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YouTube Social Media Design Kit for Photoshop 2018 – FREE Template Download


In this article, I am giving away a social media design template for YouTube 2018 and demonstrating how to use it.
Scroll down for more in-depth info! I hope you find this useful.

As a freelance designer, over the past couple of years, I have had to, on occasion, create various social media campaigns for a range of clients. This has involved creating graphics across social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

For those of you who don’t know, I also run my own YouTube channel where I create thumbnails and new artwork for my videos regularly, whilst also promoting this new content via social media platforms.

So as you can see, over the past few years, I have been creating quite a lot of design for social media. In order to ease my workflow, I’ve developed this YouTube design kit, which is a series of templates allowing me to create and preview my design offline before it is uploaded to the network. This enables me to correctly position and prepare my artwork seamlessly and stress-free.

Today I share this with you.

 



GET THE FREE BLANK TWITTER UI DEMO TEMPLATE 

Download here FREE

 


Download approx 4MB

Download approx 3MB

Need help? Read the download Instructions here.




 

GET THE FREE EXERCISE FILES

Get the demo files that I will be using to showcase how the template works. FREE

 


Download approx 99MB

Download approx 86MB

 


 

HOW TO USE THE TEMPLATES

Once downloaded be sure to extract the files first using the correct program.

Need help? Find out more here

With the YOUTUBE SOCIAL MEDIA DESIGN KIT – 2018 file uncompressed you will find the files inside.

In here you will find a series of template files to compose your profile image, profile header image and thumbnails.

You will also find the YouTube UI demo document which you will paste your artwork files into, to preview.

With the ‘4 – YT_UI_DEMO_2018.psd’ open you will see a blank document ready to paste in your own artwork. Here you will see YouTube’s current UI compositions for 2018 across devices from TV to mobile.

 

 

On the left, you will see the social media elements; the profile image, profile header image and thumbnails.

 

TAKE NOTE: These are smart objects. Whatever you edit in these smart objects will also appear in the device UI to the right.

 

Now in the layers panel, you will see that this has been composed to make it easy for you to edit.

 

 

All purple layers are what you want to edit.

You don’t really need to go into the folders below to edit the images.

Now if you go into the EXERCISE FILES folder and open the ‘4 – YT_UI_DEMO_2018_EXERCISE.psd’, you will see an example of a design across the devices.

 

 

On the left, you will see the social media elements and on the right, you can see how they fit into the YouTube UI across devices.

Now I’ll explain how to preview your social media elements in the blank document.

Let’s start with the profile image.

 



PROCESS KEY:

To use the templates I would advise that you:

STEP 1 – First design your artwork using the blank template documents.

STEP 2 – Once complete paste the artwork into the YouTube UI demo template to preview the artwork.

 


 

DESIGN THE PROFILE IMAGE – STEP  1 

Before previewing your profile image you will want to design it.

First, you will want to open ‘1 – YT PROFILE IMAGE.psd’ in the ‘DESIGN KIT’ folder.

Currently, YouTube has a circle profile image. Here you will see a grouped folder with a circle mask to allow you to correctly preview your circle profile image.

 

 

Use this document to place in your images and text to compose your profile image.

If I come to the EXERCISE FILES folder, and open ‘1 – YT PROFILE IMAGE_EXERCISE.psd’. Here is a logo profile image design I have prepared earlier.

Notice the layers are contained in the masked folder.

 

PREVIEW THE PROFILE IMAGE – STEP  2

In the blank UI demo template, in the layers panel, if you double click on the top ‘1 – PROFILE IMAGE’ smart object layer you will open this in a new tab.

Here you can see that this is similar to the profile image document I just demonstrated which I advise you create your profile image artwork in first.

So in the profile image file I composed my artwork in, for my example the logo, I’ll either copy it and then paste it into the blank smart object layer in the demo template, or drag the layers in.

Make sure the layers are in the masked folder.

Once happy I’ll close this.

Back in the UI demo template, you will now see that it’s updated across all devices to preview.

If required, go back to the profile image template and make any necessary tweaks, repeating the previous process to paste back into the UI demo until you are happy.

Once happy, right click on the ‘CIRCLE MASK’ folder, disable the layer mask, and you will see the full square image. Now you can save this and upload to YouTube where it should fit perfectly.

