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May 29, 2014

Experts' Expert: How to make your Facebook cover and profile photos look their best

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J.D. Biersdorfer's March 17, 2014 New York Times Personal Tech column drilled down on this subject; her findings follow.



Q What is the size of the space used by the cover photo on the Facebook desktop website?

A. On the desktop version, the space for the Facebook cover photo — that horizontal picture at the top of one's Timeline page — measures 851 pixels wide by 315 pixels high. If you upload a smaller image, Facebook automatically stretches the photo to fit. The site's Help Center says cover photos must be at least 399 pixels wide by 150 pixels high and you may get error messages if you try to upload a picture that is too small.

Given the width and depth of the area, panoramas and other horizontal images tend to look best in the space. If you want to get really precise about the visible areas of your cover image so you can crop and resize it before uploading, the page at https://www.facebook.com/CoverPhotoSize shows the space around the profile photo on the Timeline and how the two images overlay each other. More tips for making your Facebook photos look better are here.


Maybe I need to have a look at my Facebook page (below)

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and spiff it up: it's been months since I was there and years since I made any changes.

May 29, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


I'll see if I can apply it to eBay to stretch the photo banner on my store.

Posted by: Kay | Jun 1, 2014 2:32:55 PM

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