Engaging FaceBook Cover Pictures by StvRich

Something I consider "important" is space for the Profile Pic

Here, in this photo.  In the Lower-Left, is a "natural" open space for a FaceBook Profile Picture.  I consider this ideal.  The dogs muzzle incidentally frames the Profile Pic.
Here, in this photo. In the Lower-Left, is a "natural" open space for a FaceBook Profile Picture. I consider this ideal. The dogs muzzle incidentally frames the Profile Pic.

NOT FOR PROFIT: Engaging Facebook cover pics

FaceBook, and the Cover Art you choose for it can be an important visual affect. It can be: unique, cool, good, or even thought-provoking or touching. Changing the symmetry or clarity of a picture in photo manipulation software can have major impact on that photo. It can deliver a message you wish to with a "Punch", or is immutable, and never-changing, as an icon or Logo, representing a permanent fixture, status or business in your Life.

Here, you will find a few examples of some FaceBook Cover Pics. My intention is NOT to encroach upon peoples copyrights, intellectual-property-rights, artistic-rights, or ... their "Right-to-Rights".

I am being forthright.

However, I find that I am beginning to accumulate a vast array of Facebook cover picture art. And I am extremely comfortable with the rapid capturing of video phenomena, and rendering it into some type of cover pic which is unique, cool, good, or even thought-provoking or touching. So, I will begin to post some. You can check back here, once in a while for new pics. I anticipate I will do one article after another, WITH THEMES, dedicated to specific styles of pictures in the future. Also, I will soon include an article as introduction to one of my favorite photo-manipulation software utilities. Paint Shop Pro. And show you the common manipulations I do reflexively now. Paint Shop Pro, also comes with an Animation suite, And here in this article, AFTER I have "completed" this particular piece on the FaceBook Art. (As a first test-article on the topic) I will most likely update it a little, after the initial publishing date. I will add more pics here from time to time, as my day or activity permits. So check back for changes. Most likely, I will create following articles to better "perfect" this particular activity and to establish a method of presenting them that's increasingly professional.

At least, this is my intention.

As the photos come up, I will attempt to give credit where credit is due, or required, or demanded. In some of my "media efforts" thus far, I am running into "issues" with videos and things of that nature. I am learning how to deal with this and still post, what I wish to post, without deleterious effect on the article or piece-in-question. (Just today I had to strike a video I had made which is presented in TWO of my articles... because they are not allowed due to copyright infringement.) My intention is not to bypass the genius of any artist or photographer, nor that of any corporation producing a movie. But, hopefully I can rapidly attach "credits" properly and keep moving quickly. I have seen myself re-post new facebook pics one after another within a span of a few minutes on my own Facebook page. So, ... in the future? I could be supplying a lot of material here, giving a lot of what I hope may be original ideas for artwork. Or a unique "spin" on an already existing visual piece.

As far as I am able. I will provide a link to a web-source of the Highest Quality of file that I can. In other words, if it is an information-rich foto of megabytes in size... I will do my best to acquire it, and provide it in some fashion. Other than that, what you see (here) is what you get. As of this initial writing, January 8th of 2014, I do not have a web-folder up. I wish to get this first article written and BEGIN this process. Soon after this article is written I will amend with a link ... I will edit this article and provide a link or directions of some sort, even textually written at the end of this article- probably at the bottom of the article, to a "source" of higher quality pics.

This Photo... more dramatic re: Spacing emphasizing a Profile Pic

Here, there is virtually "no action" on the entire Left Side of the picture.  Hence, visually bereft of detail.  Yet, the entire panorama fills the FaceBook Cover Picture pane.  This too emphasizes your Profile Picture.
Here, there is virtually "no action" on the entire Left Side of the picture. Hence, visually bereft of detail. Yet, the entire panorama fills the FaceBook Cover Picture pane. This too emphasizes your Profile Picture.

