I’m back with a new tutorial that I think you’re all going to try at least once. Are you ready?
Note that all my tutorials are made using GIMP, but you can do the same thing with another program. The steps are the same.
1. Profile Pic Frame
Have you ever noticed or tried the frame thingy on Facebook? It can show off your love for a TV series, that you’re a NaNoWriMo participant or countless of other things. Usually, it’s at the bottom of your profile pic on Facebook and you can keep it temporarily.
Isn’t it fun? And wouldn’t it be great if we could all create our own frames and upload them to Facebook so our friends can use them?
And let’s not forget that when you have a new book coming out it can be a cool promoting tool.
I’ll give you an easy step-by-step tutorial for you to create a frame using GIMP.
2. Set the Canvas
Before you start, you need to set a canvas of 2400×2400 px (with 300 dpi). This is to recreate the appearance of your profile pic on Facebook.
Click on File (fichier) and New Picture (Nouvelle image).
Once you click on New Picture, this is what appears. This is where you select a 2400×2400 px canvas with 300 dpi.
And your canvas is ready!
3. Design Your Frame
Here is a frame example I’m designing as I write this tutorial. It’s easier to show you that way. 🙂
This is the canvas. As you can see, the background is white. To design a frame I prefer to keep a background because I find working on a transparent background more distracting and sometimes harder to clearly see what I’m doing.
Note that if you decide to keep a background like that while you design, you must remember that your final design must be on a transparent background. Don’t forget to hide the background (Arrière-plan on the screenshot) before you save your work.
You can design your frame however you want. It’s entirely your choice. The only thing you must keep in mind is that the white here on the canvas will be your profile pic on Facebook. Design your frame accordingly so the whole picture isn’t hidden.
First, you must add a transparent layer on top of your background layer. It’s very easy.
Click on Layer (Calque on the screenshot) and New Layer (Nouveau calque on the screenshot).
This is what appears. It automatically asks you if you want a layer with the same size as your canvas and transparent. That’s what you need so you can click.
This is the small layer list on the left side of the screen. It lists all your layers. As you can see, I created a transparent layer on top of the background. You’ll want to select this one to work on it and not on the background since it’ll disappear later.
And now, let your creativity out!
This is what I came up with. I wasn’t particularly inspired, but I think it looks cute. 😛
As you can see, the white background is still on. If we saved this as it is, the white background would cover the profile pic so we want to hide the white background.
The background (Arrière-plan on the screenshot) layer has a little eye. To hide the background you only have to click on the little eye.
And here is how it is without the white background.
If you have a look at the layer list, the background (Arrière-plan) doesn’t have the little eye anymore. And now, the frame is ready!
4. Save The Frame
It’s time to save your work! Save your frame as a PNG file.
5. Upload Your Frame to Facebook
Your frame is ready and saved as a PNG file. Now, it’s time to share it and see how it looks. 😀
Go to FBcameraedffects. There, you’ll find all the steps such as import file, position, keywords for people to search for it, the frame’s name. It won’t take more than a couple of minutes.
And your frame is ONLINE! Congrats and don’t forget to show it off. Feel free to tag me if you upload your first frame. I’d love to see what you create.
I hope this tutorial helped you. If you have a question or an issue with the tutorial, leave a comment.
If you’re not sure what to do for your first frame and you’re an author, I’d consider doing something to announce your upcoming release. You can put the cover of your book as a small size, a tagline and the release date for example. Or just the title using the same style (font, colors, etc) as it appears on your cover, your name, and the release date.
You can do pretty much anything. I already know I’m going to do many frames. 😀
See you soon with a new tutorial!