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Blogger or YouTube Headers Appear Dark Grey? FIX!

One of the major annoyances I find that my clients and fellow bloggers have a problem with is uploading header photos in Blogger. If your settings are not configured properly, you’ll notice that uploading any JPG header through the Layout section of Blogger results in an uploaded image that is darker than your original. With white background images, the background appears grey instead of white. Why is this, and how can you stop it from happening? I’ll share two super quick ways to ensure your headers and photos upload the way they are supposed to.

How To Stop Blogger Header from Uploading Dark!This all started happening when Google integrated Blogger with Google+. Why they haven’t sorted it out yet is beyond me, but luckily it’s not a hard fix.

This is happening because by default, your Google+ settings are configured to “Auto Enhance Images”. Since Blogger uses your Google+/Picasa account to store and upload all of your photos, the two are connected.

The same can also be said for YouTube as well as Google+ itself, so if you’ve noticed your cover photo uploads darker than it should, this fix will also work for you.

The first way is to stop this from happening altogether. Sign into Google+ and head over to your Settings page:

How to stop YouTube cover photo from uploading grey

Scroll down until you find the Photo/Video settings section:

How To Stop Grey Header in Blogger

See that Auto Enhance section? Switch it off! Save your settings and re-upload your header photo. From now on your photos will upload and display properly.

The other workaround for this is to just save your images as PNGs instead of JPGs. This little annoyance doesn’t seem to affect PNG images at all.

When I was first trying to figure out why this was happening, I could not find anything on the web that explained it, so I hope that saved you some hassle!

Keep blogging, friends!

  • Glad it helped you!

  • This is just fabulous, I’ve been so frustrated by this! And I’ve shared your post on my FB page, too.

  • One thing that also helped me was saving the header as a gif instead of jpeg. I don’t know why but it worked. This is a much better idea, though. Thanks!

  • Ah this was so helpful! I’ve been wondering about this since i bought one of your templates way back but was too shy to ask, i figured i must have just done something wrong trying to install it myself lol Turns out it was me! Yay! Thank you so so much!

  • Dana, what if our blogger account is set up under a private email that we don’t want to have on Google+? How do we change those settings without going into G+?

    • I think the same thing should just be under your Google account settings

      • Couldn’t find it there… no worries 🙂 thanks!

  • Hehe, what did I say before? I keep finding your posts in whatever I poke my nose into today 🙂 Thank you for all your useful posts, Dana. Just to mention, about this darker/issue with jpg, I couldn’t figure it out why my jpg headers were too dark. I went to save all versions in png as I thought I’m too fresh (khm, not to use another word) to get it right when saving jpg images. Now you gave me one of the aha moments, thanks 🙂

  • Eema Mekks

    I tried this way and the jpeg-change-to-gif way and both didn’t work out for me; help? Im really grateful for the help of your blog 😀

  • So great, I was puzzling over this for ages! Thank you so much xx


  • Incredibly helpful post, Dana! My posts look way better now that I tweaked this so a huge thank you!

  • Thanks! finally I could fix that awful grey in my YT header!

  • Thank you!! Super helpful!(:

  • Sohel Rana

    thank u!!