We all know how important first impressions are. The first thing someone sees when visiting your profile on SoundCloud is your profile picture, banner, and cover art.
Your visuals are a powerful way to present who you are and how you want to express yourself as an artist. It’s a no-brainer that people should be able to identify you through your imagery accurately.
What you will learn in this guide:
- The optimal profile picture size;
- The best banner size;
- The best cover art size;
- Best practices;
- Final thoughts
|Graphic||Dimensions||File size||Supported formats|
|Profile picture||1000 x 1000 pixels||2MB max.||JPG or PNG|
|Banner||2480 x 520 pixels||2MB max.||JPG or PNG|
|Cover art||800 x 800 pixels||2MB max.||JPG or PNG|
Pro Tip: Download our banner, profile, and cover art Photoshop (PSD) template.
Recommended SoundCloud profile picture size
Your profile picture enables your potential fans to recognize you besides your username. SoundCloud advises uploading a professional image of yourself or band to define who you are.
Your profile picture image should be a JPG or PNG with a maximum file size of 2MB with a resolution of 1000 x 1000 pixels. You can use the drag and resize functionality once you uploaded your image. Try a few things out until you are happy with the results and press the save button to submit your image.
Note: You can update your images on a desktop, laptop, and iOS devices. Android devices are currently not supported.
What size does a SoundCloud banner need to be?
Now that you worked on your profile picture, it is time to add a banner.
The suggested SoundCloud banner size is 2480 x 520 pixels. Use a JPG or PNG image with a maximum file size of 2MB to get the best results. You can easily create a new or edit an existing banner using Adobe Photoshop or an alternative editing tool to resize your image to the correct resolution. Keep in mind that upscaling an image to a higher resolution compromises the quality. So it is best to start over, so your design meets the recommended resolution.
It is possible to resize and position your banner correctly right after you uploaded the image. However, this is not necessary if you upload a picture of 2480 x 520 pixels, which will provide the best outcome.
What size should SoundCloud cover art be?
SoundCloud suggests uploading a square JPG or PNG cover art image of 800 x 800 pixels with a maximum file size of 2MB. Anything less than 800 x 800 pixels could become distorted, so apply this guideline to get the best results.
You should design and use images that are related to your music.
Take a moment to think about how you can use your visuals to your advantage. How can you present yourself in a way that you appeal to your target audience and people who have never heard about you before? Your artwork should be an accurate representation of what you do and stand for as an artist.
We also recommend updating your banner when you are about to release a new song, EP, or album. You can utilize this to highlight particular songs you’ve uploaded.
Minimize text in your banner and artwork, so it has a more significant impact. Go for a minimalistic design that sticks out, looks professional, and leaves a powerful impression.
An excellent first impression usually attracts people right from the bat. Compare it to someone you see at a party or event for the first time. Subconsciously you already have an opinion about him or her without having the chance the speak to each other. The same applies to someone who visits your profile. They judge you based on your appearance without knowing how your music sounds.
Make sure your visuals represent who you are as an artist. If you leave a wrong impression, you might not get the chance to fascinate them with your creativeness.
Do you want a recap? In this video of one minute and thirty seconds, I discuss everything presented in this guide:
Don’t worry too much about your visuals if you are unfamiliar with photo editing tools. Ask your friends and family members if they can help you resizing or redesigning your artwork. Most people got someone in their circle who knows how to work with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. If not, you don’t need a professional designer who charges hundreds of bucks as there are a lot of DIY tutorials on YouTube, which will guide you through the process.
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