As a Patron or HQ member, you have three options for browsing: you can select to see “Any” custom posters, in which case the posters your Patron friends have chosen will replace your selection (or the platform default) when looking at their profile or content. If you love your choices more than everyone else’s, there’s a “Yours” option. And if you love our taste and ours only, you can select “None” to always see the platform-default posters.
Pro and free members have just two options: Any (to see other members’ customizations) and None. For more details about the how-to of poster selection, see our FAQ.
Adding a poster
Posters come to Letterboxd directly from TMDb. There is no option to load your own poster directly to Letterboxd, but if you are in possession of a poster image that isn’t in TMDb’s poster-set for a film, you may upload it over there as long as you follow their guidelines. (Please do follow their guidelines—if you don’t, it may result in your being removed from their service and/or having the custom-poster feature suspended on your Letterboxd account. Please be cool.)
Coming soon, our correspondent Ella Kemp will have a deep-dive essay on the finer details of contemporary poster design, featuring fêted designer Akiko Stehrenberger and the nice folks at Posteritati. A final caveat: we know from your countless curated poster lists that list order is important when you’re customizing a list by aesthetics. We know that your hours of careful selections can be impacted when we change up a film’s poster, and that this new feature might further affect aesthetic layouts.
You always have the option (whether you’re a paid or free member) to see the custom art or the platform-default art. It is possible that your list won’t look right if someone visits it with their selections locked in (if they are a Patron) or with the platform defaults visible (if they are Pro or free). But in all cases, they can quickly change their settings to see the list as you intended. As always, we’re happy to receive your feedback.
Alright, off you go. There are decisions to be made.
Let’s get it, nerds.
Edit: we’ve added a “Theirs” option for members who can customize posters, and wish to view a particular profile or list with only its owner’s customizations. It’s on the web now, and coming to the apps in a future update.