Introduction: Awesome-ifying Your Facebook Profile

Facebook changed layouts recently, adding a row of 5 images (the 5 images you were most recently tagged in) at the top of the profile page. Using Photoshop (or G.I.M.P. or MSPaint if you'd rather), you can make mini-images to fill this space and show off your creativity.

Note: Check this out for the awesome inspiration behind this and more ideas

Step 1: Making Mini-Images

If using the template provided here (as a PSD and a PNG), you can skip ahead to #3. Note that depending on the amount of information in your profile above the 5 images, you may need to make some adjustments if you are including your main profile image in your awesome design as this template is based on having three lines of text at the top (having more or less text at the top of your profile can shift the orientation of the line of 5 mini-images slightly).
  1. Take a screenshot of your profile. I'm a huge fan of Snagit (which is available for both Mac and PC), which isawesome for taking screenshots. Alternately, if you're using a Mac, you can use Grab or if you're using a PC, you can use the Print Screen key on your keyboard
  2. Open your screenshot in Photoshop (or other photo editing program)
  3. Select and delete the areas where the 5 tagged images are (and your main profile image, if you'll be replacing it also)
  4. Create a new layer and place it behind the existing one
  5. Select an image (or images) you'd like to use and paste them onto this new layer
  6. Resize the image and make adjustments as needed so that it shows through panes in the way that you'd like
  7. Select the areas for each of the mini-images, and cut and paste each into a new document, and save
  8. If you're creating a main profile image to go along with the mini-images, select, cut and paste, and save the same way to create that image

Step 2: Create a New Album

  1. Log onto Facebook and go to your profile page
  2. Under the row of 5 images at the top of your profile, click "Photos"
  3. Select "Create an Album"
  4. In the resulting dialog box, select "Select Photos" and browse to select the 5 images you created
  5. Reorder the images so that they appear correctly at the top of your profile page - you should have the image that you want to appear at the far right side as the last image in your new album
  6. Tag yourself in each image

Step 3: Change Main Image

You can skip this step if you only want to use the row of images at the top, but if you've decided to change your main image also:
  1. Mouse over your profile picture and click "Change Picture"
  2. Select "Chose File" and select the file you created previously
  3. Wait for it to upload

Step 4: Check Your Work

  1. Check to make sure that all your changes have taken effect
  2. Make any adjustments that might be needed keeping in mind that if anyone tags you in an image (including yourself), it will replace one of the images you've added and they'll all be "pushed" to the right
  3. Enjoy your awesome new profile!

Step 5: Tips and Hints

  • Make sure you have tagged yourself in the mini-images or they won't display. Tag them from last (far right) to first (far left) to get them to show up in the right order
  • If you're tagged in other images after uploading your mini-images, you can either untag them or mouse over them and click the "x" that appears in the top right corner to hide them (but keep yourself tagged in them)
  • The mini-images should each be 97 x 68 pixels
  • The image provided here can be used with MSPaint to create mini-images if you don't have or don't want to use one of the editing programs mentioned below (available either free or as a free trial)

Comments

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shesparticular made it! (author)2013-09-15

Sadly the cover photo change has made this not work anymore.

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diy_bloke made it! (author)2013-09-15

I never even noticed that possibility and now (2013) I cant find it at all anymore. Maybe disappeared with the most recent updates

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Antzy Carmasaic made it! (author)2011-12-24

Well I'm commenting again but I had to share this image. This is "not exactly" what this instructable shares but it has spun off from this idea only... Its an album composed of a single image. Hope u guys like it...

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-12-24

Seriously awesome work! I may have to give that a try :)

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Antzy Carmasaic made it! (author)Antzy Carmasaic2011-12-28

Thanks :D

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ymagination made it! (author)2011-10-22

Well, as others said, is really nice, once ou get it, but, just refresh the page, and all gets shuffled...
Press [F5] several times, and you will see all your effort and illussion go thru the window... :-S pitty... it was nice...

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-10-22

I'm really not sure why some folks are having this issue. I've had mine up for almost a year and have never had the images show up in a different order.

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hhermann schou made it! (author)2011-03-23

Every time I refresh the page the images are being shuffled randomly. Is there a fix to this?

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zonewarrior made it! (author)zonewarrior2011-09-14

The same happens to mine - is there a fix ??

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-03-23

I haven't had this issue, and I'm not sure if anyone else has or not (no one has mentioned it). Have you tagged yourself in each image in the reverse order that they should show up?

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MotaKun made it! (author)2011-03-04

i dont understand the 5 and 6 steps, how i tag the fotos, Wat name i tag it? my fotos dont appear.. im sad, i cant do that.. little help please..

sorry my English and ignorance...

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-03-04

You should tag yourself in the photos the same way you would for any other image on Facebook. I'm not sure what you mean about the photos not showing up though - have you uploaded them to Facebook?

Hopefully tagging them with your name will help some - please let me know if you need more help with it.

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Tomcat94 made it! (author)2011-02-12

On a Mac, you don't need a program to take a picture of your screen.

Use this keyboard shortcut:
"Command (the key with the apple on it)" + "Shift" + "4"

Then you can click and drag across the part you want to capture.

Very good instructable-- I'm going to do something similar for Valentine's day. It'll be five images with one word on each one that says: "HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY (my girlfriend's first name) (my girlfriend's last name)" Either that, or I'm going to put "I LOVE YOU" instead of happy valentine's day.

