Blurred (Time)lines: Google+ Cover Photos Now Frosted & Full Size

By now we know that Google is no stranger to testing new cover photos sizes for Google+. Today a new version has arrived with the goal of displaying the full image (not just a preview) while displaying user/page info at the same time.

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Googler Karthik Nagaraj announced the update on Google+ and also explained that the image that has the blurred effect is actually the cover photo that is simply re-purposed next to the main image. The final product makes for a very unique & modern look that also highlights profile/page info much better than the previous options.

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Thanks to the new specs the cover photos now show in full, no clicking to see the rest of the photo. The cover photo sizes continue to be in the 16×9 aspect ratio with a maximum resolution of 2120px by 1192px. The change is now live for all users.

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  • http://www.tim-holmes.com/ TimMH

    I think this is a much improved feature of G+, the massive image space was vastly under used and a bit of a waste, this is more concise and easier to see.

  • http://www.socialidentities.com Hugh Briss

    Google’s suggested max size is now 1080 x 608. And btw, the full images doesn’t always show on small monitors or when the bio area contains several lines of information. In those cases the cover image is cropped on the sides. Anyone designing custom images needs to check how they look on multiple browsers and resolutions. It looks like Safari also zooms in on the image as well.

  • http://www.groovyreflectionsradio.com/ Gerry*Wendel

    2120 X 1992 is not the correct size …I uploaded a photo exactly that size and G+ made a severe cropping of it…going to try Hugh’s suggestion in his comment as 1080 X 608. OK! 480 X 270 worked with NO cropping …

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  • http://www.onedirection.net/ OneDirection.net

    We actually thought the old and full size cover image worked quite well, and it was surprising to see this change at first. If you now compare a G+ page next to a Facebook page you can see just how close they are.

    It does look like Google are slowly settling on a winning design though – even it does mean umpteen re-workings of our cover image.

  • http://www.linkworxseo.com/ Link Worx Seo

    Actually, it makes me mad that Google just can not leave it as is. I just spent several day’s creating and updating the cover photo’s from the last change. Now they have changed it again.

  • ClarkExecSearch

    I have a small problem with the change. My image on the left side now has a green blurred stripe through the middle of the image. It used to be, and is supposed to be, a solid grey background with my picture in the middle. But somehow it now pics up the green from the right side’s green text. Any ideas how to fix?

  • Guest

    The smallest size of the cover is 480×270, but the recommended size is 925X250. You can use our free template which is optimized for the new cover size: http://googlepluscoverphoto.blogspot.com/2013/11/free-template-download-new-google-plus-cover-photo-nov13.html

  • Guest

    The smallest size of the cover is 480×270, but the recommended size is
    925X520. You can use our free template which is optimized for the new
    cover size:

  • http://googlepluscoverphoto.blogspot.com/ Google Plus Cover Photo

    The smallest size of the cover is 480×270, but the recommended size is
    925X250. You can use our free template which is optimized for the new
    cover size: http://googlepluscoverphoto.blogspot.com/2013/11/free-template-download-new-google-plus-cover-photo-nov13.html

  • http://googlepluscoverphoto.blogspot.com/ Google Plus Cover Photo

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