Check out my profile at @Linda_Sellers …. cool huh?

Twitter has followed suit with Facebook by giving you the ability to create a cover photo for your profile.  So now we get to play around with it and try to create a fun experience.  This tutorial will show you (with Photoshop) how easy it is to create a seamless cover photo / avatar profile image.

First step:

This is my original cover photo.

Activate your cover photo in the settings, whether you have a cover photo or no.  Take a screengrab to make your template.  (this is my original cover photo)  There are also templates available online if that is easier.  Open the cover screengrab in Photoshop.

Finding your cover photo:

They recommend 1600 x 1200 pixels for the photo.  Mine was smaller than that and worked.  You’ll need a photo that has the intended avatar in the center / top of the photo (could be your face or whatever you want to highlight in your avatar).

Creating the twitter cover photo:

Open that photo in Photoshop as well and add it as a layer to your screengrab.  Adjust the opacity of template so you can figure out where the photo should be positioned.  Move the photo around so that the desired avatar (in my case my face) is in the square space for the avatar.  Crop to the template size.  I created a duplicate image at this point to make my avatar.  Once you have it positioned, delete the template and save the cover photo image.

Create the twitter avatar:

Now on to the duplicate image where we create the avatar.  Adjust the opacity on the template so that you can see the outline of the avatar.


I cropped the inside of the box to come up with my avatar and deleted the template.

Upload both the avatar and cover photo to your twitter profile and POOF! BAM.  You are done!

If you create your twitter cover photo and avatar, leave a link!  I’d love to see it!

9 Comments on Make Twitter Cover Photo with Integrated Avatar

  1. Jamie
    November 5, 2012 at 3:12 pm (6 years ago)

    To change to a cover photo style, do you just upload the image as the header in twitter settings? I don’t see anything specifically listed as cover photo in my options yet.

  2. Melanie Nelson
    October 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm (6 years ago)

    Thanks for this! I’m not sure how I missed it, but I’m definitely sharing on the BB101 FB page. :)

  3. Jennifer
    October 22, 2012 at 9:47 pm (6 years ago)

    This is so cool!!

  4. Anne
    October 21, 2012 at 10:16 pm (6 years ago)

    I had no idea you could do this now, very neat

  5. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    October 17, 2012 at 5:48 pm (6 years ago)

    I wish I had photoshop so I could do it! I have a blah twitter page and no skills to fix it.

  6. Amy
    October 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm (6 years ago)

    you are brilliant!! (and I love this picture! What an amazing night with amazing women!)

    • Linda
      October 16, 2012 at 10:08 pm (6 years ago)

      Love this photo too! And thanks for checking it out.

      Hope we have the opportunity for a photoshoot again!


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