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helifino made it! (author)helifino2011-03-03

on winblows, you can hit the 'print screen' key to copy your current view to the clipboard...

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-03-03

Yep, as noted, "Print Screen" is an option for taking a screen shot on a PC.

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-02-12

I prefer Snagit to Command+Shift+4 only because it automatically scrolls through whole pages in Firefox when taking screenshots, which is very cool. Also, Command+Shift+4 saves as .tiff, which I'm not crazy about, but it certainly does work just as well as any program would.

Very cute idea though! I'm sure she'll love it!

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laxap made it! (author)2011-02-07

Your Instructable + Gimp + cartoon effect + drop shadow = this:

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ZDress made it! (author)ZDress2011-02-20

I love the drop shadow effect. I'll have to try it out soon.

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-02-07

Very very cool!

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thing 2 made it! (author)2011-02-14

There is a website called fbanners.com that makes this easy!

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-02-14

Personally I enjoyed doing it on my own, but if people want to use websites or apps, that's cool too! Thanks for your comment!

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thing 2 made it! (author)thing 22011-02-14

I liked the pic of the person who used the 5 small ones for his eye and for head and the side for the side of his face!

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-02-14

There really have been some great ones - it's awesome to get to see what folks come up with!

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thing 2 made it! (author)thing 22011-02-14

Thanks for this sweet 'ible!

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Tomcat94 made it! (author)2011-02-12

I've already commented on this instructable enough times, but I had to show what I did.

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-02-12

So cute!

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Tomcat94 made it! (author)Tomcat942011-02-13

Perhaps I should blur out my name as well... I completely forgot to do that... :/

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-02-13

You should be able to delete your comment (below the comment it should have "Reply" and below that "flag" and "delete") and then you can repost it (since it's super cute and sweet!). Also, just another reason why Snagit is awesome, it has built-in functions for blurring, cropping, and adding annotations :)

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o_grande_rei made it! (author)2011-02-10

My pictures are tagged in the correct order, but every time i visit the page, the order changes. the order is different every time. Anyone else encounter this?

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-02-10

I'm afraid I haven't had that issue so I don't have any surefire fix. I'd suggest untagging and retagging the photos to see if that helps.

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sputrea made it! (author)2011-02-10

Thanks a bunch! I hate the new profile--I even hate having a profile picture. My friend was getting on me for appearing blank, so this solved that problem.

I really love the idea!

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seanathon made it! (author)2011-02-03

Can someone try to make an mspaint template? I can't download photoshop.

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emmarocket made it! (author)emmarocket2011-02-09

Hey! you could try "gimp" if you can't get photoshop - here is the link :)
http://www.gimp.org/

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seanathon made it! (author)seanathon2011-02-10

Thanks so much for all your help! after dividing and splicing, I've finally done it!

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-02-09

Yep, G.I.M.P. is a nice free alternative to Photoshop.

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-02-03

There is a free trial of Photoshop available from Adobe and the template provided here will also work with G.I.M.P. (which is also free to download). If I'm able to locate MSPaint, I'll make a template for it and post that as well.

In case it'll help in the meantime, the mini-images should be 97x68 pixels.

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-02-03

I've added a PNG (which can be opened in MSPaint). I don't have the most awesome Paint skills, so I'm not sure what-all might be most helpful in terms of using it as a template. It is sized correctly, and I've made the mini-image areas black so that they can be used to make sure the 5 images are the right size. Hopefully that'll help some, but please do let me know if something else would be better.

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seanathon made it! (author)seanathon2011-02-03

I'd love to post it, but unfortunately, am younger than the average user on the site and I do like to keep my work private. I will try though, I promise! :D

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seanathon made it! (author)seanathon2011-02-03

Thank you so much!!! Giving you five stars!

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-02-03

Thanks - I hope that all helped! Please do post it when you're done. I added the template (as a PNG with black squares) to step 2 also in case that helps.

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thisisvlad made it! (author)2011-02-07

Every time that someone tags a photo of you, you need to go t your profile and x out those new images? so, possibly you will have to do this every day multiple times? wow, that sounds fun.

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-02-08

Yes, if you get tagged daily, that could be kind of bothersome, but it's your call as to if you want to do this or not.

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KBHELLSPAWN made it! (author)2011-02-07

very very cool. 5 stars! :)

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-02-07

Thanks!

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dotmom61 made it! (author)2011-02-03

They keep coming up in the wrong order for me. Order is OK in the album itself, but on my profile page, they're out of order. :-\

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-02-07

Have you tagged them in reverse order? If not they won't show up in the correct order.

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dotmom61 made it! (author)dotmom612011-02-07

I did *not* tag them in reverse order. I must have missed that. Thanks! I'll try again.

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Antzy Carmasaic made it! (author)2011-02-05

that's preety awesome! my friends went crazy on seeing this... thanks for the great idea!
here is an image of my profile...

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shesparticular made it! (author)shesparticular2011-02-07

Awesome job!

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Cameron A made it! (author)2011-02-03

I created an image in Blender just for the purpose to awesomify my facebook profile! It took a little bit of time, and several tries, but the end result to me is satisfying! Thank you for posting this awesome tutorial!

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