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Facebook Timeline Cover Art

Updated on June 18, 2014

How to use THE GIMP to make a Facebook Timeline Cover Art Banner

I love to make GIMP Tutorials! This GIMP Tutorial will show you how to create a Facebook Timeline Cover Art Banner using Gimp. If you would like to create an easy image cover art banner simply upload your image and adjust it to show the part of the image you would like to be seen at the top of your Facebook profile or Fan Page. If you would like to create a framed banner with elements which will fit on your profile or fan page then this page will show you how.

Measurements

You will need to start a new GIMP image and set the dimensions to

851px

x

315px

Add Layers - You can use a screen shot or photo image.

Cover Art For My Company Fan Page
Cover Art For My Company Fan Page

With your new banner ready to add art, images, screenshots, and a message you are ready to begin.

Click on the "File" tab and select "open as layers" from the drop down menu.

Select the image you want added to your banner.

Adjust the image to where you would like it to be located. Align it with the grid to center or adjust.

You can add more layers.

The image example here is a screenshot of my company website header. I have used a snip it tool and then use the image from that screenshot as a layer on my banner.

Add Text - Add a message or your name

One of several Valentine's Day facebook timeline cover art banners
One of several Valentine's Day facebook timeline cover art banners

This is a banner created using a public domain image and added text. You can use any number of fonts and messages.

Make a decision about the font, size of the lettering, and what message you would like to add to your banner.

Start by clicking on the "A" on the GIMP tools image. The next dialog that opens will allow you to choose the font type, size, and color.

Create Borders Or Design Surprises - Sampler of the new Bible Verse series

Social Banners Bible Verse Sampler for Facebook Timeline Cover Art
Social Banners Bible Verse Sampler for Facebook Timeline Cover Art

The above image is a collage of three of the banners I made.

I have used the 'open as layers' command,

Then I use the rotating tool to angle each of three banners.

Then I moved them into position to create a unique design surprise.

After that I used the crop tool to even all the edges.

To create a border:

Even out all the edges of your images to the dimensions of the banner using the 'crop' tool. It looks like a knife on the tool dashboard.

If you have layers...

Make the background invisible.

Then merge all visible layers by hovering over the layer dialog and right click to find the option to "merge all layers"

Now make a copy of the merged layers (the duplication tool is at the bottom of the layer dialog box).

Your top layer will now be scaled down (to make it a bit smaller than the background layer).

Next use the paintbrush tool to paint the background layer. Which will create a border around your image.

Add A Bordered Banner Over A Photo

Bible Verse Facebook Timeline Cover Banner
Bible Verse Facebook Timeline Cover Banner

Creating a banner text is a layered text over the image.

Then duplicate the text layer and paint it solid. To create one background.

Next duplicate the solid colored strip and then resize it so it this a bit wider. (Notice the yellow section a bit wider than the white behind the text).

I used the art 'canvas' treatment on the yellow layer to create the look of a textured area. (the yellow strip is one section layered under the white strip).

Photography for this banner was used with permission from J.D.Eaves Landscape Photography

Another Banner Example Layering JPG and PNG - Add the text on top and you have a delightful design.

facebook timeline cover for Christmas
facebook timeline cover for Christmas

This is a banner made by layering two images from Pixabay Public Domain Commercial License images. The top image layer is a .png image which makes it easy to layer because a .png often will have a transparent background.

Be sure to save your banner image in a .jpg so it will show up properly. A .png image with transparent background might show up as a black background in some cases.

Merry Christmas - Template Facebook Timeline Cover

Merry Christmas Facebook Timeline Template
Merry Christmas Facebook Timeline Template

When you would like to say "Merry Christmas" on your profile timeline...

This Merry Christmas Template is perfect

1) Download the image (right click and "save as" to your computer)

2) Open the banner in GIMP

3Add your photo (open as layers) to the polaroid type frame and make this a personalized Timeline Banner. You may need to resize your photo image to fit the polaroid style frame.

This banner is public domain images layers and you are welcome to use it. Please save the image to your computer and then add your image. Later you will upload the image to your Facebook profile or fan page.

Another Example Of A Banner Design - Customized Facebook Timeline for Billie Hunt Ministries

Billie Hunt Ministries -- New Book Release!
Billie Hunt Ministries -- New Book Release!

I created this banner for Billie Hunt Ministries Website. Billie Hunt Ministries Website

I used her images (of her book and her media photography) and I used the canvas texture for the border elements.

