Do you upload videos to Youtube or other video content sites? Usually they allow a custom thumbnail to go along with it. This video will hopefully help you think of, and design a thumbnail as more of a banner ad
Shift+Ctrl+Alt+T is MAGIC. Hopefully you'll get some use out of this, or be able to just have fun with it. The stock colored smoke photo was found on Shutterstock here: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-121099999/stock-photo-coolor-smoke-in-the-black-abstract-background.html Follow me on twitter and facebook for laughs and random nonsense: http://www.twitter.com/EvanEckard http://www.facebook.com/EvanEckardYT
There's a lot of techniques in this video that I hope you can find some use from. The final artwork that we'll be creating looks like so: https://twitter.com/i/#!/evaneckard/media/slideshow?url=pic.twitter.com%2Fa8PeKbaI Many of the same techniques were used in Chaos Math background artwork: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StNDQdKaXjg The stock Nebula
I've finally cleaned up the original photoshop files used in the creation of the wordpress theme "Desktop Chaos." Head on over to the theme site for details and to download. Enjoy!