Make a Facebook Cover with Design Templates

Make a Facebook Cover with Design Templates
December 14, 2018 PicMonkey

Image of a Facebook cover at the top of a Facebook page

Forget what you’ve heard—it’s totally okay to judge things by their cover. Facebook profiles, in particular. Your followers expect a little effort on your end in the way you present yourself or your brand, and a stunning, well-designed Facebook cover can really make a difference. With PicMonkey’s Facebook cover templates, it’s crazy-easy to craft one in minutes.

There are two kinds of Facebook cover templates in PicMonkey:

  • Collage templates, which are simply a grid of cells you’ll replace with your own images.
  • Fully designed templates, with images and text you’ll swap out for your own.
Some Facebook covers are collage-based

This Facebook cover was made with a collage template.

 

A simple Facebook cover template showing a simple but elegant design

This Facebook cover was made with a fully designed template.

 

Watch how it’s done on the desktop and in our mobile app, in the video below, or if you like to get your details in print, scroll on down to keep reading.

Navigating to Facebook cover templates

The search bar, in the upper left corner shows all types of Facebook covers to choose from

Type what you want in the search bar and then select from the categories that appear below.

Click the Templates button at the top of the PicMonkey homepage. Type “Facebook” into the search bar in the top-left of Templates, and click the type you want from the dropdown list that appears below. You’ll see personal covers, event covers, group covers, as well as collage options in the gallery to the right. Explore all the templates and click the one you want to begin editing.

Editing fully designed templates

The personal covers, event covers, and group covers are categories within templates; each type has different dimensions they’re designed to fit.

A Facebook cover template, in the editor, with the graphics palette open.

The Replace button near the bottom of the Graphic palette is the key to swapping out your own images for the ones in the design.

To replace an image showing in your template, click it in the design (or click its layer in the Layers palette). The Graphic palette then appears; click Replace in the Basic tab and choose Computer or Hub to pull the photo from where it’s stored.

Edit any text in the design by selecting it and typing new text over it. Add any effects you wish to your layers. Click Export, above the image, to save to your computer as a PNG or JPEG so you you can upload it to Facebook.

Tip: To delete a layer, click it in the Layers palette, then click the garbage can at the bottom of the palette.

Editing collage templates

Collage templates are all about bringing together several images in a precisely aligned grid. They’re great for showing variety and breadth in a photo-based theme, such as springtime or men’s fashion, or ski destinations, if that’s your thing.

A Facebook cover collage template, with placeholder grey squares, in the editor, with the Graphics palette open to the right

To replace the grey square In a collage template with your own image, select the image (either by clicking its layer, then click the Replace button at the bottom of the Graphic palette.

Navigate to the collage template you want using the steps above. Swap in your own images in a collage by clicking a grey rectangle in the design, then click Replace in the Graphics palette and navigate to Hub or your computer to grab the image you’re adding. Repeat until all the grey rectangles are replaced.

Tweak each image to your heart’s content with effects, text, and touch up tools and —hey, why not add a graphic or two? Click Export above the design to save to your computer as a PNG or JPEG, then upload it to Facebook.

Tip: If the image you’re adding isn’t the exact dimensions of the grey rectangle, click the Erase tab at the top of the Graphics palette—the crop icon (far right) gives you two options for fine tuning. Use the Crop button move your image around so the area you want is showing within the bounds of the collage cell. Use the Image Resize button to make your image bigger, so you can sorta zoom in on a part of it, in the collage cell.

Making a Facebook cover on your phone

You can bang out a Facebook cover on the go with our mobile app, using a mighty fine presized blank canvas. Though these aren’t technically templates, they are equally useful, streamlined options for crafting an awesome FB cover.

The PicMonkey mobile app -- choosing a Facebook cover blank canvas, then adding photos via the Graphics button in the task bar.

The critical step for adding a photo to a blank canvas is tapping the Graphics icon—then tap Photos

Tap Blank canvas on the homescreen of the mobile app. Tap the Size icon the bottom of the screen, and swipe through the options to find the FB Cover, tap it, and tap the checkmark on the top-right corner of the screen.

Choose a background color and maybe a pattern if you’d like. Add photos by tapping Graphics (ghost icon) and choosing Photos or Hub—wherever they’re stored. Amp them up with groovy effects. While you’re in Graphics, consider adding some graphics, and customize them ’til the cows come home.

When you’re done, tap Save in the top-right corner of the screen and choose where to stash it. To update your Facebook profile from your phone, save the file to your Photos folder, open the Facebook app on your phone, then update your page’s cover photo and find the file on your phone. Voila!

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