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:

how to create a facebook cover in adobe lightroom by Danika Dickson

I like to make a quick collection (press b when you chosen images are highlighted) and then head over to the print module:

how to create a facebook cover in adobe lightroom by Danika Dickson

Once in print, look to the lower left of your screen and select “page set up”:

how to create a facebook cover in adobe lightroom by Danika Dickson

how to create a facebook cover in adobe lightroom by Danika Dickson

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.

how to create a facebook cover in adobe lightroom by Danika Dickson

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.

how to create a facebook cover in adobe lightroom by Danika Dickson

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.

how to create a facebook cover in adobe lightroom by Danika Dickson

You might need to move some images in front of, or behind, others (right click to do this).

how to create a facebook cover in adobe lightroom by Danika Dickson

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!).

how to create a facebook cover in adobe lightroom by Danika Dickson

For finishing touches, use the identity plate to add your logo or some text:

how to create a facebook cover in adobe lightroom by Danika Dickson

how to create a facebook cover in adobe lightroom by Danika Dickson

Now we just need to save your wonderful work! Click “print to file”:

how to create a facebook cover in adobe lightroom by Danika Dickson

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.

how to create a facebook cover in adobe lightroom by Danika Dickson

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