Twitter Size Guide: How To Create Beautiful Twitter Banners & Fleets
Twitter is one of the biggest and most viral social networks in the world. 280 characters are enough to share an opinion, draw a smile or even start a war. But there's one more option that helps you express yourself beyond the word count. It's adding an image. A picture is worth a thousand words, after all.
Graphic;Optimal Image Size;Maximum File Size
Profile Banner;1500 x 500 pixels;5MB
Profile Photo;400 x 400 pixels;2MB
Image Post;1200 x 675 pixels;15MB
Twitter Fleets;1080 x 1920 pixels;512MB
Adding images to Twitter is not as easy as it sounds. Twitter, like all major social media platforms, offers guidelines regarding file formats, maximum file sizes you can add, acceptable formats, and so on.
Unlike some other social media networks, Twitter is complicated when it comes to images. So, if you’ve tried to comply with the social media sizes of Twitter and still received a message from Twitter to optimize your images, you are not alone.
Sometimes Twitter “likes” to crop some parts of your Twitter header image. That is why it is essential to know the correct dimensions, so none of your critical visual elements will be cropped again.
Getting the correct sizes may be challenging at times. And let’s not forget that you must keep in mind how your Twitter banner will scale across various devices and screen resolutions.
In the following Twitter size guide, we will go through the correct dimensions for your designs. Besides the common Twitter banner size, you will also learn how to design cool multiple photo posts. We will also guide you on getting the right dimension for the newest Twitter feature: Twitter Fleets.
What Is The Perfect Twitter Banner Size?
Let’s start at the top of your profile. The Twitter header is the first thing your profile visitors will see! That's why it's important to make a header that reflects not only your brand but is also in line with what you tweet about.
If you’ve ever struggled with Twitter header dimensions, know that it happens to the best of us.
- When trying to get the perfect Twitter banner size, keep in mind that your profile photo will cover up the lower-left corner of your banner. The best thing to do is to leave this particular banner corner blank. This way, you will prevent design elements from being “hidden” behind your profile thumbnail.
- Another thing to keep in mind is how the Twitter cover photo will look on different devices such as mobile devices or other tablets. You want the Twitter header design to look great, no matter the screen size or screen resolution.
- As mentioned earlier, try to add a banner that reflects your brand or your business. This is particularly important for businesses and business owners, or anyone using Twitter to generate leads or build their online presence.
Twitter Banner Recommended Dimensions
Earlier, Twitter allowed users to crop their Twitter header in many different ways. Well, not anymore!
Now the Twitter Banner should have a 3:1 aspect ratio. The recommended dimensions are 1500 pixels wide x 500 pixels tall. Also, keep in mind that the maximum file size for the Twitter Banner is 5MB.
Regarding the format you can use: JPG, PNG, and GIF format are the way to go. Unfortunately, at the moment, Twitter does not allow you to use animated GIFs on your banner.
You also have the option to edit the Twitter banner image on mobile devices and desktops. However, the theme colors can only be updated via the Twitter website.
If you want to get the dimensions just right and save time, you can use Vectornator’s simple templates.
With Vectornator, for instance, you can create an awesome Twitter header with just a few simple steps! The Unsplash integration will also offer you the chance to find some great backgrounds you can use for your Twitter account.
Twitter Profile Photo Size
Every time you tweet or simply reply to a tweet, your profile photo will be displayed next to your name. So, a great Twitter profile picture might bring even more followers to your profile.
The first thing people will see about you and your profile once you tweet, comment, or reply to a tweet, is your profile thumbnail.
If they like what you are twitting about, the next step they will take is hovering over your photo thumbnail. This will give them the option to check out your Twitter bio without even clicking on your profile.
That is why you must pay attention to your Twitter profile image and what you write on your bio.
Twitter Profile Photo Recommended Dimensions
Since 2017, Twitter profile pictures have switched from square to round shape. Twitter uses a circular mask on images, meaning that the avatar you use for your profile picture should follow a 1:1 aspect ratio.
The recommended dimensions for the perfect Twitter profile picture are 400 pixels wide x 400 pixels tall. The profile picture size is also crucial. The maximum size of the file should be 2MB.
Similar to the header photo, the permitted formats for your profile picture are JPG, PNG, and GIF.
Use The Same Profile Picture
We recommend using the same profile picture across all social media accounts you may have. This will ensure that your profile will be easily recognizable across all platforms.
People who follow you on other social media channels such as Facebook or Instagram will instantly find your profile if you use the same profile picture everywhere.
Being consistent with the image you use on your profile picture will improve your brand recognition. If you already have a cool photo or brand image on your YouTube channel, you can reuse it here since Twitter also has a round thumbnail icon.
This tip is not as relevant for the banner image as you can use different banner images for various channels, depending on the different purposes for each channel.
Show Your Beautiful Smiling Face!
Unless you represent a business, we would not recommend using logos or quotes in your profile photo. A full-face photo with a clear or simple background will add that human touch and bring you closer to your audience.
Select For Different Screen Sizes
Select a profile photo that works well on various screen resolutions, screen sizes, and devices. If you want to add a logo to your profile photo, use the thumbnail previews to make sure no branding elements are cropped out.