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iPad for Artists: How to Make Great Art with Your Tablet
iPad for Artists: How to Make Great Art with Your Tablet

There are ways you can create digital art using your iPad. This book will show you how.

 

Mosaic Stained Glass - Editable Facebook Timeline cover art

Edit this Facebook Timeline Cover Art banner with your personalized information
Edit this Facebook Timeline Cover Art banner with your personalized information

Add your own text or leave this as is.

These are getting to be so much fun! - This one is especially amazing because of the stunning photography

Margaret Schaut Facebook Timeline Cover Art
Margaret Schaut Facebook Timeline Cover Art

COPYRIGHT by Margaret Schaut

Facebook Timeline Cover Art Guestbook - Did this tutorial help you to create a cover art banner?

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    bestcollegeart 5 years ago

    Really I think these banners are great. Time line wont be so boring with these lovely and interesting banners.

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    NYtoSCimjustme 5 years ago

    I'm telling all my friends! Very Cool Timeline Cover Art for anyone using the Timeline on Facebook.

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    Afteretc 5 years ago

    i didn't create a banner but found just the right picture that fits perfectly. this timeline feature sure created some obstacles! you found a good niche!

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    JoshK47 5 years ago

    Gorgeous collection here! Great work. :)

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    These are beautiful, Deb, and I just know they are going to increase in popularity. People want these!

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    Close2Art LM 5 years ago

    Wonderful page, Blessed, please add this to my Squidoo Lensmasters on Facebook page, Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    enjoyed what your doing here, I certainly enjoyed my visit, thank you.

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    Deb Bryan 5 years ago from Chico California

    @Nancy Hardin: Thank you, Nancy!

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    Deb Bryan 5 years ago from Chico California

    @kateloving: Thank you, Kate! Glad it worked out eventually. I still have no idea what the glitch was, but, I am grateful it has resolved itself. I have learned that most times there is a reason for obstacles slowing us down. We may never know the meaning if it. â¥

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    Deb Bryan 5 years ago from Chico California

    @Joan4: Thank you, Joan!

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    Deb Bryan 5 years ago from Chico California

    @anonymous: Thank you Margaret!

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    Deb Bryan 5 years ago from Chico California

    @CCGAL: Thanks Janelle, I'm hoping to give people a good deal they will get extra added value from it. Thanks for sharing about it.

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    Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

    awesome idea, to jump on the Facebook Timeline change. Beautiful. I might do this.

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    Deb Bryan 5 years ago from Chico California

    @ZenandChic: Thanks Patricia! Your Zazzle store banner turned out great! Your photography is amazing!

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    Deb Bryan 5 years ago from Chico California

    @M Schaut: Thank you, Margaret! So glad you like it.

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    Deb Bryan 5 years ago from Chico California

    @kateloving: Than you, Kate! Glad you like it.

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    Deb Bryan 5 years ago from Chico California

    @NYtoSCimjustme: Thank you, Cathy!

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    Deb Bryan 5 years ago from Chico California

    @rewards4life info: Thank you for dropping by. Glad this was helpful. I've done another update (more changes on the Facebook Timeline Cover 'get timeline' button). Thanks again!

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    rewards4life info 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tutorial and the image dimensions. Much helpful and appreciated! Also, good luck with your venture.

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    NYtoSCimjustme 5 years ago

    I looked at the timeline - don't like it - but as with all facebook changes I'm sure I'm going to have to get used to it... Your designs look Great Deb!

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    Kate Loving Shenk 5 years ago from Lancaster PA

    It worked and is beautiful!! Blessings!!

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    Margaret Schaut 5 years ago from Detroit

    You did such a great job on mine, I simply can't thank you enough!

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    Patricia 5 years ago

    These are so cool! I like the ones you did with people's info. I should have you do one for my zazzle store and then maybe my facebook too. You are very good at this.

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    CCGAL 5 years ago

    Not yet ... but I can see a lot of potential in this idea, and I think people are getting a real bargain from you. Sharing this!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Wonderful work, Deb, as usual! I wish you great success!

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    Joan4 5 years ago

    What a great idea!!!!!!!

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    Kate Loving Shenk 5 years ago from Lancaster PA

    Deb-- you never cease to amaze me! I love your work! And thank you for featuring my timeline art-- (made by you!)

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    Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

    I just uploaded a photo that I had saved to my computer. I first had my little pug and then finally decided on a photo of Half-Dome in Yosemite that we photographed on a trip there several years ago. Both of them fit just fine, but I do like your art. Bet lots of people will buy these.