Create a custom Facebook Timeline cover

How to create a Facebook Timeline cover

Custom Facebook Timeline cover - Christian Karasiewicz
Facebook isn’t just a place to post your family photos or your favorite links to your website or your buiness. Rather, it’s a portal – a way to help you connect not only with friends and family, but also with other new and interesting people.

With the introduction of Facebook Timeline, users now have the ability to show-off what makes them tick with a custom cover for their Facebook profile. This can be a single photo that fills your Facebook profile – or a custom one like above. One thing to note, Facebook Timeline is only available for Facebook profiles at the moment, but I suspect that Facebook pages will get this extremely beneficial feature sometime in 2012.

Why use a custom Timeline cover?

By going with a custom Facebook Timeline cover, it gives you the ability to show your Facebook friends along with potential new ones, a look inside your life. By giving others a view into your life and what makes you tick, you’ll have the ability to connect with other people who also share a similar passion.

For example, in my custom Facebook Timeline cover, I’ve added a few photos from people I have met along with personal photos.  If you are a real estate agent, you could design your Facebook Timeline cover  to where it showcases you selling homes (or even some of the homes you have available). If you’re an actor, you could show scenes from you on the set of your latest project. Business owners can benefit from a custom Facebook Timeline cover by showing pictures of their store, their store signage, along with some of their top-selling products.

Creating your custom Facebook Timeline cover

Once you’ve decided on what to use for your Facebook Timeline Cover, the last thing to do is to create it! To help you get started, I’ve included a link to a FREE Facebook Timeline cover template that I have created along with instructions.

How to use the template:

  1. Download the template
  2. Open it within Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Elements or an equivalent like the FREE Pixlr
  3. Edit the layers – when saving, turn off the layer with the white box. Otherwise, your Facebook profile photo won’t show through.
  4. Save your file as….JPG, .GIF or .PNG
  5. Post your new custom Facebook Timeline cover to your Facebook Profile
  6. Share this post with anyone you know who wants to know how to create a Facebook Timeline cover.

Once you have your Timeline cover ready, the last thing to do is to add it to your Facebook profile. To do this, follow these steps

How to change your Facebook Timeline cover

Set your Facebook Timeline image:

  1. Visit your Facebook profile
  2. Hover your mouse over the main photo
  3. Select change cover
  4. Make your edits and click save!

There you have it – how to create a custom Facebook Timeline cover and how to change your Facebook Timeline cover. If you’re interested in seeing some great examples, here are 25 funny and creative Facebook Timeline covers.