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Hello Olivia. I can certainly help you with changing the thumbnail image for your YouTube video. Customizing your thumbnail can indeed make your videos more visually appealing and help attract viewers. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to change the thumbnail image for your YouTube video:

  1. Sign in to your YouTube account: Visit the YouTube website and sign in using your account credentials.
  2. Go to YouTube Studio: Click on your profile picture or avatar in the top-right corner of the screen. From the drop-down menu, select “YouTube Studio.”
  3. Access your videos: In YouTube Studio, you’ll see a menu on the left side of the screen. Click on “Videos” to view a list of your uploaded videos.
  4. Select the video: Locate the video for which you want to change the thumbnail and click on its title to open the video details page.
  5. Open the thumbnail editor: On the video details page, click on the “Details” tab if it’s not already selected. Scroll down to the “Thumbnail” section, and you’ll see your currently selected thumbnail. To change it, click on the “Edit” button next to the thumbnail.
  6. Choose a new thumbnail: YouTube provides different options for selecting a new thumbnail. You can either choose one from the automatically generated options or upload a custom thumbnail.
    • Automatically generated options: YouTube generates a selection of thumbnails from different frames within your video. Scroll through the available options and select the thumbnail that best represents your video.
    • Upload a custom thumbnail: If you prefer to use a custom thumbnail, click on the “Custom thumbnail” button. You can upload an image file (JPEG, PNG, BMP, or GIF) from your computer. Follow the on-screen instructions to select the image file and upload it as the new thumbnail.
  7. Save changes: After selecting or uploading the new thumbnail, click on the “Save” button to save your changes.

It’s important to note a few guidelines and best practices for YouTube thumbnails:

  • Thumbnail size: YouTube recommends using an image with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels (minimum width of 640 pixels). The aspect ratio should be 16:9.
  • Thumbnail content: Create visually appealing thumbnails that accurately represent your video’s content. Use clear and readable text, compelling imagery, and consider adding branding elements to make your thumbnails consistent with your channel’s visual identity.
  • Thumbnail policies: Ensure that your custom thumbnail complies with YouTube’s policies. Avoid using misleading, deceptive, or inappropriate images or text.

I hope this guide helps you change the thumbnail image for your YouTube videos. Good luck with creating captivating thumbnails to attract viewers to your content!