Wondering how to make a YouTube logo? Every YouTube channel needs a logo, and luckily, there are plenty of YouTube logo maker options available on the web – a simple Google search will confirm this. But not all DIY logo tools are created equal, and some are worth avoiding altogether (those with questionable fine print, hidden fees, and limited designs are chief among them).
There are millions of YouTube channels out there ( YouTubers unite!), and those without suitable profile pictures or logos – called flashmarks – will struggle to get page views in the single digits. Reaching the average 1 billion monthly active users with your videos and looking professional in the process starts with an appealing logo to identify you on YouTube, whether yours is a personal or business brand.
Choosing a logo maker for YouTube channel art that produces quality results, is cost-effective, and simple to use is a lot easier when you know what to look for. We’re here to help!
What is a YouTube logo maker?
First, there isn’t really such a thing as a 100% specialized “YouTube logo maker” – there are, however, logo makers and logo tools that allow you to create a custom mark suitable or optimized for use on a YouTube profile. That’s what you’ll be searching for.
Having a YouTube logo will help you stand out on the network, appear more established to viewers, and earn trust. Whether yours is a personal or business brand, using a logo across different social networks will help people become more familiar with your brand and what you have to offer. It’s one of the first steps you need to take to really begin marketing and building a following on social media.
Start by looking for a low-cost or free logo tool that creates a properly sized YouTube logo for you rather than requiring you to customize the dimensions on your own. Those dimensions and requirements are covered in detail below.
YouTube logo size and dimensions
You may see this space referred to as YouTube channel art, profile picture, or logo. You can choose between a square or circular shape for your channel as the YouTube logo template above shows. If you’re going to use the circular option, you’ll need a logo that isn’t affected by having the edges cropped out as the image above shows.
Your fans and subscribers will see your YouTube logo at 98×98 pixels (px), but if you upload a logo that size, it will look grainy and pixelated. It needs to be much larger to appear with clarity. A trustworthy YouTube channel logo maker like FlashMarks will give you a file that is at least 800x800px to display properly in the flashmark space.
- YouTube channel profile pictures should be at least 800×800 px (to display at 98x98px)
- YouTube channel cover photos should be at least 1546x423px, up to 2560x1440px
- YouTube channel cover photos maximum file size is 4MB
Look for a website, app, or tool that gives you a free logo as well as the option to download flashmarks, or specialized versions of your logo for social media sites like Facebook and YouTube (see examples in the image below). Flashmarks show your logo symbol and color scheme without text (like the Apple and Nike logos) and are sized specifically for the most popular social networks. This means you can easily upload them without the need to crop or drag the logo around for a good fit.
What should a YouTube logo contain?
Your logo design is ultimately up to you, but it’s always helpful to have an idea of the overall look you’ll be going for. In general, logos have 3 main components:
- A symbol or initial
- Some text
- A color scheme
You might already have an idea of what type of symbol would be fitting for your YouTube channel art, but if you’re totally blanking, our YouTube logo maker makes it easy to search for different symbol ideas by category. You can choose something abstract, an object, or a stylized letter as your logo’s symbol.
This will be the most visible part of your logo, especially online, so make sure it’s appropriate for your channel and something you’ll want to stick with for a while. It can be tough to re-brand a channel with a new logo symbol because many people won’t recognize it with the changes.
While it’s not recommended to include your logo text directly in your YouTube profile picture (it’s too small and difficult to crop around properly), you’ll still need to determine a font that looks good with your chosen symbol. Click through a few options until you see one that visually “fits” – you’ll recognize that certain styles will look odd next to your symbol, and some will help it really pop.
Finally, determine what your color scheme will be. We recommend sticking to a one- or two-color palette to ensure your channel looks clean, modern, and professional. Too many colors cause your overall brand/channel message to get lost in translation.
Make a free YouTube logo
Ready to make a YouTube logo now? Whether you know exactly what you want or are just ready to start experimenting with a few different designs, FlashMarks is the best place to start. We have the only free social-and-mobile optimized logo maker on the web.
Get a free logo design and download along with a quick and simple design process! You’ll have the option to download our complete social media Family of Marks package with logos perfect not just for YouTube, but also for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn accounts. Click the link below and try our free YouTube logo maker now!