Think Twitter isn’t a visual platform? Think again. While it might not place the same emphasis on photos and illustrations as Instagram and Pinterest, it’s still important to consider your Twitter image when posting and conversing on the social network – research shows that tweets with images receive 89% more likes and 150% more retweets. Put simply, using a Twitter image boosts engagement. And it’s not just in-stream photos that need attention; a bold and easy-to-spot profile image and header image will do wonders for brand recognition. But before you start creating custom images that reflect your brand’s personality and convey your key marketing messages, there are two things to consider: shape and size.
Twitter Image Size
Getting the dimensions right for every type of Twitter image is easy when armed with a few simple measurements. Ensure your Twitter profile image is 400 x 400 pixels and your Twitter header image is 1500 x 500 pixels (although images that are 1024 x 280 pixels will also work). In-stream photos look best when they are 1024 x 512 pixels. Using a template can ensure that your Twitter images always meet these requirements.
In addition, the platform places a restriction on the file size and type of image you can upload and share – 5MB is the maximum for header and in-stream images, and 2MB for profile images. Accepted file formats include GIF, JPEG and PNG, while BMP and TIFF are among the file formats that are not supported. Again, using a template that allows you to save the images you create straight to your desktop will save you having to think about these technicalities so that you can concentrate instead on making something truly eye-catching.
Creating and Posting a Twitter Image
Twitter might have doubled its character limit from 140 to 280, but there are still some things that are better said with pictures than with words. Showcasing a new product, sharing the story of a recent event, offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse of your brand – these are just some of the occasions when a strong image will have more of an impact than a few hundred letters.
When it comes to creating an attention-grabbing image, a Twitter template can really help by ensuring that you comply with the platform’s image shape and size requirements, granting you access to a library of thousands of images, and allowing you to create customized and consistent posts.
You’ll find thousands of social media templates on Placeit, Envato Elements and Envato Market. When you’re ready to share your image or images – you can select up to four images per tweet – click the ‘gallery’ button to upload the file or files from your mobile device. If you are using a desktop version of the app, start composing your post and click the ‘camera’ icon to add images. Click ‘tag people’ to type in the usernames of anyone you want to tag, and click ‘add location’ to add a place that’s specific to your image.
Create a Cover Image with a Twitter Header Maker
A Twitter header image reveals a lot about who you are and what you do, and it’s the first thing people see when they look at your profile on their phone or laptop. It might be the first time someone has come across your brand and, as first impressions are so important in a competitive online world, you might want to consider using a Twitter header maker to create your cover image so that you can be sure to get it just right.
With Placeit’s Twitter header maker it’s easy to create a header image in just a few clicks. Simply browse the library of header templates and make your selection. Then, enter the information you want to appear on the image and customize the colors so that they are in keeping with your brand. When you’re happy, click the ‘download’ button. There are hundreds of Twitter header image template styles so you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for, and if you’re keen to add an extra level of customization, search the selection at Envato Elements and Envato Market.
In this article, we explain why Twitter cover images matter and how you can create an effective image using a Twitter header maker.