Facebook first announced the Timeline layout more than a year ago. It was met with lots of resistance at first, but with the passage of time more and more Facebook users are warming up to the new design. Now that Timeline is the default Facebook layout, a new market for unique cover photos have started to appear. Over the last few months several of these wallpaper-like sites have sprung up and their numbers will continue to grow, until the next Facebook redesign.
You should know that it’s possible to create your own Cover Photos using any image editor that allows cropping or image resizing. The dimensions to keep in mind are: 851 pixels in width and 315 pixels in height. If you upload an image that’s smaller than these dimensions, it will get stretched. The same way, if you upload a larger image, it will be squeezed to fit. To prevent distortion upload a JPG file that’s exactly 851 pixels wide and 315 pixels tall, and to get the fastest load times for your Page, make sure the file size is less than 100 kilobytes. Use Paint.Net to crop and resize the images and then use RIOT to drastically reduce the size of the image file without any noticeable loss in quality.
Image credit: facebookcoversize.com
If you’re looking for beautiful pictures to use as your Facebook cover photo, you have a few options. You can search for creative commons images on Flickr, Picasa and 500px. There are huge numbers of gorgeous images on these 3 sites. You’ve also got tons of websites that offer free desktop wallpapers and free stock images from which you can download images and crop them to the required size. If that sounds too much of a bother, checkout some of these sites that offer Facebook Cover Photos in the correct dimension.
- Unique FB Covers: Regularly updated. Contains more than 9600 designs at the time of this writing spread over multiple categories.
- TimelineMods: Fairly large collection and multiple categories
- FacebookTimelineBanner: Dozens of categories and about 6000 covers photos.
- Fcoverphotos: Huge collection of more than 21,000 cover photos.
- covermyFB: Over 17,000 cover photos in the database.