During the COVID-19 outbreak, you're probably spending much more time at home than you might have expected, and a ton of this time is spent online. When you open your screentime notifications, you might be thinking "What else can I do with all this time?"

Luckily, millions of others are thinking the same thing, and everyone is looking to the internet for more inspiration, more ideas, and more stories. So there's no better time to share your own inspiration, ideas, and stories! And there's no better place to do so than on YouTube, which has been the internet's most popular place for sharing videos for a long, long time. Here's how to hit the ground running with a new personal YouTube channel:

  1. Making your graphics pop with custom templates
  2. Setting up your YouTube channel
  3. Publishing your first YouTube video

1. Making your graphics pop with custom templates

The profile picture, channel logo, and channel art banner are three of the most recognizable things your viewers and subscribers will see when they're checking out your channel and videos. So it's a great idea to have your visual assets in place, even before you publish your first video.

We've made it as easy as possible for you to set up your channel graphics. All you have to do is hit "Make It" under one of the templates, then add, replace, or edit any of the template layers in the Kapwing Studio! Each template is preset with the dimensions and shapes required for YouTube visual assets. Just hit "Publish" when you're done customizing your pictures, and Kapwing will get them ready for you to download.

Profile Picture template:


2560x1440 Channel Art Banner template:


Channel Logo template:


Video Thumbnail template:


2. Setting up your YouTube channel

YouTube makes it pretty easy to create a channel if you're brand new. All you need is a Google account to begin with – if you don't have one already, just go to accounts.google.com and click "Create an account." Once you have your Google account set up, go to YouTube and click the icon in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window. You're already signed in, so you can simply click "Create Channel" to get started on YouTube.

Now, you can add the round profile picture you made for your channel to have a bit more brand identity. Once you've entered your channel intro text and linked to any other social media accounts, go to your channel and click "Customize Channel." Here, you can add the custom channel art you created to make a personalized banner at the top of your page – your channel is all ready to show your videos to the world.

3. Publishing your first YouTube Video

Now you have everything but video content (which, of course, is the most important part). Luckily, uploading videos to YouTube is easy to do in just a couple minutes. From the YouTube homepage or channel page, find the camera button at the top of the screen. Click this and select "Upload Video" to get started on your first video post!

A channel introduction video might be a good place to start, or maybe you already have a video in mind that you'd like to start with. Whatever video you want to use, make sure it's edited the way you want (check out this tutorial for tips) and upload to YouTube. Enter your video's title, description, and tags, and it's ready to publish.

Remember to tag us @KapwingApp whenever you share your content on social media– we love to see what our creators are passionate about! And be sure to subscribe to the Kapwing Resources page – we’re constantly writing new tutorial and features to help you make the most out of Kapwing.

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