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How to get your OWN Custom Youtube Thumbnails!

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avatar iLoveMelons
Level 39 : Artisan Nerd
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This is my first blog, so please no negative comments!

Have you ever wondered how youtubers such as SkyDoesMinecraft have those awesome thumbnails for their videos?
Well, I can teach you how to easily make your own!
All it requires is a few websites and steps:

  • First off, you need your skin in the picture! There is an excellent skin editor where you can edit your pose, and choose how you look! (Example, a thumbnail where your character is running). If you don't want your character moving, there are other websites that just give you a picture of your skin! Also, if you want to be advanced, you can go to the harder stuff on photoshop, which requires more skill.
    WEBSITE LINK: minecraft.novaskin.me




  • No thumbnail is complete without a proper title! www.textcraft.net is a PERFECT tool for logos! It has many fonts and styles to choose from! If that doesn't suit you, there is a variety of logo makers that could do the trick. Or you could simply go with a transparent minecraft logo. (IT MUST BE TRANSPARENT)



  • You need a picture editor to do this all! There are many GREAT picture editors, such as www.pixlr.com, or the Adobe photoshop at www.adobe.com, or maybe even a simple picture editor from a google search! There is a wide range to choose from!
    NOTE: IF YOU ARE SLIGHTY ADVANCED, YOU CAN USE PROGRAMS SUCH AS PHOTOSHOP.




  • On the picture editor, you should be able to add all of this together to make the PERFECT thumbnail for your video! If you don't know how, all you do is start out with a new image, and you add an images as layers (if you are using Pixlr), then just sort them all around!

IN DEPTH DETAIL FOR MAKING THIS.
Don't quite get it? I'll explain.
If you are having trouble starting out, I will help you get through this. First, you go to novaskin or any other minecraft skin animator, and you set up your skin the way you want it. Once thats out of the way, you save it. (Keep in mind that no background is saved WITH the character, it will ruin the thumbnail.)

Next, you go to google or just find an image of MineCraft or whatever you want the title to be, hence I recommend TextCraft. It makes it SUPER easy to create logos in minecraft fonts, all you have to do is choose which you like and write your message. Save that too.

Now you have to put it all together, I will give you the tutorial on how to do it on Pixlr. Go to www.pixlr.com, and click on pixlr editor. You can start with a new image or choose your own image. This WILL be the background image. Once you have the background set up, you will see tools on the top. Click on layers, and scroll down to add image as layer. Choose each one of your images at a time. Notice, as you add images, they will appear on the right to the bottom. You have to click on the one you want to move around, otherwise the selected one will move. Once you have all of them set in place and it looks good, go to file and save the image. Now, head on to YouTube, and upload whatever video is related to it. On the bottom, it asks you to choose a thumbnail, but it also asks if you would like to upload a custom one. Click on that, go to your newly made picture, and there you go! The perfect thumbnail :)

-THE PICTURE FOR THIS BLOG IS AN EXAMPLE.

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Update #2 : 12/13/2013 11:09:19 pmDec 13th, 2013

