How to create a Facebook cover photo in Lightroom

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

How to create a Facebook cover photo in Lightroom

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 Facebook 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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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. Visit Danika Dickson online.
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32 Comments

  1. Heidi G Nov 15 2013 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Thanks!!! I’m going to try this!

  2. Jenn Nov 15 2013 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    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!

  3. Colleen Nov 15 2013 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    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 Nov 15 2013 at 1:47 pm - Reply

      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!

  4. Kasey Nov 15 2013 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    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 Nov 15 2013 at 2:57 pm - Reply

      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.

  5. Christine b Nov 15 2013 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    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.

  6. Christine b Nov 15 2013 at 2:57 pm - Reply

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

  7. Michael Nov 15 2013 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    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!

  8. Ellen K Nov 15 2013 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    This is awesome- thank you!! 🙂

  9. Brandi Nov 16 2013 at 1:09 am - Reply

    You’re directions were great! Thanks for the lesson 🙂

  10. JoAnne Nov 17 2013 at 2:14 pm - Reply

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

  11. Rebecca Nov 19 2013 at 12:15 pm - Reply

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

  12. Jessica Nov 20 2013 at 10:12 pm - Reply

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

  13. Jen Nov 21 2013 at 7:59 am - Reply

    Thank you Danika, this is such a helpful tip!

  14. Eva Dec 04 2013 at 12:23 am - Reply

    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 Dec 04 2013 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      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!

  15. Holly Dec 09 2013 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    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!!

  16. Holly Dec 09 2013 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    (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 Jan 02 2014 at 4:29 pm - Reply

      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!

  17. Jennie Bennett Dec 12 2013 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    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 Jan 02 2014 at 4:30 pm - Reply

      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!

  18. Tammy Dec 19 2013 at 7:37 pm - Reply

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

  19. natalie james Dec 29 2013 at 10:13 am - Reply

    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 Jan 02 2014 at 4:24 pm - Reply

      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!

  20. Olga Jan 15 2014 at 8:27 am - Reply

    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!

  21. Olga Jan 15 2014 at 9:41 pm - Reply

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

  22. lawmom Jan 19 2014 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    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!

  23. lawmom Jan 19 2014 at 5:23 pm - Reply

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

  24. Miranda Apr 05 2014 at 10:30 am - Reply

    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!

  25. Olivia Aug 31 2015 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    hi I am using windows 8 when clicking page set up print options come up the is no size adjustment for manage size or set facebook sizes. I am using LR 5

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