Using PicMonkey to create your Facebook Cover Image

Your Facebook personal profile and Facebook Pages can include a “cover image” which is 851 pixels wide and 315 pixels tall.  You can upload an image from your computer – but a few tweaks with and image editing program called PicMonkey can improve your image and help you to show a professional brand.

PicMonkey has a free version that you can use online.  No downloading required.  Additional features are available for a fee but you can create your Facebook timeline image using the free version.

Go to www.picmonkey.com

Click on “Create an image” on the top left navigation bar.  Upload the image that you want to work on by navigation to your computer folders. Select an image that has a horizontal aspect (wider than tall).  You will see the image loaded in the central work pane.

PicMonkey - Edit photo
PicMonkey – Edit photo
PicMonkey Crop Photo
PicMonkey Crop Photo

On the left side are the tools to edit the image.   Click on CROP and on the down arrow select “Facebook Timeline”  – you will see the outline of the size overlaying your image.  Drag it around to show the best part of the image for your Facebook page.  Click APPLY when you are satisfied.

PicMonkey Crop Photo - select Facebook Timeline
PicMonkey Crop Photo – select Facebook Timeline
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PicMonkey – Move selected area on the photo

Now we will add some TEXT on the image.  You could add a message like “Happy New Year” or the name of your business, or your tag line.  To do this click on the “Tt” on the edit tools.   Then select the font you want to use.  Click in the box to add text and a text box appears on your photo – you can drag it around, resize it, change the font color and size with the font tool box that opens up.  Type in your text and work with it to make it readable on the background color of your image.   You can have more than one text box.

PicMonkey Add Text
PicMonkey Add Text
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PicMonkey – Modify Font and move the text box

Now SAVE your image on your computer.  You have 3 choices of size.  The middle one will give a good quality but small file size suitable for Facebook.   You can rename your image and also see the size of the file.

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PicMonkey – Save the image
Facebook cover image
Finished image ready to upload to your Facebook page

There are other options that you can explore on PicMonkey – frames, effects, backgrounds, and touch ups.  You can even make a collage of multiple photos.  You may find PicMonkey to be a useful tool to optimize your photos for Facebook and other uses.

 

 

Photo Galleries For Your Website Using Picasa

Steps to add photo galleries to your website using Picasa.

In this Posting I will go through the steps to add photo galleries to your website using Picasa.  This will not include the normal photos that you have as part of your web page design – in your header and body area.  Instead it is a method to show a photo gallery.   This is a sample to show you my Picasa Gallery – Clouds folder.

Clouds

Photographs are a great way to share a visual experience with your website viewers.  Or perhaps you are a photographer and want to share photographs.

There are several methods that I have tried out – and there are lots more.  So feel free to add your comments and suggestions with us.

PICASA

I am using Picasa to manage my photos on my computer.  It is available for free from Google (download here) but is just available in Windows versions .   The flow that I find useful:

  • Import your photos from your camera – and put them in folders
  • Review the photos and delete any bad ones
  • Add TAGS (keywords) to the photos
  • STAR the best photos

When you decide you want to upload photos then:

  • Do a SEARCH on the keyword + STAR photos (so you will just get the best
  • Review and add the photos to your selection box on the bottom of your screen – click the little green circle to HOLD the images there.
  • Then click UPLOAD.  The first time you do this you have to add the settings for your online google account.
  • Either add the photos to an existing folder – or make a new folder in your online galleries.

To make your SLIDESHOW for your website or blog.

  • Go to the folder that you want to have as a slideshow
  • On the right column click on the “Link to this album”
  • For your website click on “embed slideshow” – this creates the code and uses shockwave.  Blogs like wordpress cannot display shockwave – so if you are in WordPress – click on the “Paste HTML to embed in the website”
  • Then add the code to your web page or blog and test it out.

See a sample of the slide show on this web page.

Picasa also has a nice feature to upload your photos to Facebook – or to Blogger.

Try it out and send a link to your slideshow in the comment area.

UPDATE – March 12, 2011

I have just moved the blog to self hosted and using WordPress.COM — this enables me to show the slideshow here on the blog posting.  Let me know if you are able to view it and any comments.