradient with the Gradient tool, or you can paste in a high-res picture, or paste in some nice, pre-made backgrounds. The picture with the orange background was created with the gradient tool. The other picture with the soft, huey background came from this link

If you're pasting in an image as a background, look for an option that lets you paste it as a New Layer, that'll save you a lot of fuss in resizing the layer to your picture size. You can then resize the layer itself to meet the requirements of the Channel Art. 

Lastly, the template comes with a layer called 'Your Art here'. Feel free to delete that, or replace your background image into that layer if you wish to keep it, it's up to you.
<p>Great Article! I have created an template myself which can be used for free. So if anyone wants to use the photoshop template just visit my channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t9F3G3qrME</p>
<p>i often use Amoyshare Photo Collage maker software to make youtube channel art.there is a article about socail media cover photo design tips from http://www.amoyshare.com/photo-collage-maker-for-win/social-media-banner-guide.html ,hope it can help more user!</p>
<p>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) </p>
<p>Fantastic tutorial! </p><p>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 :) </p>
<p>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 &amp; will definitely be buying it!</p>
<p>That's amazing Kristy. Good job!</p>
Thanks for the huge help!
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
Hmm, profile pictures?<br><br>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.<br><br>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.

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