Thumbnails- Hand Drawn VS Photoshop- Definitions and Do's vs Don'ts!

So recently, there has been a bit of confusion as to what hand-drawn vs photoshopped thumbnails are.
Specifically, the two definitions of Hand-Drawn.
Well, this is how I usually interpret the two, and some tips on both.

Hand Drawn

So, the confusion here is: Is hand drawn on-paper or anything drawn by hand?

I usually think of it as any thumbnail that is created from scratch- no premade images or anything. Just drawn by hand digitally, either on a drawing tablet, or laptop (serious respect to those who can do that, how do you even draw with a touchpad/mouse???).
A paper thumbnail is what I call a thumbnail that shouldn’t exist because 1) image lighting is 99% of the time abysmal and 2) coloring/sketching looks less smooth overall and 3) eraser marks :skull:

Now, some tips:

(you can also use this guide for a more in-depth explanation.)


-Make sure your background and foreground styles are cohesive!


(sorry I rushed this one, it looks so ugly)


-Shading and highlighting is key! Make sure you have in mind where the light is coming from- the corner, the center, maybe even directly in front of your eyes!



-Positions are important! Does the thumbnail have a calm feel? An exciting feel? Position your Gims based on this!

do (in a calm thumbnail):

don’t (in a calm thumbnail):

Some of the best artists are Kat_Aronii, NavyCatZ (on Discord), and Gimkit Theorist (on discord).
I like to think that I’m decent : P


Now, many of my friends do photoshopped thumbnails.
Basically, a photoshopped thumbnail is one where someone takes images of Gims, backgrounds, and objects, arranges them in one image, edits it, and adds titles and stuff.
If done correctly it can be very appealing!
If not… you’re pretty much doomed.

Now, I don’t do photoshopped thumbnails, so here are various guides and tips/tricks on how to do it correctly!
Two skilled photoshoppers are Nixximon and M1dnight. Props to them!

Thank you for reading through all this blabber jabber!
No, seriously, thanks.
Gotta crank up the views (/j).


You’re an awesome thumbnail maker, VoidFluffy. One of the best!
i just wish i could draw better :confused:


You can always get better with practice! : )


@Beagles why do I see you everywhere???
Are you stalking me???

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Because I am everywhere!

yeah and you keep liking all of my posts…
what’s going on here? :mag_right::face_with_raised_eyebrow:

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I am everywhere all of the time! (except after 8 usually I get off then because I’m required to have a silly thing called sleep)

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I also just drank 11/2 liters of Fanta

Nice (guide?)! I personally do a mix of photoshop and kleki.

nightmare fuel
oh well
i guess this is gonna haunt me in my sleep


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That’s not related to the current topic.
Please don’t post off-topic, it causes unnecessary clutter.

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A rushed one that is an example of what not to do.
Please stop cluttering up my topic, or just leave.


Nice Guide!


Wait, Argo77 is alive?
(lol, just that I haven’t seen you around)

Yeah. I’m just floating around now. Don’t really make guides anymore

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me not making the list -_- :sob: :sob: :slightly_frowning_face:


oops sorry for bringing this back to the top…

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