The Quickest YouTube Thumbnail Tutorial (NOT PHOTOSHOP)

In this video, I'll show you how I created the thumbnail for this video in less than 5 minutes, without photoshop.

Canva Pro for background removal and thumbnail template library:

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15 Responses to The Quickest YouTube Thumbnail Tutorial (NOT PHOTOSHOP)

  1. EvolveThis - The Evolution of Games February 9, 2022 at 2:54 pm #

    Thank you Pat! Jam packed with good tips & content 🙂

  2. Dan Kelly February 9, 2022 at 2:55 pm #

    When in doubt… You should be looking at the thing you want the viewer to look at.

  3. Fit Over 50 February 9, 2022 at 2:58 pm #

    Nice. Wonder if I should make the move to the Pro version – to step it up with a lot more templates and a better/higher resolution version of; that’s fully integrated. Only 127 more videos to go to meet my initial commitment of 152 – that’s what “they” say to commit to before whining.

  4. Rick Mulready February 9, 2022 at 3:06 pm #

    This has saved me a TON of time. Thanks for sharing this man!

  5. David Kennedy III February 9, 2022 at 3:08 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! I am extremely rusty in my techie space. I would probably hire someone to create thumbnails edit and anything I rather not do. I’ll stay in my lane sort of speaking. Again I appreciate your tutorials.

  6. A Q February 9, 2022 at 3:25 pm #

    Good picture. Great choice. Thanks for sharing this useful video.

  7. Fabiano Pina February 9, 2022 at 5:27 pm #

    Lol, im always so embarrassed to take photos of myself. You are courageous lol

  8. The Philocypher February 9, 2022 at 5:35 pm #

    Thanks for the tutorial! Small tip, you can start with the thumbnail template than add your image and remove bg. A bit faster imo.

  9. Laura Beth Love February 9, 2022 at 6:03 pm #

    Very helpful, thanks!

  10. Let's Talk February 9, 2022 at 6:18 pm #

    Just tried it on my last thumbnail. Thanks.

  11. Hot Pockets February 9, 2022 at 6:21 pm #

    this is pretty cool. just for making files for fun. whether its for youtube or not

  12. Ore Apampa February 9, 2022 at 6:21 pm #

    I love Canva’s ease and simplicity. I use it all the time for my video thumbnails as well

  13. THUMBNAIL HACKS February 9, 2022 at 9:43 pm #

    Super great video *Pat* definitely going to send all 10 of my subscribers over to check it out as I don’t believe in redoing the master’s work in another format. You thumbnails as always rock my friend. Still plugging and chugging at doing a channel based on Thumbnails only. Great tools introduced. Was your CANVA thumbnail that you used also a CANVA PRO Thumbnail Template?

    • Pat Flynn February 9, 2022 at 9:51 pm #

      Thanks for that, and the thumbnail was a part of the search template gallery, I don’t believe that to be just PRO only, but I’m not 100% sure.

  14. Essential Origami February 9, 2022 at 10:05 pm #

    Thanks Pat, this is exactly what I need, and I was already planning on spending this weekend upgrading my Thumbnail Technique. Just-In-Time Learning!
    Team Flynn for the Win #incomestream

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