Professional-looking YouTube banners can leave a lasting impression on an audience. So those looking to make the most of their YouTube channel art should read this rundown of the sizes and layouts for YouTube banners.

YouTube has two main areas where users can add photos to their YouTube channel.

One is the profile image, used across all of Google’s services.

The other area allows YouTube users to add a photo, in what YouTube dubs channel art.

This banner is basically identical to what other social media platforms call the cover photo or the header image.

The Youtube banner is important because it occupies a large part of the screen on a desktop browser and is the first thing visitors to a YouTube channel sees.

 Information about YouTube banner sizes:

YouTube can, of course, be enjoyed on all sorts of different devices, not just on desktop computers.

Consequently, how the YouTube banner displays will change according to the device.

The YouTube banner on a desktop web browser and smartphone shows as a narrow horizontal panorama with an aspect ratio of 6.2:1.

Those viewing YouTube on a TV will see the banner as a full-screen background image in an aspect ratio of 16:9.

However, you can only specify one YouTube banner to be used.

This means you should ensure it is one that works in both the horizontal strip panorama format as well as a more conventional full-screen aspect ratio.

 YouTube banner size:

YouTube recommends the ideal size to use for a banner image as 2560 pixels wide by 1440 pixels tall.

The image has to be at least 2048 pixels wide by 1152 pixels tall, meaning users cannot get away with a very low-resolution image

The maximum size is not limited by dimensions but by file size to 6MB.

This is generous size in practice and will easily accommodate even quite high-resolution images.

However, many cameras and smartphones create photos that are much larger than that, meaning they will have to be reduced in file size.

How to add YouTube banner:

Those starting up a YouTube channel will see the channel art space is blank by default.

Fortunately, those who already have existing channel art, the method for changing the image is essentially the same.

This is something you can do either in a web browser or a mobile app.

The channel page has two buttons: Customise Channel and Creator Studio.

Clicking on Customise Channel will take users to a layout guide that includes mockups of how the banner will look on a desktop browser, on a TV, and on a mobile device.

f no YouTube banner has been uploaded yet, users will just see a grey box placeholder.

Clicking on the Add Channel Art button means you can choose existing photos using Your Photos.

This includes photos and images an image has been uploaded to a Google+ account, and Gallery tabs.

To upload a new photo, click on the Upload Photos tab and either drag and drop an image onto the panel or hit the Select a Photo From Your Computer button.

After clicking on this, a familiar pop-up will arrive where users can choose which photo to add.

Once the image has been selected, users will get a preview of how it looks on desktop browsers, televisions and smartphones.

How to adjust the crop of the YouTube banner:

By default, the viewport is centred on the screen, meaning the panoramic crops will show the full-width of the image through a narrow part of the middle.

This crop can be adjusted to move it to a different part of the image.

Simply hit the Adjust the Crop button at the screen’s bottom left.

The crop screen works a bit unusual in that it includes two areas.

The clearest section, in the middle, is the horizontal panorama area – used on desktop and mobile devices.

The larger area with the grab handles is the area used on YouTube-enabled TVs.

YouTube users can only adjust the larger crop – the narrow area will move along proportionally with it.

However, there is no way to shift the panorama section relative to the larger TV crop, so this is always in the middle.

Users who wish to use something like a logo or text will need to make sure it is safely within that inner area.