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.

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In 2021, growing your gaming content means growing your traffic on YouTube. It's really that important. In this article, I'll show you how to make your own custom PUBG thumbnails for YouTube, all completely for free and online. Here's how to get it done:

  1. Open a blank canvas
  2. Add your PUBG graphics
  3. Export your thumbnail

1. Open a blank canvas

First, open the Kapwing studio and click ‘Start with a blank canvas.’ Next, change the output size to ‘16:9’ in the top right.

A screen recording showing how to create a 16:9 canvas in Kapwing.

The 16:9 aspect ratio ensures your image fits any landscape video like YouTube or Twitch.

2. Add your PUBG graphics

Now, add your relevant PUBG graphics like screenshots, logos and text. You can create your own screenshots in-game or you can search them online.

Click ‘Upload’ in the top left to add screenshots or other PUBG pictures. Click ‘Text’ to add a text box you can customize with the right side panel. Check out this article about adding text to photos to learn more.

A recording showing how to add graphics to the Kapwing Studio.

Think about your thumbnails as a visual summary of your PUBG video. For the text, write 2-4 words that describe the main idea. Zoom in on your screenshots so they’re easier to see when published. Lastly, add the game logo so viewers know it’s a PUBG video.

Pro tip: Search PUBG on YouTube and look at thumbnails for the most viewed videos. Notice trends or similarities between the thumbnails. This helps you understand what already works for getting clicks.

3. Export your thumbnail

When you’re done, click ‘Export Image’ in the top right and wait for processing. Finally, you can download your thumbnail or share it directly to social media.

A recording of the Kapwing download page.

If you're not signed into a Kapwing account, sign in or sign up using your Google or Facebook account – once you've signed into a Kapwing account, the watermark in the lower right corner will be removed from your final image.

Once you've downloaded your thumbnail, you need to add it to your video. Check out this article in order to add your thumbnails to videos in YouTube.

Remember to tag us @KapwingApp whenever you share your content on social media – we love to see what our creators are passionate about. And if you're interested in more tips and tutorials on creating digital content in 2021, check out the Kapwing YouTube channel.

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