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A guide to Notion covers: combining aesthetics and productivity

Transform your Notion space with custom covers! Dive in for easy steps, pro tips, and endless inspiration to make your workspace uniquely yours.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably fallen for Notion. But here’s a little secret: adding a personal touch with custom covers not only makes your workspace look amazing but also feels like you’re putting a piece of yourself into it.

Imagine having a space that’s not just functional but also beautifully yours. Stick around because I will show you how to spice up your Notion pages, turning them from plain to absolutely stunning. Let’s dive into making your digital space a true reflection of you!

Notion covers basics: dimensions, file size, formats

When delving into Notion covers, remember that size and quality matter. Notion advises that images for custom covers should be:

  • wider than 1500 pixels
  • less than 5 MB
  • PNG, JPEG, GIF, WEBP.

This width ensures that your cover looks good on all the screens.

Notion covers ideas in action

I asked one of our graphic designers to create some Notion covers and show them in action. Their creative mind came up with stunning yet functional covers. Whether you’re drawn to minimalist aesthetics or vibrant bursts of color, these examples are here to spark your imagination. Let them inspire you to transform your Notion workspace into a visually stunning and deeply personal space.

Cover illustration in Experimental style with the Windows 11 Color title icon and Plumpy internal icon

Seeing our graphic designer work their magic with those stunning Notion covers really got the creative juices flowing, didn’t it? We’ve even put together a Pinterest board packed with more awesome ideas to jazz up your documents.

Step-by-Step guide to designing your Notion cover

Now, why not try your hand at making your own? I did exactly that for my vinyl collection document, and I’m excited to share the journey with you. Let’s walk through the process together, step by step, showing you how you can turn your Notion cover from a blank canvas into a personal masterpiece.

Step 1. Starting your design journey.

Go to Mega Creator. Navigate to the ‘Start designing’ option and select ‘Start from scratch.’ This is your canvas, where your creativity comes to life.

Step 2. Setting the perfect dimensions.

Enter the dimensions for your cover. 1500 x 600 pixels is the sweet spot. This ensures your cover fits perfectly without any awkward stretching or cropping.

Step 3. Crafting your masterpiece.

Now for the fun part! Add a ready-made scene and tweak it until it’s just right, or let your imagination run wild and create your own unique composition from scratch. Whether you’re going for minimalist chic or vibrant and lively, this is where your cover begins to take shape.

I added a record player from the Fabulous collection, paired it with Doobry notes, and colored the background with the color of the sticker on the vinyl—and it’s done!


Pro tip: Aim to keep the left part of your cover relatively uncluttered. This area will house your icon or document title, so avoiding any busy designs that might overshadow or interfere with your text is best.

Step 4. Bringing it all together.

Once you’re happy with your design, it’s time to make it official. Click on ‘Export’ and download your masterpiece in a medium size. This ensures your cover looks sharp and clear without taking up too much file space.

Step 5. Voilà, you’re done!

Congratulations! You’ve just created a custom Notion cover that’s as unique as you are. It fits my aesthetic, and it took me like 5 minutes to do it.

Create your Notion cover

Adding Notion icons that fit your aesthetics

Choose icons that complement your cover’s theme, using them to signify different sections or projects for an intuitive navigation experience. 

When selecting Notion icons, consider their style, color, and size to ensure they harmonize with your cover’s overall design, enhancing visual coherence. 

This thoughtful integration of icons beautifies your workspace and streamlines your workflow, making your Notion space visually appealing and efficiently organized. Dive into our in-depth guide on Notion icons.

Wrapping up

And there you have it—a journey from the basics of Notion covers to creating your own and even integrating icons for that final touch. It’s clear that with a little creativity and a few minutes of your time, you can transform any Notion page from standard to spectacular. These custom covers not only elevate the look of your digital workspace but also make it a more enjoyable and personal place to work and create.

Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through your Notion covers. After all, the most productive spaces are those that feel genuinely yours.

Check out 10 free must-have Notion templates for designers

About the author
Adeline Knight is an SEO content writer at Icons8. She started as a professional photographer before falling for design. She enjoys experimenting with new tools and uncovering tips and tricks to simplify her life and boost her creativity.

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