By its very nature, YouTube is a visual medium. While your video content will be the biggest part of your body of work, you can’t ignore the need for quality graphics on your channel as well. Whether it’s a banner on your channel page, stills to make your videos more attractive, streaming images, or a channel logo, you’ll likely need graphics on a regular basis.
You don’t have to be a graphic design pro to create professional-looking pieces, however. Here are three excellent tools for YouTubers interested in graphic design.
When it comes to easily creating designs for your YouTube channel, Canva is the tool to beat. Many creators frequently cite Canva as their favorite graphic design platform. Canva allows users to easily create banners, Pinterest and blog images, business cards, and more. For YouTubers, the ability to create a beautiful channel banner in under 10 minutes is a major plus. More importantly, Canva is a great tool for creating custom thumbnail images.
The best thing about Canva is just how easy it is to use. Everything is drag-and-drop within their platform, which includes tons of pre-made templates that you can use. (You can also create your own from scratch if you’d rather!)
PicMonkey is another star when it comes to creating stylish video stills, images, or for editing your Canva creations so they stand out even more. PicMonkey is a very easy image editing application that lays everything out in a simple format. Crop, resize, add texture or color, add text, create collages, and more with PicMonkey’s free tools.
If you choose to pay for PicMonkey’s premium tools, you’ll gain access to a huge library of fonts, more textures and image effects, and more frames. While this is a great tool to use with Canva, you can also create and edit an image entirely in PicMonkey.
When it comes to getting a design that really stands out from the crowd, you may need more help than an application can offer. Sometimes a designer is needed to take your idea or existing logo to a new level.
That’s where 99Designs comes in. This website allows you to work with a variety of talented designers, at your own budget. You post your project, and designers apply for the job with samples or product mock ups. Then you choose the design you like. 99Designs guarantees that you’ll receive the product, so you don’t have to worry about anything going off the rails.
Using graphics with your YouTube channel is a must if you want to grow your video brand. Keep these three tools in your back pocket for the moment you need great design work on your channel.
Vloggers Mailing List
Subscribe to our mailing list and get our best content for vloggers sent to your inbox
Thank you for subscribing.