3 Tricks for the Perfect LinkedIn Background Photo

LinkedIn Background Photos

When it comes to your background image, review these considerations and 3 tips for the optimal image to make your profile standout:

  • Light blue section of the template below is the space you have for your LinkedIn background photo image
  • Consider adding an image, text and/or logo, or a compelling CTA
  • Teal circle represents your profile picture; be sure it is not obstructing your image
linkedin background photo dimensions

Years ago, only paid LinkedIn Premium members could customize their background images, but now all members (yes, you free members!) can add a unique image.

Here are three simple tips to make sure you are leveraging this additional way to make your profile stand out from the crowd:

1. Backgrounds for LinkedIn (Photo Size)

From your personal LinkedIn profile, click the first pencil tool in the top right corner. Then, you can upload an image or choose a template provided by LinkedIn.

linkedin background photo

If you are going the custom route (recommended), be sure to follow the LinkedIn background image requirements:

  • Format—JPG, PNG, or GIF
  • Size—1584 x 386 pixels

upload linkedin background photo

Not following these guidelines can lead to a fuzzy or pixilated image that does not look good. Notice in the screenshot above that you can zoom in and change your LinkedIn background photo size, straighten, apply a filter or adjust the coloring on the image you uploaded.

2. Keep Your LinkedIn Background Photos Updated

On average, I update my LinkedIn background photo 4-5 times a year. This approach keeps viewers intrigued, keeps me excited about my profile, ensures I am using the correct dimensions and allows me to keep my network updated on how they can engage us and/or what is important to me.

NOTE: Even when you use the correct dimensions, you still have to consider the image and text itself. Remember: There is (technically) no draft version of your LinkedIn profile. So, as soon as you upload a custom image, have a few of your colleagues look at your profile on their computers and phone to see if any part of the image or text is being cut off.

I found that if you want to include text, your safest bet is to include it on the far right portion of your image. Even then, be mindful that the text does not get cut off at the top.

Thus, check once, double check, and then triple check your custom uploaded background image.

3. LinkedIn Background Photo – Tools for Editing

Our team loves Canva. There are many tools now that allow you to easily create custom designs. Our team members are big fans of this super-simple online application when creating custom images.

linkedin background photo editor

There are perks to paying for the tool (like anything though, right?), but even on the free version you can create images with custom dimensions. Remember: 1584 x 386 for any of your backgrounds for LinkedIn.

If the thought of adding text to an image terrifies you, we love the website: www.unsplash.com to download high-end, high resolution images.I always recommend to have at least an image. Backgrounds for LinkedIn should never be the default coloring the default coloring, it is too boring and bland.

You work hard enough as it is. Don’t make your backgrounds for LinkedIn more complicated than they are! Using tools like Canva can help you create the right LinkedIn background photo with accurate dimensions so it looks professional.

Personalize your profile with a custom LinkedIn background image by simply following the custom images requirements, triple-checking your image looks correct, and using an outside tool to make it easier.

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