Create a Custom Background for YouTube Channels

May 30, 2010 8 Comments by Michael

There must be hundreds of tutorials online for creating custom backgrounds for your YouTube Channel. I spent hours (days?) searching and sifting through tutorials that were either spam, had broken links, were poor quality, and/or provided Adobe Photoshop templates that didn’t properly fit the constraints of a YouTube Channel. I finally stumbled on the tutorial below from Tech Support Gone Bad, a great YouTube Channel for new product reviews and technical tutorials.

The tutorial provides an Adobe Photoshop template that fits nearly perfectly with the current YouTube “2.0″ Channel Layout. The narrator does a great job of walking through the customization process, although I suggest having a working knowledge of Photoshop to save yourself some frustration.

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I used this template and tutorial myself to create the current YouTube Channel background for CoZiggy. Here are the steps I followed to create it:

  1. Downloaded the template file at
  2. Opened the file in Adobe Photoshop CS4 (you can use any recent version)
  3. Re-sized the black box in “layer 3″ by shrinking it about 20 pixels on either side, which made a tighter fit around the channel content (go to View > Show Rulers and eyeball the re-size)
  4. Inserted a black-to-white gradient from top to bottom on the “background” layer (illustrated in the video)
  5. Filter > Distort > Ocean Ripple for the background effect
  6. Added the CoZiggy logo on the right side of the page and the text and images on the left side
  7. Created a separate 1600 pixel wide white “serrated” edge, then inserted this at the top of the page
  8. Deleted the “white area” layer to make the top serrated edge look fluid with the top menu bar on YouTube Channel pages. Check out the CoZiggy Channel to see what I mean.
  9. Added a white color overlay to “layer 3″ (the black box in the middle)
  10. Decreased the size of the outer glow to 5 px
  11. File > Save for Web & Devices and saved the final design as a JPEG (use the highest image quality while keeping the file size under 256KB)
  12. Uploaded the final design to CoZiggy’s Channel

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Michael is a social marketing enthusiast and owner of, co-founder at Unibridge Projects and caretaker of his mischievous dog Jimmy (pictured).

8 Responses to “Create a Custom Background for YouTube Channels”

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