How To Create A Seamless Facebook Cover And Profile Picture In Adobe Photoshop

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Want a new fresh look for your Facebook profile? In this tutorial, we'll design a template to create a custom Facebook cover photo and profile picture that interact seamlessly with each other. We're going to do this by making your profile and cover photos overlap so the two appear as one whole image. Many have tried to achieve this polished look, but they don’t always succeed due to sizing issues. Well, let’s see if we can get this right.

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1. How to Create a Facebook Template

Step 1

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

  • Width and Height: Specify the size of the document. Type

    1630 px for width and

    734 px for height.

  • Orientation: Specify a page orientation for the document. Select

    Landscape.

  • Color Mode: Specify a color mode for the document. Select

    RGB.

  • Resolution: Specify the fineness of detail in a bitmap image measured in pixels/inch or pixels/centimetre. Since we're using this template for web images, the resolution is irrelevant. Keep the default resolution

    72 Pixel/Inch.

  • Background contents: Specify a background color for the document. Select

    White.

Create new document

Step 2

With the

Rectangle Tool (

U), 

click somewhere on the canvas to create a new

1630 x 605 px rectangle.

Open the

Properties panel by selecting in the top menu

Window > Properties, and set the rectangle position to

0 for X and

Y axis, and then set the

Stroke and the

Fill to 

No color.

Properties panel

In the

Layers panel,

 rename the layer just created by double-clicking on the layer's name and typing "

Cover Photo".

Step 3

With the 

Rectangle Tool (

U), 

click somewhere on the canvas to create a new

307 x 307 px rectangle. In the

Properties panel, set its position to

38 for X and

341 for Y axis and then set the

Stroke and the

Fill to

No color.

Properties panel

In the 

Layers panel, rename the layer just created by double-clicking on the layer's name and typing "

Profile Picture".

Step 4

Right-click on the layer "

Profile Picture" and choose

Duplicate Layer and then press

OK. Rename this new layer "

Frame".

Step 5

Add a new

Layer Style to the "

Frame " layer by double-clicking on the layer, outside the layer name or thumbnail.

Add a new

Stroke effect. This outlines the object on the current layer using color, a gradient, or a pattern.

Set

Size to

8 px,

Position to

Outside

and

Fill Type to 

White Color. Keep

Opacity to

100% and

Blend Mode to

Normal.

Layer style stroke

Now add a new

Drop Shadow.  This adds a shadow that falls behind the contents on the layer. Set

Blend Mode to

Normal,

Color

Black,

Opacity 

22 px, Distance 0,

Spread

100%,

Size

10 px. Keep the other options like the image below:

Step 6

Select the layer "

Profile Picture" and then with the 

Rectangle Tool (

U

click somewhere on the canvas to create a new

1630 x 129 px rectangle. In the 

Properties panel, set its position to

0 for X and

605 for Y axis and then set the shape

Fill to

White and the

Stroke to

No color.

Properties panel

Rename this new layer "

Base".

Step 7

Select the layer "

Profile Picture" and choose in the top menu

Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color. Press

OK and choose any color. Rename this layer "

Fill".

New fill layer color picker

Step 8

Now we're going to add some new anchor points to modify the path.

In the

Layers panel, select the layer "

Base" and then, to select the path, choose the

Path Selection tool, and click anywhere inside the path component.

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

Select the

Add Anchor Point Tool.

Add anchor point tool

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

Anchor points

Step 9

Select the

Convert Point Tool and click on each of the four points we just created to convert them.

Convert point tool

Step 10

Select the

Direct Selection Tool

Direct selection tool

Click on point 2 and drag the segment to its new position behind the frame. Do the same with point 3. Now the path of the "

Base" layer should be similar to this:

Drag the points

Step 11

Double-click on the "

Base" layer, outside the layer name or thumbnail, and add a new

Layer Style. Add a new 

Drop Shadow, setting the 

Blend Mode to 

Normal,

Opacity to 

35%,

Color to 

Black,

Angle to 

90°,

Distance to 

0 px,

Spread to 

40%, and 

Size to

200 px.

