Getting attention to your YouTube, Twitch, Mixer, or YouTube Gaming channel can be really, really, difficult – over a third of streaming hours on these platforms go to only the most popular, big-name streamers.

But there are plenty of ways for you to bring new people to your streaming channel: YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram can be great tools to increase your audience. On YouTube in particular, you'll see massively popular videos from Fortnite streamers, all using a familiar style of thumbnail image. In this article, I'll show you how to make your own custom Fortnite thumbnails for YouTube or Twitch, all completely for free and online. Here's how to get it done:

  1. Choose a Thumbnail Template or Start from Scratch
  2. Modify Text, Images, and Background
  3. Process, Download, & Share

Step 1: Choose a Thumbnail Template or Start from Scratch

Fortnite thumbnail images can be complex, and putting one together from scratch can take time. We saved you the trouble by putting together four different thumbnail templates! Just click "Make It" to edit one of the templates in the Studio by replacing, editing, repositioning, or adding layers to the thumbnail template.

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If you already have images that you want to use saved on your device, or you want to use specific images from the internet, you can start with a blank canvas. Head over to Kapwing.com and click "Start Editing" to go to the Kapwing Studio. Here, you can upload a file from your device or paste a link from the web, or you can click "Start with a Blank Canvas" to start completely from scratch. Click "16:9" under "Output Size" in the upper right corner, which is the default thumbnail size for YouTube and Twitch videos, and you're ready to start creating your Fortnite thumbnail.

First, you'll need to resize your thumbnail canvas to 16:9.

Step 2: Modify Text, Images, and Background

The point of the Fortnite thumbnail is to grab your viewers' attention enough that they decide to click. What was the most exciting, impressive, or surprising part of the video you're posting? Try using these types of attention-grabbing phrases and screenshots for your thumbnail's added text and background image. The templates are good for unspecific but high-quality thumbnail images – it's even better to replace these pictures with a personal choice or custom screenshot to show your audience what they can expect.

Give your viewers a heads-up about what's exciting your video.

Whether you're starting with a Kapwing template or creating your thumbnails from a blank canvas, you'll want to edit your text. Select one of the text boxes or choose "Text" from the top toolbar. The "Fortnite font" is free for personal use only, so you wouldn't be able to monetize your videos on any platform with any free online font download. Instead, I recommend using any of several fonts that look very close to the Fortnite font: "Luckiest Guy" is my favorite (it's featured in the thumbnail templates), but "Passion One," "Mouse Memoirs," and "Bangers" are also solid options for Fortnite lookalike fonts.

Make your text look perfect with custom color, position, angle, and style

Now it's time to add your background and pictures! The easiest thing to do is to click "Images" in the top toolbar and search Google for the sort of background you want. I recommend searching simple terms like "Fortnite background," "Fortnite landscape," or "Fortnite wallpaper." Choose the image you want to use, and drag & drop the corners to fit it on the canvas the way you want. The templates already have background and image layers added, but you can easily select and replace these, as well.

It's worth pointing out that while most Fortnite thumbnails use captions, phrases, and descriptions in the "Fortnite font" in order to grab viewers' attention, you can create a high-quality thumbnail picture without any text at all. In fact Tfue, one of the most popular Fortnite streamers in the world, rarely uses any text whatsoever in his thumbnails. His thumbnails are, of course, extremely impressively edited, but they demonstrate that your creativity and design skills can be plenty to create eye-catching, custom Fortnite thumbnails, even without text descriptions!

Top streamer Tfue uses amazingly custom thumbnails, but almost never adds any text. 

Step 3: Process, Download, & Share

Once you're all done making and customizing your Fortnite thumbnail image, click "Publish" in the upper right corner of the Studio. Kapwing will begin processing your image – this should take less than a second. When your picture is finished processing, click “Download” from the right side of the screen.

Now it's time to share your thumbnail and video! If you're publishing your video on YouTube, you'll see your thumbnail options in the "Upload Video" window. Click the button that says "Upload Thumbnail" to the left of the three preset thumbnail options. Find the custom thumbnail image you just downloaded from Kapwing, and it'll be added to your YouTube video.

If you're using your Fortnite thumbnail on Twitch, go to your Video Manager and click "Edit" on any of your previous streams. Under "Upload Custom Thumbnail," click "Choose File" and search your file browser for your recently downloaded Kapwing file.

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