Create Click-Worthy YouTube Thumbnails In Under 60 Seconds

Snappa’s free thumbnail maker is loaded with stunning templates, high-res images, and everything else you need to make YouTube thumbnails that get clicked.

Youtube Thumbnail maker

Making YouTube thumbnails shouldn't be a hassle...

...yet here you are, looking for a new way to whip up professional looking thumbnails in record time. That’s because most alternatives come with major shortcomings.


Photoshop makes YouTube thumbnail design a chore.

You need to scour the web for images that are free but not cheesy, figure out the proper dimensions for your graphic then navigate through a maze of features you don’t even know how to use!


Graphic designers are expensive and slow.

When you finally finish your video, you need to wait for your request to reach the top of your designer’s to-do list (if you can afford one). And discount designer sites like Fiverr come with similar wait times and inconsistent quality.


Most web-based design tools are clunky and difficult to use.

Plus, the best photos and graphics in their libraries, the ones you would actually want people to see, cost extra.


Create YouTube thumbnails on the fly with Snappa

  • Save time by starting with the ideal image dimensions for YouTube thumbnails
  • Access 5,000,000+ of high-res, not cheesy, 100% royalty-free stock photos from our library, or upload video snapshots
  • Start with one of many professionally designed templates to throw together eye catching thumbnails in seconds
  • Drag and drop your way to your own custom templates to make video thumbnails that are always on-brand and consistent with previous thumbnail images
  • Add the polish that gets your videos watched with customizable graphics, shapes, and text

Pump out your next YouTube video thumbnail in seconds with Snappa.

Examples of YouTube thumbnails created in under 60 seconds with Snappa

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Sujan Patel Quote

Snappa is the best tool I've used to create images for blog posts & Facebook ads. In 5 minutes I can do what used to take me hours to do or pay designers to do.

Sujan Patel,
Co-founder of Webprofits

Make YouTube thumbnails in four steps with Snappa



Click on ‘YouTube Thumbnail’ to start with the perfect image dimensions.

YouTube Thumbnail sizes


Choose from a bunch of easily customizable YouTube thumbnail templates to create click-worthy thumbnails in less time. Or start from scratch to unleash your inner creative.

YouTube Thumbnail templates


Upload a snapshot from your video to act as your background. Or choose from 5,000,000+ of stock images that are high resolution, and available inside Snappa. Then add, subtract, and modify text, graphics, and shapes until your thumbnail is exactly what you envisioned.

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Download your new YouTube thumbnail and upload it to YouTube. It’s an instant boost to your production quality that will make customers believe you have hired a professional graphic designer.

Download your YouTube Thumbnail

See why thousands of entrepreneurs and YouTubers choose Snappa to create enticing thumbnail images in less time.

What's to love about Snappa's thumbnail maker?


Never worry about YouTube thumbnail dimensions again

Thumbnail dimensions are available as a preset. A single click creates a canvas suited for thumbnail design. You can be sure that every thumbnail will display perfectly the first time.

Of course, if you want to create graphics for other platforms, we include dimension presets for social media posts, social media ads, blog images, infographics, and display ads. And image resizing makes it dead simple to repurpose an image for all other platforms.

Create thumbnails in seconds using professionally designed templates

You don’t always have time to dream up a 100% original thumbnail for your YouTube videos. With Snappa, you have access to professionally designed YouTube thumbnail templates which are optimized for clicks. Now you can be confident that your visual elements are well-proportioned, that your text elements are balanced, and that your colors complement one another. And you can customize everything about a template to make it match your brand and have consistency across thumbnails.

Snappa is fast, easy to use, and everything’s included


Designed for speed

Spend less time making YouTube thumbnails and more time recording videos, creating content, and growing your audience.

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No learning curve

Use Snappa like a pro without watching long video tutorials, reading how-to posts, or being a graphic designer.

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Everything included

All photos and graphics included in Snappa are 100% royalty-free and licensed for commercial use. No extra fees.

Create YouTube thumbnails that look professional and scream “click me!” in seconds.

Frequently Asked Questions


How long does Snappa’s free trial last?

You can use Snappa for as long as you like without paying a dime. You have access to thousands of photos and graphics, professionally designed templates for YouTube, and all other major social media platforms, and 3 downloads per month. Even our most powerful time-saving features such as automatic image resizing are yours on the free plan. We only want you to consider a paid account when Snappa becomes an important tool that saves you a ton of time and headache each month.

Is Snappa only for YouTube thumbnail design?

No. In addition to creating YouTube thumbnails, you can create graphics for:

Are your photos licensed for commercial use?

They sure are! All photos and graphics included in Snappa are 100% royalty-free. They can be used for both commercial and non-commercial purposes and you are not required to provide attribution.

Does Snappa offer customer support?

All members have access to video tutorials, detailed help docs categorized by topic, answers to FAQs, and email support.

Olga Andrienko Quote

Snappa is a must have tool for the non-designers who publish content online. It's super easy to use and has a nice set of templates, and despite its simplicity offers unlimited possibilities for creative minds.

Olga Andrienko,
Communications & Social Media Lead @ SEMrush

Ready to create your next YouTube thumbnail?