Posted to Brian Solka's blog on November 22nd, 2013

Awesome Twitter Header Images

Enhance your brand on twitter with these simple steps.

Have you ever wondered how to create the cool Twitter picture combination so that your main profile image appears to seamlessly sit on top of the header image? Well in case you were wondering, here is a quick, easy-to-follow set of instructions with a screen recording depicting how to do this.

What you need to do this task:

  • Pixelmator or other photoshop-like program
  • Twitter login info
  • creativity
  • 2 images you wish to use (1 for 'background header' image and 1 for main 'head shot' image)
  • inspiration


  • At the time that this process was written, Twitter's 'background header' image dimensions were 1252px x 626px. Assume this is still the case unless known otherwise.
  • This process will be written for Pixelmator; if this is not the program that will be used, please apply directions accordingly.
  1. Open Pixelmator from scratch and select 'create new image'.
  2. Set dimensions to 1252px x 626px with 300 px/square inch.
  3. Drag the below (green, twitter screenshot) 'placer' image to your desktop or save it somwhere you'll remember. Insert it into the canvas. The 'placer' image should fit almost perfectly in the 1252 x 626 canvas. You will be using this image to make sure your profile picture fits seamlessly with the rest of your header image.
  4. Paste/drag/import the intended background image onto the canvas and position/center accordingly.
  5. Rearrange the layers so that the 'placer' image is on top of everything and set it's oppacity to 50-60%. You are doing this so that when you are deciding where to put the main 'head shot' image, you know where to line it up to make it appear seamless.
  6. Once the 'placer' image is the top layer and has lowered oppacity, hide it/make invisible.
  7. Export as a .png and name as desired. This will be the 'background header' image that you upload on Twitter.
  8. Paste/drag/import your intended main 'head shot' image and position close to where you think the white boxed border would be. (you can unhide the 'placer' image to gain insight on where to put it. The reason you have to hide the 'placer' image is because if it's the top layer, everytime you try to move the main 'head shot' image, you will inadvertently move the 'placer' image. A way around this is to show all layers, select the main 'head shot' layer and position it with the arrow keys. This way is recommended when you want to get the main 'head shot' image exactly where it will need to be. This step is also why you have already reduced the oppactiy for the 'placer' image, so that you can see both at same time.)
  9. Once the main 'head shot' image is resized/positioned inside the white bordered box, merge the 'background header' image layer and the main 'head shot' image layer. Make sure this new/merged layer is selected.
  10. Use the rectangular selection tool and outline the white bordered box of the 'placer' image (which should be visible, on top, but not selected).
  11. Once the white box is outline/main 'head shot' image appears to be selected, hide the 'placer' image layer. The main 'head shot' image should still be outlined because before you outlined, you made sure that this layer was selected.
  12. Copy this selection (⌘ + C), create a new file (⌘ + N) (accept pre-defined dimensions; should be same size as copied selection).
  13. Paste (⌘ + V) onto canvas and export as .png and name as desired. This saved image will be the main 'head shot' image for your Twitter account.
  14. celebrate
  15. Log in to the desired Twitter account and go to the profile page.
  16. Choose to edit the pictures and upload the 'background header' image first. Once this image is in place, upload the main 'head shot' image. You might have to zoom in slightly for the second image, move it, or make slight changes in Pixelmator and re-export. However, if done correclty, it should look pretty damn good.
  17. repeat step 14


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