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Inspiring Cover Photos for Your Facebook Timeline

Facebook launched on February 4th 2004, and it has quickly made its way up to become the second most popular website in the world, based on Alexa data. With well over a billion monthly active users behind them, it’s fairly safe to assume Facebook is here to stay. The team behind Facebook has pushed out some really cool ways in which you can customize your profile, and one of the biggest of these is the cover photo that takes center stage when you launch a profile.

With the ability to add your own cover photos on your Facebook profile, a lot of creative and talented folks started to use this space in interesting ways. With so many users on Facebook, marketers quickly realized the importance of having a brand presence on this social network (pun intended), and started pushing out some really cool creatives as their cover photos.

As a Facebook user, I have come across these over time, and some of them have left a lasting impression on me. So today I will attempt to run you through some creative cover photos I’ve seen over the years. If I missed out on some cool ones, please do let me know via the comments.

Creative Facebook Cover Photos

Antonio Fadda
Antonio Fadda

Antonio Fadda This is one of my favorites, and gets listed in almost every list of cool Facebook cover pics. Here a guy holds out his passport, and the profile pic is a shot of what it looks like on the passport. It’s one of those things I want to try, and I will get to it one of these days. Just a quick tip if you do want to try it: Make sure no sensitive information is showing up on the picture.

Saint Clair Family Estate
Saint Clair Family Estate

Saint Clair Family Estate This family-owned winery uses the label on their wine bottle in a very creative way on Facebook.

Jérôme Vadon
Jérôme Vadon

Jérôme Vadon You’ve got to love the way in which the profile pic and the cover pic works on this profile.

Thinkology
Thinkology

Thinkology This is not something that everyone can pull off, but if your brand logo consists of a single letter, then this is great way to use the cover photo.

Graziano Vincini
Graziano Vincini

Graziano Vincini – This Fururama Heads in Jars inspired cover pic is pure awesomesauce.

Kay Int Veen
Kay Int Veen

Kay Int Veen

Awesome Profile Pic + Cover Photo Combo

People change their Facebook cover pics all the time, so don’t expect the linked profiles to look like the images in this post. Most of these are archived pictures—if you go over the cover pic history on some of these profiles you can still see the old pictures in there.

Rafa Ferro
Rafa Ferro

Rafa Ferro

Aly Moffatt
Aly Moffatt
Aly Moffatt 2
Aly Moffatt 2

Aly Moffatt

Gabriel Masliah
Gabriel Masliah

Gabriel Masliah

Ekkapong Techawongthaworn
Ekkapong Techawongthaworn

Ekkapong Techawongthaworn

Brian A Fredette
Brian A Fredette

Brian A. Fredette

Cody Cosmo Kelderman
Cody Cosmo Kelderman

Cody Cosmo Kelderman

Delphin Hauchard
Delphin Hauchard

Delphin Hauchard

Arch John Philip Uy
Arch John Philip Uy

Arch John Philip Uy

besnson chou
besnson chou

Besnson Chou

James Jackson
James Jackson

James Jackson

Wasim Mistry
Wasim Mistry

Wasim Mistry

Julian Targo
Julian Targo

Julian Targo

Krister Nielsen
Krister Nielsen

Krister Nielsen

Maarten Walraven
Maarten Walraven

Maarten Walraven

Maurizio Mazzanti
Maurizio Mazzanti

Maurizio Mazzanti

Mohammad L Azzam
Mohammad L Azzam

Mohammad L Azzam

Victor Zapanta
Victor Zapanta

Victor Zapanta

Pinkel Sharma
Pinkel Sharma

Pinkel Sharma

Oliver Elsner
Oliver Elsner

Oliver Elsner

Creative Brand Cover Photos for Facebook

Some brands use the cover photos on Facebook to launch new product or services or to promote their brand, here are some of the inspiring ones I have seen over time.

Fanta
Fanta
Fanta 3D
Fanta 3D

Fanta – these guys put up some really cool cover pics from time to time. That 3D one above apparently works if you use 3D glasses. (I haven’t tried it—if you do let us know how it goes.)

SEOmoz
SEOmoz

Moz This one is from their SEOmoz days.

nickipedia
Nickipedia

Nick Frühling

Enri Pedernera
Enri Pedernera

Enri Pedernera

Want more? Check out similar collections from various other publishers:
Mashable.com, Awwwards.com, Webanddesigners.com, Boredpanda.com, Hongkiat.com, Cruzine.com, Inspirationfeed.com.

How to Create Your Own Facebook Cover Photos Like a Boss

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I am not a creative genius, and I could only hope against hope to have a profile pic as cool as some of these. But all that changed once I came across the Facebook Timeline Covers category on GraphicRiver. Have a look at how I roll on Facebook these days.

These PSD templates are easy to work with. If you or one of your mates know your way around Photoshop, then you can customize them in no time. If you don’t know anyone who can do it for you, there are professionals who can customize a PSD file for you, or if you want to learn the basics of Photoshop, we have a video course for that on Tuts+.

Saijo George
Saijo George

Download this “hanging pictures to dry” template.

Coded timeline
Coded Timeline

Download this Coded Timeline Cover for Facebook.

Cars Timeline Cover for Facebook
Cars Timeline Cover for Facebook

Cars Timeline Cover for Facebook.

Image Collage Facebook Cover Template
Image Collage Facebook Cover Template

Image Collage Facebook Cover Template

Web Developer & Designer Timeline Cover for Facebook
Web Developer & Designer Timeline Cover for Facebook

Web Developer & Designer Timeline Cover for Facebook

Fashion Facebook Cover Template
Fashion Facebook Cover Template

Fashion Facebook Cover Template

Vintage Photography Timeline Cover
Vintage Photography Timeline Cover

Vintage Photography Timeline Cover

Grunge Gallery FB Timeline Cover
Grunge Gallery FB Timeline Cover

Grunge Gallery FB Timeline Cover

Photo Album FB Timeline Cover
Photo Album FB Timeline Cover

Photo Album FB Timeline Cover

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If you do try out any of these on your timeline, do drop me a comment below or on Google+or Twitter and show us your cover pic.

Credits : Twitter Icon, Facebook Billboard

Update 17/12/2013:

If you like to make your own custom cover pictures for Facebook you might want to look at this amazing Photoshop Action that comes with a PSD template you can customize with your own design. Now you can use the Photoshop action to turn that design in to a perfectly cropped Facebook cover pic and profile pic. No more cutting and cropping, images are automatically sized to fit perfectly. Get the creative Facebook cover creation kit today.

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