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Getting Your Book Covers to Look Right on Your Facebook Business Page
This post is primarily for those do-it-yourself authors out there, who,
are stymied when trying to display your book covers on Facebook. I was, too.
Facebook Help offered no guidance that I could find, nor did my efforts to
“google” the problem prove useful. Maybe after visits to a score of forums or so,
I’d have come up with something on Google, but I fear the search would have proved
daunting. I have figured out a way though and thought I’d share it with those of you
who haven’t yet. For those of
you who have figured out a way to fix the problem, this post probably won’t interest you
much. However, if you know a still better/simpler way, or if you’ve conquered the problem using a different graphic design software other than
Paint Shop Pro, which I use, and you’d like to share your know-how, feel free to post in the comments section below.
Now, for Charlsie’s method:
The graphic box for uploading pictures to Facebook is a 180
pixel square. That means only the top portion of a book cover displays when the
graphic is uploaded. To solve the problem, a book cover needs to display at 180X180.
Since most covers are rectangular, mere resizing results in a distorted
As stated above, the graphic design software I use is
PaintShop Pro 8, but in theory, this method should work for any graphic design program.
First, I created a graphic box 180X180. Then I colored that
box with a background that blends nicely with my cover. Next I resized my front
cover graphic to 180 pixels high, locked aspect ratio, which keeps the width in
the same ratio as the height. My books are 6X9, so my finished graphic was 180X119
(or 120 to round it off nicely with no obvious distortion). I then selected the
new little graphic, copied it, then selected my colored box, and pasted the
image. The entire cover appears inside the box, framed on either side by a
color complimentary to the cover. I saved the image, then uploaded it to my Facebook