How To Create Thumbnails With Pixlr


If you've ever created a video or even a blog post you know exactly how a thumbnail helps make them look more appealing. Thumbnails give viewers insight; it's essentially like a preview of what you're about to show. But perhaps the most intriguing aspect of a thumbnail is its use of emotion and very bright colors.
Cartoon shows such as SpongeBob are experts at this as it grabs the attention of the viewer. Thumbnails help engage viewers with the content maker because it shows that the creator is creative with their work and not dull and predictable. Let's be honest, ain't nobody got time for that!
What Is Pixlr
To get going, we'll start by opening the online Pixlr editor. Pixlr is a graphics editor that allows you to manipulate and make changes to an image. Pixlr has similar tools to Photoshop, but they both have their differences as well. Personally, I like to use Pixlr for creating thumbnails because it is easier and less time consuming.

First, we'll begin by opening a new background that I found on a site called Background Check All. You'll want to select a background image because we'll be able add new overlay effects on the background. 
What makes Pixlr so powerful is that by going to the layer tab/Open An Image As A Layer, we can include one picture on top of another! Also, with Pixlr, we can create shapes such as rectangles to give our thumbnail more features. 
For this thumbnail, we'll select the rectangle tool to insert two rectangles on the thumbnail. Moving the cursor you can select how wide and tall you want the rectangle to be. It's a selection so I used a brush to color it in a black color. Afterwards, I changed the font of the text to Aldo the Apache and set its size to 126px.
Additionally, we changed the text color of the white. Next, we picked up an picture of a pool ball with the number 2 from Pixabay and inserted in between the text. Obviously, we could change the background color of the thumbnail as well to any color you want by selecting the large square icon at the bottom on Pixlr's toolbar.
Color Replace Tool



I used RGB (Red Green Blue) coloring to pick the color yellow. The color of the brush will always be black by default. In the 7th row of the toolbar, we selected the color replace tool to change the background color and notice how it didn't interfere with any of the details in the thumbnail.

I personally like this background because of the texture it brings, but there are other choices you can use as well. Grange and abstract background are two that comes to mind; both of which are great options too for whenever you need to create a thumbnail.
Thank you for reading.
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