242: IGTV: How To Create Custom Thumbnail Images in Photoshop

Instagram TV Cover Image Dimensions

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Custom Cover Image IGTV

IGTV: How To Create Custom Image in Photoshop

IGTV = Instagram TV

Housekeeping (Pre-Tutorial):

  1. Video tutorial is at the end of the article if you want to skip all the text.
  2. I use Photoshop, but same guidelines apply in Canva, Gimp, PicMonkey…
  3. For a free trial of Adobe Creative Cloud/Photoshop:
    https://mikemurphy.co/adobe
  4. Download Free Cover Template Photoshop File (no email required):
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/aw6hbi2hz7dqld0/IGTV_COVER%20TEMPLATE.psd?dl=1
  5. Instagram Help Center: https://help.instagram.com/381435875695118
  6. Follow Me on Instagram: @mikeunplugged
  7. Bonus Trivia: What does the timecode 9:41 signify?

The Tutorial:

This tutorial will show you all the dimensions and best practices for designing a custom thumbnail image for your IGTV Videos.

  1. In Photoshop:
    Create New Document:
    420 pixels wide by 654 pixels Tall
    Resolution: 72 ppi
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Create New Document in Photoshop (420px X 654px)

2. Create Margin Guides in Photoshop: .40"
Keep important text and graphics away from the edges (inside the margin guides)
Note: Background image/color should cover the whole document (full bleed)

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Margin Guides (.40")

3. Placeholders (Always visible on IGTV):
Duration of Video in Upper Right
Title (2 lines of text)
Profile Picture bottom left
Profile Name

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Placeholders in IGTV

4. Design Custom Thumbnail
Keep important text & graphics in ‘Safe Zone’
Keep important text & graphics inside Margins
Background image or color from edge to edge (outside of margins)
Export Custom Thumbnail as JPEG

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Design Considerations

5. Upload Custom Image To IGTV

1. Upload from Phone (Edit Cover)

2. Upload in Web Browser (Edit)

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Upload via Phone or in Web Browser

Download Free Cover Template Photoshop File (no email required):
https://www.dropbox.com/s/aw6hbi2hz7dqld0/IGTV_COVER%20TEMPLATE.psd?dl=1

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