Introduction: Popup Facebook Picture

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Hey everyone! All the pictures in the comments look awesome, and I've seen all kinds of people use this (Freddie Wong for example... sweet!) but unfortunately, Facebook's been changed and this doesn't work at all anymore. There are ways to do something similar and I'm working on an all new Instructable, but until then, this instructable will serve as a memorial of the older more simple Facebook...

I've got some fun ideas to try out when the new Facebook "Timeline" profile hits... Whenever that is. Look out for a new Instructable whenever Facebook releases that.

This how to make your Facebook Profile Picture look like it's transparent, or popping out of the page! You can even do what I did and make it look like it's behind the page, poking out!

Step 1: What You Need

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Here's what you need to make your pop-up picture!

-A Camera, or a picture that you want to use.

-Photoshop, or the GIMP, or even Paint will do.

-The attached picture. (right click and save as)

Step 2: Get the Picture

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First, get your picture.

Try to pick one that would make an interesting pop-up. If you are going to be making it look like you are peeking out from behind the white part of the page, hold a big white piece of paper in front of you to make the next step easier.

Step 3: Make It Pop Up/Out/In

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Now, using Photoshop, or the GIMP, or some other image editing program that supports layers, cut out your image and get rid of the background. If you don't know how to go that, Google it.

Then, after it's cut out, copy it and paste it onto the background image. (You'll have to right click and save that image) You'll probably have to resize your image because the background image is very small.

Keep in mind, if you want to the image to be taller, you can't add height to it. You need to make the bottom part, the white part, longer. If you resize the grey/blue part, the image won't line up.

Step 4: Upload It!

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When you set the finished image as your profile picture, the line in Facebook's layout matches with the line in the picture, making a seamless transparent image.

If it doesn't line up, move the image up or down a few pixels and try again.

Also, keep in mind, Facebook changes its layout a lot, making the image not line up. When it does, I'll try to update this Instructable.

UPDATE: I've been told by people here and friends on Facebook that the image doesn't always line up. This could be for several reasons like different monitor resolutions or browser settings, etc. So keep that in mind.

UPDATE AGAIN: If you do it, make a screen capture and put it in a comment down below! You can censor your name, like I did, if you want, but I just want to see how these come out!


KrishnaA16 (author)2016-05-14

Wow, great tool. but i dont think this can be done on facebook's current page style.

Krishna Ahire


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oliver1634 (author)2011-12-16

Can u make the post for the timeline please. I already have the timeline and i want to have time to make it cool before everyone one else gets switched to the timeline.

Don't you worry, I have some pretty neat ideas for the timeline. I just got it. LOTS of possibilities.

atomicbob (author)2010-12-02

The size of the blue at the top depends on the length of your current status. once i realized that, it was awesome!

keep it to one line and you're good to go. great instructable!

jperric (author)2010-11-26

Thanks a lot! The height of the gray part had to be adjusted a little, but it really worked out well!

mayday295 (author)2010-04-19

 Sweet! I did it-- I had to adjust the top blue part of your file, in order to line it up properly.  

Hardikmessi (author)mayday2952010-10-11

Hello im hardik, plz plz plz help me how to make dat type f pro pic.i wait fr ur rep.

mayday295 (author)Hardikmessi2010-10-12

Well just follow the guide and post your picture so I can get a reference of where you are at... and if your picture is not lining up right, what I did was expand the length, or decrease it in order to fit.

( i ended up making 3 pictures, uploading all of them to my facebook, then changing them as the facebook layout changed, taller picture, smaller picture, etc. to line them up properly;

Foaly7 (author)2010-08-20

I posted the "cake is a lie" thing on my facebook, not remembering where I got it from. :P

itworks (author)2010-07-31

Thanks a lot, I had a lot of fun with this!

polymeme (author)2010-06-12

Thank you for this. Now I can freak out all my friends!

polymeme (author)2010-06-12

Ok, I did it, didn't resize the background image at all, and it worked. Looked great. Then I posted something and suddenly it wasn't aligned anymore. Like 10-15 pixels lower than it was before. I don't get it.

artobot (author)2009-05-20

This was fun! Here's my shot at it.

laxap (author)artobot2009-07-11

Awesome !

laxap (author)laxap2010-06-05

I made It! [tm]

(solving the pixel alignment issue)

winterfresh (author)artobot2010-02-12

 3 X Awesome = Still awesome.

Brother_D (author)artobot2009-05-21

That's awesome!

mayday295 (author)2010-04-19

 Sweet! I did it-- I had to adjust the top blue part of your file, in order to line it up properly.  

plasticpopcorn4 (author)2010-03-23

This is awesome but i think FB changed the header size :(

anyone have the new dimensions?

errrr i dont know whats going on... the size keeps changing or it looks off then its fine then off again

 Watch your status update -- for me, it worked fine with a single-line status, but as soon as it went to 2 lines, the image was off.

