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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About the author:

Michael Currey is an experienced web designer, front-end developer and social media manager with 15 years of experience and an education from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

9 Responses to “Facebook Timeline Profile image size changes to 160x160px”

  1. Jane Howitt says:

    Thanks for that! I’ve downloaded and will experiment with it and report back.

    Honestly… talk about not making your mind up!

  2. Thanks for the template. I was going to make one up myself but using yours will make things a tad easier:) Will also be using your Google+ template so thanks again:)

  3. Mathew Abercrombie says:

    I tried your template and the profile doesn’t line up right with the cover once you upload them to Facebook.

  4. Eu Jin says:

    Thanks Michael.

    It work for my company PAGES TIMELINE. Appreciated it. Merry Christmas

  5. Not Working…..!!
    PLease please please Update….!!

    • michael says:

      Facebook is not currently displaying the profile images correctly. It happens every once in a while… the profile images for pages are not being resized from 180×180 to 160x160px, they are being displayed at their full size of 180×180. This is making it so that profile images are not lining up correctly with cover photos.

      Sorry about that.

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