Make Your Facebook Photo Big – How to make the Perfect Facebook Profile Pic

September 8, 2011{ 14 Comments }

Stand out from the crowd on Facebook

Tour posters, album art, gear shots, and logos are cool to post to your wall, but make sure your Facebook Page’s main profile picture is a really captivating photo of YOU. Many ad tests have shown that a striking photo of an actual person outperforms any other kind of image when it comes to music promotion. People just respond to that human element.

Also, you can make your Page’s main profile picture bigger than you might think. Don’t waste that real estate. Put it to good use! Facebook recommends your Page’s profile picture be 180 pixels wide, with a maximum of 540 pixels tall. Most people don’t use that extra length and just use a square photo.
So go ahead and create an image that’s 200px wide by 540px tall. You can do this in any photo editing program. If you don’t have one, try downloading GIMP or Picassa for free or using the variety of online photo editing tools like picresize.

As you can see on the left, the CD Baby Facebook Image is a tall rectangle rather than the usual square shaped pic. This gives us more room to communicate our message in a provocative way.

Setting Your Facebook Icon

Remember that Facebook is going to use a square portion of this image as your icon. This icon is what people see when  you leave comments or when other people view your updates in their news feed.

To adjust which part of your profile picture appears in the thumbnail icon, just place your mouse over your current profile picture and

  • Click the “Change Picture” link that appears in the top right corner
  • Next, select the “Edit Thumbnail” option
  • when you’re finished click “Save Changes.”
Now your icon will look something like this:
CD Baby Facebook thumbnail icon
-Chris R. at CD Baby
Oh, and on the topic, if you have a moment, come on over for a quick visit and “Like” us on Facebook!
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  • Ian

    Pretty sure that these dimensions are now 180 x 540 – see here –

    I think though that 200 x 600 is auto-resized by Facebook

  • Oh, thanks!

  • Kim

    I tried this today and got an error from Facebook saying "Your photo is too wide or too tall. Use an image that is more square." :S?

  • Another commenter said they changed the maximum dimensions to 180×540. I haven't been able to verify yet. But maybe try that smaller one.

  • So something like this one I have (the cartoon caricature) is not recommended?

    • Actually, that does look pretty great! I say keep it. Plus, your real photo is on the landing page.

      • I, too, use the unnatural approach, and though I do have a real photo on my landing page the picture is small. Any thoughts on mine?

        • It looks good from a design perspective: mysterious, cool, etc. But I wonder if it might be more compelling to mix some of those elements with a photograph of you. Something that juxtaposes the mysterious with something intimate. I mean, what you have looks good, so if it is a pain or costly, stick with what you have, but if you can tweak it, couldn't hurt to test it out.

  • Maybe the new MySpace will make some sort of comeback. We'll see.

    • Ross

      we can only HOPE

  • Agreed.

  • I mostly agree with your comment about great songs and music…with the advent of the digital world, recording is available to anyone with a computer, during which time the web has been flooded with a rush of new music and media makers some talented and some not. This makes it a little harder to make an impact. As a very experienced musician and performer…I have seen those with a lot less talent than I rise to stardom…mainly due to the marketing and business strategies used.

    I also attended a 3 day seminar given by Peter C. Nickels called "Doing Music And Nothing Else"
    which is exclusivlely about maketing and business of the "MUSIC INDUSTRY"…

    Mr. Nickels 80/20 rule says the 80 percent is about the business and the 20 is about how much talent required.

    I suggest you look behind the scene a little more deeply…you will discover a bevy of marketing ploys and tactics used to CREATE stars AKA Justin Beiber……..

    For the most part they are matching a great song with a marketable image….

    Thanks for participating in the discussion.

    Stan Da Bassman aka wannabe Jazz guitarist

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