How to Create Facebook Profile Pictures Using Photoshop

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Being able to create Facebook profile pictures using Photoshop is a great way to add some artistic flare to a profile page. Understanding how to scale down an image size to meet the Facebook requirement is key. Find out more about creating a Facebook profile picture using Photoshop with help from an Adobe expert and teacher in this free online video.

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Hi, I'n Dave Cross, Photoshop educator and instructor for creativeLIVE. This is how to make Facebook profile pictures using Photoshop. Most important thing we need to know about creating these Facebook profile pictures is the sizing. You have to actually upload a size that's bigger. Then it'll end being in Facebook. So, let's take a look at how that works. Here I've taken a screen capture of my Facebook page. You can see the photo was quite small, but it's important to know that's not the size that you provide them. If you do, it will get scaled down even smaller. So, what we need to do is create a particular size of image. Now, I already have one here to show you what it's going to look like. This black area is the area whee your photo will appear. So, the overall dimensions of this image is 200 pixels by 200 pixels. But when Facebook scales down your photo, there's also a little border here. So, if you have an image that goes right to the edge, it will be cut off. So what we need to do, if we were starting from scratch, is make a new document. And make sure that in the new document you're changing it to pixels. And we're going to do 200 by 200. Now, technically you can put the height more if you want. But generally works better is in this square, 200 by 200 pixels size. So, I click O.K. Now, I could just put my photograph into here. But we have to remember there is a border we have to be concerned about. So, probably the easiest way to do that, is to just double click on the background layer which will unlock it. Then we can go to this command, at the very bottom, layer style called Stroke. And we're just going to make this Stroke 12 pixels inside. Now, this will give me a frame of reference to know when I put my photograph in here, I need to make sure I'm accommodating for this border. Now, we'll open the photograph we want to actually use. Now, this photograph is much bigger deliberately to show you kind of what we have to do. So, now I have to combine these together, there's a number of ways of doing it. But I would usually just use my Move Tool, click on this photo, drag it to the other one, wait till it changes views. And then, drag to the middle. And you can see this photograph is much too big. So, now go under Edit, to Free Transform, hold down the shift key. And I'm just going to scale this down and position it the way that I want. And at this point I can say, that looks pretty good, I hit Enter. Now, just to make sure I'm O.K., I'm going to lower the opacity up here just a little bit to see that border temporarily. That should be fine, so I put that back up again. And at this point, the final step is just saving this as a JPEG. And name it whatever you want. You'll, when you hit the Save button, it'll ask you in the second dialog box, about quality. Usually we can keep the quality up quite high because it's such a small file. When you click O.K., now your photograph's ready to be uploaded to Facebook. Now, remember Facebook is going to scale down your photograph to a smaller size. But you need to make your photo 200 pixels by 200 pixels with that small border.

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