Turn your personal or business Facebook cover into something personalized and beautiful. This tutorial will show you how to do it in a few easy steps. Thank you to Adobe Photoshop Elements for helping me to share this post with you.
With the popularity of social media platforms these days, it’s tough to find someone without a personal or business Facebook page, or both. If you’re setting up a business Facebook page, it’s important to use a cover photo that is going to catch the attention of potential customers. If you have a personal page, it can be fun to update your cover photo to highlight photos from various family events. Don’t be that person who leaves up the same photo for two years!
Of course, you can use the upload tool on Facebook to add a new photo, but Facebook has a tendency to cut off the most important parts of photos…like faces!
The Facebook cover for my blog was looking awfully sad and outdated with some less than stellar food photos that I took years ago. Brown lentils on a brown plate, anyone? It was time to spice things up and replace that old cover with a new one that showed some new, and considerably more appetizing, food photos.
One of the fun features in Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 is the Facebook Cover tool. You can choose from a seemingly endless array of backgrounds, photo frames and graphics, and have a new Facebook cover whipped up within a couple of minutes.
Let’s get started…
First, click on the Expert tab in the top bar, then choose Facebook Cover in the dropdown menu under Create. This will open up a variety of Facebook Cover templates, such as My Family, Memories and Photogrid.
For my Facebook Cover, I chose the Photo Cards option.
Once Photoshop Elements generates the page, it will appear in your Elements workspace, with any photos that you chose from the Organizer. Alternatively, it’s just as easy to click on each empty photo space and upload photos directly from your computer.
In the bottom left frame, I used a photo of myself, which is the same avatar that Facebook uses when I comment on various pages. Choose whatever you like…a picture of you, a family photo, a great mountain shot, a logo…whatever you like.
Be sure to click on Advanced Mode in the upper left corner to open up all of the tools in the left column.
Now comes the fun part!
Once you choose a photo for each box, you have the power to change the size, rotate or move the photo within the frame.
What if you aren’t crazy about the background in the template provided? Click on the Graphics button in the bottom right and choose from a whole host of backgrounds, as well as additional frames and graphics. The possibilities are endless!
I switched my background to a plain graduated gray because I wanted the colors in my food photos to really “pop” against the background. Double click on your preferred background to make it appear in the workspace.
I didn’t love the prism graphic in the template, so I clicked the Layers button in the bottom right, then clicked on the “eye” beside the two colors that were assigned to the prism. Voila….prism begone!
In the Layers panel, you can also change the text in the banner, or switch the banner to something else completely. I chose to delete it all together because I knew that Facebook would automatically list the name of my blog and the type of website.
At this point, you can leave things “as is” and have a great Facebook cover to upload to your page.
If you want to play around with more with your Facebook cover, there are plenty of other options. Here are a few ideas:
Arrange your photos to overlap in a different way by using the tools underneath the work space.
Use the text tool (in the left column) to add descriptions to your photos or another part of your Facebook cover. I would have kept this version. However, Facebook places a few buttons where the text is, so I know it wasn't going to work out as well.
Switch up the photo frames or delete them altogether by right-clicking and choosing Clear Frames.
This was the final result. All I needed to do was click Upload and I was able to connect to my Facebook page and add my new Facebook cover instantly!
Play around with this feature to your heart's content. The result will be a Facebook cover that represents your family or business, with perfectly centered photos and a graphics that don’t look like anyone else’s!