Blurry LinkedIn Background
Normally I only post when I have a fix for something, however this time unfortunately I don’t. What I am recommending people do is share this post! If you have Twitter, please click the tweet below so that Linkedin is specifically mentioned.
[clickToTweet tweet=”Please fix the blurry background image on profiles @LinkedIn #fail #frustrated” quote=”Please fix the blurry background image on profiles @LinkedIn #fail #frustrated”]
What is the problem?
The issue here is that LinkedIn released these new background images back in early summer. As you can see below it recommends I upload an image at 1400 x 425 pixels. And it must be under 4MB. So I tried that and ya let’s just say it turned out horrible.
Even after following other people’s recommendations such as this one: New LinkedIn Premium Profile Redesign with Background Image and uploading a high resolution image at 2800 x 814 pixels it still turns out blurry. See below, you can tell in the mountains and sunset areas the horrible pixelation.
Here is that same image… or rather how it should look.
Don’t even think about uploading anything with text in it. At this point your best option is to use the blur tool in Photoshop and go for that effect on purpose.
Eithe was kind enough to post an image with text in it so you can see how that looks. Here is his original photo.
And here is how part of it looks on LinkedIn. The compression/pixelation around the text is horrendous.
You can see this thread on LinkedIn started back in June about this issue: http://community.linkedin.com/questions/195463/why-premium-background-image-is-blurry.html There are new people posting every day and yet LinkedIn does nothing!
Why release this feature if we can’t make our backgrounds look decent?
Update as of 11.05.14
— LinkedIn Help (@LinkedInHelp) November 5, 2014
As always let me know what you think below in the comments. And please share this article so that LinkedIn will finally get around to fixing this. Or post in the LinkedIn thread above.
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