There is a few ways to create a cool Facebook Cover effect, one of them is merging the profile and cover picture. This create an “extended” effect on your timeline page. Definitely a good way to impressed your visitors.
Before we get started, do note that there is a much more easier way to do it. TrickedOutTimeline have some awesome feature that allows you to create some Facebook Cover effect by uploading your photo.
Thus, this tutorial can be consider as an alternative solution for merging Facebook cover.
1. Download the template. For this tutorial we will be using the Facebook Page template. There is a slight difference between the two template. Open it in Photoshop.
2. Now we are going to download a free stock photo from stockvault, this image will be used in this tutorial.
3. Back to Photoshop, double click on the smart object icon beside the cover picture layer. The later is tag with with blue color. Click OK when a warning pops up, it will open up a new PSB document.
4. Open the image that we downloaded previously in Photoshop, now make sure the Move Tool is highlighted.
5. Here comes the tricky part, we are going to drag the image into the cover picture document. Slowly drag the image to the cover photo document title. This will open up the document. Without release the mouse, continue to drag the photo into the canvas. This is most probably what you will see if you get it right.
6. Now we are going to scale the picture, with the image layer selected, Ctrl + T to open the transform box, click on the chain icon to constraint porportion. Next, type in 851px in the width value, This is the width of the Facebook Cover.
7. Don’t forget to lower the photo to leave a space for the profile picture. Save the transformation when you are done.
8. Hit save and close the document, you will notice the template automatically update itself.
9. Apply the same process to the profile picture. However this time we need to estimate the position of the photo and move it into place, don’t worry if you got it wrong.
10. The picture are not in place, use the nudge tool to fix it.
TIPS: Try to use the small details in the photo as a guide, in this photo I used the white strips on the road to guide me.
13. Don’t worry if you can’t hit the sweet spot, we can save the picture and see it update live in the template. For advance Photoshop user, you can add a new image in low opacity and use it as a guide.
15. When you made it, export the picture through File>Save for Web.
16. Upload the both the picture to Facebook. You will notice that the profile picture appeared much bigger compared to the template, here is a quick fix: Hover to the profile picture and select “edit this thumbnail”, tick on “scale to fit”. This will solve the problem.
18. Now this the final result, its a beautiful photo isn’t it?
This is my first tutorials, hope you like it. Comment below if you have any suggestions or questions.