Update 03/07/13: Google announced new cover photo sizes and profile enhancements for Google+. The new cover photo size is 2120 × 1192 pixels. We wrote a follow-up post with inspiration, tips, and another template that you can see here.
Today, Google+ got a new look, including features like interactive navigation and profiles that look similar to Facebook’s Timeline layout that officially launched last month.
Google says improvements will be rolled out “over the next few days,” so don’t fret if you haven’t seen the change yet. The Cypress North Google+ page hasn’t seen the upgrade, but one of our other clients has, so we decided to spruce up Easy Legal Billing’s Google+ page and write up a quick post about sizing for your cover photos.
It appears that the displayable area for the cover photo on Google+ is 940 x 180 pixels. You can upload larger images as long as they are a minimum of 940 pixels wide. The image tool will allow you to crop to the correct dimensions once your image is uploaded.
If you don’t have the ability to create a full-width cover photo, you can also use the alternative template offered that displays five images in a “scrapbook” format, like Coldplay does here:
If you decide to design your own custom cover photo with marketing messages, be sure to leave some left margin space so your text isn’t too close to the left edge. In addition, you’ll need to make sure you don’t place any important info on the right side as your profile image will block whatever is underneath. We believe the profile photo is about 252 x 252 pixels.
Other features of the new redesign include bigger photos and video, a discovery section where users can view current trends and hot topics on Google+ as well as an interactive navigation and hangouts page. Read more about these improvements here.
Hi Tiffany, I just created an app for creative cover photo for G+. http://coverphotoeditor.com. hope it help
great job, mate
I’ll admit, this new Google+ layout does look much better although it’s pretty clear their imagination didn’t span further than what Facebook has already been doing.
Any idea about dimension of g+ profile pic?
Hi Moin, I believe the profile picture viewable area is about 250 x 250px, but the overall box is about 262 x 262 pixels if you take into consideration the padding/border.
It is also important to choose a profile image that will not loose too much clarity when it is automatically scaled down and displayed to the left of your status updates. I guess there is a trade off between the larger profile image displayed on the right of the cover photo and the smaller resized version displayed with your updates. In my opinion the smaller version next to status updates gets much more visibility so should not be overlooked.
I just tried to upload a photo cover for my page and it’s 940 pixels wide in JPEG format but it just keeps giving me an error. Not sure what I’m doing wrong.
Hi Tiffany I was looking for in-stream image minimum sizes and found these, hope it’s useful to folks. Image container is 402px wide by 301px high.
@arismawan that is a great app you got going. Just created a cover. Very easy and looks amazing for just a short time. Thanks for the share. And Tiffany thanks for the article helped me get exactly what I was looking for. Cheers
You’re welcome, Chris!
How do I get the alternate template/scrapbook look for my cover graphic? All I can get to is the cover graphic. Thanks.
It looks like they are phasing the scrapbook feature out and going to the cover photo only. Once you upgrade to the cover photo option, it can’t be undone.
Thank you Tiffany.
Tiffany, great presentation of how to optimize photos for your Google+ pages. I am creating a page on how to get the most out of Google+ in our new social media and SEO section and I have referenced this page for people. Many thanks, Richard
Thanks for your support, Richard!
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Hi, Tiffany..very nice suggestion. I’ve made my own cover. Please have a look: https://plus.google.com/b/116683128338911465452/
Looks great, Nik! Thanks for sharing.
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Hi, you should update this greatly ranked post – new sizes are here!
Hi Andreas, thanks for your comment. We wrote a follow up post here: http://www.cypressnorth.com/blog/social-media/new-google-cover-photo-size-template-download/
I don’t understand this new Google+ size at all. It’s massive. What’s going on? How exactly should one design in such a way to control the viewer’s/visitor’s experience? Is there a new template to use?
I wrote a follow-up post and responded to your question here: http://www.cypressnorth.com/blog/social-media/new-google-cover-photo-size-template-download/
There’s also a .PSD template to get you started on designing a new Google Plus cover photo. Thanks for your comment!
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Thank you. This was very helpful. I had templates for all the social cover images, but then G+ went and changed theirs. Thank you for updating this post accordingly.