Flickr has an entirely new look and part of that is a new cover image and increased icon size. Until you upload a new cover image, Flickr has gifted you with a default random picture that’s pretty enough but has nothing to do with you. Here’s your chance to shine. You can make a cover picture that reflects your personality, your art, or even your family. At first glance this seems straightforward. But now that I’ve played around a bit I realize that the size of the cover image changes depending on what monitor or device you’re using. What looks fantastic on a tablet looks like total crap on my big desktop monitor. What to do?
Luckily, The Barefoot Businessman has created a template that shows you the sizes you need and tells you how to modify your banner or cover picture into a size that works. He even created a filmstrip overlay in case you want to be all artsy and include a whole series of your images, taking advantage of the long skinny screen space.
Here’s the article that explains it all. He provides a .psd Photoshop file, a .jpg and a .png overlay and some basic instructions on how to use them. Once you upload the new picture to Flickr you can change your cover photo. Save it and then refresh the page. Once you do that, your new cover image will be “saved” inside of Flickr’s machinery and you can then delete the picture in your photostream. No need to have it clutter things up.
(And full disclosure here…The Barefoot Businessman is none other than my beloved husband Gary. And the dopey woman making googly eyes at him is ME. Oh the things we do for love.)