Create a Professionally Designed Facebook Timeline Banner the Easy Way

We have posted about Facebook’s Timeline feature before. In that post, we reviewed the correct way to active the Timeline feature for your own Facebook profile. Timeline, unlike most other aspects of Facebook, is design and visually pleasing, and the banner portion of Timeline makes up for most of that design. In today’s post, we will review how you can create a professional, design centric banner for your Timeline the easy way, which will add some uniqueness to your online profile.

FB-Timeline_thumb

For this tutorial, we will be using Adobe Photoshop. However, the free image editor GIMP will work also, which we will get to later in the tutorial. To get started, jump to this page atAUSGETROCK and download the supplied template.

Once the download has completed, launch Photoshop and open the template.

Note: The download is in RAR format, so you may need a program such as WINRAR to extract it.

Here is the template active in Photoshop:

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Next, you will want to get a big picture to represent the main portion of your Facebook Timeline. This could be anything you want, but you’ll also need to have a smaller picture in the lower, left side corner, as represented in the above photo.

Basically, the PSD file is how your Facebook Timeline will appear, so you’ll simply want to insert and layer images correctly from that. Photoshop isn’t the easiest software to learn, so if you are still not following, you can check out this video.

You will want to create two photos from the template, one for your cover and one for your profile picture, but the final result will appear as one big photo. Upon doing so, the final design will make the images appear as if they are flowing together. Here is an example:

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Notice how the profile photo in the lower left corner has the same background as the main banner? That is basically what this tutorial is about.

In finding some creative and unique images, you can create some cool effects. For example, in the above picture, you could use a picture of you staring upwards towards the main photo for your profile picture; and for the main banner photo, you could use a photo of yourself or someone else, staring to the lower left, which would present the effect that the two people are looking at each other.

Aside from the standard Facebook Timeline:

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The layering of the profile picture and the main banner will make your Facebook profile look much more professional.

If you don’t have Photoshop, there is a GIMP file that is similarly purposed, which you candownload here.

Thank you for stopping by the site for today’s post. Overall the Timeline is a nice feature, but you can add a unique presence to your timeline by simply layering two images creatively, while flowing the background together.

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