Freelancing A-Z: #7 How To Design A Perfect Facebook Cover Photo | Dawid Tuminski | Skillshare

Freelancing A-Z: #7 How To Design A Perfect Facebook Cover Photo

Dawid Tuminski, www.dawidtuminski.com

Play Speed
  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x
7 Lessons (25m)
    • 1. Freelancing : How To Design A Perfect Facebook Cover Photo Promo Video

      1:20
    • 2. 1 How To Start The Template Creation Process - Freelance Project

      3:45
    • 3. 2 How To Create The Main Template

      3:42
    • 4. 3 How To Add The Cover Photo

      4:00
    • 5. 4 How To Create The Template In Ilustrator

      3:33
    • 6. 5 How To Add The Profile Image Freelance

      2:29
    • 7. 6 How To Generate The Cover Photo and The Profile Image Facebook Marketing

      6:17

About This Class

There is abundance of Facebook cover photo templates out there, but instead of making your life easier, they only complicate things.

I mean they display so much data and so many numbers that it’s difficult to focus on the design part.

What if I told you that there is an easy way to make a facebook cover photo perfect every time you are designing one?

What if I told you that you can learn how to do it in just a few minutes of this class?

Wwelcome to the last part of the Freelancing A-Z series: How To Design A perfect Facebook Cover Photo.

Inside you will learn

  • How to use Photoshop to make creating a facebook cover photo a child’s play
  • How to use Illustrator to create a powerful yet easy to use cover photo and profile image template generator

You know, when I came up with this super easy process of creating Facebook cover photo templates in Photoshop I couldn’t believe it can be that simple, but it is.

And it would be great if you decided to find that out for yourself and expand your freelance skillset.

I’ll see you inside!

Dawid

PS If you like the class, please submit your review and class project.  It will help other students, just like you interested in topic I teach, in finding my classes. Thanks!

