Podcast Artwork Image Required
The requirements for your podcast artwork image are determined by Apple Podcasts’ guidelines. The image specs are good for all other podcast directories and apps.
The image dimensions must be at least 1400 x 1400 pixels in .JPG or .PNG format and must not exceed 3000 x 3000 pixels. It must use RGB color space and the file size must be 0.5MB (500kb) or less.
A square 1400 x 1400 pixel image in .JPG format is recommended. This image is the standard for the majority of podcast directories. It is not the artwork that is displayed during episode playback, which is why we’ve added additional options within PowerPress to enable that functionality.
Note: If you change the artwork image without changing the file name, it might take some time (days or even months) for directories to update the image in each directory you’ve submitted your RSS feed. Keep in mind it may take up to 24 hours for your image to update after making a change.
To change or add artwork in PowerPress do the following:
- Go to the feeds menu in PowerPress for the feed you are working on. PowerPress > Settings > Feeds in the main channel. Or Feeds in the Category Podcasting or Podcast Channel area.
- Select Podcast Artwork in the white sidebar.
- Check the box that says “Also use as RSS image” below the Apple podcasts image box.
- Click “Upload Image”.
- Select your image from your computer.
- Hit the Save Changes button at the bottom of the page.
- Verify that a full URL to the artwork appears in each of the two boxes.
This video shows how to add or replace artwork in the PowerPress Plugin:
It is possible to use episode-specific images, but please keep in mind that not all podcast apps and platforms use them, so your mileage may vary.
The same specifications for the main artwork image apply to episode-level images. Beginning with PowerPress 8.2 we included settings within the Podcast Episode box to add these easily. It may also be helpful to add the images in your ID3 tags if you’re using MP3 media files, as some podcast apps will utilize the tags in order to display episode-level images.