This is the best YouTube banner size (and examples of great channel art)

Here's the best size for your YouTube banner and everything you need to know to make eye-catching channel art.

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Komal Ahuja
This is the best YouTube banner size (and examples of great channel art)


Your YouTube banner is your first impression. It's what first sets clear expectations for your channel.

But for this to happen, you need to be clear on what you’re about and what your  YouTube content will cover.

In this article, I’m sharing everything you need from what’s the recommended YouTube banner size to examples of great banner art.

‍Let’s dive in!

What’s the best YouTube Banner Size? 

Here’s what you need to know about YouTube channel art dimensions:

YouTube’s Recommended Banner Size 2,560 x 1,440 pixels
Minimum Image Dimensions 2,048 x 1,152 pixels
Minimum Image Safe Area 1,546 x 423 pixels
Maximum File Size 6MB

But this isn’t everything you need to know. So do keep reading to know how exactly to fill your YouTube banner canvas to the best of your ability!

Formatting tips to avoid blurry and awkwardly cropped YouTube Channel Art

The YouTube banner must remain under the 6MB maximum file size, with a platform-accepted file type—JPEG, PNG, GIF, or BMP.

Avoid the minimum image dimensions and opt for the recommended banner size to avoid looking blurry or pixelated on larger devices.

Luckily, free image format converters like Convertio and image compressors like Img2Go can adjust an existing file in the wrong format or with larger file size.

What does ‘minimum image safe area’ mean and why is it important?

youtube banner size infographic on a bright pink to orange gradient. The graphic shows the recommended youtube banner size, minimum image safe area, maximum desktop size, and safe area
A) YouTube’s Recommended Banner Size This is the ideal size for a YouTube banner without making a blurry image
B) Minimum Image Safe Area These are the smallest dimensions you should use to upload your banner. A design canvas smaller than 2028 x 1152 pixels will not be uploadable.
C) Safe Area This is the zone that you’re guaranteed will NOT be cropped out on different devices (keep all important elements like text or logos in the safe area)
D) Maximum Desktop Depending on how big your desktop is, this is the maximum width that will appear of your YouTube banner when viewed on desktop.

Don’t have a way to measure pixel by pixel to make sure everything fits?

No problem!

Keep the most important details as close to the middle of your banner as possible. Anything placed on the far right or left or towards the very top or bottom is at risk for being chopped off when viewed on a phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, or TV.

How do you change your YouTube banner?

  1. Go to your YouTube channel.
screenshot for the youtube banner upload tutorial. Click on your profile image menu to click on your youtube channel
  1. Click on “customize channel.”
screenshot fo VEED's youtube channel showing people to click on the blue 'customize channel' button below their current banner to upload their new youtube banner art
  1. Go to 'branding' and choose 'banner image'
Screenshot showing YouTube Studio's channel customization. This image is indicating the reader to click on 'branding' located underneath the Channel Customization header text and then to click 'change' beside the banner imag section located in between picture and video watermark
  1. Click ‘change’ to upload (or drag-and-drop) your banner image.
  1. Your first indicator of an incorrect file dimension will appear here. If you upload a banner with a size smaller than 2048p x 1152p (minimum YouTube banner size), the platform will ask you to upload another image.
  1. Once uploaded, check your banner image view across desktop, mobile and television. If you see some part of the image cropped and want to fix it, click on “adjust crop.”
screenshot showing people how to crop their youtube banner so it disolays well across tv, mobile, desktop and any other device their channel is viewable on
  1. Click and adjust the highlighted box to fix the banner image, and make it a size-fit. 
  1. Once you’re satisfied, click on “done” to upload the banner image.

YouTube Banner Examples and Best Practices

An eye-catching YouTube banner does a great job at communicating what your brand is about. But most importantly it encourages people with a reason to watch your content.

Here are some best practices for you to avoid this and create a stunning banner that makes people want to watch one of your videos.

