You can create a personalized Facebook Timeline cover photo in minutes by following few easy basic steps. Honestly, adding your cover photo is so easy there will be no excuses for people to have blank blue backgrounds on the top of their Timeline.
How to Make Your Timeline Cover Photo Basics
Intro: A look at the new Timeline cover photo layout. The cover photo is a large banner heading the top of your Timeline. Your personal profile photo is now located in the lower left corner with your name and basic info.
Tip: Your cover photo is your introduction to your Timeline story. The photo should be unique to you, choose an image from your life, like a photo from a wedding, day at the beach, or birthday party to share with your friends.
Tip: The cover photo dimensions are 851 pixels wide by 315 pixels high and the image you select for your cover has to be at least 720 pixels wide. Landscape oriented photos will work best and Facebook will automatically re-size existing images to fit.
Note: Is putting something related to your personal business on your cover photo OK? The Facebook rules regarding this are hazy at best and currently there is no definitive answer. We recommend sticking with personal images – why take chances with your Facebook account?
Important Privacy Info: Cover photos are public, this setting over rides any previous privacy setting. Anyone on Facebook could potentially see, share or downloaded your cover photo. Stick to images you feel comfortable sharing with the world.
Select an image at least 180 pixels by 180 pixels in size. Facebook will resize it to appear as square image 160×160 pixels. Your profile photo is still the little avatar image that appears on top of every page and beside all your postings. You might want to consider keeping this a recognizable image of you .
Tip: What to take a look at what your friends are doing with their Timeline? Visit the Facebook’s Timeline page and scrolling down to the bottom to see which friends have converted their profiles. Click on their photo to see their Timeline.
For some super creative cover photos look to these examples from the Hongkiat site article, Facebook Timeline Cover: 40 (Really) Creative Examples. Emanuele Batolomucci’s clever way of introducing both the Timeline and himself in his cover photo is one of our favorites:
Are you are inspired to go all out with your cover photo, but don’t have the time or the photo editing tools to create cover photos? There are some great easy to use applications that make getting creative with your cover photo simple that we will being sharing in our next Facebook Timeline article.
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