YouTube Channel Art Template – Image Size 2560 x 1440 – Photoshop Smart Objects PSD – December 2017

Dec 28th, 2017
This is the newest version – following some changes in mid-Decemeber 2017 (TL;DR: Jump to file download)
YouTube’s latest recommendation for uploading channel art is 2560 x 1440 px (max file size: 6MB).
The minimum requirement is now 2048 x 1152 pixels.

YouTube Channel Art Upload - Too Small

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).

YouTube Channel Art Scaled to 1060 x 175 pixels

YouTube Channel Art Scaled to 2120 x 351 pixels

We then created a PSD file with all the different sizes, filled them with different colors and uploaded them to our YouTube channel.
YouTube Photoshop Cover Art Template

The Results?

– 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.

Full recommended size (2560 x 1440 pixels)

TV
YouTube Channel Art Size 2560x1440 - Smart TV

Minimum required size (2048 x 1152 pixels)

TV
YouTube Channel Art Size 2048x1152 - Smart TV

Full recommended size (2560 x 1440 pixels)

Desktop
YouTube Channel Art Size 2560x1440 - Desktop

Minimum required size (2048 x 1152 pixels)

Desktop
YouTube Channel Art Size 2048x1152 - Desktop

Full recommended size (2560 x 1440 pixels)

Mobile (S7edge, landscape)
YouTube Channel Art Size 2560x1440 - Mobile

Minimum required size (2048 x 1152 pixels)

Mobile (S7edge, landscape)
YouTube Channel Art Size 2048x1552 - Mobile

Full recommended size (2560 x 1440 pixels)

Mobile (S7edge, portrait)
YouTube Channel Art Size 2560x1440 - Mobile

Minimum required size (20448 x 1152 pixels)

Mobile (S7edge, portrait)
YouTube Channel Art Size 2048x1552 - Mobile

Download This Template!

Get the Photoshop Version – PSD w/ Smart Objects

Includes:
– All layvers
– 2 smart objects: simply insert your logo and your background, DONE!
– File size: 10.7 MB (zip)
– Resolution: 2560 x 1440 @ 72 dpi

Please note that Adobe Photoshop is required to open & edit this file.

FREE Download Dec 2017 Version of The Template – JPGs only (3 jpg files – 65.5 KB)

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Google Changes December 2017

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About the author:

Nina Khoury is a computer scientist, software engineer, data and information junkie and online marketer. She taught at various universities for more than six years and worked on projects for Fortune 500 companies including cisco, Intel and HP.

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