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Changing Your Channel's Appearance

Let's get into editing your channel. When you access your own channel, you see an Edit Channel button at the top right. (Visitors do not see this button.) Click this button to display the editing pane at the top of the page.

Figure 2 Click the Edit Channel button to customize your channel page.

There are three tabs on the editing pane: Appearance, Info and Settings, and Featured Tab. We'll deal with the Appearance tab first.

There are basically two things you can customize about your channel page's appearance—your profile picture (avatar) and background color or graphic. That's it. So make sure you make your changes count.

Figure 3 Customizing your channel's appearance

Let's start with the profile picture. If you're an individual on YouTube, you probably want to post a personal photo. But if you're a business, you can use this profile picture in a more promotional manner.

I recommend posting your company logo or a product photo as your profile picture. This way, your logo or product will appear whenever anyone sees anything you do on YouTube: videos in search results, video pages, and your channel page.

To upload your profile picture, click the Choose File button in the Avatar section of the Appearance tab. When the Open dialog box appears, navigate to and select the image to upload; then click the Open button.

Next, you can change the background of your channel page—specifically, that area outside the main content block. You can choose a specific color for the background or upload your own graphic.

To select a background color, click the Choose A Color button and choose a color. To use an image for your page's background, click the Choose File button in the Background section, and select the image file. You can then choose not to repeat the image (for large images); or to repeat the image horizontally, vertically, or both horizontally and vertically—that is, to tile the image.

Remember, if you choose an image, most viewers won't see much of it; it falls completely outside the normal content modules. Only those users with a widescreen monitor (and their web browsers wide to the max) will see your image. To that end you can choose a large single image that reinforces your brand (but remember that the middle of the image will be covered by content) or a smaller image, such as your logo, tiled in the background.

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