-GAVE AN IN DEPTH TUTORIAL ON HOW TO MAKE.
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12/31/2018 4:33 am
Level 1 : New Miner
Raymorr
Thankyou so much! this really helped!
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04/10/2016 9:49 pm
Level 1 : New Crafter
KristiPMC
This helped my channel so much! Thank you! IDC if this was from 2 years ago
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11/03/2015 8:57 am
Level 1 : New Crafter
OLGBudderRaider
Helped so much 4 utube ty
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12/18/2013 11:17 am
Level 1 : New Miner
anonpmc1022563
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12/13/2013 1:40 pm
Level 29 : Expert Dragon
Lolloidi
-This is Madness!
-Madness? This Is AWESOME!!!!
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12/13/2013 6:09 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Nerd
iLoveMelons
Thanks :D
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12/14/2013 3:50 am
Level 29 : Expert Dragon
Lolloidi
Anytime=D
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12/13/2013 12:41 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Network
jckfrbn
Mine-imator, a free animation tool that can take screenshots. Characters area easily pose-able with customization for backgrounds using simple tools as mcedit. Novaskin is nice for if your doing 1 character thumbnails
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12/13/2013 6:10 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Nerd
iLoveMelons
I might add that to it, thanks for telling me!
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12/13/2013 11:40 am
Level 20 : Expert Scribe
vladimirbear7
Thanks so much! That helped. But is there a little faster way to do it? It seemed kinda slow.. Maybe because I haven't used pixlr befor... :)
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12/13/2013 6:09 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Nerd
iLoveMelons
There is adobe photoshop :)
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12/12/2013 4:06 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Blob
falkok15
You still didn't explain how to upload it. You have not answered the question.
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12/12/2013 5:29 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Nerd
iLoveMelons
Upload it onto Youtube?
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12/13/2013 10:20 pm
Level 53 : Grandmaster Blob
falkok15
-,.,- Its not that simple of a process. Figure it out and put it on here. Thats why most people came to this anyway.
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12/13/2013 11:09 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Nerd
iLoveMelons
Updated.
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12/12/2013 7:26 am
Level 22 : Expert Ninja
lapischicken
OMG! everyone who reads this should give you a diamond and a fav and subscribe! AWESOME!
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12/12/2013 5:33 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Nerd
iLoveMelons
Thank you :D!
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12/12/2013 3:57 am
Level 58 : Grandmaster Pegasus
Mark3942
Didn't knew for textcraft before and it is really usefull, thanks! :) You have a diamond! ;)
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12/12/2013 5:53 am
Level 39 : Artisan Nerd
iLoveMelons
Thank you :D
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12/11/2013 11:53 pm
Level 25 : Expert Hunter
bigf
Thank you! Here's a diamond.
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12/12/2013 5:54 am
Level 39 : Artisan Nerd
iLoveMelons
Thank YOU too :)
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12/11/2013 6:04 pm
Level 17 : Journeyman Dragon
mongoose6789
Sub me Back :3
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12/11/2013 9:18 am
Level 33 : Artisan Pokemon
MikeStardust
Still, not even close to the quality you get with photoshop and after effects. It's a nice alternative, but when you place a thumbnail made in novaskin next to one made in photoshop, you see that the photoshop one is much better, and there are some things you cant do with novaskin, my profile picture for example.
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12/11/2013 4:29 pm
Level 45 : Master Nerd
jman0111
This isn't for pro artist people
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12/12/2013 8:02 am
Level 33 : Artisan Pokemon
MikeStardust
Yes cause you need a masters degree to work with ps & ae... please.
That is my opinion, if you don't agree with it its your problem.

As you can see above and i quote " It's a nice alternative ".

I'm not continuing this pointless argument.
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12/11/2013 2:32 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Nerd
iLoveMelons
MikeStardust, I intended the tutorial for beginners. I know what would be much better but these are the simpler alternatives for new users. Thanks :)
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12/11/2013 10:09 am
Level 19 : Journeyman Engineer
Kraxous
That's just plain obvious. Not everyone is skilled with Photoshop.
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12/11/2013 10:18 am
Level 33 : Artisan Pokemon
MikeStardust
A youtube thumbnail does not require high ps skills lol ppl are just too lazy to even look into it.
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12/11/2013 10:35 am
Level 19 : Journeyman Engineer
Kraxous
I didn't say high skilled, I said skilled. I myself haven't even touched Photoshop before and work with GIMP instead.
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12/11/2013 10:39 am
Level 33 : Artisan Pokemon
MikeStardust
wtv lol you're totaly missing the point
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12/12/2013 7:28 am
Level 22 : Expert Ninja
lapischicken
don't bully :'(
lol
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12/11/2013 11:39 am
Level 19 : Journeyman Engineer
Kraxous
As are you, sir.
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12/11/2013 9:18 am
Level 10 : Journeyman Cake
conner_free
Thank you! That really helped!
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12/11/2013 2:50 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Nerd
iLoveMelons
No problem :)
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