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LinkedIn Header Image : Upload It The Right Way

Welcome to your Linkedin Header Image tutorial!

After receiving a ton of email asking for advice on how to create a smashing LinkedIn Profile that gets eyeballs, we’ve decided: why not just create a massive Wiki on the topic of LinkedIn?

And so here we are.

In this tutorial, we’re going to focus on teaching you how to upload your LinkedIn Header image; which looks something like this:

Besides having a smashing write up of your LinkedIn Profile, you also need to make sure the images used on your profile are eye-catching and enticing enough for people to read on!

Video: Uploading Your LinkedIn Profile Header Image

Why Is A LinkedIn Header Image Important?

First of all, it’s important to understand this.

Having an impactful background header on your LinkedIn Profile increases the attractiveness of your profile overall, and thereby significantly increases visibility on LinkedIn.

Benefits Of Having A Powerful LinkedIn Header Image

  • An interesting header image entices people to keep on reading
  • Since an image speaks a thousand words, having a powerful image on your LinkedIn Profile header can speak intangibles for your personal brand.
  • First impressions count. For your LinkedIn Profile, what loads first on your Profile? Your header image.

Let’s get started!

Starting Steps

Login into your account at LinkedIn.com

Of course, you’d have to start off this tutorial by logging into your LinkedIn account.

Go to LinkedIn, and log in with your username and password. This should redirect you to your LinkedIn dashboard.

Access your profile and click on View Profile

From your LinkedIn Dashboard (the image shown below), click on your profile picture located at the top right, then click on “View Profile.”

This step should redirect you to your LinkedIn Profile page.

Once you’re at your LinkedIn Profile page, move on to the next step.

Click on the “Pen” button To Enter The Editing Window

Now that you’re at your LinkedIn Profile page, click on the Pen icon on the right hand side of your Profile picture.

This Pen icon should open up a popup window as shown below:


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Choose and Upload Your Header Image

Now that you’re in your editing window, let’s click on the top right hand Pen icon, so that we can edit our header image.

But Wait…What Kind Of Images Should I Upload?

The Type Of Image To Upload

While selecting your image, it is important to choose one that isn’t kiddish, offensive or too loud.

Pro Tip:

Do not upload selfies, photo of family and friends. Remember that LinkedIn is a professional networking platform, not Facebook!

Doing so might send the wrong message or impression to your visitors; and you might even experience a high LinkedIn visibility – for the wrong reasons.

The Size Of Image To Upload

LinkedIn themselves have pointed out that the recommended size of your LinkedIn Header image is 1,584 x 396px.

If you are able to resize your image to that size, perfect.

Otherwise, always try to get an image bigger than the recommended dimensions, so that your images don’t end up blurry and blown up.

Once you’re happy with the image that you’d want to upload, go ahead and click on “Change Photo” in the Editing Window you see below:

Straight From LinkedIn

As LinkedIn advises: “If your background photo appears blurry or pixelated, please choose an image with a file size as close to the maximum as possible, as images with larger file sizes typically look better.

Photos will also look better than images with logos.

If your image is still blurry or pixelated, you may want to run it through a compression tool such as Trimage for Windows or ImageOptim for Mac before uploading it to LinkedIn. However, please note that we can’t provide support for use of these third-party tools.

Also note that the display of the image may change based on the size of your web browser window and screen resolution.” Do note that the LinkedIn by default has a maximum photo size of 1,584 x 396px, so you’d want to keep your photos within that size frame. Otherwise, your header image might just get cropped away.

Additional LinkedIn Header Image Powers

Most people simply upload a LinkedIn header image and just leave it at that.  But there are actually more things that you can do to your LinkedIn Header Image before you call it a day.

Here are some more tools that LinkedIn provides you to further improve and enhance your LinkedIn Header image:

The LinkedIn Header Image Crop Function

The first tool at your disposal is the Image crop function.  

This basically gives you the power to crop your LinkedIn Header image into whichever proportions that you desire.


Even if you crop your photo, visitors to your profile will still be able to see the entire header image by downloading the image from your profile.

So: no funny business in your LinkedIn header image!

The LinkedIn Header Image Filter Function

If you’ve ever used Instagram before, you’d know image filters. Essentially, it gives you a bunch of photo effects that you can apply to your LinkedIn Header image, to enhance its appearance.

Here’s the list of effects at your disposal:

Original: Keeps the photo at its original state.

The Original State of the LinkedIn Header Image

Spotlight: Creates a shadow effect at the sides, bringing up the “spotlight” on the middle of the photo. 

Prime: Gives an authentic, toned effect to the image, with a slight tinge of rustic-ness into the fold.

Studio: A heavier effect than Prime; this effect accentuates the darker tones of the image, and really brings up the whites.

Classic: This effect gives a black and white, monochrome effect to your LinkedIn header image.

Good for photographer profiles (something for you to consider).