I think FB's tweaked it's layout since this 'ible was posted.

Thank You

JohnJY (author)2010-03-26

 Kilroy Was Here

Jakeg (author)2010-02-27

Honestly I couldn't find good instructions on using gimp for this...    could anyone help me please?  I just need some instructions for this in "The Gimp".


pie_lover123 (author)Jakeg2010-02-27

 use the lasso tool and click out the outline of you, then copy the image and paste it on your save pic, layer> anchor/merge.

corey_caffeine (author)2010-02-13

lets see how far this thread can go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Haha I like your profile picture. That's exactly what I did with mine! Sorta...

ItsTheHobbs (author)2010-02-25

Heres mine.

sam.walker06 (author)2010-02-16

Success! I had to fiddle with the size of the original image (I added more blue to the top bit by bit till I got it right). It's awesome!

r0cketman22 (author)2010-02-13


SkateboardingForLife (author)2010-02-13

 This is in "Tech", should it not be in "Photo"?

splinks (author)2010-02-13

Man you beat me to making this tutorial. I found out about this idea from this site.

anonymousrandomguy (author)2010-02-12

Shame the layout changed, this was awesome.

ModMischief (author)2010-02-12

Mine doesn't line up :(

I didn't resize the picture, what did I do wrong?

ModMischief (author)ModMischief2010-02-12

Nevermind, I managed to fix it with a bit of cropping.

Cakestripe (author)2010-01-29

Oh, this turned out so, so well! Now, Bobby Corwen will get the recognition he deserves.

Really, this was cool - thanks so much for it!

steveguitar44 (author)2010-01-23

 great 'ible!  just made one on Acorn, an image editing software for macs. thanks!

drummonkey92 (author)2010-01-13

had to change it a bit and shrank my original pic so its quite bad quality but here it is:

Future filmaker (author)2009-12-23

I'm addicted, this is like my 5th one...

wakeupsami (author)2009-11-30

 all lined up on the first try!

Clayton H. (author)2009-10-29

I need some help with mine

J-Manoo7 (author)2009-10-27

nice ible! i had already made a profile pic similar to what you said but still thought it was awesome

QuiksilverRox (author)2009-10-14

can't you just have the entire background be transparent?

Nope. That makes the background black. Shame because it would be easier.

silverponds (author)2009-10-16

Had way too much fun doing this, thanks for the 'ible!

flipflopper (author)2009-10-12

tried it...took me a while. it's a "humpty dumpty inspired"

kitjs (author)2009-09-13

my first attempt...took ages!

jongscx (author)2009-01-02

First off, this was a valid question, not an attack on you or your pet. Treat it as such and don't be so caustic.

Secondly, if you check the Terms of Use, under Eligibility:
"Membership in the Service is void where prohibited. This Site is intended solely for users who are thirteen (13) years of age or older, and users of the Site under 18 who are currently in high school or college. Any registration by, use of or access to the Site by anyone under 13, or by anyone who is under 18 and not in high school or college, is unauthorized, unlicensed and in violation of these Terms of Use. By using the Service or the Site, you represent and warrant that you are 13 or older and in high school or college, or else that you are 18 or older, and that you agree to and to abide by all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement."

The Average life expectancy of most medium-breed dogs is around 12 yrs, so the only way that your dog would be above 13 would be if he were a large dog (which few count as "cute") or if they are very old... which by your thumbnail he does not look.
Now, granted, you may count "dog years" in which case your dog is indeed above the age of 18 and NOT in high-school or college, but that's your prerogative.

Why do I care? Why do you care why I care? Maybe I just wanted to know. :-P

aglaranna (author)jongscx2009-01-02

good grief

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