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14 Filters to beautify and enhance your thumbnails

Bruno Celeste (@brunoceleste)

December 12, 2013 Features

You only get one shot at a first impression, so it pays to make it a good one. Thumbnails are the first thing people see when they visit a video website. In order to keep your audience those images need to pop with vitality and excitement. A great, not just good, first impression makes people hunger for more videos.

Today, we are thrilled to introduce some cool new features that make the Preview API even more vibrant and stimulating for your users.

Beautiful Combinations

14 filter choices let you create unique and dynamic visuals that will captivate your audience.

Here, we have a comparison between a default thumbnail and a thumbnail that has a border, a drop shadow and a surrealistic filter. Isn't it much better?

comparison

The API offers the following filters: gotham toaster nashville lomo kelvin tiltshift sketch black surrealistic brightness contrast sepia pixelate vintage

Additional Customizations

We've added a number of options to help you customize the look of your thumbnails. Never before has it been this easy to add borders and drop shadows and to square your images.

Here are the new API options:

  • square if true, crops the thumbnail so it has a square aspect
  • border_width border width in pixels
  • border_color color of the border in hexadecimal, default #ffffff
  • shadow add a drop shadow to the thumbnail
  • rotate rotate the thumbnail by the given degree

We hope that you and your users will love these new features as much as we do.



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