One of the most important parts of your Facebook profile is your cover photo. Since this image takes up so much real estate, it’s essential that it looks good—and part of making it look good is making sure it’s the right size. There are four main types of Facebook cover (possibly more, who can keep up?): Personal cover, Page cover, Group cover, and Event cover. They are each a different size because social media only makes some parts of your life easier, but not all. Fortunately, we have made pre-sized templates for each style and you’ll find them all in our template library.
Facebook personal cover vs. page cover—what’s the difference?
You’re probably wondering: “What’s up with all these cover styles, and what exactly is the diff between them?” Personal covers go on your own personal profile page. Page covers are for a non-person or business page, like the PicMonkey Facebook page, for instance. Group covers are for pages designed not for people or business, but for clubs or the like. And, finally, Event covers go right at the top of a page made to promote a party, gathering, etc.
For more Facebook image size info, check out PicMonkey’s size guide.
Making Facebook cover images in PicMonkey
There are all kinds of ways to create a custom Facebook cover photo for your timeline in PicMonkey. Here, we’ll look at how to upload an image and crop or resize it to the right dimensions, and how to design a cover photo the easy peasy way with Templates or using a blank canvas.
1. Crop or resize a photo in the Editor
If you have a photo open in the Editor and you want to crop it to the right dimensions for your timeline, click Crop in the Basic Edits tab. Scroll through the options in the dropdown menu until you find Facebook Cover Photo. A grid will hover over your photo. Adjust it by clicking and dragging the corner handles, and moving the grid into place. When you’re finished, click Apply.
If you don’t want to crop your photo but want to make it the right dimensions, click Resize in the Basic Edits tab. This tool is also useful if you want to make different types of Facebook cover photos out of one photo. Uncheck the Keep proportions box to specify your own dimensions, but know that you run the risk of distorting your photo if its original dimensions are pretty far off from your desired final shape. If that’s the case, cropping is a better option.
2. Make a Facebook cover from a template or a blank canvas
PicMonkey has a number of customizable templates that are already the perfect size for all of your Facebook cover photo needs—both designer-created and blank. If you want to start your cover design from scratch, click Create New and select a pre-sized blank canvas. A number of blank templates with different dimensions will appear. Choose the Facebook Cover template to open it in the Editor, then right-click to replace the template photo with your own image.
If you’d prefer to begin your cover creation using a ready-made design that you can tweak, select Templates from the top navigation bar. Click the Facebook tag to see all of the perfectly sized designs. When you find one you like, click to open it in the Editor and begin making it your own by swapping in your own photos, words and graphics. Take a look at the Intro to Templates tutorial to learn more about customizing templates.
Putting your cover photo on Facebook
When you’re finished with your design, Export it to your computer. It’ll automatically save to your Hub as you work, so if you want to edit it later you can. Head to Facebook and log in. You’ll see a camera icon in the corner of the cover image field. Click it, then click Upload Photo to upload your new cover image from your computer. Presto! Your new cover photo is up and running.
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