A Visually "stunning" photo, something unique, and attractive

Of course, it goes without saying, that the more visually unique your photo choice is, the more attention-grabbing it will be. I do not advise attempting use of human "nudity", in the effort to attract attention. It is safe, however, to use "nude animals" in your photos. At least thus far it is safe to do so. You never know what will be considered as "Politically Correct" tomorrow...


Below, I will demonstrate a real world example of modifying a photo on-the-fly to be a cute / specialized photo for a FaceBook Cover.

Here, a photo I got from an animal rescue site. Obviously, someone took a photo of their dog, and then modified THAT photo with some textual addition. Putting the words into the dogs mouth so to speak.

When I downloaded this picture and tried it in raw form (as a cover pic). I found that FaceBooks Cover Pic Panel enlarged the photo too much. It just didn't look that good in my opinion, and I could not achieve the "affect" I wanted in the appearance of the dogs face. So here, below, see what I mean. Starting with the raw pic I obtained.

Cute Pic, but when loaded raw to the FB site, it was too big

And the picture just did not have the affect I wanted as a raw picture.
And the picture just did not have the affect I wanted as a raw picture.

I often load the pic into my favorite photo software Paint Shop Pro

And I see that in this case the photo information tells me the photo is 500x375 pixels. I want to change the proportionate size of this pic with respect to the FaceBook Cover Pic Panel, so, I ... after many photos of manipulation just "know" that I want the background to be approximately 50 percent wider and maybe approximately 50 percent higher.

I make a "new" picture of dimensions, 720x517 pixels, I do a black color-fill and then copy and past that doggie pic as a "New Selection" inside this new picture. I approximately center this pic by eye, (in this case, that is good enough) and then load it up.

That "new" pic now looks like THIS....

And the REASON I wish to do this is...

When I load that picture into my FaceBook cover, I want the photo to be clearly looking like THIS... below.

With Nose JUST BARELY at the edge- the words below UNSEEN

THIS, is all I wanted to be visible in the FaceBook Cover Picture Panel... until you CLICK on the pic to reveal...
THIS, is all I wanted to be visible in the FaceBook Cover Picture Panel... until you CLICK on the pic to reveal...

Until you CLICK on the photo to see the "Punchline"

I just think that is a much cuter affect, that's all.
I just think that is a much cuter affect, that's all.

Here is the final result of the Real Thing...

Just to demo the "Affect" I am referring to...
Just to demo the "Affect" I am referring to...

"Unique" ... works, here, just a mass of Bees

I found this to be interesting, a nice general "fill" for a Cover Pic Panel, still, it actually frames or emphasizes your own Profile Pic
I found this to be interesting, a nice general "fill" for a Cover Pic Panel, still, it actually frames or emphasizes your own Profile Pic

Nature Photos are obviously fantastic choices

Here, a mildly surreal scene.  Fog, enshrouding a tree.  Off-Center, and the Left Side a bit open.
Here, a mildly surreal scene. Fog, enshrouding a tree. Off-Center, and the Left Side a bit open.

I often take a photo, and immediately touch it up and re-post it...

I do this just to SEE, what the photo will look like. To "check" it's form or balance on the Cover Pic panel. You will notice in the fotos I touch up, I often will simply post a pic on a black background. I do this to often re-center the pic, or to "frame" it, if a visual objective is interfered with by the Name Display area or the Profile Pic. Sometimes a picture in it's raw state is simply too big to achieve a certain look. So, re-centering it in a black or white background is a solution to the scaling and cropping issue.

Sometimes I sharpen the photo, enhance it mildly, attempt to improve it, etc. Often I will take a frame from a video, and the video simply is far FAR too grainy for my taste. There is only so much you can do with a photo of low resolution. But, I often try, just to see what happens.

Below is an example from a Moon-photo, exemplifying what I mean.

