How to make a YouTube End Screen Template (ANIMATED END SCREEN TUTORIAL)
How to make a YouTube end screen template – that's what this animated end screen tutorial is all about! I'm going to show you how to use someone else's end screen for inspiration and make your own animated template using Canva.
Contents of this video:
0:00 Introduction – How to make a YouTube End Screen Template
0:20 Editing in Canva
3:05 Add your template to your video editor
3:35 Add YouTube End Screen Elements
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How to make a YouTube End Screen Template (ANIMATED END SCREEN TUTORIAL) – Video Transcript
How to make a YouTube end screen template – that’s what we’re going to cover in this animated end screen tutorial, so let’s get started.
First, you find an end screen that you like, that you want to use as inspiration for your own end screen.
Take a screenshot of the whole end screen, being sure to get right up to all of the edges.
Next, open up Canva – a free account is good enough for what we’re going to do.
Click on ‘create a design’ and select ‘YouTube outro.’
It’s important that the dimensions of your document are 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Next, click on the upload tab on the left hand side and drag in (or navigate to) the screenshot you just made.
Click on the screenshot, and stretch the corners so that it fits the canvas exactly.
Next, we’re going to go to the elements tab on the left hand side and we’re going to add a rectangle or a square. I want a colour gradient in the background, so I’m going to use this one.
Click on the shape you just added and make it bigger than the canvas.
Next, making sure that your shape is still selected, click on the transparency symbol in the top right area, and make your shape transparent enough so that you can see through to the screenshot easily.
Next, we’re going to add shapes over the top of the end screen video elements. I’m going to add a rectangle over the top of the playlist element, and I’m going to add a circle over the top of the subscribe element.
It’s really important that you match your shapes up exactly, because YouTube only allows end screen elements to show up in a certain part of the screen – if you match your shapes up with ones that are already on someone’s end screen you know that they’ll be in the right spot.
So that’s the important stuff done, and from this point onwards you can make this template your own.
Next, we’re going to add some text, because believe it or not, lots of viewers don’t really know what to do when they get to an end screen. They might not know that the picture of you is a subscribe link. So as well as saying in your video what to do, it’s a good idea to have text prompts on your end screen.
To add the words, just go over to the text tab, add some text, and customise it however you want.
Next we’re going to add some arrows, so click on the elements tab and do a search for ‘arrows’.
If you want to find animated arrows, or animated anything for that matter, which can be great for drawing people’s attention to your playlist, you can find them by clicking on the filters button, ticking the animated box, and clicking the apply filters button.
That’s where you’ll find the big arrows that I’m going to be using in my template.
When you’re done customising, select the big shape, go back up to the transparency symbol in the top right area, and make your shape opaque, so it can’t be seen through.
The next step is optional, but if you want to make your end screen longer than it already is, the fastest way to do that is to make an exact copy by clicking the copy button up near the top of your canvas.
You could even make some changes to one or both of your pages, so that not everything appears all in one go, but remember that you don’t want anything longer than 20 seconds
Then, download your end screen template.
If you haven’t used any animations, download it as a PNG file, but if you HAVE got animations, you’ll need to download it as an MP4.
The next step is to take your end screen template and add it on to the end of your video file in whatever video editor you’re using. I’m using screen flow, so I can just drag the file into my multimedia area and then add it to my timeline, but every editor will have a way for you to import images or video. Make sure your template isn’t any longer than 20 seconds and that it’s positioned right at the end of your video.
The last step is to add the end screen elements in YouTube, which happens once you’ve uploaded your video.
The second step of the upload process is where you add your video elements, which includes your video’s end screen.
To add end screen elements to your video, click on the blue ADD link, which is over on the right hand side, next to where it says ‘add an end screen’.
You’ll then be taken to the End Screens interface.
Basically, all we need to do in here is add the end screen elements to the special placeholders we’ve made for them.
To do that, click on the blue + ELEMENT link and choose which element you want to add first.
The element then appears on your video preview, and you’ll need to move it and resize it until it matches the rectangular shape on your template exactly.
By default, YouTube adds each element for the full 20 seconds, regardless of where the scrubber is positioned, but I don’t want them to start there so I’m going to grab the start end of the blue bar on the timeline and drag it to where I want my end screen template to start.
Next, I’m going to add a subscribe link by clicking on + ELEMENT and choosing Subscribe, and moving it to the right spot on my template.
I’m also going to adjust my subscribe link in the timeline so that it shows up at the same time as my playlist.
The final step is to move the scrubber back to the start of the end screen and click play in the preview window, just to check that your end screen elements are showing up in the right places with the right timing.
When you’re happy with the way that your end screen elements are looking, click the big blue save button
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