What is a Twitter Header Image?

September 26, 2012
Jon. Lewis











When Facebook rolled out Timeline they gave us the Cover Photo and it looks like Twitter has followed suit. With their latest upgrade the microblogging giant has added a header photo to its new Twitter profile pages, providing more real estate to showcase your brand on mobile apps, twitter.com or anywhere your Twitter profile page is viewed on the web.

The new Twitter profile allows people to get to know your brand through the power of imagery. It also provides an opportunity for you to unify the visual representation of your brand with other platforms like Facebook’s Cover Photo, your website and your blog.

Your brand’s name, bio, website and profile photo (avatar) will display directly on top of your header photo. Since the text is white it’s important to note that you’ll want to make sure your header photo doesn’t compete.

Brands can still take advantage of Twitter’s background image, which you can design to compliment your header and profile photos.

Twitter Header on iPhoneReady to add a custom header image to your Twitter profile? Here’s how…

1)     Sign in to you Twitter account

2)     Click the “Settings” icon (it’s the one that looks like a gear in the top right corner)

3)     Click “Design”

4)     Scroll down to “Customize your own”

5)     Click “Change header”

6)     Select “Choose existing image”

7)     Find the image you created

8)     Click “Open”

9)     Click “Save changes”

To see how it looks, click on the “Me” icon at the top of your page. You should see your Twitter Profile Photo, Name, Bio and Website superimposed over your new custom Twitter Profile page Header Image.

Twitter Header Image Design Tips

  • Twitter suggests creating the image at 1200×600 but the image displays at 521×253
  • Keep the image simple so it doesn’t compete with the Twitter Profile Photo, Name, Bio and Website
  • Try a color palette that will contrast with the white text from the Twitter Profile Name, Bio and Website




1 Comment. Leave new

Thanks for the help in getting the rite size for the twitter images.


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