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Create Your Own Unique & Personal Timeline Covers For Facebook With CoverCanvas

Yaara Lancet 24-01-2012

facebook timeline coversA lot of bad things have been said about Facebook over the years, many of them justified. But there is one thing about Facebook that even the most zealous critic can’t ignore – it makes people more creative. What do I mean by that? Well, can you imagine yourself designing something like your Timeline page just right before Facebook came along?


Sure, a lot of you are artistic as it is, and were designing their own beautiful websites long before Facebook came around, but for many people, Facebook is their official face on the web, and as such they try to make it as appealing and unique as possible. Some people even go out of their way to design something special, just for that huge central Timeline photo. But what if you’re not a designer? That’s what services like CoverCanvas are for.


CoverCanvas is a very simple web app which helps you create some interesting Facebook timeline covers which make your Facebook profile stand out. It uses pre-made designs and your profile pictures from Facebook. It’s basically a Facebook app, and requires authorization and access to your Facebook account, like any other app.

What it doesn’t require is any sort of sign up or setting up process. Simply click on “Get Started” and you’re on your way!

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Designing A Cover

After you authorize the app to access your Facebook account, it will automatically pull all your profile pictures to use in creating covers. Unfortunately, you can’t use any of your other photos with the apps, only your profile pictures, so we’ll have to make do with these.


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First, you get to choose what kind of cover you want to create. Under Custom Covers, you’ll find Photos And Name, Your Name and Your Photos. With these you can create a cover which includes either some photos and your name, only your name on a unique design or only your photos. For each one of these options, there are numerous different designs to choose from, which you can browse using the top bar.

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Like I said, there are lots of designs to choose from here, and you can create covers with all kinds of different feels to them. Here is an example for a Photos and Name cover I created.


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This is one of the “photos only” covers I created. There are many different designs here too.

abstract timeline covers

And this is one of the “name only” designs you can create. As you can see, not all of them are that serious.


abstract timeline covers

If you’d like to create something different, and not use your profile pictures, you can choose from the wide array of Static Covers. These are divided into categories such as Art, Love, Food and Drink, Movies, Superheroes and Cars. Most categories are also divided into sub-categories, which helps you zoom in on what you’re really interested in. Here is a food themed cover I created.

abstract timeline covers

You can also create something with a darker feel, if you prefer. The number of options is not huge, but it should definitely appeal to a wide variety of different tastes.



Since most of us have a lot of profile pictures, you may want to see different designs with different pictures. You can’t tell CoverCanvas which photos to use, but you can click on “Remix Photos” again and again, and see the different designs with different photos each time.


When you’re satisfied with a design, click on “Make My Cover”. This will upload your new cover to Facebook and will automatically transfer you to your profile page where you can put the new cover to use.

Placing Your New Facebook Timeline Cover On Your Profile

So now you’ve been redirected to your profile page on Facebook, and you want to use your new cover. How do you do it? If you don’t already have a cover, you’ll see a “Add a Cover” button where the cover goes. If you already have a cover, the button will read “Change Cover”. Click the button, and from the dropdown menu choose “Choose from Photos”.


CoverCanvas will create a special album for you, where it will store all the covers you create, but the most recent covers will be available through Recent Uploads, without having to access any album.


If you can’t find the design you want, click on “View Albums” and choose the CoverCanvas album. You will find your design there.


You can now preview what the new design will look like on your page. Facebook will offer the option to drag the image around, but since the design was made specifically for this area, it’s already in its exact size and there’s nothing to move around. If you like it, click on “Save Changes”.


And there you have it. A unique, personal design for your Timeline profile, that people are just that much more likely to remember.


Note that CoverCanvas, like many other apps, will post a status update for you when you upload a new canvas through the service. The post includes the new canvas (so don’t upload ones you’re not sure you want people to see) and a link to the website. It looks like this.

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Bottom Line

All in all, CoverCanvas is a great way to personalize your new Facebook Timeline profile. You can create many different designs, and switch them around whenever you feel like it. That way, you’ll never get bored with your cover, even if you use the same pictures over and over again.

Do you know of some more services which help you create your own customized design for Timeline? Did you create a cool design with CoverCanvas? Share in the comments!

Related topics: Facebook, Image Editor.

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  1. Anh
    July 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I like the app a lot. I tried a hundred times but the website's uploading is very slow, actually I never get directed to the facebook. I don't know if it's the internet reason although my internet is pretty fast!

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 15, 2012 at 7:29 am

      I just tried it myself and it loaded great. Where exactly do you get stuck?

      You might be blocking popups, and the Facebook authorization window opens in a separate window. If you're blocking it, you might just sit there and wait for it forever.

      Also check if Flash is enabled, I'm pretty sure this is a Flash website.

      Let me know if it worked!

      • carlos
        July 22, 2012 at 5:01 am

        i'm having the same problem here, it never directs me to Facebook profile, pop up blocker its enable and i have flash player install, what can i do?

        • Yaara Lancet
          July 22, 2012 at 5:12 am

          Which browser are you using? Are you sure you're not blocking popups? It wasn't entirely clear from what you wrote.

          If it still doesn't work, you can check out some other free TImeline cover creators here.

        • carlos
          July 22, 2012 at 5:20 am

          I'm using safari but i also tried on firefox and google chrome and it didn't work

        • Yaara Lancet
          July 22, 2012 at 7:23 pm

          Answering here because the thread is too long. It's hard for me to say why it's not working, I would simply use one of the other services I linked to. :)

  2. Kelvin9icboi
    May 24, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Very cool ideas over here,keep it up ok?

  3. owin kenley
    May 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    can you take a look at my profile and see if you have some brilliant idea to make my timeline cover based on my primary pic. thanks

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  8. Yaara Lancet
    March 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Thanks for that one! Looks very nice.

  9. ylianna
    March 22, 2012 at 5:25 am

    how to create an remix cover?

    • Yaara Lancet
      March 28, 2012 at 10:06 am

      What do you mean by "remix cover"?

  10. LaughingGirl
    January 27, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    This is such a great idea but there's some kind of big problem on the site now. The start now button isn't working and there's no responses to about 30+ requests for help and no contact info for the help community. Lots of very frustrated folks who REALLY want to use the app.

    • Yaara
      January 28, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      I tried it just now and it works perfectly. Maybe they has an issue with the site earlier, but it looks like it's all fixed!

      • Prashant
        March 21, 2012 at 11:28 am

        U r ryt yaaaaaraa........ its not working exactly

  11. Yaara
    January 26, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Thanks! Didn't know about this one. It seems that actual custom designs cost money, but there are some nice images to use for free.

  12. Daperfectmix
    January 26, 2012 at 2:28 am

    nice article, but i can't find where to add a cover on facebook.. am I just blind??

    • Yaara
      January 26, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Are you already using the Timeline profile? I think most everyone has to use it now, but who knows. That might be the problem.

      If you are, look at the screenshots above. You need to search for a button that says "Add a cover". It's located on the bottom right of where your cover picture should go.

      • Daperfectmix
        January 30, 2012 at 1:16 am

        i wasn't using the timeline profile. i got it now. Thanks!

  13. Dave LeClair
    January 25, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Very cool, I think I might try this out on my Facebook.

    • Yaara
      January 26, 2012 at 8:48 am

      Show me what you come up with! Or maybe I'll actually remember to log on to Facebook and look. :)