26 November 2012
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Download New Twitter Header Photo Template

Back on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, Twitter rolled out their new profile page design that enables you to customize and upload a branded header photo, which now appears above your Tweets. The new background header photo, if designed correctly, is a great way to showcase your brand and instantaneously connect with customers.

Please feel free to download our Twitter header photo template that is fully customizable. I have included the .EPS vector file and Adobe Illustrator (AI) Artwork file, and these this templates meets the Twitter specifications. All you have to do is select to edit the .EPS or .AI file, and replace our Local PR Media images with your brand images, and save the file as a JPG or PNG.

Free Download: Twitter Header Photo Template!

Twitter Header Photo Template Instructions:

    1. Download and unzip the file
    2. Open the .EPS or .AI file in Adobe Illustrator or your design program
    3. Follow the instructions listed on the image
    4. Remove our images and replace with your custom image.
    5. Image files are the sole property of Local PR Media. So please use you own images
    6. Save the .EPS or .AI file as a JPG or PNG file
    7. Upload your header background photo to Twitter
Once you have downloaded the file please make sure to read the helpful instructions and resources below to quickly get your new header live on your page and take advantage of all the new profile features Twitter has to offer.

How to Customize Your New Twitter Profile Page

    1. Profile Photo (73px x 73px, up to 700kb): Your profile photo is your brand identity and the image associated with all of your Tweets.
    2. BIO (up to 160 characters): tell your story to profile visitors. Your bio is displayed on your profile header under your name and username.
    3. Profile Header (JPG or PNG file up to 5mb): Display your brand prominently and immediately engage with your profile visitors. Like your cover photo, on Facebook, the header image space is where you can showcase your brand. You can design and brand your header photo template image that shows up above your tweets on computers and mobile devices. Keep in mind that the original image header photo image size can’t surpass 1252 x 626 pixels (with a max file size of five megabytes) and anything less than 640 pixels won’t look so hot. If you use our PSD template as a guide you should be fine as long as you don’t alter the dimensions.
    4. Profile Background (JPG, PNG, or GIF file, up to 800kb): Create a rich experience for your profile viewers. Update the design tab of your Twitter settings. Image maps, animation or flash are not allowed. The image can be left, center or right aligned to give you more control and predictive placement of creative elements.

I found a nice article posted by Corey Eridon on Hubspot that will show you how to edit your new Twitter profile page.

How to Set Up the New Twitter Profile Page

To update your Twitter profile, follow these steps.

Step 1: Log in to Twitter, and click on the gear icon in the top right corner. A drop-down menu will appear. Select ‘Settings.’

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Step 2: On the next screen, you’ll see a menu of options on your left. Click ‘Design.’

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Step 3: Scroll down to the ‘Customize your own’ section and select ‘Change header.’ Note the image size requirements — the minimum dimensions are 1252×626, and the maximum file size is 5MB.


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Step 4: Upload your image, and then simply drag the photo into the positioning you like, and zoom in and out to your heart’s content. When you like the look of your new Twitter profile header image, hit ‘Save,’ and kapow! You did it. Super easy.


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Some Twitter Profile Pages Featured on Twitter

Now that you know how to update your profile header photo, let’s take a look at some of the brands that have already created their new profile page. According to HupSpot, this new update was launched on the Today Show, and provided valuable information on what they’ve done with their new page.

Note: That white text you see over all of the photos? Yes, that’s your username, profile bio, URL, location … all your info that used to be under your header image in the old layout.

The Today Show

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Get started by taking a look at the first new profiles from the @TODAYshow, TODAY anchors like @MLauer, @SavannahGuthrie and @AlRoker, this morning’s TODAY guest anchor @RyanSeacrest and NBC news accounts like @BreakingNews. Then choose a photo to express a new side of yourself on Twitter.


If your photo won’t upload, try these things:

    1. Check your file type. Twitter supports JPEG, GIF, and PNG file formats. We do not support animated GIFs. All existing animated GIF images will be left as they are, but no new ones can be uploaded. Profile photos with nudity will be removed.
    2. Make sure your file is the correct size. Your photo must be no more than 700k.
    3. Make sure your browser is up to date. Try upgrading your browser or using another browser. Your upload problem may be related to the browser or computer you’re using.
    4. Make sure you click Save changes at the bottom of your Profile settings page. Your image won’t save until you click that.

Is the upload chopping off parts of your image?

    • This is expected behavior, not a bug. Profile photos on Twitter are all displayed as small squares. If you upload a photo that is a rectangle, Twitter cuts some of the image off so it’s a square. To avoid this, upload a square photo or customize image dimensions by using an online image editor.

Troubleshooting reference – http://support.twitter.com/articles/20823-i-can-t-upload-my-profile-picture-or-avatar#

Hi, my name is Nelson J. (Nate) Spoto Jr., founder and Director of SEO and Interactive Marketing at Local PR Media Group, a leading-edge division of PR Syndication. Our company is dedicated to helping local professionals and small business owners succeed in the online arena. I encourage you to join the conversation, stay connected and come back often to view the latest blog posts from top SEO experts, social media enthusiasts and public relations professionals.

Nelson (Nate) J. Spoto Jr. – who has written posts on Local PR Media.

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