Design YouTube Thumbnails In Affinity Photo

Design YouTube Thumbnails In Affinity Photo 1024 640 Nick Saporito

You don’t need a Photoshop subscription to make glowing thumbnail designs that entice users to click on your videos. In this tutorial I’ll be showing you how to do so in Affinity Photo.

The key to nailing this look is knowing which Adjustment Layers and Quick FX to use, and in this lesson I go over quite a few of them. If this tutorial does nothing else, it’ll at least highlight just how convenient and efficient Affinity Photo is.

Design Assets

The design assets I used to create this design were purchased from a stock photo site, so I can’t share them with you directly. However, the images below are linked to the original sources in case you’d like to obtain copies to work with.

The background image I’ll be using is this pink light burst effect:

Light burst background

And the subject I’ll be using is as follows:

Subject photo

And then I’ll be using the Affinity Photo app icon:

Affinity Photo app icon

The fonts used are Serrona for the primary text (“Design Thumbnails”) and Montserrat Black for the secondary text (“Affinity Photo”).

The Finished Thumbnail Design…

Once we’ve worked our design magic, the result is as follows:

Finished thumbnail design

Be sure to watch the video tutorial at the top of the page to learn how and leave a comment below if you have any questions. As always, thanks for watching!

Learn To Master The Software

Gain a complete understanding of your favorite design apps with my comprehensive collection of video courses. Each course grants access to our private community where you can ask questions and get help when needed.

  81 Videos
  11 Modules

The Inkscape Master Class

Tutorials, quizzes and practice exercises for learning every tool & feature in Inkscape.

  Nick Saporito
Price: $17
  77 Videos
  7 Modules

Affinity Designer Master Class

Tutorials, quizzes and practice exercises for learning every tool & feature in Affinity Designer.

  Nick Saporito
Price: $17
  98 Videos
  7 Modules

Illustrator Master Class

Tutorials, quizzes and practice exercises for learning every tool & feature in Illustrator.

  Nick Saporito
Price: $17
  70 Videos
  9 Modules

GIMP Master Class

Learn how to use all of the primary tools and features in the GIMP application.

  Nick Saporito
Price: $17

View All Courses

Nick Saporito

Hi, I'm Nick— a Philadelphia-based graphic designer with over 10 years of experience. Each year millions of users learn how to use design software to express their creativity using my tutorials here and on YouTube.

All stories by: Nick Saporito

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.