Deke's Techniques 415: Creating the Perfect Facebook Cover Photo (and Integrated Profile Picture)

Deke's Techniques 415: Perfect Facebook Cover Picture

In this week's free Deke's Techniques movie, Deke will show you how to make a perfect Facebook cover photo that integrates seamlessly with your personal profile picture.

He begins with a suitable cover (the results of Deke's Techniques 356: Developing the Perfect Sunset) and complimentary profile picture (drawn over the course of Designing Your Own Online Avatar). These two images are then positioned to maximum perfection (as is evidenced by the pattern overlay, provided for reference and proof of Deke's obsessive nature) inside his Photoshop template.

Achieve perfect cover and profile integration

To make your own profile look like it's appearing directly against the cover background, you'll need a high res, horizontally interesting cover photo, as well as a well-masked profile image with a transparent background.

And you'll need this template that Deke has painstakingly created (and magnanimously shared)---shown below with a blow-up of its illustrative layers panel. You can download the Photoshop Facebook 2015 template here. (Note, for file size management containment purposes, I took out the placeholder photo in Deke's smart object. You can still paste your own image as he does in the video, you just don't have to deal with that extra 67MB of decorative overhead.)

Photoshop template for Facebook cover and profile

Once everything is in place in the template, the video explains how you can extract separate cover and profile images to upload to your personal Facebook page. This works impeccably as of 2015. Of course it could change tomorrow. (Worse, it could have changed yesterday, but I think we're OK for now.)

Note, there was some confusion last week when the image below appeared on's Facebook page entry for last week's Deke's Techniques discussion of the [actual dimensions of the two Facebook images]. Folks who saw the picture before watching the video were confused.

Specs for the resolution you can actually upload to Facebook

People correctly pointed out that those are not the actual pixel dimensions of a Facebook pairing as it eventually appears at the top of your personal page. However, they are the actual dimensions of what you can extract from this project and upload to FB in order to present the best quality photos in your news feed. Because these photos also appear in your stream when you first upload them, and Deke naturally wants them to be as high-quality as possible. Because he's Deke. And you are you, and deserve the best.

And if you'd like to catch up on the best of the library, including the entire collection of Deke's Techniques, the Designing Your Own Online Avatar course, a great beginner course for getting started with Photoshop, or any of the other gems from the vast treasury of, you can get a free week's trial at
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Deke's Techniques 414: Mapping Current Facebook Specifications

Mapping Current Facebook Specifications

It's Fix Your Facebook Fotos month here in dekeVille, and this week, Deke starts us off with a free Deke's Techniques movie in which he reviews all the current (that's 2015) specs for Facebook profile and cover images.

Note that most of the internet, including Facebook's own documentation, relies on specs from 2012. So if you really want control over---

a) the way your profile picture looks in your timeline (the big one when you first post it), and

b) the way your cover photo looks in your timeline (when you first post it), and

c) the way the two images interact at the top of your page, then

---you'll want to get the dekeReport on what those pixel dimensions actually are and what they can be when you upload them.

And, because it's Deke, you'll get every last meticulous detail from this video, right down to the dimensions of that gradient that Facebook applies to the bottom of your cover photo so that your name pops off the screen.

A map of the current (2015) Facebook cover and profile image specifications

All of this information will serve us well in the coming weeks techniques when Deke shows you how to perfect the interaction between the two images, allowing your friends to be amazed at how you lined them up so perfectly. Or in Deke's case, how he looks to be arising like a Roman god from the River Avon in Bath. This screen shot from Deke's actual timeline demonstrates how this month's meticulous magic is going to materialize.

Deke's own cover and profile photos interact meticulously and creatively

Accept no substitute specs here, my friends, Deke's the one to bring your FB page to 2015 standards. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 412: Exporting Spot-Color Separations

Export Spot-Color Separations

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to take that multichannel spot-colored custom logo from last week, and create PDF color separations from Photoshop to send you your friendly local commercial printer.

Thing is, there are no layers in this file and no ability to create any layers. To access your colors, you'll need to view them from the Channels panel, and even then, each channel contains a black and white blueprint for where its particular color should be printed---rather than the actual color.

You can see on the left what the page from the PDF will look like, and what the results of each spot color pass would be on the right.

Before and after spot-color separations in Photoshop

Resulting in this when all the parts are reassembled in print:

Spot colors reassembled as complete logo print
In the video, Deke will show you how to export the PDF, add printer marks, determine color management settings (change color handling to separations, and thus create three pages of printing instruction---one for each color.

For those of you who are members of, there's an exclusive movie this week in which Deke shows you how to accomplish the same thing from an Illustrator file. If you're not a member of, you can get a free 10-day trial to check it out at Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 410: Assigning Spot Colors to a Logo

Assigning Spot Colors to a Logo in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke turns the logo he created in his latest full-length course---Creating and Adapting a Logo---into a three-color job by assigning spot colors in Photoshop.

While the RGB version may look great in backlit settings (like the web), for print, there's nothing like assigning specific ink recipes to get consistent reproduction of your logo.

Converting a logo to spot colors

If you're a member of, Deke's got an exclusive follow-up movie in which he creates some interaction between those same three colors to create a more colorful and textured effect.

If you're not a member, and you'd like to check out the exclusive movie as well as the entire Creating and Adapting a Logo course (not to mention the entire library), you can sign up for a free 10-day trial at

Blast off, my dekeStronauts. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 408: Developing an Awesome Angelfish in Camera Raw

Awesome Angelfish in Camera Raw

In this week's free Deke's Techniques movie, Deke takes a single frame from an underwater video shot with a GoPro Hero 4 and develops it into an awesome portrait of a French angelfish.

The heavy lifting for this transformation is done with Camera Raw's white balance and color enhancing features, along with a bit of Noise Reduction along the way. These useful aspects of Camera Raw are more convenient than ever to use, given you can now apply them as a smart filter from directly inside Photoshop.

Angelfish image before and after

If you're a member of, you can see how Deke made the finishing touches on this image in this week's exclusive movie. If you're not a member, you can get a free 10-day trial by signing up at

And if your appetite for underwater Photoshoppery has been whetted (or wetted, perhaps), use your membership (or 10-day trial) to check out Deke's new course, Enhancing Underwater Photos with Photoshop. Blub, blub my angelic dekeFishies.

Enhancing Underwater Photoshop with Photoshop

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