LinkedIn is the web’s premier social networking site for business and professional contacts of all kinds. Whether you’re a hiring manager, an entrepreneur building a business, or a job seeker looking for new opportunities, a well-designed profile that showcases your brand is key to success on LinkedIn. But you don’t need to hire the services of a designer to create that professional look. With Adobe Spark Post, you can create your own custom LinkedIn banner or LinkedIn background image — even if you’ve never designed anything before.
Adobe Spark Post is one of Adobe Spark’s new trio of free online design tools that help anyone create professional-looking webpages, social media images, video and more, no design experience required. Along with Spark Video for video and animation and Spark Page for longer content, Spark Post includes all the design tools you need right in its projects window — all completely free.
To create your banner, select the “Start from Scratch” option at the top of the Templates screen. That opens a new set of templates that includes “Banner” and “LinkedIn Background.” Select “Banner,” and the editable template appears in your projects window, presized for display on LinkedIn.
Adobe Spark Post includes a long list of themes that you can access from the drop-down menu in your projects window. When your selection appears on the canvas, click inside it to edit.
Themes come with backgrounds that can be edited in many ways. You can select a solid color, add an image from your own files, or search for free Creative Commons images from anywhere on the web to add LinkedIn background photos, free LinkedIn background images or LinkedIn cover photos to your design.
To add new text to your banner, select “Text” from the design tool drop-down menu and begin typing in the highlighted text box. Change fonts and styles by highlighting the text and selecting a new choice from Post’s font menu.
Once you’ve finished your banner, select Post’s “Share” option. Spark will generate a unique link that you can copy and paste to your LinkedIn profile or share anywhere on the web — or download and save your design to your computer for printing or posting.
Adobe Spark Post makes it easy to extend the reach of your LinkedIn banner. All the projects you create in Spark are saved to your project gallery so that they can be used in projects you create with other Spark tools. And with Spark’s “Resize” option, you can adjust the dimensions of your banner for other uses, such as a header for your Twitter or Facebook profile.
With Spark’s full set of quick and easy design tools, you can create a professional-looking LinkedIn banner in minutes. From instant design palettes to images from the web’s most popular photo sites, Spark Post includes all the tools you need to create and customize your project. With Spark Post, you can make a LinkedIn banner that stands out from the crowd — no design experience needed.
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