How To Make A Twitter Header
Twitter has a place to personalise your profile page apart from your smaller icon photo, which allows you to insert a new header image that sits on top of your feed, a bit like Facebook’s timeline cover photo. Find out to make Facebook cover photos.
So what are the ways to make a Twitter header stand out from the crowd?
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What Is A Twitter Header?
In the ‘old days’ Twitter was a text-only service. More recently, Twitter are constantly seeking to improve the visual experience by integrating multimedia features such as photos, videos and the most recent profile redesign pushes this idea through more noticable photo streams and a brand new feature: the Twitter profile header. So how do you make a Twitter header?
How To Make A Twitter Header
Here’s how to make a Twitter header photo:
- Sign in to your Twitter account
- Go to your Settings and click on the Profile tab
- Click on Change Header to upload a new header photo or remove your existing header photo (file must be smaller than 5MB)
- Twitter recommends a 1200×600 image size, but it will resize any uploaded image to 520×260 pixels
- Select the image you would like to upload
- Click Save
- You’ll see a notification that your image has successfully been published to your profile
Twitter Header Tips
1. Selecting An Image
Original image size cannot exceed 1252×626 pixels (with a max file size of 5MB). Twitter does not specify a minimum size, but anything smaller than 640 pixels-wide will appear poor quality. The header image is a horizontal bar, so any landscape-oriented photo will look better than a portrait (vertical) photo. Although you can resize the image, it doesn’t appear to align 100% accurately.
2. Text Against Background
Your new Twitter bio displays in a light-colored font, making the text difficult to read when paired with a light photo. Busy patterns will also distract from the text, so find something simple, at least on the bottom part of the image. Instead, choose a header image that contrasts with the font color. A darker photo makes your bio stand out, easy to read for other users.
3. Different Devices
Keep in mind that the new design does not look the same across all devices. The mobile app for iPhone is slightly different. Users see a full Twitter profile in two parts: one shows the user’s avatar and handle, and a swipe to the right reveals the user’s bio. The iPad displays all on one page, like the desktop.
If you decide to get creative with your header image and newly placed avatar, you might decide whether you want it to look as it should on the app or desktop.
Remember, you still need an avatar. Many users might only view Twitter profiles via third-party apps like TweetDeck or HootSuite. Though creative displays might make sense when paired with your header image (e.g. a picture of your elbow), they could confuse your followers, who might not be viewing your profile on Twitter.com
Keep It Simple!
If you’re having trouble coming up with a good header image, remember three powerful words: keep it simple. Even apart from the image, there’s a lot going on in this space and your goal is to tie it all together, not overcomplicate it.