How to Create Thumbnail Pictures in Photoshop, for a Facebook Profile Header
It is fairly simple creating thumbnail pictures for a Facebook profile header, using Photoshop. There are applications that you could use for that matter, which automatically convert your photo into 5 thumbnail pictures. But using Photoshop gives you full control over the final result. You can prepare any image you like, or combine several images into one.
That header of thumbnail photos can make your profile look a little more interesting or unique. Use your imagination to come up with a good idea. It can also be delivering a message, or holding a saying of a happy new year, happy birthday, congratulations, and so on.
Begin with pressing “Print Screen” while your profile page is opened.
Paste that image in a new Photoshop document. The size of the document will be set automatically as the size of the image that had been saved in the computer's memory, while pressing “print screen”.
For your convenience – crop the image around the thumbnails, using the Crop Tool (C on the keyboard). There is no need to be using such a big image. All the work revolves around the header.
Choose the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M on your keyboard), from the selection tools, and make a selection of all 5 thumbnail photos, one by one without the space in between them, using Shift to add a selection or Alt to subtract a selection.
Make sure you choose the exact size of the thumbnails. By magnifying the image using the Zoom Tool (Z on your keyboard), or pressing Ctrl+Plus on your keyboard, you will have a closer view of the chosen pixels.
When the selection is made and complete, Add Layer Mask (on the bottom of the layers panel, or through: Layer – layer Mask – Reveal Selection).
Now drag your photo on top of that document, to insert the image you would like to appear in the thumbnails, or go to File – Place... and choose the photo you would like to add.
Select the pixels of the mask you have created, by pressing Ctrl+Mouse click, on the Layer Mask Thumbnail in the layers panel.
Make sure the layer of your added photo is chosen, and press Add Layer Mask, this time to reveal only the relevant parts of your photo.
Release the link between Layer and mask, by clicking it once.
Standing on the photo layer, and not on the mask - move your photo around by dragging it. Scale or rotate it to fit: press Ctrl+T, and make sure to use Shift while scaling, to prevent distortion of the image.
When you are satisfied with the result, the way the image appears in all five thumbnails – select again the mask, by pressing Ctrl+Mouse click, on the Layer Mask Thumbnail in the layers panel.
Reduce the selection of 4 out of 5 thumbnails, using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and pressing Alt on your keyboard.
Having the selection of only one thumbnail, stand on your photo layer by clicking on it, and copy those pixels – Ctrl+C.
Open a new Photoshop document, without closing the other. The size will be set right. Paste the thumbnail into that new document – Ctrl+V, and save it as a JPEG file.
Repeat the same process on each one of all 5 thumbnails, selecting its pixels, copying the image, pasting it in a new document with its fixed size, and saving it as a separate photo.
When finished, you will have 5 different thumbnail photos of the image you have created.
Name them by numbers, from 1 to 5, in their following order - from right to left. After uploading the thumbnails onto Facebook, tag them orderly, starting with the right hand side.
The whole process is quite simple, and once you get the hang of it, it should not take longer than five minuets to make.