Facebook Timeline Cover Photo and Profile Image Sizes

Facebook Timeline Profile image size changes to 160x160px

Apr 25th, 2012

facebook timeline profile image 160 pixels
There have been issues lately with Facebook profile images showing up larger than expected and many have noticed, including me. So when I read “Facebook to Change Fan Pages Again” from socialmediatoday it became clear the new image size was here to stay…

According to Facebook:
“On April 26, we will be updating the size of the profile picture on all Pages. We are letting you know about this small change in advance so that you can update your profile picture on April 26. The new profile picture will be 160 x 160 pixels and will sit at 23 pixels from the left and 210 pixels from the top of the Page.”

Photoshop Template for New Profile Image & Cover Photo Combo

I have been preparing for the change and decided to update my profile image/cover photo template according to the specs that are now official. The one issue that was bugging me was that the profile image has to be uploaded at 180×180 pixels but the final size is (now) 160×160…

So my template was creating extra work because it was set to 851×315 for the banner and 125×125 for the profile image. I would have to take that 125px image, resize it to 180px and then kind of re-create it at the larger size due to the pixelation that occurs when images are stretched. Needless to say this is not a great way to do things.

I was considering making my template larger than needed so that I could create my images and then shrink them down to the right sizes… Then I read an article from Tim Ware at HyperArts and saw that he had come up with the same idea already!

Download the Template

I have created a new template [ZIP] based on the one Tim made and hope I got it right. Download it, give it a try and let me know how it works!

facebook timeline profile image 160 pixels

Update: I have released new templates that work for both the “original” Timeline and the “updated” Timeline layouts that include a grid to help you with Facebook’s new 20% text rule.

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