Layer style drop shadow

Step 12

Now we need to edit the "

Base" effect separately from the layer. To do this, we can ask Photoshop to put the layer style on its own separate layer (or layers if necessary). Click on the "

Base" layer, and then move down your mouse on the "

Drop Shadow" effect, open the contextual menu by right-clicking on it, and choose

Create Layers. Your effect will now appear on its own layer beneath the "

Base" layer.

Create layer style

A message may alert you that: "Some aspects of the Effects cannot be reproduced with layers". If so, press

OK

Step 13

In the

Layers panel, select the layer just created. For an English version of Photoshop, its name should be "

Base's Drop Shadow". With the layer selected, 

Command-Click (Mac)

 on the thumbnail of the layer "

Frame" to select the shape.

Make selection of the frame

Step 14

Our purpose now is to delete the shadow inside the profile picture frame. Choose

Edit > Cut (

Command-X) and deselect by choosing

Select > Deselect.

Remove shadow from selection

Step 15

Select the layers "

Base's Drop Shadow", "

Base", and "

Frame". To select multiple contiguous layers, click the "

Frame" layer and then

Shift-click the "

Base's Drop Shadow" layer.

Right-click on one of the layers and select "

Merge Layers" to combine them all into one.

Step 16

It's time to save our progress. Choose

File > Save As. Choose the

PSD format from the

Format menu. Specify a filename (

Facebook-Frame.psd) and location and click

Save.

Facebook frame completed

Your Facebook frame is ready! Go forward and discover how to add a photo to the Facebook frame, and save a new ready-to-upload profile picture and cover photo!

2. How to Add a Photo to the Template

Step 1

Locate the 

Layers panel on the right side of your workspace and notice that we made four layers:

  1. "Frame": This layer is the preview of the real Facebook page and will help you to position correctly your photo and see how your profile will look once uploaded to Facebook. 

  2. "Fill": This layer contains a placeholder fill. Position your photo above it.  

  3. "Profile picture": This layer will be used to crop and export your profile picture.

  4. "Cover Photo": This layer will be used to crop and export your cover photo.

Layers panel

Step 2

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

Select a photo

Try to use a photo that is at least 2,000 pixels wide so that you can easily place it into the template.

Learn to choose the best photo for this purpose. The profile picture will be in the bottom left corner of the photo. In the photo I'm using for this tutorial, the subject is in the bottom left corner of the composition so that it's easier to reposition. A good photo will have the subject small or in the distance. Perfect for this purpose are photos with a landscape behind the subject.

Step 3

Locate the file tabs at the top of the workspace and click on the photo file. Go to 

Select > All. Press 

Command-C (Mac) on your keyboard to copy the photo.

Make selection of your image

Go back to the template by clicking on "

Facebook-Frame.psd" from the file tabs at the top of the workspace. Click the "

Fill" layer from the Layers panel to make it active, and press 

Command-V (Mac)

 on your keyboard. This will paste the photo above the Facebook frame layer.

Step 4

Click on the layer with the photo just imported in the

Layers panel to make it active.

Go to 

Edit > Free Transform, or press

Command-T (Mac) on your keyboard. A bounding box will appear around the edges of the photo.

To

Scale, drag a handle on the bounding box. Press

Shift as you drag a corner handle to scale proportionately. When positioned over a handle, the pointer becomes a double arrow.

To

Reposition, click and drag anywhere within the bounding box.

To

Rotate, move the pointer outside the bounding border (it becomes a curved, two-sided arrow), and then drag. Press

Shift to constrain the rotation to 15° increments.

You can also flip your photo by choosing

Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal.

 

When you transform a bitmap image (versus a shape or path), the image becomes slightly less sharp each time you commit a transformation; therefore, performing multiple commands before applying the cumulative transformation is preferable to applying each transformation separately.

