Every person who views your LinkedIn profile sees your background image.
The Case for a Custom LinkedIn Background Photo
Thus, do you want to use LI’s standard, blah graphic as shown above? Like millions of other members? Or do you want to tell a personal story?
A custom image can help you brand yourself and/or amplify your profile’s narrative.
Canva Makes a Custom LinkedIn Background Photo Easy
This post will show you how to use Canva, a free graphic design platform, to customize your LinkedIn background photo.
Canva lets you:
- Generate a properly-sized template for your background (1584 x 396 pixels)
- Upload, and expand or crop, a photo to the template size
- Download the properly-sized photo to your computer
- Upload that image to LinkedIn
All in as little as 5 minutes.
Watch the video below to get a good feel for what you’ll be doing.
Then, follow the written instructions to make and upload your image.
LinkedIn Background Photo Video
This video shows you how to use Canva to make a LinkedIn background image that will communicate your personal brand:
- Go to Canva and sign in.
- Click the bright purple “Create a design” box.
- Type in “LinkedIn.”
- Choose “LinkedIn Banner” and click.
Upload the image you want to use by doing the following:
- Click “Uploads” on the left vertical rail.
- Click the bright purple “Upload Media” box.
- Choose “Device.”
- Select your branding image’s file and click “Open.” Canva will automatically add the file to your gallery.
- Drag your uploaded photo from the gallery into your template.
- Resize the image to fit the template by pulling on its corner.
- Drag your re-sized image to where you want it to appear in the template.
- Click “Download.”
- Click “PNG, Recommended.”
Voila! You have a perfectly sized LinkedIn background photo.
How to Install Your LinkedIn Background Photo
If you’re wondering, “How do I update my LinkedIn background image?” it’s even easy than using Canva.
Again, watch the video to get a feel for what you’ll be doing:
Then, follow these written directions:
- Go to your LinkedIn profile.
- Click the edit pencil in the background area.
- Choose “Upload photo.”
- Select your file and click “Open.”
- Click “Apply.”
That’s it. You have a new LinkedIn background image!
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Updated March 2021
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