Transcripts

1. Freelancing : How To Design A Perfect Facebook Cover Photo Promo Video: There is an abundance off Facebook cover photo templates out there. But instead of making your life easier, they only make things complicated. I mean, they display so much data, so many numbers that it's difficult to focus on the design apart. And what if I told you that there is an easy way to make your Facebook cover photo perfect every time you are designing one? And what if I told you that you can learn it in just a few minutes? Hi there. My name is loving Tyminski, and I wanted to welcome you to the last part of the Freelance in a rosy Siri's how to design a perfect Facebook cover photo. Inside, you will learn how to use Photoshopped to make creating a Facebook cover photo child's play and how to use illustrator to create a powerful. It's easy to use cover photo and profile image template generator. You know, when I came up with this super easy process of creating a Facebook cover photo templates inside photo shop, I couldn't believe it can be that simple. But it is that it would be great if you wanted to find that out for yourself. So I'll see you inside 2. 1 How To Start The Template Creation Process - Freelance Project: in the next few videos, we're going to finish our freelance in a project with a Facebook cover photo design. But to tell you the truth, I think we will be focusing more on creating the proper temples in both Photoshopped and Illustrator. I mean, I've decided to to focus on the templates because if you Google in the Facebook cover photo template, you will see an abundance of different templates, and actually they can make your head spin and a lot of them and most of them actually are not too useful to tell you the truth. I mean, they have a lot of data on them on then. Well, that data maybe, maybe actually, quite confusing and maybe a bit too complicated. And I wanna as always, keep it, keep it really, really simple. So, as you can see, I got a dummy natural Atal Year Facebook Facebook profile created. And as you can see, I don't have any cover photo created or known or uploaded to my profile. So before I actually start creating my template, I have to have something here because I want to have the proper proper dimensions, the proper size of Discover photo in order to create my template. So I'm gonna go to the Facebook official, a size size guide and the information that I'm most concerned about two right now is this tax right here that our cover photo is going to be displayed at 8 28 pixels by 3 15 pixels . So knowing that I'm going to go to, I'm gonna go to photo shop and I'm going to create a new and a new document. So inside a photo shop, I am simply going to press control and And I'm going going to name this guy as maybe Facebook cover photo template just like so now for the preset, I'm going to go with the web and I'm going to set the with the 8 28 and the high 23 15 all the rest cannot can remain as is. I'm just going to click, OK? And what I want to do right now is I want to quickly create a new new layer, some simply going to create a new layer down here. So I'm gonna repress this option right here. I don't gonna simply fill it with with plain black color. It can be something different can be maybe, like dark gray. But I think the black black shirt should be fine or even dark gray should be fight. So I'm simply going to that film. I fill my can of us with black by pressing the old backspace on my keyboard, and I'm going to go to the file menu. I'm gonna go. I'm gonna save this image of four Web just like so And really, it can be set to j pack medium. Maybe just a bit up. I mean, this this will suffice. All we need are actually proper dimensions. And we need, like like a solid collar, solid color filled. So I'm simply going to save my save my file. I'm going to save it on the desktop. Why not? I'm just gonna hit safe, just like so. And now I'm going to go back to my Facebook profile. Okay? I am back, and I am going to place my newly created cover photos. I'm gonna add a cover when I upload the photo, and I'm gonna choose my cover photo just like so I'm gonna save the changes. Okay, so I got my I got my cover cover photo set up just like that. So the next thing to do here would be to simply simply print a creative print screen and bringing back into photo shop. So that's what we are going to do in the next video. 3. 2 How To Create The Main Template: in this video, we're going to start creating our our main template for Facebook cover photo. So what we need to do is when this simply print screen will take a screenshot of our Facebook cover photo as it is right now. So I'm simply going to press the print screen on my keyboard, and now I'm gonna go back to photo shop. Okay, so I am here, back in a photo shop, and I actually won't be needing this the slayer anymore. Some somebody going to delete it just like that. And all I need to do is to simply click control plus V on my keyboard to paste that cover cover. Well, that that prince screen that we took just a few seconds ago something simply going to position it properly, just like so I'm gonna bring it down just a bit to somewhere here and there we go. This is how easily we can create a desktop template. Yeah. Yeah, it's We are almost done. I really We're almost done that we simply took a print screen and based in an inside photo shop. And now take a look. We got we got the proper distances between the cover photo and this edge. We know where our tax or