You can also use the preset template in Vectornator to get your Twitter image size just right. No need to start everything from scratch. Use Vectornator to easily design your profile photo and save precious time, which you can use to make your graphic elements even more unique!
Twitter Image Post Size
After covering the optimal banner size and profile photo for your Twitter page, it’s time to talk about how to post correctly sized images.
Even though Twitter doubled its character count from 140 to 280, this new character limit might not be enough to communicate what you have to say or show. That’s when attaching images to your Tweets becomes the perfect solution to convey more information or simply share something you have been working on via several photos.
As you may know already, Twitter allows up to four photos per post. We will later see how people have used their creativity to make the most of those four photos when posted in a single tweet.
First things first: 2:1 is no longer the correct image aspect ratio for your Twitter news feed. The right aspect ratio is now 16:9. The minimum allowed size is 600 pixels wide x 335 pixels tall. For larger images, the ideal image size is 1200 pixels wide x 675 pixels tall.
If you post the photos directly from Twitter, the maximum file size allowed is 15MB. Keep in mind that BMP or TIFF files are not allowed. Only PNG, JPEG, and GIF formats are permitted at the moment.
As of April 2021, if you upload images that do not comply with the 16:9 aspect ratio, Twitter will crop parts of them (both on mobile and desktop).
Use A Private Twitter Account To Test
We would recommend using a private Twitter account to test out the images you use for your tweets before publishing them for the world to see. It might seem like adding a bit of extra effort, but it will be worth it in the end.
Test On Lots of Screen Sizes
Use the private account on various devices to check how the images will show on multiple screen resolutions as well.
Check The Crop
Twitter may “crop” some parts of the images when you add multiple images simultaneously. So make sure you include essential visual elements and content in the center of the photos, so they won't get “left out” when included in a multiple photo grid.
Check Aspect ratios when uploading more than one image
When you upload more than one image, the images will be stacked differently and appear with different aspect ratios.
- When you tweet two images, they will be stacked side by side. Both will have a 7:8 aspect ratio.
- When you tweet three images, one of the images will appear larger than the other two and have an aspect ratio of 7:8. The other two will be stacked side by side and appear in a 4:7 aspect ratio.
- When you tweet four images, which is the maximum number of photos Twitter allows you to post at the same time, the four images will be arranged in a 2 x 2 grid. Each of the photos will appear in a 2:1 aspect ratio.
As promised earlier, here is a fun and creative way to use four images simultaneously. As shown above, you can create funny memes using multiple photo posts.
Achieving such results on the first try will take some practice since you need to understand how Twitter crops the photos. One easy way to do this is to use Vectornator’s integrated templates to design your next tweetable image!
Make sure you share your results tagging @Vectornator on Twitter. We are looking forward to seeing some funny compositions!
Recommended Twitter Ads Dimensions
To maintain a brand's visual continuity, companies and Twitter users may have to post different types of content. They might also need to use various Twitter features such as Twitter cards and Twitter Moments.
Sometimes, to achieve your marketing goals, you may also need to use Twitter Ads. This is where it gets tricky.
When it comes to running Twitter Ads and promoted posts, there are different design spaces that social media marketing designers have to fill in.
Recommended dimensions for visual content used on ads are different from what we discussed above. And it also varies for different types of ads.) you want to run, such as standalone image ads, video ads, carousel ads, and so on.
For standalone image ads, Twitter recommends using a minimum width of 600 pixels. It does not limit you in terms of height. However, if the height will exceed the width, Twitter will crop the image to achieve a 1:1 aspect ratio. The maximum file size allowed is 3MB.
Twitter Fleets - Correct Dimensions For The New Feature
Twitter Fleets is a new feature that allows users to share tweets that will disappear after 24 hours. Unfortunately, those disappearing stories can't be liked or retweeted. The Twitter Fleet size is 1080 by 1920 pixels in the Twitter app.
Your images can be JPGs or PNGs, while videos are required to be MP4 with a maximum length of 30 seconds (512MB). The text in fleets is also limited to 280 characters. The maximum number of fleets on your profile is limited to 75 per day.
Keep in mind that the top of every fleet is overlaid with a black gradient. We also recommend that you place your most important content in the center of the image.
How Can You See Twitter Fleets On Desktop?
Currently, this feature is only allowed on mobile. Therefore, Twitter users cannot see them on desktop but can use and see them via iOS and Android devices.
Not Sure How Your Fleet Will Look?
No worries! You can always test fleets before you post them to be sure that everything looks good. To do so, simply select an image from your camera roll. After that, you will get an instant preview of how it will look like when you post.
Ready To Pull Off The Perfect Twitter Profile?
Now that you know how to use the correct sizes for your Twitter profile, we encourage you to start designing your profile and tweet your design to us @Vectornator.
If you want to have an easy start and skip the manual creation of templates, you can simply use the built-in Twitter templates in our graphic design software Vectornator. Then, easily export from Vectornator right in the PNG format that Twitter needs.
You don't need to be an expert with complicated design tools to pull off the perfect Twitter profile. You shouldn't worry about having a blank canvas, either.