If there is one thing that is true about Facebook, it seems that it always seems to change. Whether they change the way that the newsfeed works or the format of your profile, there’s always something changing. For business pages, like private practice pages, that’s true too.
One thing that can be notoriously hard to nail down is the image size for the Facebook Cover Image – that’s the big image that’s at the very top of your Facebook profile. It’s different for your personal page and your business page, and even different from your business page on a desktop computer vs on a mobile device. If you’re one of those people that like to have text or some call-to-action on your cover image, this can be especially problematic if you’re trying to make sure that the text can be seen regardless of what device a user might be using.
Inspired by the work of Louise Myers, I wanted to share with you a tool that should help you create the perfect image to use as a cover page.
This template is meant to be used with some image editing program (e.g. Photoshop, Pixelmator, Pixlr) to check the images that you have to make sure they work across the various Facebook formats. You see that there are two different shades of blue; these are labeled to represent the areas of the image that are visible on desktop versus on mobile devices. Whatever you use to create your images, you should be able to use this template to determine what parts of your image will be hidden and which parts will be shown.
Don’t have a way to edit images? Don’t worry – we will be covering that in more detail later.
If you add this image as a layer in your project, anything that shows through the blue shaded areas will be visible to your Facebook audience. There are two different files to choose from: a PNG image and a Photoshop (PSD) file. If you don’t know the difference, start with the PNG.
Hope these tools help! If you create a great Facebook photo, let us know in the comments below!