How To Make The Perfect Facebook Cover Photo

Since it was launched in 2004, Facebook has grown to be an incredibly popular social media platform. Billions of people use it to stay in contact with their friends, family, and coworkers. Since your profile is the first thing people see when they look you up on the site, it's a good idea to use it to make a good first impression. In this guide, we'll look at what you can to do choose the perfect cover photo. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

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How to Change Your Facebook Cover Photo

  1. Login to Facebook
  2. View your profile
  3. Click on the camera icon in the corner of your cover photo
  4. Select either Upload Photo or Select Photo on Facebook
  5. Choose an image
  6. Move it into an ideal position

Facebook Cover Photo Ideas

  • A landscape of your favorite city
  • A drawing or painting of yours
  • A screenshot from a movie, TV show, or video game
  • A banner promoting an important cause
  • Something seasonal (Halloween, Christmas, etc.)
  • Any image you want

Cover Photo vs Profile Picture

Cover Photo Profile Picture
Shape Wide rectangle Square or circle
Usually contains Any image A picture of a face
Cropped differently on mobile? Yes No
Appears next to all your posts? No Yes

Online Cover Photo Cropping Tools

These websites can help you make your picture the perfect size for Facebook, without using any photo editing software. Some even allow you to add stickers, filters, text, and more.

  1. Fotor: Edit like a pro
  2. Canva: Makes design simple
  3. Crello: Easy to use
  4. FotoJet: No registration required
  5. Pagemodo: Social media marketing tools


There's a lot to keep in mind when choosing a cover photo. You want to find an image that you like, with a high quality resolution, that doesn't violate any of Facebook's community guidelines. But with the right cropping tools and a good camera (or a Google Images search) you'll be able to create a banner that you can proudly display on your profile.

In Depth

Your cover photo is one of the most important elements of your Facebook profile. Since it's one of the first things people will see on your profile, you should take this opportunity to make a good first impression. But how exactly do you make the perfect cover photo?

First of all, you have to consider the size that Facebook recommends for personal cover photos, which is 851 pixels wide and 315 pixels tall. Ideally, you should upload something that has these exact dimensions, if not larger. If you use an image that's smaller than the recommended size, it will get stretched, which could make it look very low quality.

Whenever you upload a new cover photo, Facebook lets you reposition and crop it before it goes public. Before that though, your image is also automatically resized to somewhat fit the box. If you upload something that's larger than Facebook's recommended size, this won't have much of an effect on its quality. The problem here is that it does not give you much control over how the image gets cropped.

If you upload something that's larger than Facebook's recommended size, this won't have much of an effect on its quality.

For example, let's say that you only wanted to focus on a certain part of a large 1920 x 1080 image. If you try to upload it directly to Facebook, you won't be able to crop the exact region that you wanted. This is because images are resized in a way that you can only reposition the entire thing either vertically or horizontally, depending on its original size.

The only solution to this is to manually create an image that's at least 851 x 315 pixels or bigger. If you already have experience with photo editing software, such as Photoshop, then this shouldn't be much of a problem. However, if you don't, then you can use one of the many tools available online, such as Fotor and Canva. Websites such as these not only let you crop your images to fit Facebook's exact specifications, they also let you add extra elements to it, such as text and illustrations.

Now that you know the proper size of a cover photo on Facebook, what exactly should it contain? Basically, you can use any image that you want. It can be something that represents your personality, interests, hobbies, occupation, or even your friends and family. If you're creative enough, you can even incorporate your profile picture in it to create an almost seamless image on your timeline.

Basically, you can use any image that you want.

In terms of design, you should try to keep your cover photo as visually appealing as possible. One good tip is to use images where the subject is on the right-hand corner. The reason you should do this is because your profile picture slightly overlaps the lower left corner of the cover photo. By keeping most of the elements on the right, your profile will look less cluttered.

It's also worth noting that there will always be a small black gradient at the bottom. This shadow effect could potentially de-emphasize parts of your image, so keep that in mind when you're creating a cover photo.

Since everyone's current cover photo is always visible to the public, you should treat it like your own personal banner. You will want to avoid uploading anything that paints yourself in a negative light. Obviously, you'll also want to refrain from using indecent or obscene images because that could get you banned from the site.

Obviously, you'll also want to refrain from using indecent or obscene images because that could get you banned from the site.

At the end of the day, you're free to upload literally anything you want, as long as it doesn't violate Facebook's Community Standards. Creating the perfect cover photo is all about knowing how to properly frame your images, the rest depends on your own creativity and imagination. Feel free to experiment with it and see what suits your profile the best.