Marketing

Inspiring Cover Photos for Your Facebook Timeline

Cover photos takes center stage when you launch a profile. Here is a list of creative cover photos over the years.

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Posted 20 Oct 2013
Marketing

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

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Graziano Vincini

Graziano Vincini

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

6. 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.

1. Rafa Ferro

2. Aly Moffatt

Aly Moffatt 2

3. Gabriel Masliah

4. Cody Cosmo Kelderman

5. Besnson Chou

6. Wasim Mistry

7. Krister Nielsen

8. Maarten Walraven

9. Maurizio Mazzanti

10. Mohammad L Azzam

11. Victor Zapanta

12. Pinkel Sharma

13. 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.

1. Fanta

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.)

2. Moz

Moz

Moz This one is from their SEOmoz days.

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

How to Create Your Own Facebook Cover Photos Like a Boss

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 Envato Elements and Facebook Timeline Images 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+.

Here are a few examples of what Envato Elements and GraphicRiver has to offer:

1. Facebook Cover Pack

2. Facebook Cover Template Technology

3. Travel Facebook Cover

4. SRTP - Facebook Cover.04

5. Facebook & Twitter Cover Templates

6. AFR - Facebook Cover.18

7. Travel Facebook Timeline Covers

8. Business Facebook Cover Template

9. Hanging To Dry Timeline

10. Coded Timeline

11. Image Collage Facebook Cover Template

12. Web Developer & Designer Timeline Cover for Facebook

13. Fashion Facebook Cover Template

14. Vintage Photography Timeline Cover

15. Grunge Gallery FB Timeline Cover

16. Photo Album FB Timeline Cover

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

For more Facebook images, check out our roundup.