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How to Make YouTube Thumbnails in Photoshop FAST with Asset Libraries

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If you’re a large content producer or you output a ton of content like me, I have backstageincome, tradersfly, and mylittlenestegg — one of the ways to speed up things is to make your workflow efficient.

One of those ways to be able to do that is to use content libraries. We use Photoshop for our thumbnail designs.

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Alright, so to be able to do this extremely quickly, I’ll share with you one quick asset library that we have. Again, we use Photoshop for this. You could use any platform that you want.

How Asset Libraries Work

We have a couple of other ones that you can pull out from.

We have gradients and colors that we may use. These are just like little pictures and clips so that we just pull it. We don’t have to choose a color. We just we just look and click and drag.

The same thing here. These top bars, ribbons. If you want like a ribbon on the side, we can pull one of these. We want a ribbon that cuts this way diagonal. We can pull that one. We want an image. We’ll pull something over here. We want a screenshot or like a button. You can have something like this or you know a button or badge on the top or side.

So this is the way that it really works.

We also have some badges here that are a little bit different and some arrows.

if you want to go and create a YouTube thumbnail, normally you start out and you go through the process, pick a picture. Let me pick one of these.

I’ll take my picture over here and I’ll drag it over. That’s the first step. I’m going to reposition and just watch how quickly I can do this.

I might pull an image over here on the side. Again, you could do this from your desktop and so on but here’s a little idea. I want to make this a bluish tone. I’ll take this. I’ll resize it because again these are just color palettes. I’m going to resize that color palette right here and now what I’ll do is I’ll change quickly the little bit of opacity here there for this. Then, what I’ll do is maybe take in an arrow over here. I drag an arrow right here if I need some proof of some sort. We drag that asset library over here.

Again, you could add some some styling.

I’ve got this part all set up. Then what I might want to do is take something over here. Let’s say I want like a little ribbon cut. I’ll take this. I could change the color of that if I want. I’m not going to at this point.

Now, I’ve got a basic thumbnail created.

We can just do this and resize it.

And here’s the other powerful thing behind this

If you have these libraries, what I could do is take again a gradient.

You take a gradient and if I want this to overlay that.

Maybe you didn’t. Maybe it’s tougher to see that writing there but let’s say I take like a little bit of a yellow here and I want to do this just so you can see the example not that this will come out perfectly well but I’ll click and I’ll just take in that color — that’s why I don’t choose colors typically we use it from a color library and color asset.

Then what we’ll do is we’ll just do outer glow drop shadow. You can add those things a little bit later.

So, using asset libraries is really the key — that’s what you want if you’re creating and building a lot of thumbnails.

Build your own asset library so that way you could drag things into it and make it more efficient for you. Because in the end, once you start doing thousand of these, you can see the the process and how much time you would really save.

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