Facebook timeline cover photo privacy

The panoramic photo that now graces the top of is pretty, but it's a far cry from practical. Most cameras don't take photos that fit into it.

Photo startup Aviary on Thursday that it would address this problem with a crop tool designed specifically for the Facebook Timeline cover photo.

The tool is part of a new Facebook photo editing app the company launched in January. To use it, you'll need to. "Cover photo" is now an option under the crop tool menu, and it automatically creates a movable and resizable frame that crops your photo at the correct size for Timeline.

When you're finished, the photo should fit perfectly into your Timeline, like this:

There are, of course, other ways to deal with the odd size of the Timeline cover photo. One not only crops photos at the right size, but makes a cover and profile photo from the same image. And most of the time, Facebook's option to drag a cover photo within its frame before publishing it works just fine.

But if you have a photo that requires more precision cropping, Aviary's new tool is a handy alternative.

Do you have any tips for? Share them in the comments.

  1. We're big fans of the new "cover photo" option. It gives users a chance to be really creative with their profile page and express themselves more than the old design ever did.
  2. To get started, simply click on the "Add a Cover" option shown at the top of the new Timeline design. The optimum size for this image is around 840 pixels wide by 310 pixels high, although Facebook will automatically re-size existing images. facebook timeline cover photo privacy
  3. Next, to change your profile picture, simply click on the "Edit Profile Picture" drop-down menu to bring up your options. This is a square image and has to be a minimum of 180 pixels by 180 pixels.
  4. What you create is, of course, up to you. Instead of a photograph you could use an illustration or get clever with text.
  5. Your Facebook profile is all about you, so why not take advantage of the new design to show off your interests? You could use the cover image to showcase your photography, or offer your friends a glimpse of your favorite nature scape. A cover photo of your preferred sport, juxtaposed with a profile image of you in action would be effective too. Alternatively, play around with the photo-over-a-photo possibilities -- we're looking forward to seeing some creativity!
  6. Be aware that only your friends with the new Timeline enabled will be able to see the full-fat cover photo version of your profile. In addition, anyone you're not friends with who stumbles on your privacy-protected Facebook page will only see your profile photo thumbnail. Remember that your profile photo is still the little avatar image that appears on top of every page. You might want to consider keeping this a recognizable image of you.
  7. It's also worth bearing in mind that, as this grab shows, the default view when someone clicks through to your profile is a cropped version of the cover photo. The cover photo isn't shown in its entirety unless the person scrolls up. So, if you want to be really clever, you need your creation to look effective in this view as well.
  8. By heading over to Facebook's Timeline page (and scrolling down) you will be able to see how many of your friends can view your new design.
  9. So, now you know how to create a cool Timeline cover photo. We want to see yours! Link us to an appropriately-sized screengrab of your shiny new profile and you might end up starring in the next Mashable gallery.

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