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Here’s a nice and useful tool. Autre planète, a graphic and interface design studio, created the Social Media Image Maker, which allows you to edit your profile picture or your cover photo to be used on your various social media profiles.
If you want to change your Twitter profile picture or your Facebook cover photo, you can use this simple editor tool that will crop it to the right size for you and allow you to apply Instagram-like photo filters. And it’s quite simple. I included screenshots and step by step instructions below.
Update – Apr. 24, 2014: This tool does not reflect the new Twitter profile design. The new sizes are:
- Profile Picture: 400px x 400px
- Header Photo: 1500px x 500px
If you don’t have the new Twitter profile design, you can get it here.
To learn more about the new Twitter profile design, you can read about it here.
Step 1: Select The Social Network.
Along the left you will see a list of social networks to choose from. In this example, I will use Facebook.
Step 2: Choose The Item You Want To Edit In That Social Network
Now select the item you want to edit. Facebook has a few photos that make up your profile and items on your timeline. Your cover photo, your profile photo and posts images and highlighted post images. I decided I want to change my cover photo on Facebook, so I’ll click on the create button under the “Cover Image” section. Make sure your image is at least 851 x 315 for Facebook cover photo. If your images are too small, the tool will let you know.
Note: The tool is updated to current sizes including Google+ new cover photo size.
Step 3: Upload your photo.
To upload your photo, simply drag and drop it into the browser window.
Step 4: Crop Your Photo.
When the photo finishes uploading, you will be presented with crop handles to select the area you want for your cover photo.You can also rotate the image or flip the photo. Click the “Apply” button located to the right of the menu (green checkmark) to apply the changes and go to the next step.
Step 5: Select Your Photo Filter.
At this step, you will be presented with a few Instagram-like photo filters. The options they have are 70s Love, Woodstock, Vintage, Sepia, 80s, etc. To make additional changes you can choose the “Setting” icon (third one from the left along the top), which you will be presented with a confirmation to apply the changes. If you do like the filter selected and want to keep it, click the “Ok” button. Otherwise, click “Cancel”.
Step 6: Additional Photo Options.
After selecting the “Settings” icon, you will be presented with more photo effects like Noise, Blur, Sharpen, Black and White, etc. If for example, you selected “Focus”, you can select it a few more times to apply it again. Unlike the photo filters section where you can only select one and can’t combine them. You can here.
For example, you want to sharpen the photo, you can select option a few times until you are happy. Now let’s say you wanted to apply a tilt effect, simply click on “Focus Line” and click that option a few more times until you reached your desired effect without losing the sharpness you just created.
If you don’t like the effects, click the “Cancel” button. The draw back is that it cancels everything you’ve done instead of an “undo”.
Step 7: Export Your New Cover Photo.
Once you’re done, click the icon on the far right along the top to export the photo as a .jpg (the square icon with a blue arrow). The .jpg will be saved to your computer so you can upload the image to your social media profile.
Step 8: Upload Your New Cover Or Profile Photo.
Now that we have the new Facebook cover photo saved to the computer. Simply log into Facebook or your desired social network, and update your profile with your new photo and enjoy!