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How to hacer a miniatura para tus videos de YouTube, usando un marco del video o herramientas de edición en tu computadora

By David Johnson


February 9, 2021

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YouTube thumbnails are easy to access and exchange. Reuters

  • To create a personalized thumbnail for YouTube, you can use the editing herramientas that are probably available on your PC or Mac computer.
  • You can’t create a custom thumbnail on the YouTube website itself, but you can choose from three predefined options once your video has been processed.

Your YouTube video thumbnail is like the cover of a book – while you shouldn’t judge content by it, people do anyway. That’s why the thumbnail should represent the video and look as good as possible. 

When you upload a video to YouTube, you can choose from several pre-selected thumbnails or create your own. 

How to Create a Thumbnail for Your YouTube Videos

Select an auto-generated thumbnail

You can choose a video thumbnail when you initially upload the video, or later when the video has been processed. You can even edit it after it is published. 

If you’re uploading the video, you should see three thumbnail options appear at the bottom of the upload screen while the video is uploading and processing. To choose one, just click on it. 

If you want to create your own thumbnail, see the “Create a custom thumbnail and upload it” section below. 

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Thumbnails available via YouTube. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

If the video has already been edited or published, you can set or change the thumbnail from YouTube Studio. 

1. On the YouTube homepage, click your avatar on the top right of the screen and choose “YouTube Studio”.

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Go to YouTube Studio to select a thumbnail for your uploaded video. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

2. In the left pane, click “Videos”.

3. Hover your mouse over the video you want to edit and click the pen icon that appears.

4. On the Basic Details page, you should see three auto-generated thumbnails. Choose the one you want to use, then click “Save” at the top right.

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Choose the thumbnail you like, then save your changes. If you want to create your own thumbnail, see the section below on creating a custom thumbnail for your YouTube video. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

Create a custom thumbnail and upload it

If none of the auto-generated thumbnails work for you, you can create your own, but YouTube doesn’t have any tools to do that. The easiest way to create a thumbnail is to use a screenshot utility such as Snipping Tool on a Windows computer or one of several screenshot methods on a Mac computer. 

Here’s how you can do it on a PC or Mac. 

1. Open the video on your computer in any media player.

2. Pause the video where you want to create the thumbnail.

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Open the video and pause it when you want to turn it into a thumbnail. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

3. Start the Snipping Tool from the Start menu on Windows or press Command + Shift + 4 on a Mac to enter snipping mode. If you’re using the Snipping Tool, click “Mode” and choose “Rectangular Snip.”

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Adjust the snip tool to create a rectangular snip. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

4. Cliquez dans le coin supérieur gauche de la vidéo et faites glisser le rectangle vers le coin inférieur droit. Veillez à capturer aussi près que possible de la fenêtre vidéo. 

5. La capture d’écran apparaîtra dans l’outil de capture. Cliquez sur “Fichier” puis cliquez sur “Enregistrer sous”. Nommez l’image miniature et enregistrez-la. Si vous utilisez un Mac, la photo apparaîtra dans le coin inférieur droit de l’écran et disparaîtra en quelques secondes. Une fois qu’il a disparu, il a été enregistré.

6. Revenez à la vidéo dans YouTube et, à côté des vignettes générées automatiquement, cliquez sur “Vignette personnalisée”. 

7. Choisissez le fichier que vous venez d’enregistrer. 

Many creators also use programs like Adobe Photoshop to design their custom thumbnails. If you want a thumbnail that isn’t just an image of your video, consider designing your own.

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David Johnson

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Dave Johnson est un journaliste technologique qui écrit sur la technologie grand public et sur la façon dont l’industrie transforme le monde spéculatif de la science-fiction en réalité moderne. Dave a grandi dans le New Jersey avant d’entrer dans l’Air Force pour exploiter des satellites, enseigner les opérations spatiales et faire la planification des lancements spatiaux. Il a ensuite passé huit ans en tant que responsable du contenu dans l’équipe Windows de Microsoft. En tant que photographe, Dave a photographié des loups dans leur environnement naturel ; il est également instructeur de plongée et co-animateur de plusieurs podcasts. Dave est l’auteur de plus de deux douzaines de livres et a contribué à de nombreux sites et publications, notamment CNET, Forbes, PC World, How To Geek et Insider.

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Add video thumbnails to YouTube

Video thumbnails let your audience see a quick snapshot of your video. You can choose from options automatically generated by YouTube or upload your own if your account is verified.

You can also add thumbnails in the YouTube Studio app on your mobile device.

Add automatic or custom thumbnails

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  1. After
  1. Sign in to YouTube Studio.
  2. From the left menu, select Content.
  3. Click on the video you want to edit.
  4. Select an auto-generated thumbnail or click Upload Thumbnail to create a custom video thumbnail from an image on your device.
  5. Click SAVE.

Note  : It may take some time for changes to thumbnails to appear on YouTube.

Learn how to add a custom video thumbnail

Watch the following video from the YouTube Creators channel if you want a tutorial on how to add a custom video thumbnail on YouTube.

Get creator tips for video thumbnails. 

Best practices for custom thumbnails


Image size and resolution

Your custom thumbnail image should be as large as possible. It will be used as the preview image in the embedded player. We recommend your custom thumbnails:

  • Have a resolution of 1280×720 (with a minimum width of 640 pixels).
  • Be downloaded in image formats such as JPG, GIF or PNG.
  • Stay under the 2MB limit.
  • Try to use a 16:9 aspect ratio as this is the most used format in YouTube players and previews.

Thumbnail rules

All custom thumbnail images must adhere to our community guidelines. Your thumbnails may be disapproved and a warning posted to your account when they contain:

  • Nudity or sexually provocative content
  • hate speech
  • Violence
  • Harmful or dangerous content

Repeat violations may result in the removal of your custom tile privileges for 30 days, or even termination of your account. Learn more about Community Guidelines strikes.

If a warning is issued, you’ll receive an email and an alert will appear in your channel settings the next time you sign in to YouTube. You can appeal the warning if you think your thumbnails don’t violate YouTube’s Community Guidelines. If your appeal is approved and you haven’t yet replaced the sticker, we can restore it.

Custom tile limits

There is a limit to the number of custom thumbnails a channel can upload each day. If you get an error saying “Daily custom thumbnail limit reached” when trying to upload a thumbnail, try again in 24 hours. 

Limits may vary by country/region or channel history. Copyright strikes may affect channel history eligibility. Community Guidelines strikes will affect the number of custom thumbnails you can upload.

Why are my custom tiles disabled?

YouTube may disable custom thumbnails for certain search results when they are deemed inappropriate for viewers.

All custom thumbnail images must adhere to our community guidelines.

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