Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Customize Your YouTube Channel Background

YouTube logo from Bobby Owsinski's Music 3.0 blog
YouTube is changing a lot lately in that it's allowing the user to customize features that were previously frozen. We'll look at some of these new possibilities in upcoming posts, but today we'll feature on how to customize your YouTube channel's background image.

It's pretty easy actually.

1. Go to your YouTube channel page and click "My Channel."

2. Click the "Settings" button on the main channel page.

3. Upload a background image.

Couldn't be easier, right? Well, you have to remember that the image is going to be used in a unique way, so it's best to remember the following before you hit the upload button:
  • You're a lot better off with a wide panoramic shot instead of a close-up because of how the image is going to be distributed across the page. You probably won't see much of the following because.........
  • The center of your picture will be obscured by the meat of the channel, so a picture with content on the sides will usually work out better.
  • In order to have the image tile properly, use one that's at least 970 pixels wide.
  • Use a larger image that fills the page rather than a smaller one that tiles the background. Tiling usually looks pretty cheesy and unprofessional.
That's all there is to it. Go customize away!

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