 

 


 

DESIGN THE PROFILE HEADER IMAGE – STEP  1

Before previewing your profile header image you will want to design it.

First, you will want to open ‘2 – YT PROFILE HEADER.psd’ in the blank template folder.

 

TAKE NOTE: In the layers panel, you will see there are a series of safe areas. These have been placed here for you to accurately compose your artwork.

 

Here you can see the safe areas for TV, Desktop, Tablet and Mobile by toggling the visibility of the folders.

 

 

Use this document to place in your images and text to compose your profile image accurately.

If you are planning to put text or graphics that will be legible on every device, make sure your composition fits within the ‘MOBILE’ safe zone.

If I come to the DEMO FILES folder, and open ‘2 – YT PROFILE HEADER.psd’, here is a profile header image design I have prepared earlier.

(Toggle the safe areas to see how it has been composed)

 

PREVIEW THE PROFILE HEADER IMAGE – STEP  2

In the blank UI demo template, in the layers panel, if you double click on the ‘2 – PROFILE HEADER IMAGE’ smart object layer you will open this in a new tab.

Here you can see that this is similar to the profile header document I just demonstrated which you can create your profile header image artwork in.

So if I now come to the DEMO FILES folder, in here I will see the artwork I have prepared earlier for the profile header image.

Once open I’ll either copy it and then paste it into the blank smart object layer in the demo template, or drag the layers in.

Once happy I’ll close this.

Back in the demo template document, you will now see that it’s updated on all devices.

 

TAKE NOTE: Notice how the design looks different across UI devices.

 

By using the safe area guides in the template the design has been made to fit the smallest UI correctly but also works well across all the others.

If required, go back to the profile header image template and make any necessary tweaks, repeating the previous process until you are happy.

Once happy, make sure the visibility is off for each safe area, save and upload to YouTube where it should fit perfectly.

 


 

DESIGN THE THUMBNAILS – STEP  1

Before previewing your thumbnail images you will want to design them.

First, you will want to open ‘3 – YT THUMBNAIL.psd’ in the blank template folder.

Use this document to place in your images and text to compose your profile image accurately.

 

TAKE NOTE: In the layers panel, you will see there are safe areas. This is the ‘Time area’ where currently the time will overlap your thumbnail across devices. Be sure to avoid important thumbnail info there.

 

If I come to the DEMO FILES folder, and open ‘3 – YT THUMBNAIL_EXERCISE.psd’, in the layers panel you will see a series of thumbnails that have been created earlier.

 

PREVIEW THE THUMBNAILS – STEP  2

In the blank UI demo template, in the layers panel, you will see eight individual thumbnail layers. These are here for you to preview your thumbnails in context of each other.

If you double click on either of the ‘3 – THUMBNAIL’ smart object layers you will open them in a new tab.

Here you can see that these are similar to the thumbnail document I just demonstrated which you can create your thumbnail artwork in.

So if I now come back to the DEMO FILES folder, here you will see the artwork I have prepared earlier for the thumbnail images in the ‘3 – YT THUMBNAIL_EXERCISE.psd’ doc.

Once open I’ll either copy them and then paste them into the blank smart object layers in the demo template, or drag the layers in accordingly.

Once happy I’ll close them.

Back in the demo template document, you start to see the thumbnails update across all devices.

 

TAKE NOTE: As you update 1 through to 8 they will also update on the devices.

 

If required, go back to the thumbnail image template and make any necessary tweaks, repeating the previous process until you are happy.

Once happy, make sure the visibility is off for the ‘Time area’, save and upload to YouTube where it should fit perfectly.

So that’s my social media design kit for YouTube 2018. I hope you find it as useful as I do.

Enjoy and good luck!

 


REFERENCES

Find out more here:

 

The ultimate guide to social media graphic sizes & dimensions

CLICK HERE

 

The Ultimate Guide for Social Media Image Dimensions For 2018 – with Infographic

CLICK HERE

 

2 Comments

  • myfolio.com
    13th March 2018 at 12:03 am

    This is a topic which is close to my heart… Take care!
    Exactly where are your contact details though? http://myfolio.com/Jimgriffin

    • Gareth David
      14th March 2018 at 7:08 pm

      I have been meaning to put this out for ages! So glad to finally get it out!

      My contact details? You can catch me on the social media links bro.

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