So Google introduced these really big header images on Google+ the other day that take up much of the screen estate when you open a profile that switched to the larger header format. While some may like the new aesthetics that the larger profile cover photos bring along with them, others may want to go back to how things were previously. The problem however is that once you start using a larger cover photo on the site, you can't really go back and use the old cover format anymore as Google made the decision to block that path completely.
There is however a trick that you can make use of to reduce the height of the cover photo on Google+ despite that. Best of all, it should not take you longer than a minute or so to do so.
You can use the following trick with your existing cover photo, or a new one that you upload, it should work either way. I used a new photo for that but that is entirely up to you.
When you upload a new photo make sure you do not modify it in any way. Just upload it and select to use it as your new cover photo without any modifications. If you upload a new photo, select Change Cover from the profile page and pick a new photo that you want to use. I suggest you use as large of an image as you can for that though.
Press save afterwards to save the new photo.
Once done, click in to the photo cover area on your Google+ page. This loads the image view mode where users can comment and tag images. You should see an Edit photo link at the top that you need to click on. Note that you need Adobe Flash to work with the photo editor.
Select Crop from the left menu and the rectangle that appears on the photo to select an appropriate new size for your cover photo. You can simply reduce the header here if you like to reduce the overall height of the cover photo on the Google+ profile page.
Once you are satisfied with your selection select apply underneath the crop option and then save at the top. Select replace at the confirm photo replace prompt afterwards. This basically replaces the current cover photo with the edited copy.
Go back to your profile page and reload the page once to see the new cover photo on it.
It should look a lot smaller than before, provided that you cropped the height of the image in the process. (via Mizine)
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