Pro Thumbnail Design with Free Software GIMP


Use GIMP to easily create trendy thumbnails for your Youtube videos. Your subject will have a white outline and a glowing effect behind it. I see this sort of style being utilized quite often, and by really large Youtubers. With this tutorial, you’ll be able to use it as well, and without having to spend money on Adobe Photoshop.

Model image:


This tutorial is for GIMP version 2.8 and is intended to teach beginners how to use the software. GIMP is a great free alternative to Adobe Photoshop.

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My design setup:

Intro song: “In Da Mood” by Combustibles, used with written permission