Getting The Ideal Twitter Header Size

Getting The Ideal Twitter Header Size

You’re not alone if you struggle or have struggled with Twitter header dimensions.

Sure, the social media platform has guidelines for header photo sizes, but it is still a challenge to get the sizing perfect. This is because Twitter chops off part of the cover photo, even if you’ve followed their guidelines. Not only that, but you have to wonder about what your photo is going to look like on various screen resolutions.

There is good news because we have actually solved this issue.

Throughout this article, we will go over what Twitter header size should be used, as well as provide you with guidelines that can help ensure that it displays correctly.


Guidelines For Header Photos On Twitter

Twitter Guidelines

Before we provide you with tips and tactics, we want to cover Twitter’s guidelines for header photos.

The dimensions are recommended at 1500px by 500px, and the photos can be in JPG, PNG or GIF format. Animated GIFs are not acceptable, so don’t try to use them for your profile or header image.

The problem is your header may not look good, even though you’ve followed the above guidelines. This is because your profile picture and the area that’s invisible needs to be taken into account. We’ll go over this in the next few sections.


Your Profile Picture

twitter header

As mentioned in the previous section, you have to take your profile picture and the invisible area into account. Sure, doing this sounds easy, but it’s more challenging than you probably realize.

The position of your profile photo or company logo changes based on your screen’s resolution. Feel free to take a look at this screenshot to get an idea of what we’re talking about.

Your profile photo will move towards the middle of your cover photo when it’s displayed at full width. If you scale down the resolution, then your profile photo will change location. It will actually move the header photo’s left side.


Header At Reduced Width

If your screen is smaller, then the profile photo moves to the left of your cover photo. This is why you have to leave a little bit of empty space in the bottom left corner. If you don’t do this, then parts of your Twitter header could be blocked. If you can’t, I highly suggest contacting a freelance graphic designer to do this for you.


The Invisible Area

Keep an eye on the invisible area. Remember, the header photo still gets cropped after you upload it. This is regardless of the dimensions that Twitter recommends. In the next few sections, we will give you an example of what we are talking about.

This is what the header looks like before we upload it. After we upload it, the top of the header photo will be cut off and so will the bottom part. This was expected though because as previously mentioned, photos get cropped after they get uploaded on Twitter.


The Idea Size For A Header Photo

We recommend using the recommended dimensions, which is 1500px by 500px, but we also recommend leaving empty space at the bottom of your photo and the top. Also, leave plenty of space in the bottom left hand corner. This is for various screen resolutions, as well as your profile picture.


Using Snappa

We understand that it can be a major hassle trying to get your header perfect. This is why our Twitter header maker has safe zones built into it. Our tool displays the profile photo, as well as the invisible areas you need to be aware of. You can toggle this off and on, which is a great feature and you can rest assured you won’t have to worry about running into Twitter header sizing issues again.

Optimizing your Twitter header photo may look easy, but as you can see it actually isn’t. The above guide should give you an idea of how you can size your headers on Twitter.

If you need a refresher, then make sure you refer back to this article, but by now you should know how to size your cover image on Twitter. The more you use the tool, and the easier sizing your Twitter header photo will get and you will use the tool over and over again.



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