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Themes » Custom Header Image

Customization is a good thing. Several of the themes at WordPress.com feature an option which allows users to upload their very own custom image header to any blogs in order to obtain a much more customized look and feel. The use of this option is completely free, and you do not need to purchase the Custom CSS Upgrade in order to change your header (if you have one of the themes which includes the option, of course.).

Supported Themes

Here is the official, current listing of all themes that support Custom Image Headers, header image dimensions, and the download link to the original theme header images (if there is one).

Theme Width Height Download
Ambiru 500 225 download
Benevolence 700 225 download
Black-Letterhead 760 200  
Blix 690 115 download
Chaotic Soul 760 151 download
Connections 741 142 download
Contempt 750 140 download
Cutline 770 140 download
Day Dream 527 273 download
Digg 3 Column 904 160 download
Fjords04 900 200 download
Freshy 780 95 download
Greenery 740 176 download
Grid Focus 42 42 Uses the blog picture on settings page
Iceburgg 790 150 download
K2-lite 780 200  
Kubrick 740 192 download
MistyLook 760 189 download
Neat 700 200 download
Neo-Sapien 480 250 download
Ocean Mist 736 229 download
Pool 600 150 download
PressRow 770 200 download
Redoable-Lite 730 180  
Regulus 730 140 download
Rubric 215 150 download
Sapphire 750 180 download
Tarski 720 180 download
Vigilance 920 180  


To download any of the original files linked above:

  • Internet Explorer: right-click download and “Save Target As”
  • Opera: right-click download and “Save Target As”
  • Firefox: right-click download and “Save Link As”

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Uploading Your Header

Go to Appearance -> Custom Image Header in your blog’s dashboard. If you do not see the option, this means that your current theme does not support the use of a custom image header. Please refer to the aforementioned list of supported themes.


Browse for the file on your computer and click Upload. Only .jpeg, .gif, and .png files can be used. All cropped images will be converted to jpegs.

Important: Using an image of exactly the right size will produce the best results, and this is certainly recommended.


If you did not upload an image that matches the exact dimensions of your current theme’s header, you will need to crop it accordingly.


Click the Crop Header button, and you should receive a message that the upload was successful.


The image should appear immediately. If it does not, please contact Support with the issue. Be sure to provide a detailed description of the header image that you attempted to upload and/or attach the image file so that we can take a closer look.

Other Options
You also have a few other customization options available to you. If you wish to remove the blog title (and tagline, if it appears) from the header, you can click on the Hide Text button.


Once the text is removed, click Save Changes.

If you wish to maintain the blog title and tagline, you also have the option to change the text color. The Select a Text Color option will do the trick.

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Watch the “Customizing your header image” video from WordPress.tv.

Last modified: February 2, 2009