So I’ve been really enjoying creating thumbnails lately. I don’t know why but there’s something about being able to create quick but effective one-shot content that is just really satisfying. I find it really interesting to work on VERY subtle details like gradients, lighting, layers, and positioning to really make a thumbnail pop. Take for instance this Captain’s Vlog photo – the colors really meld well together and the background and render have a natural light focus just NW of center. Add in a subtle white gradient running diagonally, a border, and my Captain’s Vlog text and I’ve got a thumbnail that is both recognizable by the text style and functional due to the callback to the game played in the video.
This one was a bit harder. Honestly the background photo is probably not well suited to thumbnailing (is that even a word?). You see youtube puts the video duration on the lower right corner of every video regardless of the thumbnail. This means that sometimes your clever naming or photo subjects get covered up by “16:33” and a little square gradient. This makes me move all the thumbnail elements all around it making the raw thumbnail look lopsided.
I love the subject in this one. Unfortunately my choice to spell out the episode is completely covered by the duration youtube adds.
I <3 Clem! Anyway, new episodes to follow soon! I think I’m in the mood for a new movie poster.