create a facebook cover in lightroom

by Danika Dickson

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:

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

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

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create a facebook cover in lightroom photo

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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!).

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

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create a facebook cover in lightroom photo

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

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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.

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create a facebook cover in lightroom photoDanika Dickson, Canada
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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.

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31 Comments

  • Heidi G says:

    Thanks!!! I’m going to try this!

  • Jenn says:

    Does this work in all versions of Lightroom? I’m not at my computer right now, but I really would like to try this!

    thanks!

  • Colleen says:

    I have LR4 and when I click on Page Setup it automatically brings up the Print Setup box. Your post shows a Page Setup box. Is there a workaround to this problem because I am forced to chose standard paper sizes.

    • Danika says:

      Hi Colleen,
      When you click “Page Set Up”, a pop up box will show. The default is usually for US Standard size. However, if you click on the list of paper sizes, there should be an option for “manage paper sizes” and you can create a custom size from there. Sorry for any confusion!

  • Kasey says:

    I am fairly new to LR, but I cannot seem to follow this at all with LR5. When I click “Page Set UP” I cannot find a place to enter specific sizes.

    • Danika says:

      Hi Kasey – from LR5, you can choose to “manage custom paper sizes” and then you can enter the size then! I have the LR5 trial on my laptop and that worked for me.

  • Christine b says:

    Thanks for this! hmmm…I am in 4 but don’t have the print to file option just says print… wonder where it is hiding. I will keep playing.

  • Christine b says:

    aha…I missed a step and did not click on print to: JPEG file

  • Michael says:

    Hi,
    I did something similar for my own blog and I did it in Photoshop. But this seems so much easier!! I will definitely try. Thanks a lot for sharing!

  • Ellen K says:

    This is awesome- thank you!! :)

  • Brandi says:

    You’re directions were great! Thanks for the lesson :-)

  • JoAnne says:

    Yes! Just finished this and I will definitely use this method again! Thanks!

  • Rebecca says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for this tutorial! I’ve always wanted a collage cover page but never wanted to spend the money on PS.

  • Jessica says:

    This is great, can’t wait to try this!! Thank you.

  • Jen says:

    Thank you Danika, this is such a helpful tip!

  • Eva says:

    On Page Setup menu, now what? Confused… I get the menu for my printer and although it has a custom setting, it is not allowing me to enter the values for the dimensions. Any advice? :(

    • Danika says:

      Hi Eva! Once you select “Page Set up”, a printer box will pop up, choose “manage custom sizes” for paper size (default is likely US letter size). This will bring up a new box, select the “+” and then enter your chosen dimensions there. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  • Holly says:

    Hi! Usually when I Export from LR I adjust my settings for either Print or Screen. Is there a way to do this for LR collages? How do I indicate how it should be sized, sharpened, etc.? Thank you!!

  • Holly says:

    (Re my comment above – I know that to save it I Print to File – but in doing so is there a place to sharpen or size for Print vs Screen? Thanks – just wanted to clarify!)

    • Danika says:

      HI Holly,

      In the “Print job” section, after you select to print to a jpeg file, there is an option for print sharpening – low, standard, or high. I usually use standard and like those results. I would suggest trying each to see what you like, because it will depend on how much sharpening you apply in the develop module and whether you shoot in raw or jpeg!

  • Jennie Bennett says:

    Hello Danika,
    I have made my cover photo in LR just as you have instructed. Although I don’t see a print to file button. I have LR 4 and it just say Print one or Print… Do you have any suggestions?

    • Danika says:

      HI Jennie – just under the “print job” section in the lower right of your screen, there is an option to select “print to:” and then you can choose printer, or jpeg file. Once you select jpeg, the option for printing to file will show up!

  • Tammy says:

    I’m having the sane problem as Jennie, can someone help?

  • natalie james says:

    hi, im also working on lightroom 4, but get the same problems, with page set up, i dont get custome size box.
    please help thanks

    • Danika says:

      Hi Natalie – When you click “Page Set Up”, a pop up box will show. The default is usually for US Standard size. When you click on the list of paper sizes, there should be an option for “manage paper sizes” and you can create a custom size from there. If that doesn’t work, let me know!

  • Olga says:

    Hi Danika,
    Even though I use “manage custom paper size” the places to include the sizes is grayed out and it doesn’t allow to write the custom sizes. Do u know why?
    Thank you so much for your help!

  • Olga says:

    Ok I figured out how to customize the size. The problem is how big they should be. Should it be inches or cm?

  • lawmom says:

    Just in case anyone is like me, and when they find this tutorial they bang their head on the computer for an hour trying to figure things out, I thought I’d share.

    I have a PC and run lightroom 5. There is no custom paper settings under page setup for me. Instead, I have to go to the right hand side of the page under print job, select print to jpg, and then enter custom file dimensions from there. Then, the “print to file” button appears.

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  • lawmom says:

    Also, you have to enter the sizes by inches, I think. I think the aspect ratio is about 33.5 x 12.4.

  • Miranda says:

    Hi Danika,

    When I export (I even exported each photo lo res and reimported before using in print module), the file size is still way too large for Facebook. How can you get the file size down? TIA!

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