How to Use Canva to Make a Perfectly Sized LinkedIn Background Image

LinkedIn Default Background Image

Every person who views your LinkedIn profile sees your background image. Boring blue says, “Boring you.” Learn how to sizzle your look in less than five minutes. Use Canva, a free design site, to make a perfectly sized, custom image that helps you tell your professional story. 

Interested? Read on to see how easy Canva is to use.

Canva Makes Custom Background Images Quick and Easy

Canva lets you:

  • Generate a properly sized template for your background image (1400 x 425 pixels 1536 x 768 pixels, if you have the latest interface that LI rolled out in late 2016/early 2017).
  • Upload and expand/crop a picture to the template size.
  • Download the properly sized image to your computer.
  • Upload it to LinkedIn.

All in as little as five minutes.

Follow along with this video, or use the narrative description below the video, to see exactly how to do it:

How To Make a LinkedIn Background Image on Canva

  1. Go to Canva and sign in.
  2. Click on “Use custom dimensions.”

Canva custom dimensions

3. Input 1400 x 425 1536 x 768 (LinkedIn recommends this size for background images).
4. Click “Design.”

LinkedIn Background Dimensions

Buy an image from Canva for $1.00 (not an affiliate) or upload the image you want to use (see 10 smart, easy ideas here) from your computer (horizontal orientations work best) by doing the following:

5. Click “Uploads.”
6. Click “Upload an image.”
7. Select your image and click “Open.” Canva will add your image to your Canva gallery.

How to Upload an Image to Canva

8. Drag the image you want to use from the gallery into your 1400 x 425-pixel template 1536 x 768 pixel template.
9. Resize the image to fit the template by pulling on a corner.
10. If you don’t like the image, click the trash icon and start again.

How to Use Canva to Make a Custom LinkedIn Background Image

11. Drag your re-sized image to where you want it to appear in the template.
12. Click “Download.”
13. Click “Image: high quality (PNG).” 

Size Your LinkedIn Background Image on Canva

Voila! You have a perfectly sized LinkedIn background image.

How to Install Your Background Image on LinkedIn

To upload your background image:

  1. Go to your LinkedIn profile.
  2. Click the drop down “Profile” menu.
  3. Click “Edit Profile.”
  4. Click “Edit Background” in the background area.
  5. Click “+ Upload.”
  6. Select your file and click “Open.”
  7. Drag your image to position it and click “Save.”

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Please don’t hesitate to invite me to connect on LinkedIn here. My email address is donnasvei@gmail.com. The more I know about my readers, the better I can make my blog.

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Comments 5

  1. Note: If you don’t like the resolution your Canva images shows on LinkedIn, here are two tips for improving it. The first comes from technical writer, Chris Morton. The second is from Canva.

    In using Canva (or InDesign, et al.) to create your own background, here’s a tip to get better screen resolution. In Canva, don’t download your file; in INDD (or other graphics tool), don’t export it as JPG/PNG. Instead, while maintaining its aspect ratio, display the image as large as you possibly can within the application (I use a 24″ monitor), take a screen capture and then save that as a JPG/PNG. Once that is uploaded to LinkedIn, the resulting JPG/PNG may have to be scaled down. This is a good thing, as it will actually enhance the resolution.

    1. Download your image as a .pdf from Canva.
    2. Go to this site: http://smallpdf.com/pdf-to-jpg.
    3. Upload your .pdf.
    4. Click “convert entire page.”
    5. Click “choose option.”
    6. Hover over the image of your converted file in the lower left corner of the screen.
    7. Click “download.”
    8. Voila, you have a high resolution .jpg!

  2. Hi Donna,

    Thank you for your kind words and for adding so much value to this post with your wonderful suggestions for how to leverage this LinkedIn profile feature!

    Donna

  3. Donna, you have created another great blog post. Practical and useful as always. It’s really difficult to find a stock image on iStock or Getty Images or any other stock image provider that fits the LinkedIn background. It’s an odd size. And editing an existing image can be very difficult. You have given your readers a great tool (video and great instructions) to create and upload a LinkedIn background image that will make them stand out from the LinkedIn crowd.

    There’s no reason for anyone to leave the basic, boring blue in their LinkedIn background any longer.

    I would remind those involved in a job search and any professional who would like to be recruited for a higher paying job, to create a background image that will make it instantly apparent to potential employers what you have to offer. A beach scene is nice, but it doesn’t add to your personal brand.

    Career oriented words work well to brand you, e.g., IT, Manufacturing, Software Development, Nursing. A slogan or your short value proposition would be great. An image of you doing your work, like on a public speaking, in a lab, receiving an award, or leading a meeting would work well. Or images that represent what you do, like a manufacturing floor for a Supply Chain Manager, a classroom for a professor, or a building for an architect can also create a strong personal brand.

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