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Thumbnail Feedback #Shorts thumbnail strategy.

Beanie Draws

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Shorts on YouTube are interesting. I don't have access to shorts shelf on the home page, but after uploading some shorts, I DO get to have a shorts shelf on my channel home page. On the home page these videos don't get a thumbnail, but rather a preview of the main bit of action, but on the video page, and in playlists, they have traditional video thumbnails so I thought I'd make some thumbnails for their display in that area.

These drawings were done vertically, so I've tried to find a nice balance of actually showing the art a bit, because in shrunk down format, the vertical nature means you see less of what the artwork actually is anyway, so I've tried experimenting with crop.
I've also gone with a colour I normally don't like, but the high contrast and green I was hoping would grab attention if shown in suggested and recommended, so I went with something simple but bold.

It's going to be interesting to see where shorts and thumbnails FOR shorts go, but I'm interested to know what you think on first impression.


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liftoffvideo

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Shorts on YouTube are interesting. I don't have access to shorts shelf on the home page, but after uploading some shorts, I DO get to have a shorts shelf on my channel home page. On the home page these videos don't get a thumbnail, but rather a preview of the main bit of action, but on the video page, and in playlists, they have traditional video thumbnails so I thought I'd make some thumbnails for their display in that area.

These drawings were done vertically, so I've tried to find a nice balance of actually showing the art a bit, because in shrunk down format, the vertical nature means you see less of what the artwork actually is anyway, so I've tried experimenting with crop.
I've also gone with a colour I normally don't like, but the high contrast and green I was hoping would grab attention if shown in suggested and recommended, so I went with something simple but bold.

It's going to be interesting to see where shorts and thumbnails FOR shorts go, but I'm interested to know what you think on first impression.


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Love your art and I think the high contrast green against the drawing looks great, keen to hear how these perform!
 

nate polmateer

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Shorts on YouTube are interesting. I don't have access to shorts shelf on the home page, but after uploading some shorts, I DO get to have a shorts shelf on my channel home page. On the home page these videos don't get a thumbnail, but rather a preview of the main bit of action, but on the video page, and in playlists, they have traditional video thumbnails so I thought I'd make some thumbnails for their display in that area.

These drawings were done vertically, so I've tried to find a nice balance of actually showing the art a bit, because in shrunk down format, the vertical nature means you see less of what the artwork actually is anyway, so I've tried experimenting with crop.
I've also gone with a colour I normally don't like, but the high contrast and green I was hoping would grab attention if shown in suggested and recommended, so I went with something simple but bold.

It's going to be interesting to see where shorts and thumbnails FOR shorts go, but I'm interested to know what you think on first impression.


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Great work on these they look amazing! :)
 

Drscottbland

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Shorts on YouTube are interesting. I don't have access to shorts shelf on the home page, but after uploading some shorts, I DO get to have a shorts shelf on my channel home page. On the home page these videos don't get a thumbnail, but rather a preview of the main bit of action, but on the video page, and in playlists, they have traditional video thumbnails so I thought I'd make some thumbnails for their display in that area.

These drawings were done vertically, so I've tried to find a nice balance of actually showing the art a bit, because in shrunk down format, the vertical nature means you see less of what the artwork actually is anyway, so I've tried experimenting with crop.
I've also gone with a colour I normally don't like, but the high contrast and green I was hoping would grab attention if shown in suggested and recommended, so I went with something simple but bold.

It's going to be interesting to see where shorts and thumbnails FOR shorts go, but I'm interested to know what you think on first impression.


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I love the idea of doing thumbnails because I hate the look of the random vidcap youtube puts on shorts, but these don’t seem to be vertical format, are you turning them 90deg?
 

SILTHW

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I love the idea of doing thumbnails because I hate the look of the random vidcap youtube puts on shorts, but these don’t seem to be vertical format, are you turning them 90deg?
Thumbnails for shorts only show on the channel. Not on the shorts shelf. At least right now that is the case
 

Drscottbland

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Thumbnails for shorts only show on the channel. Not on the shorts shelf. At least right now that is the case
Aaahh, so the thumbnails themselves are the traditional format? This is stupid to keep asking, I’m going to go look at your channel haha
 

Legacy

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I like the look of the thumbnail for when people find your video when it won’t be seen directly as a short (when it’s not being watched on a mobile device). It’s too bad you can’t at least choose a vertical thumbnail for people to see on the shorts shelf before they watch your video.