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LisaMBM

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I feel like you've got a lot going on and it's tough for me to focus.

When I compose a layout, I separate my grid into 3 distinct sections. Think of your layout like a band: You have the soloist (takes front and center) and the backup singers (supporting element), and the song title. I decide which element is going to be my soloist and which is going to be supporting.

Decide which element you want to exalt as your soloist. You can make variations of your layout to see which resonates best with you and your viewers. If the trend is to include your face, then don't be shy. Then juxtapose it with the steamboat OR the house, not both. You'll see how removing an element tightens your comp and helps tell a clean story.

If you're still a bit confused, borrow the layouts from the YouTubers with high views. Use that to set your stage and then see how your thumbnail looks.

Hope that helps!
 
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I feel like you've got a lot going on and it's tough for me to focus.

When I compose a layout, I separate my grid into 3 distinct sections. Think of your layout like a band: You have the soloist (takes front and center) and the backup singers (supporting element), and the song title. I decide which element is going to be my soloist and which is going to be supporting.

Decide which element you want to exalt as your soloist. You can make variations of your layout to see which resonates best with you and your viewers. If the trend is to include your face, then don't be shy. Then juxtapose it with the steamboat OR the house, not both. You'll see how removing an element tightens your comp and helps tell a clean story.

If you're still a bit confused, borrow the layouts from the YouTubers with high views. Use that to set your stage and then see how your thumbnail looks.

Hope that helps!
ok, thanks for the tips :)
 

Beanie Draws

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so this is roughly how thumbs will look when you see them on YouTube. The first grabs my attention with the colour balloon? But otherwise it’s a bit cluttered visually, there’s a lot going on. But it does indicate some fun is being had.

The second one I can tell pretty much straight away you’re standing next to a boat, thought the framing is off a little, the boat could take up a lot more of the frame,

Neither is necessarily bad, but both could benefit from a few tweaks for full vidsual optimisation. The left you could have a white outline around the central figure andballoon so it stands out more. It looks fun so I wouldn’t do much more than a white outline to help with contrast,

the one with the boat I’d just show the boat more. People may click less on the boat unless they’re into boats, but that’s just up to the topic,

both appeal to me for the varying reasons :) hope that gives you some food for thought :)