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How to create a killer Facebook cover photo

How to create a killer Facebook cover photo

The cover photo feature on Facebook is the most real estate on the site that can be dedicated to your brand. In this article, we’ll explore some good examples and learn the guidelines of the feature so you can make a killer Facebook Cover Photo.

Here are some examples of creative uses of the cover photo as well as good examples of keeping your brand:

Facebook Cover Photo example of Matchbox Twenty

Facebook Cover Photo example of Matchbox Twenty

 

Facebook Cover Photo example of Coca Cola

Facebook Cover Photo example of Coca Cola

 

Facebook Cover Photo example of Kay Int Veen

Facebook Cover Photo example of Kay Int Veen

 

Facebook Cover Photo example of Eduardo Calvo

Facebook Cover Photo example of Eduardo Calvo

 

Cover Photos are 851 pixels wide and 315 pixels tall. If you upload a picture that is smaller than these dimensions, Facebook will automatically stretch to this size. Which, of course, is not recommended because you’ll end up with an unattractive, blurry image.

To get the fastest load times for your page, upload an PNG-24 optimized file that has the dimensions above. Your profile picture displays at 160 x 160 pixels, but Facebook recommends you upload dimensions of 180 x 180 pixels. Be sure to crop your profile picture to square dimensions before you upload. Facebook will automatically crop images that are rectangles or larger than 160 x 160.

Facebook Cover Photo Guidelines

Unfortunately, there are some restrictions to this feature. Facebook has developed a tool that reads your image upon upload and can detect text. Here is a list of what Facebook prohibits in the cover photo:

  •  Price or purchase information, such as “40% off,” “Download it at our website,” or “Free Sunglasses All Summer Long.”
  • Contact information, such as web address, email, mailing address or other information intended for your Page’s About section.
  • References to user interface elements, such as Like or Share, or other Facebook site features.
  • Calls to action, such as “Get it now” or “Tell your friends.” This also includes QR codes.

 

Free Download:
Download the Facebook Cover Photo Template for Photoshop (.psd)

 


References:
Facebook Cover Photo Guidelines: https://www.facebook.com/help/480139172013267/

Written by Steve

Steve is a freelance web designer, technologist, educator, Adobe Certified Expert and friend from the San Francisco bay area. He is a incessant seeker of knowledge and tirelessly thinks about how he can make things better. You can learn more about him on his website, www.stevedolan.com or by following him on Twitter: @scribblesteve

  • Facebook Stalker

    Very good article for people managing FB pages. I didn’t know all these little details and they’ll help next time I pull up Photoshop and make a cover photo.

    I really want to find a tool that will help me make such cool covers though.

  • http://www.studynfun.wordpress.com Shailesh Jangra

    Facebook is great social media to make new friends and to attract someone towards your site and business by putting some awesome clicks and thoughts. An eye catching look really improve your circle. I’m totally in favour of killer look and if you have talent then show it, cz first impression is the last impression and last impression is the final impression.

    • http://stevedolan.com Steve

      I agree, Shailesh, there are no second chances at first impressions.

  • http://www.SEOAccountant.com Xyphien

    Very nice, and attractive looking covers. I really want to do the one with the guy looking over at the facebook with his hands on it. I will be experimenting with this soon, thank you for the template and all the information about it :)

    • http://stevedolan.com Steve

      Thanks, Xyphien. Just explore and be creative. Have fun with it. Share with us what you’ve come up with?

  • http://thecoverphotomaster.com Cover Photo Master

    Those are awesome covers, I have been trying to nail one myself that has the user photo blend in well with the timeline cover. It’s a lot harder than it looks. Great work!