What size should a LinkedIn profile photo be? The ideal size for your LinkedIn profile picture is 400 x 400 pixels. Larger file sizes are also fine (although 8MB is the max), but try to avoid small, low-resolution images. Another thing to remember is that the screen resolution is 72 dpi and not 300 dpi, which is used for print. Most corporate portrait photographers will capture your LinkedIn profile photo at a high resolution so that you can use it for print or on a larger scale for your corporate headshot on your company’s ‘about us’ or ‘meet the team’ pages.
When we say, ‘What size should a LinkedIn profile photo be?’ we are actually talking about what format ie shape should it be. Should it be a tight crop only showing the head and maybe a little of the shoulders? Or should you see more of the person’s torso so that you can see what they are wearing and get a feeling for more of their personality and character? We think that a tighter crop is the better option for your LinkedIn profile photo, as it appears quite small on your profile page. Usually, people will get a corporate portrait photographer to capture a profile photo and then use that image over all their business social media profiles and company website pages. When you commission a photographer, get them to capture your portrait with a wide crop. We suggest from the waist upwards. This way, you can crop in for your LinkedIn profile page and any other uses. Remember, you can not crop out on your corporate headshot, so always have a wider crop.
Once you have commissioned your LinkedIn profile photo, get the photographer to resize your preferred headshot. They will be used to working with Photoshop. So you want the LinkedIn profile photo square at 400 x 400 pixels and dropped down from 300 dpi to 72 dpi. If you have any further queries or need more information, please check out our page Frequently asked questions about LinkedIn profile photos.