Banner photos can be useful in all sorts of places: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube – even custom posters. While it’s possible to find your banner images in stock photo sites or Google Images, it’s much better to customize your own picture by adding text, background, and exact sizing. In this article, I’ll give you some banner image templates and show you how to find or customize any banner image you want in just a few simple steps. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Choose a Template or go to the Kapwing Studio
  2. Edit text, formatting, and background
  3. Process, download, & share!

Step 1: Choose a Template or Go to the Kapwing Studio

To help you get started on your banner photos, we’ve assembled a few fully customizable templates for you to use in the Kapwing Studio. Just click “Make It” below the template you want to use, and replace, move, or edit any of the layers with the image, text, shape, or background that you want!

DoSomething
DoSomething
DoSomething
DoSomething

If you already have an image that you want to edit, or you’d prefer to work from scratch, start by going to the Kapwing Studio. Just head over to Kapwing.com and click “Start Editing.” Here, you can either choose “Start with a blank canvas” to use a blank slate, or click “Upload” or paste a link to use a photo you have saved on your device or one you found online.

Step 2: Edit Text, Formatting, and Background

Now you get to customize everything you want about your banner image. If you used one of the premade Kapwing templates, you can select any layer to move, resize, edit, or replace it. You can also add any more text boxes, images, or shapes using the options in the upper toolbar.

Customize your text so your banner picture looks exactly how you want.

If you’re starting from scratch, begin by resizing your canvas to the dimensions you want. Most banner or cover photo destinations use very wide aspect ratios: Facebook profile banners are 820x312, event banners are 1910x1000, LinkedIn profile banners are 1584x396, YouTube channel art is 2560x1440, Twitter banner photos are 1500x500, and Twitch offline banners are 1920x1080, to name a few.

resize your banner image so it's the perfect fit for anywhere on social media.

To edit a banner picture from your computer or any location on the web, click “Upload” in the upper toolbar and either find a file in your file browser or paste a link to any image on the internet – you can also choose “Images” from the top toolbar and search Google for a banner photo using terms like “banner image PNG.” To add text to your banner, just click "Text" from the top toolbar and edit your text, font, color, position, and even background color.

Step 3: Process, Download, & Share!

Once your banner image looks the way you want, click "Publish" in the upper right corner of the Studio, and it should take under a second for Kapwing to process your file. Once it's ready, just click "Download" from the right side of the screen, and your banner will be saved directly to your device.

One click and your banner photo is saved to your device. 

With your banner image saved to our device, you can share it anywhere you want! On most social media platforms with banner or cover photos, you should go to our profile page and choose to edit your profile. If you resized your banner image precisely for the place you want it to appear, it will look just the way you want when you upload it to our profile. For more detailed instructions on different types of banner image, check out some related articles:

How to Make Facebook Profile Cover Photos
How to Make Facebook Event Banner Images
How to Make Twitter Header Images
How to Make a LinkedIn Banner Photo
How to Make an Offline Banner for Twitch
How to Make YouTube Channel Art

For an extra follower, remember to tag us @KapwingApp on social media – we love to support our users. And be sure to subscribe to the Kapwing Resources page – we’re constantly writing new tutorial and features to help you make the most out of Kapwing.