How to Make Your Own Banner Image (Templates + Examples)

While it’s possible to find banner images for social media online, it’s better to customize your own picture by adding text, background, and exact sizing. I’ll give you some banner image templates to start with and show you how to customize any banner image you want.

How to Make Your Own Banner Image (Templates + Examples)

Banner images can be useful in all sorts of places: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube – even custom posters. While it’s possible to find your banner images in stock photo sites or Google Images, it’s much better to customize your own picture by adding text, background, and exact sizing.

In this article, I’ll give you some banner image templates and show you how to find or customize any banner image you want in just a few simple steps.

Table of contents:

  1. Examples of banner images on different platforms
  2. How to make your own banner image

Examples of banner images on different platforms

The size and the way your banner image is displayed differs from platform to platform. Here are a few examples of how banner images look, what they include, and how they're engaging to viewers.

YouTube banner example

Having a YouTube banner lets you introduce yourself and your YouTube channel to any new and existing viewers. Your YouTube banner and your featured video are the first two points a person's eyes would wander, so it's important to make it memorable.

Matt D'Avella's YouTube banner image introduces him and his content to his audience.

If you don't know where to start, you can find YouTube banner examples and templates online. Kapwing has a good YouTube banner template and an entire YouTube template collection with different assets you can use to lift your YouTube channel up.

LinkedIn banner example

Your LinkedIn banner is another first point-of-contact someone new would be getting to know you and your work. Include something inspirational, funny, relatable, or all three! This will help build your network with connections that you otherwise wouldn't have met if it weren't for your banner or cover story introducing who you are as a person.

Pabel Martinez's LinkedIn banner shares an inspirational quote and advertises his own podcast, "¿Quién Tú Eres?"

If you want to make your own LinkedIn banner, you can find lots of free banner templates online. Share your story and who you are, and let the connections come!

Twitch banner example

Along with every other platform, Twitch is built off of community. This means having a Twitch banner that not only introduces yourself, but directs your viewers to ways they can keep in touch with you and your content is important to show.

@Sydeon's Twitch banner image gives her audience different ways to keep up with her and her content.

Including your social media handles across different platforms will build the community and network you want, especially if you are just starting out as a Twitch streamer. You can also find many Twitch banner templates online to customize and fit your own Twitch channel.

How to make your own banner image

Explore your creativity and create your own banner image! This is a good opportunity to introduce yourself to the world on the internet and make connections you otherwise wouldn't have made.

Steps to making your own banner image:

  1. Open any image editor.
  2. Resize and add elements to your banner image.
  3. Process, download, & share!

Step 1: Open any image editor.

To make your own banner image, you have to use an image editor first. For my example, I'll be using Kapwing. If you need help getting started on your banner photos, Kapwing has an entire template collection you can use for free online.

Once you're in your image editor, upload your own image or create a new project with a new canvas. I'm choosing to use Kapwing's Twitch banner template for this article.

Step 2: Resize and add elements to your banner image.

Now you get to customize everything you want about your banner image. If you used one of the premade Kapwing templates, you can select any layer to move, resize, edit, or replace it. You can also add any more text boxes, images, or shapes using the options in the upper toolbar.

If you’re starting from scratch, begin by resizing your canvas to the dimensions you want. Most banner or cover photo destinations use very wide aspect ratios: Facebook profile banners are 820x312, event banners are 1910x1000, LinkedIn profile banners are 1584x396, YouTube channel art is 2560x1440, Twitter banner photos are 1500x500, and Twitch offline banners are 1920x1080, to name a few.

Twitch banner size dimensions made in Kapwing.

To edit a banner picture from your computer or any location on the web, click “Upload” in the upper toolbar and either find a file in your file browser or paste a link to any image on the internet – you can also choose “Images” from the left sidebar and search the copyright-free library for photo inspiration or logos you want to add. To add text to your banner, just click "Text" from the left sidebar and edit your text, font, color, position, and even background color.

Step 3: Process, download, and share!

Once your banner image looks the way you want, click "Publish" in the upper right corner of the Studio, and it should take under a second for Kapwing to process your file. Once it's ready, just click "Download" from the right side of the screen, and your banner will be saved directly to your device.

Export, download, and share your banner image across your social media platforms!

With your banner image saved to our device, you can share it anywhere you want! On most social media platforms with banner or cover photos, you should go to our profile page and choose to edit your profile. If you resized your banner image precisely for the place you want it to appear, it will look just the way you want when you upload it to our profile. For more detailed instructions on different types of banner image, check out some related articles:

How to Make Facebook Profile Cover Photos
How to Make Facebook Event Banner Images
How to Make Twitter Header Images
How to Make a LinkedIn Banner Photo
How to Make an Offline Banner for Twitch
How to Make YouTube Channel Art

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