How to Make Thumbnails on Android!

How to Make Thumbnails on Android!

August 30, 2019 20 By Peter Engel


– If you’re looking to
create your thumbnail images for your YouTube videos
using your Android device, then in this video, I’m
gonna show you step by step how to do it using the best
Android thumbnail app right now. (upbeat pop music) Hey, it’s Justin Brown
here from Primal Video, where we help entrepreneurs
and business owners amplify their business
and brand with video. If you’re new here, then make sure you click
that subscribe button. And all the links to everything
we mention in this video, you can find linked in
the description box below. So let’s jump into it. Now we all know that smartphones are an awesome mobile
video creation device, and with the right apps, you can easily create
your YouTube thumbnails on your Android smartphone
or Android tablet as well. So this means that you
can actually shoot, edit, and upload, and release
your YouTube videos without leaving your Android device. So right now, we’re
gonna run through exactly how to create your YouTube
thumbnail images on Android, and to get it done quick and easy. And once we’re done, I’ll also hook you up with
our free step by step guide that you can download to level
up your smartphone video game next time you’re shooting on your Android. All right, so first off, the apps. Now, we tested an absolutely ton of them. There are so many out there. Things like Canva, things like
PixelLab, Thumbnail Maker, Pixomatic, and really, the list goes on. Now while you can definitely create thumbnail images in these apps, is really comes down to the feature set and how easy it is to control
and move everything around and get creative with
your thumbnail creation, but also while keeping
the simplicity there so that you can do it fast and easy. Now while Canva seems to
be a really popular option for creating thumbnail images
on your Android device, our top pick right now
actually goes to PixelLab. And that really comes down to, as I said, the feature set and the ease of use. It is an amazing app. Now one really quick tip before
we jump into the walkthrough showing you how to use PixelLab is if you’re gonna be
creating thumbnail images where you’re in them, so
you’ve got a photo of you, then definitely add this
into your filming process or plan this out. What most people would do is they’ll try to find a freeze frame or a frame grab from
their completed video, something in there where
they’re mid-sentence or got kind of a half smile. I would strongly recommend
that while filming, either before or after, you just pose for a few different photos. So smile, point at stuff, put your hands up, pull some silly faces. Give yourself some options, so that when you’re actually
creating your thumbnail images, it’s so much easier to
get a clean image out and something that you’re happy to use than to try and find one buried in your completed video somewhere. So that’s a really handy tip, and it’s gonna save you a heap of time. So now for the walkthrough. Okay, so this is the
first thing you’ll see when you open up PixelLab. You can see there’s a heap of templates and things that you can use down the side. But this is the area that
we’re going to be working in. Now you can see straight out that we are not in the right aspect ratio. This is currently a square. We want it at 16 by nine, or widescreen to match the correct size for YouTube. So we’ll come up here
in the top-right corner. Let’s choose image size. So what you wanna make sure here is that your aspect ratio is 16 by nine, and how you can do that
is you either come down to the custom preset here
and choose YouTube thumbnail, and that will enter the correct
width and height for you. Or if you wanna create a higher resolution or higher quality thumbnail, then you can also
manually set this to 1920 by 1080. So either one of those two will be fine. I like to do it the high resolution just so there’s more data
and information there if I’m gonna repurpose this
thumbnail to be used elsewhere. So we’ll hit OK. You can see now that our
canvas is widescreen. So because the thumbnail images
we’ve got have me in them, so I’ve got a photo
that I’ve already taken or a screen grab I’ve already taken, I’ll come up to the plus button here, and let’s choose import from
gallery, pick the photo there. And here, you just wanna make sure that down on the side bit here that 16 by nine is the ratio
that you’re gonna be using, so it’s widescreen. Then come down and hit the tick, and that image is now brought in. Now we can scale it up by
pressing on this circle here. And we can move it
around and reposition it, so we can make it a
bit bigger than we want to move it off to one side
or off to the other side, somewhere around here, maybe
even a little bit bigger, so make a bit bigger. To the right, better
move me off to the side. Okay, so now that we’ve got
our background image in place, we can actually lock it, so that it’s not gonna be moved around. So if we come over here
to the layers up here, you can see that that is
on its own layer there. So if we hit the little padlock, then we know that if I tap
on this and move around, it’s not actually going
to move that around. Now you can always come back and unlock it if you wanna make adjustments to it. But at least for now
while we’re done with that for this first pass, then
it’s not going to move around. So now we wanna add in some text, so we’ll come over here to
the plus, and chose text. This is our text here,
so we can tap on that, move it around. Obviously, it doesn’t look very good yet. So let’s start out by editing the text. So if we come over here to edit, let’s make this, How To Edit. Done, okay. Now over this side here, we’ve got all the rest of the
options to make it bigger. So we can go to size, we can
scale it up, How To Edit, with something like that. We can keep coming down. Let’s start with font. Now you can go through here and find whichever font you like. Let’s just pick this one here. Now obviously, you can import and save. If you saw back in here,
you can have your own fonts, where you can download
and install your own fonts and save them on here. And you can also keep
your recent ones there, so you don’t have to keep
coming back in each time. So I’ve got a font that
looks good, How To Edit. Now, what we’d like to do is
to make that text stand out. We can add a background
