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The New Google+ Profile Banner Image Size

Apr 11th, 2012
Update 12/5/2013 – After the recent redesign of Google Plus, there is now a new template for download.

Update 3/4/2013: We have a Photoshop template for the new Google+ cover photo. The new image dimensions are 2120×1192. Get the details and download the template!

Selecting the banner option on your G+ profile

google plus profile banner sizeAfter reading a few articles about the new Google+ design update today I was immediately interested in the new banner option for our profile. According to the article from MarketingLand.com the subject was kind of glazed over in the official announcement and I haven’t seen the usual step-by-step instructions for customizing your profile (yet).

So I dove in and it was actually fairly simple. Start by going to the profile view and hover over the image area to reveal the “change photos” option. Next step is to select between two options next to “Choose a template:”. The banner option is the first one and it’s pretty easy to see the difference between the two as the second option is broken up.

Creating our G+ Banner

google-plus-profile-banner-inlinevisionI didn’t feel like waiting for the infographics that detail every change and image size available; So after pushing some pixels around and testing it out a few times I came up with a banner for our page that seems to be working well. It was a bit tricky as the little triangle that sticks out on the left reveals part of the image; it took a couple of tries to get the position of the profile image just right too.

Photoshop Template

Download our template and create your own banner! [google-plus-banner-template-profile-image.psd_.zip]

google plus banner template profile image dimensions

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About the author:

Michael Currey is an experienced web designer, front-end developer and social media manager with 15 years of experience and an education from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

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12 Responses to “The New Google+ Profile Banner Image Size”

  1. mark says:

    This site has a list of apps you can use to make your google plus profile picture and banner http://www.gplusavatarmaker.com/about.html including the Picture Image Avatar And Banner Maker http://www.gplusavatarmaker.com/GPlus-profile-picture-and-banner-maker.html.

    • michael says:

      Hey Mark, I tried the tool out and it works fairly well.

      It does have some limitations but I can see how it works well for someone who doesn’t want to mess around with creating custom graphics. It’s nice that there are adjustments for Brightness, Contrast, Hue and Saturation plus the ability to zoom in and out.

      Just upload a photo and save out the two images and you’re done.

      The overwhelming amount of ads on the page does concern me though. I know we all have to make money somehow but wow, I don’t think I’ve seen quite that many ads in relation to the amount of actual content present on the page.

  2. Jesse says:

    The main picture dimensions implies that 250 is the length of the diagonal, not the height and width. I know that “diagonal” doesn’t make sense when you’re talking pixels, but the diagram is misleading.

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  5. antar says:

    Thanks a lot,
    Searching for solution for my gplus page cover and finally found it here.

  6. Marco says:

    Very interesting, thank you. It would be nice to know the size of the small portion at the right of the profile image.

    • michael says:

      The area to the right of the profile image is 55px but it may look like less because Google uses a gradient to fade the image to white.

  7. This PSD made my task so much easy. My job done within 30 min. Thx a ton.

    Btw, any link how I can get the 5 different pic in the cover photos.

  8. Xavier says:

    Hey Michael, great link info but i came here looking for the new new google layout, they dont seem to keep things long enough to enjoy them in relaxation. =) Do you happen to know the new dimensions? The banner is huge this time around.

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  10. michael says:

    It looks like once you replace your scrapbook images with a banner you can’t go back.

    I found this explanation at https://plus.google.com/109471940039062886080/posts/VuJNQmaGBMG

    — the five photo scrapbook design is from an earlier era of Google profiles that existed before Google+, and as such, its design came from a desktop-centric era of computing. — With more and more people signing up to use Google+ on mobile devices (indeed, Vic pointed this out in his recent Google I/O keynote), we wanted to move to a design that would eventually support this audience better, and give us more flexibility as we improve the existing profile across all platforms. When it came down to it, using five photos in a horizontal layout on a mobile phone really doesn’t work — which is why you can’t even see these photos in the current Google+ mobile app. That seemed like a worse situation than trying to find a better solution for all of the different platforms that people use to access Google+.

    Although I’m sure it’s frustrating that once you upgrade, you can never go back, we also didn’t want to just unilaterally make this change. So, for people who have five photos and are happy with them — they don’t need to upgrade. But if they want to update their profile’s cover photos, they’ll need to use the new design.

    …… you can of course make a collage of photos and use that image as your cover photo. It is more work, but now have a contiguous canvas to design for yourself.

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