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How to Create a Seamless Facebook Cover and Profile Picture in Adobe Photoshop

What you are going to create

Do you want a fresh new look for your Facebook profile? In this tutorial, we're designing a template to create a custom Facebook cover photo and profile picture that will interact seamlessly with each other. We do this by overlapping your profile and cover photos so that the two appear as one whole image. Many have tried to achieve this polished look, but they are not always successful due to size issues. Let's see if we can get this right.

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The following asset was used during the creation of this tutorial:

1. How to create a Facebook template

Step 1

Create a new document with the following options for the selected preset:

  • Width and height: Specify the size of the document. Art 1630 px for the width and 734 px For height.
  • Orientation: Specify a page orientation for the document. Choose landscape.
  • Color mode: Set a color mode for the document. Choose RGB.
  • Resolution: Specify the fineness of detail in a bitmap image, measured in pixels / inch or pixels / centimeter. Since we are using this template for web images, the resolution is irrelevant. Keep the default resolution 72 pixels / inch.
  • Background content: Set a background color for the document. Choose White.

step 2

With the Rectangle tool(U), Click anywhere on the canvas to create a new one 1630 x 605 px Rectangle.

Open that properties Panel by selection in the top menu Window> Properties, and place the rectangle position on 0 for X and Y axis, and then the stroke and the To fill toNo colour.

By doing layers Panel, rename the layer you just created by double-clicking the name of the layer and "cover photo".

step 3

With theRectangle tool(U), Click anywhere on the canvas to create a new one 307 x 307 px Rectangle. By doing properties Establish his position 38 for X and 341 for the Y-axis and then the stroke and the To fill to No colour.

By doinglayers Rename the layer you just created by double-clicking the name of the layer and "profile pic".

Step 4

Right click on the layer "profile pic"and choose Duplicate layer and then press OK. Rename this new layer "frame".

Step 5

Add new Layer style to the "frame"Layer by double-clicking the layer outside of the layer name or thumbnail.

Add new stroke cause. This will outline the object on the current layer using a color, gradient, or pattern.

to adjust size to 8 px, position to Outsideand Fill in type toWhite color.To keep opacity to 100% and Blending mode to normal.

Now add a new one Drop shadow. This will add a shadow that lies behind the contents of the layer. to adjust Blending mode to normal, colourblack, opacity22 px, distance 0, distribution100%, size10 px. Keep the other options as in the picture below:

Step 6

Choose the level "profile pic"and then with theRectangle tool(U) Click anywhere on the canvas to create a new one 1630 x 129 px Rectangle. By doingproperties Establish his position 0 for X and 605 for the Y-axis and then set the shape To fill to White and the stroke to No colour.

Rename this new layer "base".

Step 7

Choose the level "profile pic"and select in the top menu Layer> New Fill Layer> Solid Color. Press OK and choose any color. Rename this layer "To fill".

Step 8

Now let's add some new anchor points to change the path.

By doing layers Choose the level "base"and then to select the path, select the Path selection tool, Click anywhere in the path component.

Selecting a path component or segment of a path displays all of the anchor points in the selected section. Selected anchor points appear as filled squares and unselected anchor points appear as hollow squares.

Choose Add anchor point tool.

To add an anchor point, position the pointer over the path segment and click. Add four anchor points as in the picture below:

Step 9

Choose Convert point toolClick the four points we just created to convert them.

Step 10

Choose Direct selection tool

Click point 2 and drag the segment to the new position behind the frame. Do the same with point 3. Now the path of the "base"The layer should be similar to the following:

Step 11

Double click on the "base"Layer outside of layer name or thumbnail and add a new one Layer style. Add newDrop shadow, set theBlending mode tonormal, opacity to35%, colour toblack, angle to90 °, distance to0 px, distribution to40%, andsize to 200 px.

Step 12

Now we have to "edit" thebase"Effect separate from the layer. To do this, you can ask Photoshop to put the layer style on its own layer (or layers, if applicable). Click the button"base"Level and then move your mouse over the"Drop shadow"Open the context menu by right-clicking it and select Create layers. Your effect now appears on its own layer under the "base"Layer.

A message can inform you: "Some aspects of the effects cannot be reproduced with layers". If so, press OK

Step 13

By doing layersselect the plane you just created. For an English version of Photoshop, the name should be "The shadow of the base". When the plane is selected,Command key(Mac) on the thumbnail of the layer "frame"to select the shape.

Step 14

Now we want to delete the shadow inside the profile picture frame. Choose Edit> Cut(Command-X) and deselect it Choose> Deselect.

Step 15

Choose the levels "The shadow of the base","base", and "frame". To select several adjacent planes, click the" buttonframe"Shift and then Shift-click the "The shadow of the base"Layer.

Right click on one of the levels and select "Merge layers"to unite them all into one.

Step 16

It's time to save our progress. Choose File> Save As. Select the Psd Format from the format Menu. Enter a file name (Facebook-Frame.psd) and place and click save up.

Your Facebook frame is ready! Go ahead and see how to add a photo to the Facebook frame and save a new upload image and cover photo that is ready to be uploaded!

2. How to add a photo to the template

Step 1

Look for thatlayers on the right side of your workspace and notice that we have created four layers:

  1. "Frame": This layer is the preview of the real Facebook page and will help you position your photo correctly and see what your profile will look like once it's uploaded to Facebook.
  2. "To fill": This layer contains a placeholder fill. Position your photo over it.
  3. "Profile pic": This layer is used for cropping and exporting your profile picture.
  4. "Cover photo": This layer is used to crop and export the cover photo.

step 2

Select a photo to use as your profile picture and cover photo. If you're following the sample photo, download this one. Open it with Photoshop.

