Everything about your LinkedIn profile and your business's LinkedIn page should look professional. The perfect profile showcases your skills, experience, brand, and personality. And a big part of this (the biggest, literally!) is your banner photo.
For LinkedIn, you will need to resize your image to the banner area. According to this LinkedIn expert, the best sizes are:
- 1584 x 396 px for a personal profile. You can use this free LinkedIn Banner template tool to resize a photo to that ideal size or design a custom header graphic from scratch.
- 2256x382 px for a LinkedIn business page. Use this free LinkedIn Banner Template for Business Pages to make it.
In this article, I'm going to show you how to create a high-quality LinkedIn banner with the correct dimensions using a free online tool called Kapwing. Most popular image editors don't allow you to resize your photos to the correct dimensions for a LinkedIn banner. But, with Kapwing's online Studio, you don't need to guess which parts of your picture are going to be cropped to fit the LinkedIn banner area.
Kapwing is also a good tool for this task because it's free, simple, and doesn't require you to download any software.
This tutorial teaches you how to make a LinkedIn banner in 4 steps:
- Find your banner photo
- Upload it to the Kapwing Studio
- Resize & Edit
- Publish & Download!
Step 1: Find Your Banner Photo
Kapwing allows you to upload any type of image file from any source. You can use a photo you found or stored online from locations like Facebook, Instagram, Google Images, or Google Drive. You can even take a video screenshot from YouTube with Kapwing's Image to Video tool. Or, you can make your LinkedIn banner from a photo you've taken yourself or have saved on your device!
If your picture is stored on your computer or phone, just make sure you can find it in your file browser. It might be a good idea to make a separate folder of banner photos, if you have several options. And if you're using a photo from somewhere on the internet, all you need to do is copy the URL (if you're using a photo stored in Google Drive, you'll need to make sure the link is shareable).
Step 2: Upload It to the Kapwing Studio
When you're ready to create your LinkedIn banner, head to Kapwing.com and click "Get Started." If you're already signed in, click "New Project" and "Start with Studio." This will take you to the Studio, where you can use all of Kapwing's editing tools in one place.
To upload your banner photo, either right-click on the URL field and select "Paste," or select "Click to Upload" and find the photo in your file browser! You can also drag & drop a file into the Studio window if it's accessible.
Step 3: Resize & Edit
The optimal dimensions for a personal LinkedIn banner photo are 1584x396 pixels, and the best dimensions for a business's LinkedIn profile are 2256x382 pixels, so once you've uploaded your photo to the Studio, you should adjust its exact output dimensions. Click "Custom Size" from the toolbar on the right side of the Studio. In the Custom Resizer window, enter 1584 in the first field and 396 in the second, if you're making a personal banner. If you're making a profile banner for your business, enter 2256 in the first field and 382 in the second. Just click "Done" and your LinkedIn banner will be resized perfectly!
Remember: LinkedIn banners have other constraints that you'll need to keep in mind. Your circular LinkedIn profile picture will cover up a portion of your banner near the lower left-hand corner, so try to keep this area clear of important content. Also, the profile picture for a business is square, rather than circular.
While you’re in the Kapwing Studio, you can make any other edits that you need to make the perfect banner photo:
Step 4: Publish & Download
Once you've edited your banner photo to perfection and selected the optimal size and dimensions, click "Publish" in the upper right-hand corner. Kapwing will automatically work its magic and your banner will be ready to download in no time!
When your picture is finished processing, click “Download” from the right side of the screen. From this page, you can also sign in with a Google or Facebook account, if you haven't done so already, to remove the Kapwing watermark for free. And if you'd like to show off your high-res LinkedIn banner, you can use direct-share buttons for Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
If you’re using a mobile device, you’ll need to download the very small Kapwing mobile app from the App Store. The app doesn’t require any login – it’s only meant to help you download your content! To download your picture on your iPhone, just copy the URL of the download page and paste it into the URL field in the Kapwing app. Now it's ready for you to share anywhere!
To update your LinkedIn banner, click on "Me" in the upper toolbar of your LinkedIn feed, then "View Profile." On your profile page, select the pencil icon next to your bio, and then select the same icon in the top right corner of your banner photo. Now, just upload your banner photo from your file browser!
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