How to Customize New YouTube One Channel 2013 (includes photoshop template)

As you’ve no doubt heard, the new YouTube channel design is available for us unwashed masses. You shall like it, so proclaims some YouTube luminaries in this promotional video. So how do you activate the new “YouTube One Channel” and customize it?

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Here’s my new channel design so far
  1. First you need to activate the new channel. Visit YouTube One’s overview page (which describes features), and scroll to bottom. Press button. You’re in business.
  2. Now you’ll need one photo that will serve desktop, tablet and television. The specifications are described on YouTube’s blog. You want an image that’s 2120 by 1192 pixels. You can download a png template here. The image that appears on this page is a condensed version.

    template for 2013 redesign of youtube channel
    template for 2013 redesign of youtube channel
  3. To customize your image in Photoshop, here’s a YouTube Channel One Photoshop Template I created. Obviously you’ll want to delete the images from mine, and keep the template page visible so you can size things. Be sure to leave space for your thumbnail, which automatically appears over the image. If mine doesn’t work, here’s a nice YouTube One template.
  4. Note that your logo needs to be in the middle of this giant rectangle. The entire image shows up on TV, but only the center rectangle appears on desktop and mobile.
  5. While you’re editing your new channel, go through the checklist in the upper right corner to customize links and ensure the correct icons are overlaying your image.



10 Replies to “How to Customize New YouTube One Channel 2013 (includes photoshop template)”

  1. does this mean I HAVE to update my youtube channel in some new and bizarre way? can’t i just leave it alone after all the hassle I’ve had today??

  2. I am still struggling with the last change. Grumble Grumble. Ah well….truth be told I guess my interest in Youtube is fading. It appears the few good ones I follow aren’t making as many vids anymore.

  3. Thanks for the template. I’ve experimented with images and figured out more or less what you explain here, but wasn’t too sure of the exact dimensions. Thanks for the info!

  4. Any downsides to using an existing video instead of a trailer? Seem like an opportunity lost to showcase your latest video to non-subscribers and increase views, likes, etc..

  5. You actually make it appear really easy along with your
    presentation however I find this topic to be really one thing which I
    think I’d by no means understand. It sort of feels too complicated and very extensive for me. I am looking forward for your subsequent submit, I’ll attempt
    to get the cling of it!

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