Most YouTubers decorate their channels with a nice, artistic banner with the aim to attract more viewers. YouTube banner can also play a role as a branding tool.
Normally, you need a drawing tool like Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW to create a YouTube banner. But, with the massive growth of SaaS you can also use an online tool to create an attractive YouTube banner. There are several online drawing tools you can use to create a YouTube banner without having to buy a new software.
The most stand out advantage of online YouTube banner maker is that you don’t have to start from a big zero to create a new banner. All online YouTube banner makers come with ready-to-use templates. You just need to tailor the design to meet your need and taste. Here is the list of online tool you can use to make a YouTube banner online.
Note: Just in case you didn’t know, the recommended image dimension of YouTube banner is 2560 x 1440 px. All of the tools mentioned below have the capability of downloading the YouTube banner in a 2560 x 1440 px dimension.
Crello is one of the best online tools to create design-related stuffs, including YouTube banner. This tool comes with abundant of free ready-to-use templates. The templates are divided into several categories so it will be easier to find the templates that are suited to the concept of your YouTube channel. Crello allows you to add supporting elements to the design you are working like shapes, image and text. Especially for image, you can choose whether want to use your own images or buy from Crello which cost $0.99 per image. Crello won’t charge you nothing to download the finished banner. You can download your banner whether in PNG or JPG format.
Canva is also a great tool to create a design-related stuffs, including YouTube banner. This tool also comes with dozens of templates. However, not all templates are free. The free templates are labeled as “FREE”, while the paid templates have a dollar symbol on them. Each template has default contents. All you need is just changing the contents to tailor your needs. You can also add additional elements to your design such as shapes, symbols and text. If you need an additional image, other than default images offered by the the template, you can also upload your own images or search from the Canva library. Canva also allows you to download the finished banner for free in a 2560×1440 px dimension. Whether in a JPG or PNG format.
With Fotor you can also create an attractive YouTube banner even if you have a very basic design skill, or even if you haven’t used any drawing tool before. Fotor also has dozens of templates. Some templates require you to buy before being able to use, but there are also free templates you can use. In general, the features and capabilities of Fotor are not much different to Canva and Crello. You can also add additional elements to the design you are working, as well as changing the default contents offered by the template you use. You will also be able to download your design in a 2560×1440 px dimension just like Crello and Canva, for free. It’s just, you have to deal with banner ads if you stick to your free account.
4. Adobe Spark
Adobe Spark has no rich ready-to-use templates like three tools above. Instead, it comes with a very basic template. You won’t also be able to add shapes. The elements you can add to your banner design are text and photos. No more. Your banner design will also be bothered by an Adobe Spark logo. You won’t be able to remove this logo unless you upgrade your free account. It’s so sucks, but if you are a huge fan of Adobe then Adobe Spark is a worth-trying tool. Especially if you have plenty of photos stored on Dropbox or Google Photos since you can import them.
Fotojet is similar to Fotor. It’s basically a great online tool to create YouTube banner, with rich option of templates. However, free accounts of Fotojet have to deal with banner ads when working. The advantage of Fotojet is that it has about 93,000 cliparts which you can use for free. There are also thousands of images you can use for free. Fotojet takes advantage of Pixabay API to provide free images to users.
Bannersnack is also a great tool to create a YouTube banner online. The offered templates is not as rich as for instance, Crello. But you can add several elements to make your banner be more attractive. Some elements you can add include shapes, photos and text. Bannersnank takes advantage of APIs of free stock photo websites like Pixabay and Unsplash to provide thousands free photos. In addition, Bannersnak also offers plenty of button icons and cliparts. Bannersnack also allows you to download the YouTube banner you have just created for free in a 2560×1440 px dimension. But, you need to save it first to the built-in file manager before being able to download. Bannersnank won’t charge you anything to download the banners.
Don’t worry if you see some texts like “TV Only Area”, “Tablet Safe Area” or “Max Desktop Safe Area” when working with Snappa. They won’t be included once you download the finished banner. One of the best things about Snappa is that it allows you to download the banner you created an a high-res format for a sharper image quality. A single banner file can sized up to 3.7 MB. Canva also has an abundant template collections, from free to paid. There are also other elements you can add to your design. When adding a photo, you can set the saturation, capacity, brightness as well as contrast.