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Photoshop template for creative Facebook Timeline Covers

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Facebook Timeline covers allow for amazing customization, but how exactly do people do these creative cover photos you’re seeing everywhere? It’s a simple Photoshop trick, and we have the template for you to download for free.

April 2012 UPDATE: Facebook has altered the size of profile pictures, rendering the dimensions in this story no longer accurate. For an UPDATED Photoshop template and a list of new dimensions, click here.

Get ready to get creative

Before and after the launch of the new Facebook Timeline features, complete with the large “cover photos,” AGBeat shared with you 100 Facebook Timeline cover photos to inspire your creative side.

Now that you’re inspired to do something creative as pictured above, or perhaps a branded and streamlined version of your website as a cover photo, how exactly do you go about doing that? We already gave you tips on how to avoid a fuzzy picture for your cover photo, but what do you do if you want to get really creative or make your profile picture look like it is a part of your cover photo?

Hongkiat.com has created a Photoshop template so that anyone with Photoshop can go in and create a breathtaking Timeline for themselves. If you don’t have Photoshop skills, but you have an idea of what you want, perhaps your in-house or contract graphic designer can help you – after all, you’ve already got the template for them.

As always, AGBeat cautions against the obvious: don’t use a photo that doesn’t belong to you or you don’t have rights to, and keep it clean. There are now websites that offer to generate a cover photo, but thousands of others will have the same image as you, so we suggest using your own photo.

So far, most early adopters aren’t using it as a professional billboard with tacky ads all over it, but that’s sure to come, so we hope our readers will keep it minimal and respectable and avoid hitting consumers over the head. Facebook timeline cover photos are a cross between Myspace and Twitter backgrounds, but limited and much more streamlined and less gaudy. The new features are attractive to users and it is our hope that Facebook doesn’t allow full customization, lest it become Myspace.

37 Comments

37 Comments

  1. Bennett Hui

    February 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    For the less Photoshop savvy, there's an iOS app that can create personal Facebook Cover Photos in minutes.
    You can use multiple images and add text.
    http://fbphotomaker.com
    You can see some pretty inspiring user-generated samples here:
    http://facebook.com/coverphotomaker/

  2. McKenzie

    March 1, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Excellent template!! This is going to help me so much! Thank you!

  3. Daniel

    April 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Facebook seem to have changed the proportions of the wallpaper and the profile picture. My page looks a bit messed up.
    Any chance of you updating the template?

  4. nursebebo

    June 11, 2012 at 8:22 am

    There are literally thousands upon thousands of popular wallpaper and background patterns. They come in all sizes, shapes, colors, designs, and templates.
    http://www.timelinecovershelp.com/category/patterns/

  5. nursebebo

    June 12, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Birthday Facebook Timeline Covers
    Have a look at the 27 Most Creative and Funny Facebook Timeline Cover Photos we could find.
    http://www.timelinecovershelp.com/category/birthday/

  6. nursebebo

    June 29, 2012 at 3:11 am

    You can download a photoshop template for making your facebook timeline cover page even more interesting and creative.
    http://www.timelinecovershelp.com/

  7. jharder

    August 13, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Very interesting – love that template.  For those of you that are looking for some professionally made timeline templates to help in advertising your business on Facebook – then check this out – http://facebooksigninfacebook.com

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