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How to Create Professional Youtube Video Thumbnail Using AI

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Creating eye-catching thumbnails is crucial for grabbing attention and increasing views on your YouTube videos. Before playing the video, your thumbnail is only thing which speaks everything.

However, as a new creator, you might find professional tools expensive and complicated. That’s where AI can help. With the power of AI, you can create stunning and professional thumbnails for free, without any design skills.

In this guide, i’ll show you how to use ChatGPT-4 and Ideogram AI to generate and create impressive thumbnails. These tools are easy to use and completely free, making them perfect for you, if you are just starting out.

By the end of this article, you’ll be able to create thumbnails that look just as good as those from big creators, helping your videos stand out and attract more viewers.

Let’s get started and unlock the potential of AI to boost your YouTube channel!

Creating professional YouTube thumbnails is now easier than ever with the help of AI tools like ChatGPT-4 and Ideogram AI. Here’s how you can get started:

  • ChatGPT-4o:
    • Visit the OpenAI website and sign up for a free account.
    • Once registered, log in to access ChatGPT.
    • ChatGPT will help you generate creative thumbnail ideas based on your video content/title.
  • Ideogram AI:
    • Go to the Ideogram AI website and create a free account.
    • After signing up, log in to access ai image creation.
    • Ideogram AI allows you to design an awesome image(thumbnail) using the ideas generated by ChatGPT-4o.
  • ChatGPT-4o:
    • What It Does: ChatGPT-4o is an advanced language model that can help you brainstorm and generate ideas for your thumbnails. By providing a few details or title about your video, ChatGPT-4o can suggest creative and engaging thumbnail concepts.
    • How to Use It: Simply type in a brief description of your video, and ChatGPT-4o will provide you with a detailed thumbnail ideas.
  • Ideogram AI:
    • What It Does: Ideogram AI is a powerful ai image generator that allows you to create ai image with accuracy of putting text on images without mistakes. And will use this to create our professional-quality thumbnails. You can paste the ideas generated by ChatGPT-4o and generate them using Ideogram AI’s easy-to-use interface.
    • How to Use It: Just copy the prompt from chatgpt and paste it in the prompt box of ideogram ai. It will generate 04 thumbnails to choose from.

With these tools, you can easily create thumbnails that capture viewers’ attention and enhance your YouTube channel’s appeal.

In the next sections, i’ll talk about how to use ChatGPT-4o to generate thumbnail ideas and how to bring those ideas to life with Ideogram AI.

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We will learn creating thumbnail with ai in two parts. First we will learn how to write prompt and then how to generate thumbnail with these prompt using ideogram ai. Let’s get started:

Step 1. Input Video Details: Go to chatgpt, and write like this ‘Please, write an youtube video thumbnail thumbnail idea for the title ‘xyz’. Replace the ‘xyz’ text with your youtube video title. If you habe not created the title yet just write what your video is about. And hit enter.

Step 2. Receive Thumbnail Ideas: Chatgpt will start writing your thumbnail idea/prompt. Once generated copy that prompt.

Let’s assume i want to create a video about “Everyone Laughs at the homeless man until he becomes a millionaire”

So, i will wirte the prompt like this :

Please, write an youtube video thumbnail thumbnail idea for the title “Everyone Laughs at the homeless man until he becomes a millionaire | True Story”

Chatgpt will start writing prompt and you will get this as shown in the images below:

Just copy the prompt starting from ‘visual elements to the end of Text Elements. If you think there is something which should not be in the thumbnail, you can add or delete some parts of this prompts.

Step 1. Paste Generated Idea: Now visit ideogram AI, you will see prompt field, just paste your prompt in this field which was written by chatgpt.

Step 2. Now you need to adjust some settings, set the magic prompt option to ‘Auto’ and size to ’16:9′ .

A screenshot of ideogram ai dashboard indicating all the settings for perfect youtube thumbnail

Step 3. Once you are done with these settings, hit the ‘generate’ button and wait for some time.

Screenshots of images generated by Ideogram ai

Here you will get 04 images, You can choose the best one. Remember The AI creates mistakes sometimes, the text spelling are wrong. So, keep generating by manipulating the prompt until you get the perfect Thumbnail.

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Step 1. First, if you find someone’s thumbnail attracting. You need to download their thumbnail first. To download it, cooy the URL of that video and go to the website toolsfobia’s thumbnail downloader. Paste the copied link into the input box, within seconds you will have that thumbnail infront of you. And just download and save it.

Step 2: Now go to chatgpt, make sure you have not eaten all the free credits to use ChatGPT-4o in chatgpt. Upload the image and tell Chatgpt-4o to analyze this image saying:

‘what is this image all about, please write in detail.’

Step 3: Chatgpt will analyse the image and start writing about the image. Either you can use this description to generate a thumbnail or you can just ask chatgpt saying:

“please write a prompt to generate a look alike image with AI”

Now, chatgpt will generate the prompt, you can use this prompt to generate look alike thumbnail with ideogram ai using the above method.

To start, i have this image shown below and i want a look alike thumbnail for myself.

A youtube video thumbnail for reference

So i will upload this image to chatgpt 4o and ask it to write the prompt.

Now i will all the description it generated starting from ‘main visuals’. And paste it into ideogram ai to generate the look-alike youtube video thumbnail.

You can see, this is what i got within seconds without wasting time in editing and all.

Video thumbnails generated using ideogram ai
Second example thumbnail generated using chatgpt and ideogram ai

So, this is how you can create a professional YouTube video thumbnail using AI. Perfection has no limit; you can try modifying the prompt yourself, or if you are not satisfied with the results, try switching on the’magic prompt’ feature of ideogram AI to enhance the prompt.

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Opena recently launched it’s new model named ChatGPT-4o; you can use it wih some limitations for free. You can write 30-40 prompts wih free version which is quite enough for you.

Speaking of ideogram AI, it also provides free credits for 20 prompts per day. Which generates 80 images. And it generates four images at a time, so you have 40 images to choose from a day. Which is also more than enough for you.

Creating a compelling clickbait thumbnail for your videos is crucial, as it’s the first thing that captures a viewer’s attention and encourage them to click.

This guide has provided you with the tools and techniques to create professional YouTube video thumbnails using AI, ensuring your content stands out.

I hope you found this guide valuable and that it helps you elevate your thumbnail game. I’ve covered all the essential aspects, but if you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to ask in the comments. I’m here to help!

If you like this guide, please do tell me in the comment box.🙂

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Harvansh Chaudhary is the Founder and Author of, His passion for artificial intelligence drives him to delve into new AI tools, offering detailed articles and reviews for both enthusiasts and professionals.

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