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.
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.
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.
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.
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.