name of our profile is gonna go. We know where the old call to action bottoms are going are going to go where the distances between them, we don't need to let me just go back to photos to Facebook again would don't need to pay too much attention to these locations to these all these distances. We got it all inside our temple because we took a print screen and we just based it. And so it's, um well, we can't actually go wrong with this because it's us current as it can get. It's as easy as as it as it can get. And really, all we would need to do right now is to simply based on our well, preferably a photo, and to simply and and to simply you will adjust its position. And so it fits. So it fits our needs. But actually, before we do that, I'm going to go. I'm going to set that the mobile, safer area. So how could we do that? I'm going to go back to two Facebook size guide. As you can see on smartphones, we were only we will only see six high 6 40 pixels. Let's say let's go like that. We are only going t to see 6 40 pixels off our cover photo. So I'm gonna go back to photo shop. But we need to do right now is we need to simply create a rectangle that is going to have 640 pixels in with and 3 60 pixels in height. Because these are the Facebook official official, Well, sizes and that this is the official is the size of them of the mobile of safe area. According to the to the Facebook size guide, some simply going to press enter, just like so. And I don't think it needs any fill. It can have a simple stroke off. Maybe born well, half a point, actually, at what I need to do is they need to simply I need to simply align it properly sensibly, going toe to toe a line that toe, align it just like that. And now well, if you want to, you can Maybe Well, we can maybe increase actually the size of the stroke to maybe one point. And as you can see, our rectangle is telling us which part of our of our Facebook cover photo is going to be visible on the mobile phone or on the Facebook mobile app. So the last thing to do, he would be to simply based our pace, recover photo and to simply adjusted properly and then uploaded to that end to the Facebook Facebook site itself. So this is what we are going to do in the next video. 4. 3 How To Add The Cover Photo: in this year, we are going to place our cover photo. We're going to adjust its position and then we're going to upload it to our Facebook profile. So I'm going to navigate to the folder where I keep my image. I'm going to place it. I'm gonna go file place. I'm gonna find the image. I believe it's going to be somewhere here. There is constantly going to place it, just like so, not going to alter its position in. I'm going to move its all to slumber here. I'm gonna I'm gonna bring to summer here just like so And of course it would be. I think it would be best to simply bring it being beneath our layer with our with our template. And I'm going to reduce the capacity of this top layer to, let's say, maybe something like 30% should be fine. So now if I just select this layer with my with my image, I can now manipulate this image and I can see what it's going to What, what is going to look like not only in relation to our firm to our profile image or the tax and or these culture action bottoms, but also what is going to look like on a Facebook mobile mobile app. Now, I know that all this mail look even even to simple, even suspiciously simple. So just to show that I am not say that I'm not actually fooling you. Let me just do one trick. I'm going to create a simple rectangle that is going to span from the bottom of this of this camera. I can, and it's going to spend all the way down here to this profile, have profile an image placeholder, and I am actually going to save my my Facebook cover photo along with this rectangle. So when I when I uploaded to to to the life of Facebook profile will actually that that everything is being aligned properly and we don't even have to reposition anything, so I'm going to go to file, I'm going to go safer web. I'm gonna hit save, and I'm going to call it maybe Facebook cover photo Natural. Just like so. So I know that it's about natural until you So I'm gonna hit safe, and I'm going to go to the Facebook profile and I'm gonna going to see you back in a second . Okay, so here I am back on Facebook. All I need to direct now is I need to simply change the cover photo, and I'm going to click here and upload the photo, and I'm gonna choose this Facebook cover photo Natural. Got J P G file. I'm gonna it open. And as you can see, I can't even and I and I don't even have to reposition anything. And I got my black black correct angle right here So you can see that all these dimensions that we set everything is aligned properly. We don't need to adjust anything. We can set everything in that inside photo shop and all we would have to do after we designed our our our Facebook cover photo we would happen. Have to simply upload it and just don't worry about anything because we have everything aligned properly. All the dimensions, all them distances are set. Set properly. So, of course, all you would have to do is to simply hit safe changes. And you would have a pretty nice, pretty nice Facebook cover photo with the really nasty black box. That's the black bar on the left. So There you go. This is how you can create a Facebook cover photo and well, actually, we focus on creating the template, but since it save well, it's a photo. I guess it would be best if we simply place a nicely looking nicely looking a photo as our Facebook cover photo image. So I will also like to show you how you can create a template like this one inside illustrator and illustrator. We are actually going to take it up one level. So if that's something that you're interested in and I really do hope you are interested in and that just keep watching. 