Cover Image

Together with your class title, your cover image should provide a clear depiction of your class topic. Choose a high-quality, visually-compelling image that will help your class stand out. This image will be the thumbnail that appears in search results and on your teacher profile. Remember, it’s likely that students will judge your “book” by its cover so be sure to give your cover image some thought.

Here are some class cover image best practices:

  • Use 1280x720 (a 16:9 ratio) as your image size
    These dimensions will prevent your class cover from appearing cropped or stretched.
  • Avoid low-resolution images and obvious stock photos
    Choose a high-quality, professional image that will help your class stand out in our listings. Stock photos can work too, if they’re high resolution and visually compelling.
  • Make sure the image looks good at a small size
    For example, if your class cover includes text, it should be legible when viewed at a thumbnail size. We suggest avoiding too many icons or small details—keep it simple!
  • Be mindful of margins
    Avoid placing text or important information too close to the edges.
  • Only choose images you have the right to use
    The photograph, artwork, or other image(s) in your class cover must be designated for commercial use.
  • Consider branding
    Use consistent fonts, colors, and compositions across your covers. This makes it easy for students to identify your classes, and gives the classes a cohesive look when displayed together.


Cover Image Resources

If you’re not an artist or designer, you may be wondering how you can create an engaging, eye-catching class cover image. There are a variety of tools that make it easy to create a class cover image without design know-how! 

  • Canva and Snappa
    Online design platforms that offer free YouTube thumbnail layouts. You can drag and drop photos, add text and graphics, and download the image for commercial use.
  • Adobe Spark
    Available with an Adobe subscription, Spark has a YouTube thumbnail feature that allows you to easily pick a theme, add images, and build a class cover. Youtube thumbnail templates are the same size as Skillshare class covers. 
  • Find free, high-quality stock photos available for commercial use