Edge: A more vibrant effect, this filter really livens and lightens up the mood of your LinkedIn Header image, and creates a lively effect. Good for lifestyle kind of shots (if you’re in real estate for example, you could double this up and add a photo of a shot of a property you’re trying to sell and give it the Edge effect.) Spruce it up!

Luminate: Does what it says on the label – luminate really gives your LinkedIn header image a kind of flair and brings all the elements in your image into a lighter tone.

The LinkedIn Header Image Adjust Function

After you’re done selecting your Filters, it’s time to move to the third and final function; the Image Adjust Function for your LinkedIn Header Image.  

This function essentially gives you the ability to manually adjust the effect of your LinkedIn Header Image.

Firstly, you’d want to click on the Adjust button.

This brings up the Adjust window:

Now, depending on the image that you chose in the beginning, you’d want to adjust your image’s quality using the following functions in the Adjust settings:


The Brightness functions does what it says: you have the ability to adjust the brightness of your image.

Click on the “Brightness” button, and the brightness slider will appear:

Now, drag the slider to the right to make it brighter:

Or drag the Brightness Slider to the left to make it darker:

Once you’re happy with the Brightness of your image, click on the back button on the left:

You should be redirected back to the Adjustment window.

Let’s move on and change our Contrast Settings.


Next up, we have the Contrast method under the Adjustment window.  

And again, this does what it says: you get to adjust the contrast (i.e. the comparison between the blacks and whites in your LinkedIn Header image) of your image.

To start off, click on the Contrast button as shown above:

You’d be redirected to the Contrast Slider page.

Drag The Contrast Slider To The Right To Emphasize Whites

To make the darks in your LinkedIn Header image more obvious, you can choose to drag the Contrast slider to the right.

This is good if you want to really bring out the whites in your image.

Drag The Contrast Slider To The Left For A Lighter Image (Slight Blurriness)

If you’d like a lighter image, then drag the Contrast Slider to the left.

Take note though, that unless you’d want your LinkedIn header image to look slightly rustic and brighter, this option might not be the best one for you.

Note that in our example above, the words became slightly blurrer.

Once you’re happy with your Header image contrast level, click on the back button to go back to the Adjustment Window again.  

Let’s move on to Saturation.


Saturation of an image is all about the depth of the colours and tone of the picture.  

When choosing your saturation levels, pay attention to what you’re giving attention to. Let me explain.

When you have an image where you’d like to draw the attention to something (for example, you standing in a picture), how much saturation might draw the attention away from you?

That being said, let’s take a closer look.

Firstly, click on the Saturation button that you see above. You should see a slider pop up here. Let’s go in and edit our Saturation levels for our LinkedIn header image.

Drag Saturation Slider To The Right For More Tone Heavy Image

If we drag our saturation slider to the right,you’ll see that the image starts to become more tone heavy, and its colors become more emphasized.

Drag Saturation Slider To The Right For Less Depth Of Colors

As we previously mentioned, dragging the slider to the right bring out the colors in our LinkedIn Header Image.

On the other hand, dragging the slider to the left reduce or reduces the tone of colors and our LinkedIn header image.

To give you an example, dragging the slider completely to the left results in a black and white image as shown below:

Once you’re happy with your image, click on the back button, and we can go back to the final Adjust option, the Vignette.


The vignette option adds a shadow to your LinkedIn header image. The depth of that shadow depends on where you drag the slider to.

Firstly, as usual, you want to click on the vignette button from the Adjust window.

Drag Vignette Slider To The Right To Centralise Shadow

Let’s take a look at what happens when you drag the slider to the right.

As you can see, the further you drag your Vignette slider, the more centralised the shadow effect on your LinkedIn header image becomes.

Drag Vignette Slider To The Left To Widen Shadow

Dragging the Vignette Slider to the left, on the other hand, widens the shadow effect on your LinkedIn header image.   

Here’s what happens to the image as we drag our slider to the left:

As you can see, dragging the Vignette slider to the left results in a shadow effect that spreads out of the image, bringing emphasis on the center of the image.

This is usually a good effect to use when you’re trying to emphasise the middle portion of a photo.

Applying your changes

When you’re done with your changes, it’s time to apply them.

Click on the Apply button on the bottom right hand corner of the Window like so:

And you’re done!

Once you feel that your image is good to go, click on the apply button to apply the changes.

Now, celebrate how awesome you were for following through this tutorial.

Learning Points

What did we learn through this tutorial? We learnt that:

  • It is important to choose the right photo or image for your LinkedIn profile
  • The right header image counts as the first impression for your LinkedIn visitors
  • There are many methods that you can use, including the Crop, Filter and Adjust functions, to adjust and beautify your image for maximum visibility!

Now, Over To You

We hope that you’ve enjoyed this tutorial as much as we did writing it!

Now, what about you?

What important learning lessons did you take away from this lesson?  

What are your own criteria for choosing a good header image? Leave a comment and feedback down below – we want to know!

P.S. Don’t forget: if you face problems with your own LinkedIn profile, feel free to click on the contact button on the right and we’ll help you out!

Updated on October 19, 2018

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