Use a photo that is at least 2,000 pixels wide so that you can easily insert it into the template.

Learn to choose the best photo for this purpose. The profile picture is in the lower left corner of the photo. In the photo I'm using for this tutorial, the subject is in the lower left corner of the composition, making it easier to reposition. In a good photo, the subject is small or distant. Photos with a landscape behind the subject are perfect for this purpose.

step 3

Find the file tabs at the top of the workspace and click the photo file. Go toSelect> All. PressCommand-C (Mac) on your keyboard to copy the photo.

To return to the template, click "Facebook-Frame.psd"From the file tabs at the top of the workspace. Click"To fill"Layers from the Layers panel to make it active and pressCommand-V (Mac) on your keyboard. This will insert the photo above the Facebook frame layer.

Step 4

Click on the layer where the photo was just imported layers Panel to activate it.

Go toEdit> Free Transform, or press Command-T (Mac) on your keyboard. A bounding box appears around the edges of the photo.

To frame, Drag a handle on the bounding box. Press shift while dragging a corner handle to scale proportionally. When you are over a handle, the pointer becomes a double arrow.

To Move, Click and drag anywhere inside the bounding box.

To Rotate, Move the pointer outside of the bounding box (it becomes a curved, two-sided arrow), and then drag it. Press shift to limit the rotation to 15 ° steps.

You can also rotate your photo by choosing Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontal.

If you convert a bitmap image (compared to a shape or path), the image becomes a little less sharp each time you commit. Therefore, performing multiple commands before applying the cumulative transform is preferable to applying each transform separately.

Make sure the photo is positioned to fill both the cover photo and the profile picture. When you're done, pressEnter on your keyboard.

Step 5

When you have positioned the photo, click on the little eye icon to the left of"Frame"Layer in the layers Panel to hide the layer.

3. How to save the profile and the cover picture

Step 1

By doing layers Search in the panel "profile pic"Layer thumbnail. Hold downcommand (Mac) on your keyboard and click the layer's thumbnail. This will select the area of ​​the profile picture, a square picture of 307 x 307 px.

Go to Image> Crop to crop the picture in the profile picture area.

step 2

Go toFile> Export> Save For Web (Photoshop CC 2015)orFile> Save for Web and Device (previously)Photoshop CC 2015).

Of theformat Dropdown, chooseJPEG. Of the qualityDropdown, choose Very high.

When you're done, clicksave up.Choose a name for the profile picture and clickOK.

step 3

Click on thathistory from the right side of your workspace. If you can't see it, go to itWindow> History.

Click the previous step in the history Panel. This will reload the uncropped image.

Step 4

By doing layers In the panel, look for "cover photo"Layer thumbnail. Hold downcommand (Mac) on your keyboard and click the layer's thumbnail. This will select the area of ​​the cover photo, a rectangular image of 1630 x 605 px. Go to Image> Crop to crop the image on the title area.

Step 5

After trimming, go toFile> Export> Save For Web (Photoshop CC 2015)orFile> Save for Web and Device (previously)Photoshop CC 2015).

Of theformat Dropdown, chooseJPEG.Of thequalityDropdown, choose Very high.

When you're done, clicksave up.Choose a name for the cover photo and clickOK.

4. How to upload your photos to Facebook

Step 1

To add a profile picture or change your current profile picture:

Go to your profile and hover over your profile picture. clickUpdate profile picture. Now you can:

  • Upload a photo from your computer.
  • Take a new photo.
  • Select a photo you've already uploaded or tagged.

Choose "Upload a photo from your computerSelect the profile picture you just created. Don't crop your photo!click Skip pruning bottom left and click save up.

step 2

To add or change your cover photo:

  1. Go to your profile.
  2. Hover overUpdate cover photoat the top left of your current cover photo.
  3. clickUpdate cover photo. If you don't currently have a cover photo, clickAdd cover photo.
  4. Choose Choose from my photo and navigate to the cover photo you just created.
  5. Once you've selected the photo, you can reposition it by clicking the image and dragging it up or down. Don't reposition the photo, don't drag the image in this step!
  6. clicksave Changes.

Remember that the images created with this tutorial are adjusted in relation to the display dimensions of Facebook. So you don't have to reposition or crop the images when you upload them.

5. Facebook pages and mobile layout

Unfortunately, Facebook has changed the layout of the pages a lot and the images created with this tutorial will not work with Facebook Pages. Facebook has removed the profile picture from the cover picture area. Now the profile picture is moved to the left column of the layout. It is currently possible to create a seamless profile picture and cover picture for personal profiles only.

The same problem exists with the mobile layout. If you've visited Facebook Pages on your iPhone, you may have noticed that the cover photo doesn't appear on the desktop. Only the middle section is displayed on the mobile phone, while the profile picture clearly moves towards the screen Center.

Either way, we can tweak our images to look great on mobile devices.

To avoid ugly variances, don't put any critical information on the right side of the profile picture, especially when you know the majority of your site users are mobile users.

Congratulations, you are done now!

Well done! Our seamless profile picture and cover picture are ready. You can let your imagination run wild and add more details until you are happy with the result. Hope you've discovered some new tips and tricks that can help you create wonderful projects in the future. Feel free to share your results in the comments below!

If you need more control over your pictures, we recommend downloading the Seamless Identity Action for Facebook, a Photoshop plug-in that allows you to create an eye-catching cover and profile picture for your Facebook profile, with some great options such as larger profile pictures, parallel updates with the Facebook layout changes, and more.