In this photo of the Moon, I had to enlarge the background

The original photo was too "Close Up" for my desired look in the FaceBook Cover Pic Panel.  So I "zoomed out" by creating a larger black background and repasting the pic into that larger frame.  I also "recentered" the moon- as Off-Center
The original photo was too "Close Up" for my desired look in the FaceBook Cover Pic Panel. So I "zoomed out" by creating a larger black background and repasting the pic into that larger frame. I also "recentered" the moon- as Off-Center

Another demo of Final Result of the modification

The whole point is to increase dramatic effect of a picture

In the case of the Moon, above, I wanted the Moon to be "large", but not TOO large. I also did want it off-center (to the right) so it would emphasize the FaceBook Profile Picture more.

In the case of the photo below "FootSteps in the Snow"... I'm including this to just explain, mirroring. I wish I had a higher resolution of this picture, but alas, I do not. But regarding the symmetry of this photo... The pic I show here is a "mirror image" of the original I found. I thought that if I "flipped" the photo 180 degrees, so that the foot steps appeared to be coming OUT of the Profile Picture... it would be more interesting.

If you do not do this, the tracks are indeed very visible, and they cut diagonally across the frame from the other direction. That too is a dramatic picture, emphasizing the tracks in different fashion.

In the first picture, I like the way the sun is over the profile pic. Again, as if shining ONTO the picture. But, flipped the other way works too. Different strokes for differing folks.

I'm including this, although it's quality is a bit lower

Either way works. Visual Symmetry is an interesting effect

Below, a different form of "symmetry" which can be nice

In this photo below, the symmetry again does frame the Profile Picture. In the first version, the muted darker area of water, provides an area of lower visual stimulation, leaving space for the profile picture, nicely.


If you place the photo so that the horizontal line of horizon is right through the middle of the page, the Profile Picture is indeed emphasized and framed nicely. And this picture also can be mirrored left to right, should you prefer such a change. With the bottom version, the implication is the Profile Picture is the SOURCE, of illumination, or, bathed in the brightness. The brightness is coming ... FROM ... the Profile Picture.

Here in the picture below, a different use of "Symmetry"

Below, is a high tech workdesk. Hardware and displays and whatnot surrounding the central object. The affect of the symmetrical workdesk is that the profile picture is actually at the BASE of the arcing table. At the end of the table, the foto is visually "quiet" enough that it's actually a GOOD place for the Profile Picture.

I find an affect like that to be visually acceptable.

Here, the end of the work table intersects the Profile Pic nicely

Photo from: Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures, DMG Entertainment.  IRONMAN 3 -2013
Photo from: Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures, DMG Entertainment. IRONMAN 3 -2013

And here, another favorite of mine

Photo from: Paramount Pictures, Marvel Enterprises, Marvel Studios.  Ironman -2008.  In the future you will see that IronMan happens to be one of my own favorite themes as a cover pic
Photo from: Paramount Pictures, Marvel Enterprises, Marvel Studios. Ironman -2008. In the future you will see that IronMan happens to be one of my own favorite themes as a cover pic

IronMan Inside - this is one of my favorites, a great Cover Pic Also

Photo from Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures, DMG Entertainment.  IRONMAN 3 -2013
Photo from Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures, DMG Entertainment. IRONMAN 3 -2013

and the Final Product of the above photo

The Haunting image of Tony Stark (Morton Downey Jr.) looking out from inside the IronMan [Paramount Pictures]
The Haunting image of Tony Stark (Morton Downey Jr.) looking out from inside the IronMan [Paramount Pictures]

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SagaSphere 2 years ago

Very great hub, this inspires me to improve my Facebook group page with optimized cover photos!


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stvrich 2 years ago from East Rockaway - Long Island - Planet: Earth ~ Author

Thank You - Saga'

This is just something I do automatically now, Any time I'm watching ANY video, I may capture frame after frame. So, photo mod's are a common activity. I'll try to progressively add some here on my hubs and give people ideas. ... Again, in general, my intention is not to tread on Artists / Movie-Corps toes. My intention is to merely glorify and USE the "art", in our lives, and as discussion pieces.

In FaceBook, it's not your FACE that is seen first...

It's your Cover Pic.

StvRich


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stvrich 2 years ago from East Rockaway - Long Island - Planet: Earth ~ Author

Thanx!

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