The print module in Lightroom can be used to create collages for Facebook cover images. It’s another way to stay all in one program and speed up your workflow. You can use it to create FB cover pages from a single image, or arrange into your own creative collage. In other words, no need to take images over to Photoshop!
The first step is to choose your image(s) in the library mode:
I like to make a quick collection (press b when you chosen images are highlighted) and then head over to the print module:
Once in print, look to the lower left of your screen and select “page set up”:
Change your paper size – this is where you set it for Facebook’s cover image size. Current dimensions are 851px x 315px. Like all things Facebook though, this is subject to change. If Facebook decides to change it (inevitable, I’m sure), you can adjust your page settings accordingly for the new size. Create your page size 85.1 inches by 31.5 inches (or 8.51 x 3.15, etc.).
This creates your “canvas”, which is essentially the size that will go up on Facebook.
You can now fill it to your hearts content. Have a look at the cells, and select as many as you like. At this point, don’t worry if they overlap, as you can adjust the sizes in a moment.
Tip: lock the aspect ratio, so you can adjust the size without losing your chosen ratios.
Once you have re-arranged the cells, it’s time to put it all together. Drag images up from the filmstrip, into your cells.
You might need to move some images in front of, or behind, others (right click to do this).
To create space between images, you can add an optional border. This ensures the spacing between images is uniform, so much neater than trying to place individual images on your own (cheering from the perfectionist peanut gallery!).
For finishing touches, use the identity plate to add your logo or some text:
Now we just need to save your wonderful work! Click “print to file”:
And that’s it! Have fun – go forth and be creative! If you want to save your work as a template for future use, click the “+” on the left panel.
Danika Dickson, Canada
I’m a hobby photographer living on the west coast of Canada. My life revolves around my husband, two children, full-time job, and life in suburbia. Photography, for me, is an extension of the ups and downs of life. Through my lens, I can slow down and take notice of the little things that mean so much to me. I’m primarily a natural light photographer, and take my camera pretty much everywhere I go.