If you’re new to creating YouTube content, there are few ways to grow and develop your channel. This all starts with understanding how to use your own brand assets such as backgrounds for your intro, end screens, and channel art or banners. Typically, intros on YouTube include the background color, the channel name, and a few images. Below are a few examples of simple and aesthetic backgrounds for intros.

Source: More WongFu
Template of a hipster YouTube background, Source: Pinterest
Example of an animated YouTube Intro, Source: Caroline Girvan

Background images will help potential new subscribers and existing ones more familiar with who you are and what your YouTube channel offers. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a still or animated background for your YouTube intro videos on your desktop or mobile device. Let’s get started with these steps:

  1. Open Kapwing
  2. Find a Template or Set Up the Background Layout
  3. Add Text and Images
  4. Export and Download Your Background

Step One: Open Kapwing

To create this still or animated background intro, we’ll be using Kapwing. Go to Kapwing.com on your desktop or mobile browser and select Get Started. Select Start with a blank canvas and set the canvas output size to 16:9, which is the typical screen size for YouTube videos.

Step Two: Find a Template or Set Up the Background Layout

Next, we’re going to identify a background color or image to use. If you would like to use a background color, go to the right-hand side panel. Choose from one of the 81 colors provided or enter a 6-digit color code of your choice.

The images tool is a great way to find templates. By typing “YouTube Intro Templates” in the search bar, you can browse premade templates to use as your background.

If you want to create your own background with a series of images, you can use the Plugins tool located in the left-hand side panel and search for free images on Unsplash, Pexels, or Pixabay. Examples of image searches can be “polka dot wallpaper”, “night sky”, or “video games”. Choose an image and place it in the center of the canvas. Drag the corners to resize the image or use the Zoom slider located on the right-hand side panel.

Step Three: Add Text and Images

Text is another important aspect of your intro because this will let your viewers know who you are. Add text by selecting text in the left-hand side panel. To change the font style, select the font name in the right-hand side panel and choose browse all fonts. The animate tab allows you to move your text with nine different styles.

Continue adding more images to your background if you would like. In my example, I added polaroid film and uploaded my own photos to place inside the polaroid frame. Then I animated them by using the fade style and having each polaroid appear one after the other.

Step Four: Export and Download Your Background

When you’re happy with your background for your intro, click the dropdown arrow and choose Export Image if you want a still image, or choose Export Video if you animated your background. On the next screen, select Download and your image/video will be saved to your device. You can now use your new background at the beginning of your YouTube videos!

Final still background for YouTube intros 
Final animated background for YouTube intros

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