How to make YouTube thumbnails with AI [prompts included]

YouTube has become one of the most popular platforms for content creators, making it a great opportunity for small business owners to showcase their products and services. But with thousands of videos uploaded every minute, it’s important to make sure your content stands out. 

One way to do that is by creating eye-catching thumbnails that grab the viewers’ attention. And now, with the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI), you can easily create stunning and professional-looking thumbnails that will attract more views and subscribers. In this blog, we will discuss how to use Wepik’s AI image generator and AI Writer to create a YouTube thumbnail that will increase engagement and bring more traffic to your channel.

Explore the AI Image Generator

AI Visuals

Our journey begins with identifying your prompt, a brief text description that encapsulates your video’s essence. It could be your video title or a concise summary of its key points. Now, write your prompt into our AI Image Generator, where AI will do its magic and conjure four visuals aligned with it. You choose the one that best suits your content and audience, serving as the foundation for your YouTube thumbnail. Don’t forget to upscale and download your image!

Prompt – “a tea mug on top of a pile of old books, near a window where its raining, cozy, warm, aesthetic, professional photography” and we select “Landscape” and “Photo”

Prompt - “a tea mug on top of a pile of old books, near a window where its raining, cozy, warm, aesthetic, professional photography” and we select “Landscape” and “Photo”

Choose a template

Wepik has a vast collection of pre-made templates for YouTube thumbnails that you can choose from. No need to start from scratch every time. Simply pick a template that aligns with your brand or video content. Customize it by incorporating your visuals, tweaking colors, fonts, and icons to infuse your unique brand style. Plus, you can include last-minute AI images within the editor!

Use AI Writer

 Next, breathe life into your thumbnail with compelling text. That’s where the AI Writer comes to the rescue. Instead of struggling with catchy headlines and descriptions, let AI Writer generate top-notch text in seconds. A few keywords related to your video or product are all it takes. AI Writer combs through millions of texts, conjuring attention-grabbing headlines, descriptions, and tags.

Prompt – “six word copy to advertise a review on the new iphone” or “four word title for a music playlist”


Customizing your thumbnail is crucial to make it stand out from the competition. With Wepik’s AI image generator, you can easily customize your thumbnail by adding your own images or icons – don’t forget the YouTube Play! You can also adjust the size, shape, and position of the images and text to make it look more visually appealing.

The previously AI-generated picture is customized with Wepik's online editing tool.

Experiments with colors and fonts

Colors and fonts play a vital role in creating an impactful thumbnail. Bright colors and bold fonts tend to grab viewers’ attention more effectively. However, it’s also important to make sure the colors and fonts match your brand’s style.

Upload to YouTube

Creating an impactful YouTube thumbnail is crucial for promoting your videos and driving more traffic to your channel. With the help of Wepik’s AI image generator and AI Writer, you can easily create stunning thumbnails without any design or writing skills.

The pre-made templates, AI-generated text, and easy customization options make it an efficient tool for creators who want to optimize their content for YouTube. Try Wepik’s AI image generator and AI Writer today to create eye-catching thumbnails and take your channel to the next level.