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“Cover” your Facebook profile.


So, Facebook recently made timeline mandatory for everyone (“fought well you have, my old Padawan”).

For all those who like timeline, it didn’t matter.
For all those who didn’t…well, I can make you like it.

So, here’s how you make your profile interesting.
There are 3 ways you can mess around with your timeline :
Cover Photo, Cover Photo, Cover Photo.

Yep. Cover Photo. This is easily the most evident and the most editable property on your timeline.
I’ll show you how you can lighten it up.

1)       Be original, innovative :

Welcome friends, stalkers and trespassers (and all those who stumbled upon my profile by mistake).

See? That was something new. A way to welcome all those who visit your profile, and be witty, at the same time. Be original. People get bored of the same old photography and Instagram-ish (but rectangular) photos.

You can do something like this :

What fun?

But, though it’s appealing to the eye, what fun?

2)      Be accurate :

The Facebook cover photo is 851*315 pixels (it uses a 1 pixel border all around – transparent, but you can ignore that.
{border: 1px solid black;
border-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, .25);
border-top-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, .1);
bottom: 0;
left: 0;
position: absolute;
right: 0;
top: 0;}
That’s the Facebook cover-border CSS code, so clearly, it kind of merges with the photo. Aka – ignore that)

The profile pic is 160*160 pixels (as shown on the profile). However, it doesn’t allow you to upload a pic of less that 180*180 pixels.
I highly recommend uploading a picture of 320*320 pixels, as 180*180 is too small a picture when viewed as “theatre” and is the double of 160*160.

A great guide to the dimensions is as follows :

3)      Play around with the Cover Photo and the Profile Picture :

The good part about the timeline is, you can predict how it’s going to show up.

A very good idea would be to incorporate your profile picture in your cover photo. It takes a lot of patience, but as the dimensions are given above, it’s pretty easy, even on a simple photo editor like MS Paint.

Here’s one example :

This is the screenshot of my earlier profile.

The cover photo for the above is :

The cover photo for the above is :

The profile picture for the above is :

The profile picture for the above is :

Here are other examples (DISCLAIMER – These are not mine, have been taken from the

4)      Liven up your profile :

You don’t necessarily have to incorporate your profile photo, but doesn’t mean that you can’t STILL make your photo interesting :

That’s my current profile!

That’s my current profile.

If you believe that the above example is too mainstream, these are a few tips :

  • Use a quote from your favourite movie/opera


  • Use vivid colours, deepen your pics using standard Photo editors like Photoscape, add a quote, put a nice frame around it. Not fun, but not bad nonetheless.

    Vivid deep colours!

  • Put a frame around your profile picture through your cover photo.
  • Show yourself doing some emote in the cover.
  • Make a collage, either through Instagram, other collage making software or a really random one.
  • Whatever you do. MAKE. IT. INTERESTING.

5)      Add a watermark :

Hey, your cover photo is your intellectual property! If you’ve clicked a great picture, edited it, put it up, I see no reason why other people should copy it without giving you proper recognition.

Well, that’s it, you’re done! Upload the pic and preview it before you save changes!

Drag your cover photo to reposition and preview before you release it to the public.

Hope you enjoyed this read and hope you lightened up that sad timeline of yours!

Please rate/like/share, would be a great favour!



2 comments on ““Cover” your Facebook profile.

  1. soundclick artist
    September 17, 2012

    Very interesting info !Perfect just what I was looking for!

    • yashvchauhan
      September 29, 2012

      Thanks for your feedback! Glad you liked it! 🙂

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