Back in 2013, YouTube announced a their new channel layouts, which as expected, left people angry. I can’t remember an update that didn’t leave people angry, but that’s just the nature of the online community. To prepare for the update, YouTube has written an article outlining the dimensions of the ‘safe areas’, and I have gone ahead and prepared a free PSD for you all!
The 2013 Layout
For those who haven’t seen the new layout yet, the image below is a screengrab of iJustine’s new layout. This layout is only available to a small group of YouTubers. We currently don’t know when it will be rolled out to the masses.
In her walkthrough, she shows off the many customization options that are available with the new layout, including social media links within the banner, and many options for organizing your videos. However, many users are upset that YouTube is no longer allowing custom backgrounds.
Personally, I don’t mind this change. I found the background distracting, and in some cases, hideous. The new layout is simple, and gives users more ways to display their content, which should be your main objective, anyways.
Designing For 2013
The nice thing about the new design, is that it scales to fit whatever device you’re viewing it on, whether it’s a desktop, tablet, or TV. In YouTube’s article, they demonstrate how your designs will look on each device.
I have gone ahead and created a PSD file for those who want to start designing their new banners early. The PSD highlights each section and which device they will be visible on. Your goal is to make use of the full width, but keep your main logo/content inside of the ‘safe area’. On a television, the whole 2120 x 1192 area will be visible!
As an example, here is the banner that I’ve been working on.
If you’d like to download this PSD file to kickstart your designing, click the download button below! As of this point, we don’t know when YouTube will roll out the design to everyone. Patience, my friends.