YouTube Channel Art Template – Image Size 2560 x 1440 – Photoshop Smart Objects PSD – December 2017
The minimum requirement is now 2048 x 1152 pixels.
While this information is probably enough for most people who simply want to quickly customize their YouTube channels, for the real pixelpushers among us these guidelines as well as YouTube’s own size template does not quite cut it.
So after looking at the actual pixel sizes we decided to do some testing with various file sizes – and here are the results:
First, we looked at the displayed pixels of the channel cover art in various browser window sizes: While TouTube scales the uploaded image, they also crop it to make it fit into the various image containers across devices.
The smallest size we were able to see was 1060 x 175 pixels, and the largest was 2120 x 351 pixels (on Desktop – although the latter sometimes showed as 2120 x 350).
– If you have a solid background, you won’t see much difference between the 22048×1152 px image and the 2560×1440 px image – except that your logo (or whatever else you put in the center) will be larger in the smaller image.
– The so-called “safe area” is supposed to be 423 pixels high – a number we can in no may recommend or reproduce, as your logo will get cut off (cropped) both at the top and at the bottom.
– We found a height of 280 pixels for the center image to be the best fit.
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Google Changes December 2017
– Featured Videos and Playlists were deprecated on December 14 2017
– Google made a few other changes to other Google products on the same day, e.g. they (finallly!) changed their policy regarding (negative) reviews by (former) employees (Section “Conflict of Interest”).