YouTube content has become so popular that “YouTuber” is now one of the most coveted professions among young people in America. And no matter who you are, if you want to develop your YouTube channel for growth and monetization, there are lots of tricks and features you need to use.

YouTube provides several tools for you to optimize and grow your channel. Your thumbnails, end cards, titles, posting schedule, and intro sequences can all be vital pieces of the YouTube growth puzzle. In this article, I’ll show you how to make your own screen for YouTube end cards, design a distinctive layout, and add your end card screen to every video you create. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Start with a YouTube End Cards Template
  2. Create your background layout
  3. Add your end card screen to your YouTube videos

1. Start With a YouTube End Cards Template

The YouTube end screen layouts are a bit complicated, so it’s best to leave the guesswork out of your design process. There are 6 different preset end screen layouts for YouTube videos, but you can also create your own custom layout of videos, playlists channels, and subscribe buttons.  

There’s no obvious choice for the best end screen arrangement: if you direct your viewers toward just one video, it will grab more of their attention, but if you show them a few different buttons, they’ll have more content to choose from.

An image of the Kapwing End Screen Template for YouTube videos.
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I’ve provided just one template that includes two video/playlist boxes and one circle for a subscription or channel button. To make your end screen layout, you can arrange, copy, and delete these elements to look just the way you want, and replace the background with any design, image, or animation you want to use. When you use this card at the end of a video you want to upload to YouTube, you can arrange your end cards so they cover the exact areas you prepared in Kapwing.

2. Create Your Background Layout

Whether you're using one of YouTube's 6 preset and screen layouts or creating your own layout from scratch, you can let your creativity run free when you design the background for your end screen. In the Kapwing Studio, there are lots of design elements you can add to your project:

  • Text with custom font, color, angle, background, outline, animation, and drop shadow.
  • Shapes with custom color, shape, outline, opacity, and animation.
  • Photos, videos, and GIFs with custom opacity, outline, and animation.

When you select a layer to add to your end screen, you’ll see all your editing options on the right side of the screen. I recommend using distinctively colored outlines for your end cards, a custom background design, and some text to direct your viewer to subscribe or watch more. For my example, I imported a geometric background design, some eye-catching thumbnail outlines, and some text boxes to direct the viewer’s attention:

A screenshot from the Kapwing Studio, showing a completed YouTube end screen design.

3. Add Your End Screen to Your YouTube Videos

YouTube’s Studio feature makes it really easy to add end screen features to your videos, even after they’ve already been published. But unless you add your end screen background to your videos before you publish them, the end cards will just be displayed over the last part of your video and interrupt your content. Instead, you should add your end screen background to your video before uploading it to YouTube.

A screenshot from the Kapwing Studio, showing an end screen scene added to a completed YouTube video.

Start by importing your YouTube video to the Kapwing Studio. Create a new scene with the Add Scene button in the left side of the Studio and select your new scene. Here, either click “Upload” and find your end screen background in your files, drag and drop your end screen background file into the Studio, or use the Projects tab in the Images tool to import your end screen directly from your Kapwing Workspace.

Now you need to choose how long you want your end screen to appear. YouTube allows you to select any time for your end screen to appear on your video, but I recommend something between 5 and 15 seconds. Make sure your end screen scene is selected and click the Timeline button. In the Timeline viewer, you can set your screen length to any time you want – I’ve set mine to be 8 seconds long. Back in the Studio view, make sure everything looks just right and click the red Export button and give Kapwing some time to process your video. For longer projects, this can take several minutes.

A screenshot demonstrating how to download content from Kapwing.

When your video is finished processing, click the Download button on the right side of the screen and your video will be saved directly to your device. Now, open YouTube in your browser and select the upload button in the upper right. Either look through your file browser to find the video you created or drag & drop your project directly into YouTube’s upload window.

After you add your video’s title, description, and tags, you can edit your Video Elements and select the “End Screen” button. Here, you can move the timeline slider to where your end screen begins in your video. If you created your own custom layout add and arrange the cards on the preview window so they fit your background just right. When you’ve added the right videos, playlists, or channels and everything looks the way you want, go ahead and publish your video to YouTube!

A screenshot from YouTube, showing the process of adding custom end screens to your videos.

I hope this article helps you create a distinctive, eye-catching, and professional end screen for your YouTube videos. For more tutorials on editing YouTube content and growing your channel, check out our YouTube channel Kapwing App. And while you're here, read through some related articles on YouTube content and video editing for social media:

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