My wish was to somehow change my Facebook profile page and make it more fun and interesting. Idea was to make my cover and profile picture to interact with each other. Firstly, I took a print screen of my Facebook page with my key on the keyboard, which is surprisingly named just like that. 🙂 Than I opened photo editor and made new document with dimensions of my screen and pasted picture of my screen from clipboard. This picture I used like a template.
After that I measured dimensions of cover photo and profile photo and came up with this numbers:
cover photo 851px x 315px
profile photo: 160px x 160px
After that I got down to work. For my cover I made textured background with my site address written on the center.
For my profile picture I have decided to use this picture which was made for some other purposes but I find it very funny and interesting enough for this.
After that I used crop tool to crop my profile picture with square size ratio and placed my new cover and profile picture on separate layers over the print screen template picture.
Then I lowered the opacity of those two layers so the template became visible and positioned my profile picture so my eyes were placed above the top border line of the profile thumbnail. After that I used marquee tool to make selection inside inner borders of profile thumbnail, clicked with the right mouse button and made layer via copy from selection. That picture I will use for profile picture. I made new document with 160px x 160px in size and moved that new layer made via copy to the new document and saved it. Actually its not a bad idea to make this profile picture little bit bigger because Facebook requires at least 180 x 180 pixels.I got something like this.
Lets get back now to the cover photo. Using the template as a guide I have erased all unnecessary parts of my profile picture above the top border line of the thumbnail. Carefully I have erased everything around my head so I came up with something like this.
Then I saved it to my computer. After that I have uploaded to Facebook my cover and profile picture, but when you upload your profile picture don’t forget to check “scale to fit” check box. When this cover is uploaded only the upper part of the photo will be visible (upper part of my head and my eyes) and the rest of it will be covered by actual profile photo. And thats it. As easy as pie. Of course you can come up with some of your ideas and make some interesting effects. Possibilities are great.