on it, which is here to enable that. And come down here. We get to choose how much padding or how much border is on it. So we can increase that on either side, on the left and on the right. And if we come up to color, just come over here and
hit this plus button here, and that will let you add in your color. So you can either randomly
pick out a color here that you like the look of, or you can come up in here to edit, and you can type in the
red, green, and blue numbers that coordinate with the
colors for your branding, or the hex code up here as well. So cancel back out of that. Let’s just pick a blue that looks close to our Primal Video blue, somewhere around there, and go OK. So now when we pick up and
move this title around, we are able to move it with the background and everything intact. If we hit the tick up here, then we are back to start
making further adjustments. So we can rotate the text. We always have a little
bit of an angle on it, probably something like that. Obviously, you can see there’s
a heap more adjustments for shadows and all those sorts of things, and adding 3D text, you can make it 3D, and really do some pretty
cool creative stuff in here, even add reflections and those
sorts of things to your text, and even do things like
rotate in 3D as well. It’s a really powerful app. So we’ll undo that one. ‘Cause obviously, you really wanna create some sort of consistent branding. So for us, our titles
look similar to this. We can then come up here
to our layers again, and we can duplicate this layer. So if we tap on the little edit
button here for that layer, then we’ve got a copy button. If we press on that, we
then duplicated our layer. We press on this one here to
hide our layers panel again. You can see we’ve got two copies of this. So if I’ll pick it up and move it around, bring it down here, double-tap to edit our
text, Videos Faster, and OK. Now in order to make the titles look a little bit different here, our branding, we would go down here, and we would adjust the background. And we’d probably use a dark gray color. You can see it’ll actually
save your presets in here. So your two most recent
colors that you used will actually be saved there ready for you to keep using them. So we’ll hit apply on
that one, or hit the tick. Now we come back here, probably make this one here a bit bigger. So we come over here to size. So what we’re gonna do is
increase the size of it, but we’re also then gonna make the border of the box a bit smaller. So we can come back here and
we can look at the background, and we can lower the padding
on each side around it. So just by adjusting these sliders, we’re able to make it
look totally different. And hit the tick when you’re done. And we’ll probably also adjust
the rotation on this one. Rotate, let’s lower that. I’ll increase that back a
little bit, very touchy. Probably something like that. Hit the tick. Come back here, we can pick
these up and move them around to see what they look like. How To Edit Faster. So we’re getting pretty close. So to add even more to
your thumbnail images, you’ve also got the ability, if we come up here to hit the plus, to add in things like stickers and shapes. So if we pick sticker, you could see we’ve got a heap
of little built-in shapes, and thumbnails, or clip
art, really. (chuckles) Or you’ve also got all your emojis if you wanna bring some of
those in, maybe this one. We can then move it round, scale it up. Obviously, rotate it and do
those sorts of things as well. You’ve also got an undo button up here, which is really handy if you don’t like what you’ve just done. So you can remove those back out. But you can also add
in things like shapes. So you see, we just added a square there. If we scale this up just to
fill in 1/2 of this screen here, then maybe we’ll make it even bigger, move it over here. We’ll then hit the tick
up here to apply that. We can then come down here to rotate. We can rotate this maybe this
way a bit, bring it down here. Hit the apply button or the tick. Now we come back over here to our layers. We can move our shape down to
beneath the two text layers, hide that layer panel, and you can start getting
some more creative control over your image as well. So you can bring in some of these shapes to help give your thumbnail
images a bit more depth or a bit more creativity,
really, in there. You could even come down
here and look at the opacity, and maybe lower that a little bit just so you’re starting to
see some of the background through there as well. So another thing you could do is also bring in any
other graphic elements or logos that apply to the topic of the video that you’re creating. So in this case, How
To Edit Videos Faster, we could bring in an Adobe Premiere logo just to have that on there as well. So we could go import over here. There’s a Premiere logo
that we’ve downloaded. We’ll scale this up so that
it fits, and hit the tick. Now we can move this
around and scale it down. And work out where we’d wanna
put it in our thumbnail. So it could be up here in
the top corner, be a bit big. Or we could bring it down here. Probably up here. There you go. So that’s how easy it is
to create your thumbnail. Once you’re happy with that, obviously you can keep on playing with it, you can come up here to
the three little circles and choose export image. Now just to save that to your
phone or to your gallery, all you need to do is
press Save To Gallery, or you got presets in here for Facebook, for Twitter, for Google Plus, and a heap of other services
as well if you wanna use them. But I’d suggest that
because we’ve already got the right size, and the right format, and everything that you’re
after, just hit Save To Gallery. That’s gonna save that to your phone. Because it’s the free version, you will have to wait for an ad, but you can just press the
X in the top corner up here. Now your image is saved, and it’s ready for upload
on your YouTube videos. All right, so now that you’ve got your awesome-looking thumbnail, let’s make sure that you’re
getting the best results out of that Android camera
next time you’re filming. So linked on screen now is a video running through our top
tips for filming on Android, and there’s also a link to download the free PDF guide to
filming amazing videos just using your Android smartphone. So you can grab a copy, and you can follow along
next time you’re shooting. I’ll see you next time.