Facebook’s timeline is now available for your business page. We decided to create a video to help you set-up a creative facebook timeline cover and match it with your profile photo. In this blog post, I’ll give you working documents (in fireworks) that you can use and a detailed step by step walk-through video showing you all the tricks you need to watch out for.
tl;dr Make the cover image 850px315px, cut your profile at 125px125 upload at 200x200px
We’ve taken the inspiration from the info-graphic we did called ”Irish Company Tax Explained as a Facebook Timeline”, it was quite popular and people asked us about the timeline cover. So we decided to use that timeline cover when Facebook allowed us to activate timeline for Bullets Facebook Page, and then we lost 6 hours of our lives. We trawled blog posts, and spammy software but to no avail. The problem we were having was aligning the profile image (small one) with the timeline cover image (big one). After much messing about we worked it out and then decided to share it.
The key issues is the profile photo, every blog post tells you to design it at 125x125px but what they don’t say is you can’t upload it at 125x125px, as FB give you an error message cause you can only upload files at 185x185px. Now your getting pissed cause you’d followed all the guides you’ve read. When you look to cut the profile pick out at 185 it’s not what you wanted and looks poor. When stuff like this happens I set people on fire.
One extinguisher later, I realised the trick is to design it as 125×125, and cut it out of the image at that size. Then increase it to 200x200px and save it cause when you upload it to Facebook they resize it down to 125x125px. Yep! Didn’t make any sense to me. Anyway below is the video, link to the zipped images and the (actually files I used so you can play around) they’re in Fireworks so will probably open as a flat .png in Photoshop. Sorry! Here are some examples of creative things you can do with your Facebook Timeline Cover. Leave us your thoughts, or tell us how you got on and don’t forget to subscribe to our email newsletter for lots more helpful tips.
Here are your files in all zipped up, FACEBOOK-TIMELINE-MEDIA-ZIP