A few people in the last year or so have asked about the banners I use on my Facebook pages and how I put them together. I got another question about it this morning so I thought I would put together a ‘How to…’ guide and include a copy of the Photoshop file I use for making them.

Step 01
Download and open the .PSD file, which you can get from this link to the ZIP file containing the .PSD – http://wp.me/a29RIh-20Z

Step 02
When you open the .PSD file you will see a blank canvas with some guidelines already set out. Which looks something like this:

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Step 03
You will also see that the layers are all named on the Layers Panel. There are also two images for the Banner and Avatar in the examples folder:

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Step 04
Turn on the layer Main Picture Area – Red Outline and you will see a section of the canvas appear with a red line. This aligns with the middle horizontal guide line. The outlined area is the size you want your Banner image to be.

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Step 05
Turn on the layer Avatar Area – Black Outline and you will see a section of the canvas appear with a black line. This aligns with the two vertical guides and the first and third horizontal guides.. The outlined area is the size you want your Avatar image to be.

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Step 06
You will also notice that there is a layer called Facebook – Whitebox. This is the white box that appears around your avatar when you have uploaded it to Facebook. We won’t actually do anything with it, I just leave it there for a reference point.

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Step 07
If you now open the photograph you want to use as a banner and either drag or copy it to our working document. It doesn’t matter if it is too big, you can resize it once you have moved it over. As you can see in the next image, my original photograph is too big so I will resize it. HowTo-06

 

Step 08
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Step 09
However, the photograph now fits the width of the banner, but is too deep to fit the required area. So selected the section below the main area and delete it. You should end up with a file that looks like this: HowTo-08

Step 10
The next step is to add the image for the Avatar. Do exactly the same as you did you the Banner image, this time resize it to fit in the area for the Avatar. I already have an image I want to use at the right size, so I will add it to my document.

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Step 11
Now, all we need to do is cut out the pieces and save them as the separate files. But first, turn off the layers, Main Picture Area – Red Outline, Avatar Area – Black Outline and Facebook – Whitebox.

Step 12
Turn off the layer with your Avatar picture on, and then using the Marquee Tool select the section for the Main Picture. Next press Ctrl+Shift+C to copy the selected area.

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Then press Ctrl+N to make a new document. this will create a document the exact size of the area you selected. Give the file a name and click Okay.

Finally press Ctrl+V to paste the selection in to the new document. You should end up with a file that looks like this. You then need to save the new file as a .JPG.

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Step 15
Do the same for the Avatar image. Select area, Ctrl+Shift+C to copy the selected area:

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Then press Ctrl+N to make a new document. this will create a document the exact size of the area you selected. Give the file a name and click Okay.Finally press Ctrl+V to paste the selection in to the new document. You should end up with a file that looks like this:

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Step 17
For some reason that I don’t know and can’t figure out is that Facebook displays the Avatar at 160×160 pixels which is what we have created. But (and this is the puzzling bit) Facebook requires you to upload an image which is 180×180 pixels! So we need to resize our Avatar. To do this, select Image from the top menu and then Image size… (or press Alt+Ctrl+I) to open the image size panel. Change the width and height to 180px and click OK. Save the file as a .JPG.

Step 18
Lastly… go to Facebook and replace your Banner and Avatar by clicking on them and selecting Upload photo…

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When finished, you should have a new Banner and Avatar for your Facebook page that looks the way you want it to. HowTo-14