Envious of people’s personalized LinkedIn Profile background headers?
If you’re feeling in a “DIY” mood, Canva is a super-simple free graphic making tool for the non-graphic designer in all of us. To create your own LinkedIn background header, follow the steps below.
Just remember, if you choose to DIY, make sure you ask a few colleagues if they like what you’ve done. You want your background image to enhance, not diminish, the quality of your personal brand.
How to Design a LinkedIn Background Image
To edit your LinkedIn Profile background header: while in Edit mode, put your cursor over the top section of your LinkedIn profile. The Edit Background edit icon will appear. Click on it.
When you click on the Image Requirements button, you’ll see the pixel dimension of the image you want: 1400 x 425. (Pixels are like inches, but for digital images.)
(Please note, you’ll only see those template images if you have a Premium version, but it doesn’t matter because you’re going to upload your own background.)
Step 1: Open a free Canva account.
Step 2: Canva offers you pre-sized templates for different types of backgrounds. However, at the time of this article they do not offer a LinkedIn header template. Instead, click “Use custom dimensions.”
Enter in 1400 x 425 and click Design!
Step 3: Design your background.
Upload an image. (Eg. logo, anything appropriate that reflects your professional brand.)
Add text to your background image.
*VERY IMPORTANT: The text and logo must be in the upper third of the background image, or it will be hidden by your profile avatar and the top of your profile.
Step 4: When your image is complete, download it as an Image.
Step 5: On your LinkedIn Profile, click Edit Background and click Upload to upload the image you created in Canva.
*Alert: In edit mode, you may find that part of your image or text is hidden. Click on View Profile As to see it the public view.
If your image is still hidden, you’ll have to go back to Canva, reposition your image or text higher up, resave, download and upload again. Click on View Profile again and see if it’s no longer hidden.
And… you’re done!
Celina Guerrero is founder of Los Angeles-based coaching and training company, Social to Sales. We help you transform your expertise into revenue through personal branding, social selling and digital influence.
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