Have you ever used Canva? It’s fantastic, isn’t it?
They have a plethora of templates, layouts, fonts, and graphics to choose from, making your graphic design work extremely easy. Especially when it comes to social media.
Social media cover photos have very specific dimensions and behaviours to consider during he design stage. It’s not just the pixel size that you have to worry about, although, that is extremely important. It’s also the resolution, the obtrusive elements unique to each social network, and, for YouTube channel art, there’s one more thing you have to worry about. Something that even Canva hasn’t considered.
Take a look at a couple posts I’ve written for Digital eMspace:
- 10 Steps to Creating the Perfect Cover Photo
- 5 Dreadful Facebook Cover Photos to Learn From, and
- 5 Mind-Blowingly Awesome Facebook Cover Photos
Now, back to the issue at hand.
The one thing that’s crucial to YouTube channel art is it’s volume. YouTube requires that your channel art be 2560 x 1440 pixels.
But not only that, it must be under 2MB.
That’s nearly impossible.
So, if you’ve ever made YouTube Channel Art using Canva’s template, you might have encountered the same rejection as I.
How do you know if this happened to you? Good question. YouTube tricks you which makes it hard to determine if your channel art was saved correctly or not. It takes you through all the cropping steps, and allows you to save your changes. But, once you click “Select”, your channel art appears as a blank white rectangle.
If you refresh the page, you’ll notice your old channel art appears. No, it wasn’t a glitch. It doesn’t matter how many times you try to upload that same image (I’ve tried this), you’ll continue to receive the same rejection.
Hopefully Canva will find a way to improve their tool to fix this issue. I don’t see how, but they’re pretty smart and innovative. They’ll figure it out, I’m sure.
If this happens to you it means your image’s volume is too large. You must compress the file size to be 2 MB or less.
I’m no expert in design software, so the only way I can tell you to make this happen is with Photoshop.
Open your image in Photoshop. Click file, save for web and devices.
Reduce the image quality percentage down until the file size shows 2MB or less. Keep an eye on the quality of the image in the preview window, though. Once you start decreasing the image quality, it will start to get pixelated and blurred.
If you’re not a designer and you don’t have access to Photoshop, I’m not sure what options are available for you. Does anyone know of a free program that would allow you to do the same thing?
P.S. If you’re wondering what #YELLOWISFORHELLO is, check out TheFriendshipBench.org. It’s an amazing initiative to help raise awareness of students suffering in silence from anxiety and depression that often leads to suicide. The initiative was launched last week by marketing industry professionals and depression survivors: Danny Brown, Rob Clarke, and Sam Fiorella (who lost his son, Lucas, to suicide in 2014. The organization is in his honour). A little promotion goes a long way. If you can’t afford to donate to the cause, tweet about it! Or change your social media covers like I did to help spread the word on this amazing initiative.