How To Create A Facebook Cover Image

by pkmcr

Looking to create a Facebook Cover image for your timeline? Seen lots of cool facebook timeline cover images including collages and want to create one? Read on to discover how to

Ever since Facebook moved all its users to the timeline format, there has been a lot of focus on the biggest visual change - the cover photo!

When friends get to your Facebook profile, not only do they get to view the small square profile photo but they can also see a large rectangular shaped photo on the top of your page.

Though the cover photo spans over the entire width of the timeline, it does not change its size and remains exactly 720 pixels wide. The picture is usually 265 pixels deep but it may gain some extra depth because of the profile photo box in the lower left corner.

It is best that you upload a picture that has high resolution so that the quality doesn't suffer. You can crop any picture you like and upload it in this section within a few minutes.

So let's take a look at some of the ways in which you can create a Facebook cover for yourself.

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Crop an Image To Create Your Facebook Cover Image

To use this simple approach you should browse through your digital pictures to find something significant that represents you.

The picture could showcase your favourite holiday, your group of friends or a even a great photo shoot that you have been to. While checking which photo will fit in this section, bear in mind the horizontal shape of the cover photo section and also the fact that part of the bottom left area will be covered by your profile picture.

Once you have chosen a photo of your choice, open it up in any editing software so that you can use the crop tool to edit it appropriately. Some users find it more convenient to use the proper aspect ratio in inches so experiment a little to see what you are more comfortable with.

Once edited, save the picture and then upload it in the right section by clicking on 'add a cover' on your timeline. If you have already added your first cover photo and wish to add a new one, click on 'change cover' instead.

Create Your Own Unique Image for Your Facebook Cover Image

Instead of merely cropping existing images, you could also create a Facebook cover for yourself.

Begin with a blank canvas in your favorite editing software that is at least four inches wide and two inches high with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

Draw anything you like on this blank canvas and just remember to leave some space on the lower left corner which will be covered by your profile picture.

Since your creation is unique, it is a good idea to add a digital signature or watermark so that you have exclusive rights to the image and it is not easily available for public distribution.

Download an Image For Your Facebook Cover Image

With the growing popularity of Facebook cover photos, a number of websites are now creating unique designs that you can simply download and use.

Often these photos have a watermark of the website as it also serves as a strategy for branding. There are a variety of websites which have a great stock of premade and pre-cropped cover images that you can use as your own on your timeline.

Do make sure to check the terms of use and that the copyright allows you to use the images before downloading them.

Use Smilebox's Custom Facebook Cover Photo Maker

My Favorite Approach and It's Free!

In addition to the above options, if you want to create a Facebook cover that is unique and individual, you can make use of Smilebox's Custom Facebook Cover Photo Maker.

This one-of-a-kind software allows you to make a beautiful photo collage instead of picking out a single photo from your Facebook albums. All you need to do is pick out your favourite photographs, add a quote from your favourite book or movie and choose a fun design. The software will instantly process a lovely cover photo for your timeline.

Save it and post it to add that extra bit of style to your profile. Apart from that, Smilebox's Custom Facebook Cover Photo Maker can also help you to design a cover photo that shows support for your nation, helps to spread awareness about different campaigns or promote any other message you like.

It is easy and fun to use and with this software, you can bring together several memories that you have cherished with your friends and family in the past.

So take a look at the free Smilebox Facebook Cover Image Creator now!

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Updated: 06/22/2014, pkmcr
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pkmcr on 06/24/2013

@ohcaroline that's great to hear and do let me know how you get on

ohcaroline on 06/23/2013

No, not yet. I want to create a unique FB page just for personal friends aside from my Squidoo FB page. I'm not sure how to approach it yet. I'm taking my time on this. Thanks for the information. I'll use it as a reference.

pkmcr on 06/23/2013

@MikeRobbers you are very welcome and do try it out - I have seen some wonderful creations as a result of people using it.

MikeRobbers on 06/23/2013

The smilebox is a very interesting tip pkmcr. Thanks for sharing.

pkmcr on 06/22/2013

@fitzcharming that's great to hear and do let me know how you go on with it :-)

fitzcharming on 06/22/2013

I get so confused on FB. I'm just not good at it. Instead of practicing I tend to get frustrated and give up. I think I'll try the smilebox tool too. Thanks for the tips.

pkmcr on 06/22/2013

@kimbesa do let me know how you go on and share your cover image when you have created it of course :-)

kimbesa on 06/22/2013

I'll have to try Smilebox! When I go to change my cover (not often) I always have to look up instructions again.

pkmcr on 06/22/2013

@Ruthi thanks Ruth that's kind of you and glad it helped with the timely reminder :-)

Ruthi aka abitosunshine on 06/22/2013

You reminded me of the one thing I alwaysneglect to do when I create my Facebook Timeline images and photos - the watermark!

I created my own graphics for my personal timeline as well as pages, and just recently created one for a group on Facebook for Squidoo lensmaster postcard enthusiasts.

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