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How to Create a YouTube Banner in Adobe Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

In this tutorial, we're going to create a simple banner for a YouTube channel using stock images and basic tools in Adobe Photoshop.

Need more inspiration? Check out the amazing YouTube Banners available on GraphicRiver.

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:

How to Create the Banner

Step 1

Start by creating a 2560 x 1440 px document in Photoshop with the following configuration. Set the Background Fill Color to #333333.

Setting a New Document

Step 2

Add the background and adjust its size. Then Rasterize the layer (right click > Rasterize layer) and subsequently desaturate the image (Shift-Command-U).

Placing the background in the canvas

Step 3

Now add a Layer Mask from the Layers panel and apply a Radial Gradient with the Gradient Tool (G) using the front black color. Then set the layer Opacity to 80%.

Applying a mask with gradient fill

Step 4

Let’s create the boxes to place the stock images. Draw a rectangle with the Rectangle Tool (U) and set the Stroke thickness to 20 px; any fill color will do.

Creating the first portrait with a rectangle

Step 5

Apply a Drop Shadow to the rectangle using the Blending options, using the following values:

Setting the layer style of the rectangle

Step 6

Import the first stock image and place it over the rectangle. Rasterize the image (Layer > Rasterize > Layer) and then desaturate the layer (Shift-command-U).

Placing the first image stock in the portrait

Step 7

Now create a Clipping Mask with the rectangle below (right click > Create Clipping Mask) to enter in the box.

Creating a clipping mask

Step 8

Draw another rectangle around the frame with a 1 px Stroke thickness (#FFFFFF) and no fill color. Then Group the rectangle, the image and the frame (Command-G).

Adding final details in the portrait

Step 9

Make six copies of the portrait (Command-J) and place the rest of the stock images in each of the portraits. Then Rotate and place them as shown in the image below.

Be sure to frame the images well in the box and to desaturate them.

Duplicating portraits in the banner

Step 10

Create a text title called “TRAVELCITY” with the Horizontal Type Tool (T) and apply Bold to the word "CITY".

Adding a text title

Step 11

Take the Pen Tool (P) and draw a 5 px thick frame around the text title, leaving the upper right corner open. Then draw a cross with a Stroke thickness of 10 px.

Drawing a frame around of the text title

Step 12

Now we are going to create a vignette. To do so, create a Gradient layer from the Layers panel using the black color as front, and apply the following settings.

Adding a vignette

Congratulations! You're Finished!

And that’s it! We have created a banner for your YouTube Channel, simply and quickly. I hope you find it useful and use what you learnt here for your future banners. I hope to see your results!

YouTube Banner Photoshop Tutorial

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