Have you noticed the new changes to how your Facebook Cover photos look on Facebook Pages? The updated design for Facebook Pages started rolling out on a user-by-user basis a few weeks ago. With the new Timeline design, the large cover image at the top of your Page has changed (for the better!) as well as some additional changes to the rest of the Pages layout.
Here are the changes that you’ll notice at the top of your Facebook page, using my Facebook Page as an example:
- The cover photo size on desktops has changed from a width of 851 pixels to a width of 828 pixels. (The height remains the same at 315 pixels.) If you have text or other important details on the edge of your cover image, you may notice that they’re cut off on the edge(s) now
- Your profile picture, Facebook Page Name and Username have moved. They used to appear on top of your cover image, in the lower left corner. Now they are located on the left side of your cover photo.
- Page tabs now appear under your profile image, instead of underneath your cover image.
- Facebook Like, Message, and More buttons now appear below your cover image. These buttons used to appear on the bottom of your cover image.
- The Call-to-Action button now appears below your cover image – and is bigger! This button used to be located on top of your cover image (and was smaller).
Changes #2-5 are fantastic – because you no longer have to worry about your cover photo design being covered up by buttons and text! Before, you had to make sure Facebook wasn’t covering up any important information on your cover image.
Designing Facebook Cover Photos for Desktop and Mobile:
As I mentioned above, the cover photo size on desktops has changed to 828 pixels wide by 315 pixels high. But what about on mobile devices? It would be nice if Facebook would simply scale down your cover image to fit on a smaller screen size; but no such luck! Instead, Facebook displays your cover photo at a size of 640 x 360 on mobile devices — which crops off a good portion of the sides of your cover image that you designed at the 828 x 315 size.
If you design your cover photo to fit exactly the right size for desktops,
your cover image will have its sides cut off on mobile devices:
And if you design your cover photo to fit exactly the right size for mobile devices,
your cover image will have its top/bottom edges cut off on desktops:
Bummer, right? But I have good news for you: I’ve been working with this quite a bit and have come up with not one – but two solutions to make designing your Facebook cover photo easier – so that it looks good on both desktop and mobile devices!
First you need to make a decision: Where do you want your cover image to get cut off? Because no matter how you design it, it will either get cropped on its left/right sides (on mobile) — or it will get cropped on its top and/or bottom edges (on desktops).
- If it’s more important to you to prevent the height of your cover image from getting cut off (i.e. you are OK with your cover image getting cropped on the left and right sides): design your cover image using my 2016 Facebook Cover Photo Design for Desktops template.
- If it’s more important to you to prevent the width of your cover image from getting cut off (i.e. you are OK with your cover image getting cropped on the top and/or bottom edges): design your cover image using my 2016 Facebook Cover Photo Design for Mobile Devices template.
If you want to prevent the height of your cover image from getting cut off, use these dimensions when designing your cover photo:
- Create your cover photo design 828 pixels wide and 315 pixels high.
- Understand that on mobile devices, 134 pixels will get cut off on each side. So don’t put any important text or details in these areas. (For example, don’t put your fancy new headshot in this area, or your face could get cut off — and that would just look weird.)
If you want to prevent the width of your cover image from getting cut off, use these dimensions when designing your cover photo:
- Create your cover photo design 828 pixels wide and 466 pixels high.
- Understand that on desktops, a total of 151 pixels will get cut off on the top and/or bottom edges. When you upload your cover photo, you can re-position the cut-off area (so more is cut off on the top than on the bottom – or vice versa). Or you can just keep the default positioning, which will cut off 75 pixels on the top and 76 pixels on the bottom. So plan ahead – and don’t put any important text or details in these areas.
2016 Facebook Cover Photo Templates:
You can use the dimensions I detailed above to design your own cover photos — or you can download and use my templates. I created 2 templates: one for desktop designs and one for mobile designs. (Pick the one that works best for your cover photo design.) These templates will allow you to see how your Facebook cover image will look when it’s cropped. Use the templates to test your current cover image – or to create a new cover image – without having to worry if any important spots of your cover photo will be cut off. Remember:
- If you want to prevent the height of your cover image from getting cut off: design your cover image using my 2016 Facebook Cover Image for Desktops template.
- If you want to prevent the width of your cover image from getting cut off: design your cover image using my 2016 Facebook Cover Image for Mobile Devices template.
The templates are Photoshop files; but you can use many other graphics programs that allow for layers. To use the templates:
- Open the Facebook Cover Photo template file in your graphics program.
- If you already have a cover photo: open it in your graphics program too. Then drag your cover photo onto a new layer in the template. Make sure that layer is ABOVE the template’s “Cover Image” layer.
If you don’t already have a cover photo: create a new layer in the template. Make sure that layer is ABOVE the “Cover Image” layer. Then start designing your new cover image.
- The top layer in the template file will show you how your cover image will look on both desktops and mobile devices. The lightened area of your cover image is the portion that Facebook will crop.
Other Important Notes:
- If you upload a cover photo that’s smaller than the dimensions I described above, it will get stretched to the larger size. To prevent distortion and to ensure a high-quality image, I recommend uploading the recommended size of either 828 x 315 -or- 828 x 466.
- To prevent “fuzzy” cover images (caused by pixelation) — save your cover photo as high quality as you can, without going over a file size of 100 KB. If you upload an image file larger than 100 KB, Facebook will save it at a much lower quality and it will look bad. (Trust me!)
- Your profile picture that is displayed on the left side of your cover image displays at a size of 160 pixels wide by 160 pixels high. However, the photo you upload must be at least 180 pixels wide by 180 pixels high.
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