  1. Add the face(s) of your brand to the banner image. People want to interact with people. Humanize your brand and make yourself more approachable. Show your face or the faces of people involved in your content.
youtube banner example for vanessa lau's youtube channel
  1. Find an innovative way to represent your brand through the banner—make a collage of images symbolic to your brand. This can be things like behind-the-scenes or product images. Alternatively, you can also take a minimalistic approach and use illustrations that help your audience relate to the brand.
youtube banner example of Jay Shetty's youtube channel
  1. Consider adding a tagline to your banner—add a crisp one-liner expressing what you post about. This helps visitors  understand what you have to offer. And if it resonated with them, you might have a new subscriber! Ahrefs does this best with a simple yet self-explanatory tagline.
youtube banner example of Ahref's youtube channel
  1. Add a touch of credibility to your channel by including the logos of magazines or publications you’ve been featured on talks you’ve delivered or the awards you have received. These can make for a subtle plug in your banner but can help build a lot of authority.
youtube banner example of The New York Magazine youtube channel
  1. Optimize the clickable aspects of your channel cover by adding social media and site links in your channel settings. These can be overlaid on the art in a corner, thus allowing you to drive clicks from it. 
youtube banner example of Gary Vaynerchuck's youtube channel

YouTube Banner: Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the aspect ratio for the recommended YouTube Banner size?

The Youtube recommended aspect ratio of banner images is 16:9. To ensure viewers can see your banner properly from all devices, especially mobiles—keep the size within 2560p x 1440p. 


How often should you change your YouTube banner?

You can change your YouTube banner as often as you like. 

If you have rebranded your channel or changed the context or aesthetics of your channel—it’s a good idea to upload a new banner aligned with the new branding and content. 

If you’re introducing some new features or products, you’ve gotten an award or feature, or if you’re launching something of your own—updating the channel art to include these elements would be great.

However, even though you will be changing your banner image, stay consistent with your typography, elements, graphic designs, and colors to keep branding consistent and easily identifiable

The only exception to this is if you’re rebranding your channel, in which case, a complete 360 would make sense.

How do I make my YouTube banner fit on all devices?

While getting the edges of your banner cropped is inevitable when going from mobile to desktop to TV, here’s what you need to do to make sure the important parts are always visible:

  • Adhere to YouTube’s recommended banner size guidelines: 2560p x 1440p. If you use the minimum image dimensions your banner art will likely be blurry when viewed on larger devices.
  • Keep key elements in the safe area (the center) to avoid important parts getting chopped off.

Text vs. no text; Should you include it on your banner?

Adding a mix of text and graphics or making a banner out of either as the main focus depends on you. There’s no limit to the scope of creativity you can use in your YouTube channel art. 

If including text will add more context to your banner and communicate intent better—go for it. If not, you can do just as well with graphic-only banners too. 

What are the best tools to find youtube banner templates (or design my own banner)?

  • Canva (best for beginners): Freemium tool, pre-built templates for different purposes, multiple customization options, and easy-to-navigate for creators with minimal design know-how.
  • Adobe creative cloud (ideal for designers): Seamless tool with amazing features for adding layers to content, enhancing images, and creating templates that can be rearranged and edited with one click.
  • Hire a designer (for brands with a hiring budget): If you have the budget, outsource the things you don’t want to do or are not great at doing yourself.

What’s the YouTube banner size aspect ratio?

YouTube banners have an aspect ratio of 16:9


What’s the YouTube banner size in inches?

  • 26.6×15 inch is the recommended YouTube channel art banner size;
  • 21.3×12 inch is the minimum image size of a YouTube channel banner.

 

To create a distinct presence on YouTube, you need to do more than creating awesome videos for your channel. 

Let's do a quick recap.

  1. The recommended YouTube banner size is 2560 x 1440 pixels.
  2. Center important elements like text or logos inside your banners 1546 x 423 pixel safe area.
  3. Be clear about what people should expect from you and your channel. This will boost your chances of growing a strong subscriber base.


Use this YouTube banner size guide to create the perfect art for your YouTube channel, and enhance user experience further.

And if you want to continue mastering all things YouTube...

Here are some must-reads to help you become an amazing YouTube content creator!

This is the best YouTube banner size (and examples of great channel art)

Komal Ahuja

I’m a freelance content writer, and copywriter mainly covering topics around marketing. If I’m not writing, you’ll find me helping other freelancers navigate the biz, reading books, or binge-watching Netflix.

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