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How to Design Thumbnails: Useful Ideas to Stand Out

How to Design Thumbnails: Useful Ideas to Stand Out

Thumbnails can be seen everywhere: from video upload sites to webshops and social networks. If you want your thumbnails to be noticed and clicked, they will need to stand out! You can accomplish this by understanding which design ideas are effective for the type of thumbnail you are creating.


This book will give you plenty of useful information and ideas to design your own thumbnails, choose the best templates, or commission a designer to do the work.


All the chapter titles in the book are designed as thumbnails to give you an immediate visual idea of what you will learn! You will find lots of examples showing a thumbnail before and after applying the advice, as well as a large variety of design ideas and variations that you can use as a reference.


In the second part of the book, you will find practical examples organized by genre. This will help you understand how you can apply the design ideas learned in the first part. The examples are included in various formats and are a great reference to create banners too!



Introduction: Basics of thumbnail design
Chapter 1: Composition and layouts
Chapter 2: Color schemes and text
Chapter 3: Shapes and concepts
Chapter 4: Thumbnail designs by type

Appendix: Useful information


    ■ by Sonoe Takigami

    ■ 210 x 148 mm / 192 pages

    ■ Published in March 2023

    ■ ISBN: 9784798629476

    ■ Japanese title: サムネイルデザインのきほん 伝える、目立たせるためのアイデア

    Buy on Amazon Japan


    World rights available


    Sonoe Takigami is a graphic designer and CEO of the design studio Cyan. She specializes in web design for all digital platforms and graphic design of books and has authored various manuals on graphic design.

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