Google+ Cover Photo & Profile Image Sizes for Business Page + 8 Top Tips

google plus image sizesFor some time now we’ve been working hard on our Social Media profiles, not least the newest of the bunch; Google+. One of the first tasks we undertook was to brand our Google+ business page so that people would instantly recognise us, but as we quickly discovered, this isn’t quite as easy as Google would have us believe…

This post offers tips and tricks to get your Cover Photo and Profile Images looking great and even includes a downloadable Photoshop (.psd) template. Yes, we are too good to you!

Google+ Cover Photo & Profile Image Sizes
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So, let’s cut to the chase, the dimensions you’re looking for are shown below along with an image to demonstrate them in action. Click on it to view the full size version.

Cover Photo Size: 940px x 180px   |   Profile Picture Size: 250px x 250px

google plus profile image sizes
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8 Top Tips to get your Google+ Images Looking Great! 

  1. Our Google+ Photoshop Template includes layer masks and correctly sized slices allowing you to simply drag and drop your images and quickly export them at the correct sizes.
  2. You will notice that the cover photo slice (940px x 180px) in our template actually extends past the end of the red area on the right hand side. To ensure that your image displays correctly and is not pixelated you must export it at 940px x 180px BUT worth noting is that the final 38px of your image on the right hand side will not be displayed so either leave this area blank or don’t expect to see it when published.
  3. The cover photo also includes a thin area on the left hand side, shown in blue on our template. This area is not technnically displayed but it is visible as a background to the little arrows that appear on the left hand side to depict which page of Google Plus you are viewing.
  4. Unlike Facebook, Google Plus doesn’t seem to have a problem with image compression so you can upload images in any format (.gif, .jpg, .png) without losing quality.
  5. When publishing both cover photos and profile pictures we did find however that Google initially displays them poorly, as if incorrect image dimensions have been applied in the HTML of the page. Thankfully however, a full refresh of the page sorts this out.
  6. Remember that your profile picture will also be displayed next to your posts, albeit at a much smaller size of 48px x 48px. You don’t need to create a smaller version as Google+ does this for you but you should try to make sure that your full size cover photo is of a high quality so that the smaller version also remains at a decent quality when resized.
  7. It’s worth giving some thought to your profile picture because it will help your posts to stand out. Many people will tell you that you should use an actual photograph of yourself and there is nothing wrong with that. For the time being we are using brand images because these are of course business profiles and I do think the icons we’ve created stand out quite well against the sea of headshots. Either way, make sure your cover photo is colourful and consider using different shapes within your image as that also helps it to stand out.
  8. If you’re using this guide to brand a Google+ business profile page, don’t forget to also add a cover photo and profile picture to your personal profile as this will be used to introduce people to your business page. The imagery you use here can be less formal but you can include elements that tie in with your business profile, a small version of your logo or similar colours perhaps.

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