5. 4 How To Create The Template In Ilustrator: in this video, we're going to start creating our Facebook cover photo template inside Illustrator. So just as a repetition, I'm going to I'm going to take his prints screening of my off my Facebook cover for as it is right now. So I got this black black image as my Facebook cover photo. So I'm simply gonna hit prince screamed. And by the way, don't accidentally leave your curse or somewhere here on your on your Facebook cover photo cause you will take a principal with your with your cursor. So I'm simply going to press print screen and I'm gonna meet you back inside. Illustrator. Okay, so I am back inside, Illustrator, And I'm going to create a new and file some simply going to press control. And I'm gonna name it Facebook cover photo template just like that. I'm gonna go ahead and choose the web profile, and I need the with to be said toe a 28 as well really know and high to 3 15 as we already know as well. So I'm simply gonna press okay, just like so. And I'm gonna I'm gonna press control view Teoh, enter my print screen. That base it in and I think we could too bring the opacity of bid also weakened so we can align our our Facebook Facebook cover cover photo with our with our art aboard. So I think we are actually good to go. So the next thing to do here, if you don't want to see this whole print screen because remember that in photo shop week we can we couldn't actually see. But in Illustrator, we will see things that are there outside our art board, sensibly going toe, create a rectangle, and I'm going to give it proper dimensions. Actually, a 28 by 3 15 should be her perfect sounds will be going to press. Okay, so my rectangle is set to 8 28 by 3 15 Just like just says is my art aboard ISS and all I need to do than to make sure that I am aligning everything toe our board and I'm going to align and these guys properly, just like so. So what I need to do, They need to grab both these guys. Maybe right now I'm going to bring the opacity and back up to maybe at least 80% I'm going to select both these guys and simply create a clipping mask just like so. So the last thing to do here would be to maybe just to add that the mobile, mobile safe zone. So again, just as we did in photo shop, wasn't going to create the rectangle. And I'm gonna give it 6 40 pixels with, and I'm going to go ahead with with, uh, actually, I'm gonna go ahead and increase its size to maybe even 800. Why not? And I'm gonna go ahead and align these guys these guys properly because what I want to do right now is I simply want to go to the view menu guides. And I'm gonna simply make guides just like so. So now the guides are telling me that actually them in the area between the lot of the left and the right guide, is the safe is the mobile safe area. So I promise you to take it to take this thing this Ah, template one level up. So this is this is what we are going to do in the next video. We are going to make this a template a bit more. I want to say complicated, but we are going to make it well, something something better, something bigger. So let's do that in the next video. 6. 5 How To Add The Profile Image Freelance: in this video, we're going to take our template one level up. But before we do that, let's actually check one thing. I'm going to go to the Facebook size guide again. And what I want to what I want to check in here is this pages ihsaa your pages profile picture. It says that it's going to be displayed at 160 pixels by 160 pixels, but it must be at least 1 80 by 1 80 So knowing both these both these things, I'm gonna go back to my well, to my illustrator and in here I am going to initialize on the the art aboard Tool. And what I want to do right now is I want to create a separate art board just for my profile, just for my profile image. But notice that as soon as I hover over my my current art board, I am actually not able t to do anything except for moving this our board. And what if I want to create an art board with then an art abort? Is it Is it possible edl? Well, actually, it is. All we need to do is willing to simply press and hold on the shift key. And then we can move to why. And we can move to the to this profile profile image template right here. I'm going to position my my course or somewhere here, and I'm going to create a an art board that is going to be maybe not that big. Let's make it 1 70 by 1 70 Actually, it might be a bit difficult to get it right to just by Dragon it. So I'm simply going to go to this control panel. I'm gonna make sure that that my actually that this art board is set to 1 70 by 1 70 So we got our profile image our board created. I remember that. Facebook says that is going to be despite at 1 60 by 1 60 So this is what I'm going to do. I'm going to set the dimension off. These aren't bored. I'm going to set the reference point to center. I'm gonna set it to 1 60 by 1 60 just like so. So how does this all help us? Well, right now, I could very, very easily a serially the whole appearance off my Facebook cover photo. So I can based my well, then the image itself and I can base my profile Image profile image right here. The profile picture. So, actually, let's do that in the next video. 