Make sure to position the photo so that it fills both the cover photo and profile picture areas. When you're done, press 

Enter on your keyboard.

Transform and position your photo inside the frame

Step 5

Once you've positioned the photo, click on the small eye icon to the left of the 

"Frame" layer in the

Layers panel to hide the layer.

Hide the frame layer

3. How to Save the Profile and Cover Image

Step 1

In the

Layers panel, locate the "

Profile picture" layer thumbnail

. Hold down 

Command (Mac) on your keyboard and click on the layer thumbnail. This will select the area of the profile picture, a square image of

307 x 307 px.

Go to

 Image > Crop to crop the image to the profile picture area.

Crop your profile picture

Step 2

Go to 

File > Export > Save for Web (Photoshop CC 2015) or 

File > Save for Web & Device (before 

Photoshop CC 2015).

From the 

Format dropdown, choose 

JPEG. From the

Quality dropdown, choose

Very High.

When you're done, click 

Save. Choose a name for the profile picture and click 

OK.

Save your profile picture

Step 3

Click on the 

History panel from the right side of your workspace. If you can't see it, go to 

Window > History. 

Click on the previous step in the

History panel. This will reload the uncropped image.

Previous step on history panel

Step 4

In the

Layers panel, locate the

 "

Cover Photo" layer thumbnail

. Hold down 

Command (Mac) on your keyboard and click on the layer 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 to the cover photo area.

Crop cover photo

Step 5

After cropping, go to 

File > Export > Save for Web (Photoshop CC 2015) or 

File > Save for Web & Device (before 

Photoshop CC 2015).

From the 

Format dropdown, choose 

JPEG. From the 

Quality dropdown, choose

Very High.

When you're done, click 

Save. Choose a name for the cover photo and click 

OK.

Save cover photo

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. Click 

Update Profile Picture. Now you can:

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

Choose "

Upload a photo from your computer". Select the Profile Picture just created. Don't crop your photo!

Click

Skip Cropping in the bottom left, and click

Save.

Skip cropping

Step 2

To add or change your cover photo:

  1. Go to your profile.
  2. Hover over 

    Update Cover Photo  in the top-left of your current cover photo.

  3. Click 

    Update Cover Photo . If you don't currently have a cover photo, click 

    Add Cover Photo .

  4. Select

    Choose from my photo and navigate to the cover photo just created.

  5. Once you choose the photo, you could 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. Click 

    Save Changes .

Remember that the images created with this tutorial are sized in proportion to the display dimensions on Facebook, so you don't need to reposition or crop the images when uploading them.

Facebook profile ready

5. Facebook Pages and Mobile Layout

Unfortunately, Facebook made bold changes to the layout for pages, and the images created with this tutorial won't work with Facebook pages. Facebook has removed the profile picture from the cover image territory. Now the profile picture has moved to the left-hand column of the layout. At the moment, it is possible to create a seamless profile picture and cover photo only for personal profiles.

The same problem exists with the mobile layout. If you've visited any Facebook pages on your iPhone, you might have noticed that the cover photo isn’t displayed the same way it is on desktop—only the middle section will appear on mobile, while the profile picture will move significantly towards the centre.

Mobile Facebook profile

Anyway, we can optimize our images to look good on mobile devices.

In order to avoid ugly discrepancies, don’t place important information on the right of the profile picture, especially if you know that the majority of your page users are mobile users.

Congratulations, You're Now Done!

Great job! Our seamless profile picture and cover photo are finished. You can use your imagination and continue playing around and adding details until you are fully satisfied with the result. I hope you've discovered some new tips and tricks that you can use for creating wonderful projects in future. Feel free to share your results in the comments below!

If you need more control over your images, my advice is to download the “Seamless Identity Action for Facebook”, a Photoshop plugin that allows you to create an eye-catching cover and profile picture for your Facebook profile with some premium options such as bigger profile images, parallel updates with the Facebook layout changes, and more.

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