YouTube Profile Pictures

YouTube Profile Picture Guidelines

High quality channel art is an essential part of any successful YouTube channel. The first graphic most viewers will see is your profile picture. Here's everything you need to know to create the perfect YouTube profile picture!

Profile Picture Size

YouTube recommends you use a square image with dimensions of at least 98x98 pixels and 4 MB or less. This is the minimum size and generally you should use a much larger image so it looks sharp everywhere it is used. If you want to use the same image in other places outside of YouTube, it's best to opt for a much larger image. We recommend using an 800x800 pixel profile picture. If have an improperly sized image that you want to use as a profile picture, try using an online image resizer tool.

Design Tips

Here are some important tips to keep in mind when designing or choosing your profile picture.

Rounded Profile Picture Mask

Keep the important stuff in the circle.

All profile pictures appear circular within YouTube, so make sure that your PFP keeps all of the important stuff within the circle shape. The square image you upload will be automatically masked as a circle.

Keep the design simple.

Your profile pic will appear as a small icon for most YouTube users. Remember this while designing your profile picture. As you're creating your profile picture, be sure to zoom out to get an idea of how it will look on YouTube. Simple designs work best when viewed at a small scale. Use bold, simple shapes and bright colors. Use a shortened name or a nickname instead of your full name. If you're interested in creating your own profile picture from scratch, check out this profile picture tutorial on YouTube.

Use consistent graphics across your channel

Design your profile picture with your other channel graphics in mind. Channels that have a consistent theme look much more professional than channels that use random graphics with an incoherent theme. Use the same graphical styles and colors as you use in your channel's other graphics.

Other YouTube graphic sizes

 YouTube Channel Banner Image 2048x1152 pixels and 6MB or less
Thumbnail Image 1920x1080
YouTube Intro/Outro 3840x2160 (2160p) or 1920x1080 (1080p)


Now you know everything about creating an awesome profile picture for your YouTube channel! Here's a quick recap:

  • The profile picture size should be 800x800 pixels.
  • Keep everything important inside of the circle shape.
  • Keep your YouTube PFP design simple so it looks good when viewed at a small scale.
  • Use an online image resizer tool if your image file is incorrectly sized or has the wrong aspect ratio.
  • Use consistent graphics throughout your channel.

YouTube Profile Picture Maker

YouTube profile picture examples

If you're interested in creating a top quality profile picture quickly, check out our YouTube profile picture maker! Simply type in the text you want added to your profile picture and we'll create your personalized image for you.

YouTube Profile Picture Maker
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