I’m super excited that I finally got the new Twitter layout! I was so excited to upload the new header image I created when I knew the new layout was coming. But when I uploaded my carefully crafted image, it didn’t fit!
So I spent some time and numerous attempts to reformat the image in order to get it to fit. In the process I learned a few things.
I figured you’re probably going to run into these same issues so I created a size guide for you along with my tips.
First of all, the new Twitter header photo is formatted to 1500 pixels x 500 pixels. Yes, that is big!
But, and this is the biggest issue, you don’t actually get all 500 pixels in height. You actually lose 140 of those pixels (any coincidence in that number? ) to the margins which display your top menu bar and your list of tweets, followers, etc. at the bottom of the image. So you’ll need to format your image at 500 pixels high but only use the center 360 pixels or it won’t fit.
Here’s the size guide I created to help you:
Update: The 100 pixels to the left of the profile image may actually be less or greater than this depending on your screen size. The header image will be scaled to fit the width of different sized windows and the profile image may shift left or right along the header image to accommodate this formatting.
If you choose to upload a photo that is larger than 1500 x 500 pixels, you can click and drag the image around the window to align it to your preference. You can also use the zoom tool provided to change the amount of the photo that appears in the header photo.
When you log in to your account with the new layout, whatever header image you had previously will be stretched to fit the new layout. To change the image, click on “Edit Profile” on the right side of your profile page. A camera icon and “Change your header photo” will appear over the header image. Click on the camera icon and select the Upload Photo option from the drop down menu. Upload your image and it should fit snuggly in the new header. Make sure you click “Save Changes” when you’re happy with your new image.
You will also have a similar option to click the camera icon to “change your profile photo”. Follow the same steps to upload or take a new photo.
The profile photo is set on the header image very similar to a Facebook orientation and is 240 x 240 pixels. Any photo up to 500 x 500 pixels will be scaled to fit this layout. If you are one of those people who had your Twitter profile photo set to fit within the old header image, these won’t be aligned anymore, as you can see.
The new layout changes how your whole profile looks to visitors. The profile page is standardized for everyone. If you have a custom background designed for your Twitter page, you (and visitors) will not see it on your profile page. You will still see it on your home feed page and other pages, but you’re the only one who sees those pages.
The other thing you need to be aware of is that when you go to your Home feed on Twitter, it does not show the whole header image in your profile card. It actually cuts off the side margins as you can see on my account:
Again, you’re the only one who sees this so it’s not of much concern for your marketing purposes. But if you look at your profile on a mobile device, the layout hasn’t been changed (yet?) and the header image will be cut down to these same dimensions.
The Twitter header image on mobile devices loses 240 pixels on each of the left and right sides. This means you have 1020 pixels horizontally (in the center) of the image to capitalize for both desktop and mobile viewers.
I hope this size guide and these tips help you format your new Twitter header image. If you found this helpful or think someone else would find this helpful, please share this post!