7. 6 How To Generate The Cover Photo and The Profile Image Facebook Marketing: in this way, we are going to finish designing our Facebook cover photo inside Illustrator. But before we do that, I'm gonna go to the layers panel. I'm going to create a new layer. I'm gonna I'm gonna call it cover photo just like that. And I'm going to create a new layer, and I'm gonna call it a profile image just like that. So again, I'm gonna go to I'm going to go to the file menu, Juice Place. I'm gonna choose the folderol, which is which is down here. I'm gonna make it significantly smaller. Let's see, 50%. That's not that doesn't That's not going to be enough. So now I'm gonna make it just a bit bigger and off course. And this is why we're greeted in a separate layer for this. I'm going to create a new A new maybe I'm gonna lock this original layer. I'm gonna creating new rectangle that is going to have that is going to be a 28 by 3 15 pixels or Justus, our art board. I'm gonna make sure that is that is being aligned properly, just like so. And I'm gonna grab the photo. That's that's beneath my beneath my well rectangle And I'm simply going to create a clipping mask just like so Now we already know how the reposition out to reposition the image inside illustrators. So let me just quickly do it just like so some some repositioning my image just like that. Okay, so let's maybe just a bit just a bit more to something like that. This should be fine. Okay, so now that I got this image basted in right here, of course it would be beneficial to see how it's how it's being displayed against them against our against our template. So again we could simply just turn the opacity a bit down. And now we can see how much, if any, we still need Teoh, we still need to move our our photo of photo around. So what we could do right now is we could simply add I'm gonna maybe locked this layer We could add now then the profile image right here. So I'm so I'm just quickly going to grab the logo and and based it toe base it in here. Okay, I got my logo copy to my clipboard. I'm simply going to paste it in. Of course, I'm on the proper proper layer. I'm gonna move it just a bit up. And for the cover photo, I won't be needing this text. I will be using Onley this bottle fly element. Of course, I need to make sure that my that my butterfly is not on Lee on the proper and proper layer , but also on the proper artwork. Of course, it would be beneficial to name to the art aboard. That's I'm gonna name this guy. Ah, profile picture. Just like So Now I'm going to paste my butterfly back in just like so, and I'm gonna make it significantly smaller. I'm gonna move it somewhere here and now, since it's since it's well, it's not. It should be something like so. So since it is being displayed on the right artwork, I can now place it in relation to the Are. But I cannot align it properly, just like so And now if I simply go ahead and safe only this art board. But of course, I need to turn the visibility off the underlying layers off. So if I just go ahead and choose file safer web and remember that we need to increase its size toe 1 80 because Facebook says that it needs to be at least 1 80 So we can do that. Very simply. Like so. So I'm gonna go 1 81 1 80 I'm going to save it. I'm gonna go to my desktop, and I'm gonna name it as profile big. Just like that. Now, what's left to do is to simply turn the visibility of the off this underlying layer off. I'm gonna unlock this cover photo, and I'm gonna increase the capacity to 100% again. Of course I need to. I need Teoh turn the visibility of the profile image off just like so. And while having this artwork active, I'm gonna go to file safe for Web. And now I'll be saving on Lee. This only this cover for notes. I'm gonna go ahead and hit save, and let's call it something else. Maybe maybe I'm just going to call it natural, I tell. Yeah, just like so. And I know I'm gonna go back to Facebook, and now I'm simply going to change the cover photo. I'm gonna go ahead and click upload photo and that guy was cold. Natural Attell? Yeah, just like so I'm going to save the changes and then I'm gonna add the profile pic photo. I'm gonna go ahead, upload photo, and this is this guy right here. So I'm going to simply upload it. And there we go. We got the profile picture created and uploaded, just like so. So this is how you can create a Facebook template. Facebook cover photo templates using it loose here. And this is how you can actually create the Facebook cover photo and the profile picture. Um, that will, at the same time, actually so very go. This is how you can use both photo shop. And this is how you can use illustrator to create facebook cover cover of photo templates. So I hope that this will help you that this will help you and creating your own designs. Because once you you know him, what are the right dimensions? Um, off the template, your work will be so much easier would be so much faster. You won't have to worry about the proper dimensions and proper proper location off each off these off these pieces of this title. Text off this call to action Baron's All these by some simple, simple techniques and some tricks, you can be sure that your Facebook cover photo is going to be accurate. Always so. This was the last project in the Freelance in a Jersey and a disease, Siri's, so the next step would be to simply summarize what we've learned so far.