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Thursday, July 12, 2012

PicMonkey Awesomeness (How to Make a Facebook Cover Photo in 5 Minutes or Less)

For those of you who live in blogland I'm sure you have already heard of PicMonkey, the free online photo editing tool that makes your pictures look awesome.  And did I already mention the part about it being FREE?!  Yes, I'm sure at some point they will start charging for their awesomeness, but for now it's a zero dollar time sucker.

I've been using PicMonkey to edit all of my blog photos lately.

It's super easy to use - even for a tech-no like me.  Today I want to show you how easy it is to make a cover photo for your Facebook page using PicMonkey.  In the past, I've used Picasa but PicMonkey makes it so much easier.  Seriously, you can make one is less than 5 minutes although it will probably take you longer because you'll be having so much mindless fun playing around with all of the different options.  I realize for some of you this is really elementary, but I've found that most people I know in real life (those that aren't blog-obsessed and spend countless hours online) have no idea 1. that PicMonkey exists 2. that making a cover photo is super easy.  Most of my real life friends think that I'm some kind of genius because I make creative cover photos for my blog Facebook page and for my personal Facebook page, but you all know how far that is from the truth.

So here's a simple step-by-step (because I'm tired of texting the steps to my friends):

1. Go to PicMonkey and click on Create a Collage.
using picmonkey to make a Facebook timeline cover photo

2.  Choose a style under FB Cover and then start uploading the pics you want to use.  Once the pics are uploaded you can play around with the arrangement by dragging them in different spaces.  When you like what you've created hit save at the top.
how to make a Facebook cover photo

3. Go back to the main PicMonkey page and this time click on Edit a Photo.  Upload the collage you just created.

how to make a Facebook cover photo

4. Now the fun of adding text, effects, borders, clipart, etc begins.  This is where you can really get creative.  In the photo below I added the Urbane and Tranquil effects.

how to make a Facebook cover photo

5. Hit save and you're done!  That's it - then just upload the saved photo to your Facebook page.  Easy!

My personal page-

how to make a Facebook timeline cover photo in picmonkey


My blog page -
how to make a Facebook cover photo for your blog

So there you go.  I'm not a genius.  I just like to decorate - a house - a Facebook page - whatever.  Speaking of blog Facebook pages, Michelle at Ten June shared some great tips that we learned at the Haven Conference on how to really use your Facebook page to promote your blog.  It's a great post.  You should check it out, if you haven't already.  

And don't forget today's the last day to enter the Shabby Apple $50 gift card giveaway.  I'll be announcing the winner on the Our Fifth House Facebook page tomorrow.

16 comments:

  1. So helpful, Carmel! Thank you!

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  2. I looooooove me some PicMonkey! I think they'll start charging for their "premium" features, but hopefully it'll be something cheap like Picnik was ($20/year)! And thanks for the shout out about my Facebook post- it's so helpful for all of us to share tips like this with each other : )

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  3. I'm so glad there is PicMonkey! Don't know what I'd do without it! You're cover photos look awesome!

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  4. Love PicMonkey. It rocks. I feel so ridiculous though as I did my facebook collage but had no clue PicMonkey actually had a facebook option for cover. Duh. This is why I need you in my life.

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  5. I love PicMonkey - and I love your red, white and blue collage. But, I have not used it as a FB cover!!
    Love your blog!!

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  6. oh how i need to be less picmonkey lazy....

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  7. I love when someone simplifies something for me! Can't wait to play around with this over the weekend. Hope you guys had a great time at Great Wolf Lodge.

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  8. Carmel - thanks for putting this together, I'll also make time to play with PicMonkey this weekend (seeing that I've kept putting off uploading a new FB timeline).

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  9. Thanks, Carmel! I've been using Picassa for everything because I sort of forgot about PicMonkey. Thanks for the reminder and tutorial!

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  10. GREAT tips!! I love PicMonkey...and your gold greek key tray!

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  11. This was wonderful and it really did only take 5 mins. The hard part is deciding which photos to use. I need to go do this for my personal page.

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  12. Thank you, thank you, and thank you! I may have heard of PicMonkey once upon a time, but I had been using only Picasa, which doesn't have many of PicMonkey's cool features. My FB header is now updated and rolled out!

    I look forward to doing more with PicMonkey in the future, too!

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  13. Awesome! I knew it was out there, but now I need to go play! Motivation :) Thank you

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  14. Seriously so helpful - Thank you!

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  15. Hi! This tutorial is totally awesome. Thanks so much for spreading the Monkey love! Cheers, Brenda (PicMonkey team)

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  16. Thanks for sharing. I joined PicMonkey at Beta stage and they have added so many new features. I just did several for my wedding album, and one for my cover photo.

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