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Twitter Guide For Authors & Illustrators > The Basics > What should I put in the header photo? How big should it be?

Index of topics: Main Twitter Guide For Writers & Illustrators page. To go back to my blog for kidlit/YA writers and illustrators, see Inkygirl. You can find me on Twitter at @inkyelbows (focus: writing and illustrating children's books) and @DebbieOhi (livetweets, chat, photos, personal ramblings). Also see my list of Other Useful Twitter Guides For Authors And Illustrators and Twitter Lists of: agents who represent kidlit/YAkidlit/YA editors, children's book art/creative directors and K-12/teen librarians on Twitter.

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Twitter recently announced their new design for user profiles, including a large cover photo.

How big should this image be?

Recommended dimensions for this cover photo:

1500 pixels wide and 500 pixels high

BUT keep in mind that parts of this cover image are going to be covered up or possibly not seen when viewed on a mobile device.

Helpful resources:

The New Twitter Header Dimensions - by Pauline Cabrera. Includes a template, which includes marked areas that won't show up on mobile devices.

How To Add A Twitter Header Photo - by Jason Boog on Mediabistro.

For details on how to change or remove your profile or header photo, see Twitter's page about Customizing Your Profile.

What should I put in this header image?

This is an individual choice. For my current header, I opted to include a sample of an illustration from a recent book plus covers:

Click image to see the live version.

To those posting images: before you post someone else's photos or illustrations, make sure you are not infringing on someone else's copyright. If you're posting your own images, I strongly encourage you to add a small copyright notice somewhere on the image, just in case the image is copies and posted elsewhere. I usually try to include my URL and/or Twitter handle as well as my name.


Last updated on May 30, 2014 by Debbie Ridpath Ohi