How to make a Custom Header for your Facebook Timeline

Have you made a custom header for your Facebook timeline?

It’s quite easy to do and it makes your Facebook timeline look a bit more unique than just using a photo like everyone else does.

Here’s how you do it.

Fundamentally your header is just a specialised digital scrapbook layout. You just need to remember that your Facebook photo will overlap on the bottom left hand corner so you need to design your header allowing for that.

The other thing you need to remember is that there’s not a lot of space available so I suggest you keep your design simple  and relatively uncluttered. Here’s mine so you can see what I mean.

I made this using The Garden Party Mega Kit. And you are welcome to use the kit to design your own headers (I’d appreciate it if you would give Scraps of Mind a credit on your page) as long as it’s for a personal header and not for a commercial one.

If you have a graphic editing software program such as Photoshop Elements…

  1. Create a new file 860 x 300 pixels and 72 dpi resolution
  2. Choose the digital scrapbook elements you want to use for your header and open them into your graphics editing program.
  3. Drag them onto your header file and arrange to form your design. Note: because we’re working in such a low resolution your elements will be a lot bigger than your file and you’ll need to drag them smaller to fit on your header.
  4. When you’re happy with your design save your file (choose the Save for the Web option)
  5. Note the folder where you are saving it to so that you can find it when you upload it onto your Facebook Timeline.
  6. Now open your Facebook Timeline in your browser and click on Change Cover then choose Upload Photo.
  7. Select your header file from the folder where you stored it.
  8. Your header should fit snugly into the available Facebook space.

 

If you don’t have a graphic editing software program…

If you don’t want to invest in a full sized graphics editing program there are a number of other more simple options available to you. I recommend the My Memories Suite as worthy of consideration.

It’s easy to use (especially if you’re not familiar with digital scrapbooking) and low cost. You can read my review of My Memories Suite here.

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And here’s how to create your Facebook Header with My Memories Suite

 

  1. Open your My Memories Suite software and  create a new album and choose design your own.
  2. Then choose the ›Custom Size tab in the middle of the screen.
  3. You can set the size by inches or pixels. For your Facebook Header choose 860 x 300 pixels.
  4. Add whatever content you want, including papers, pictures, text and embellishments.
  5. Finally, click on Share Album in far right column and select Export
  6. In the Export Wizard, make sure that the image type is jpeg and the image size is the size you chose for your header and click finish
  7. Now open your Facebook Timeline in your browser and click on Change Cover then choose Upload Photo.
  8. Select your header file from the folder where you stored it.
  9. Your header should fit snugly into the available Facebook space.

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And you can use these methods for creating your own blog headers too.

Just change the size of the file you’re creating. Usually a Blogger header is around 1000×300 pixels and a WordPress header is 904×160 pixels.

So now there’s nothing stopping you from having a beautiful custom designed header on your Facebook Timeline or your Blog. Have fun with this and let me know how you go.

And if you think this is a good idea please share it with your Facebook friends or share the link to this article on your blog.

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4 Responses to How to make a Custom Header for your Facebook Timeline

  1. Mary Cardini-Anderson May 21, 2012 at 4:57 am #

    Hi,

    What a lovely thing for you to have done. My husband and I are both photographers so my husband made my banner by using a silouhette we took of each other and then added a graphic of a huge moon and some tiny bats. He use Photo shop CS5. As for me I am a tad slow in learning how to make banners. So thank you very much for sahring your tutorial. Perhaps one day soon I will sit down long enough to try and make a banner for my blogs and even my web site. Thank you very much. :)

    Mary

  2. karooch May 21, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    Glad you found this useful Mary. Once to start on it I think you’ll find it easier than you expect. I do like the idea of your silhouette banner though.

  3. Hildegard August 22, 2013 at 2:59 am #

    I really love your blog.. Excellent colors & theme. Did you make this amazing site yourself?
    Please reply back as I’m attempting to create my own personal blog and want to find out where you got this from or just what the theme is named. Cheers!

    • karooch September 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

      Hi Hildegard

      I use the WordPress platform which I think is the best as it is stable and gives you the most freedom of design. The Scraps of Mind site is designed by my daughter Seona who is a web designer. If you want to get in touch with her about designing a web site for you just let me know.