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Resizing an ECard for Facebook's Photo Parameters
Tutorial created in Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 on a PC using Windows 7
If necessity is the mother of invention, then frustration is surely the cousin of do-overs. Such was the case earlier this summer. My little Father's Day project for my husband pushed me to make a discovery that helped me get a handle on how to send an eCard to my Facebook friends quickly and easily – and sized just right.
It was the day before Father's Day, and as usual, I was running a little late on getting my husband's Father's Day goodies in order. (A little late? I had done nothing toward honoring him for all he does to keep this family afloat. I'll spare you the excuses.)
My friend, Annette, showed me what she had made for her hubby for Father's Day. She had purchased three big letters at a craft store – D, A, D – and then took pics of her three kids, each holding one letter. She inserted the pictures in a long, rectangular frame that featured a matte with three openings, thus D-A-D was spelled out in the frames. It was adorable. I had frame envy.
Sensing my gift dilemma, she insisted that I use the letters and take photos of my son, too. (What are friends for, if not for saving your hide with a dash of creativity!) I have one child, not three, so I took three pics of my son holding the letters. I wanted to simulate the matte with three openings so I used a frame with three openings from Reflections of the Heart Collection Biggie by Jen Reed.
Then I clustered "manly" embellishments around the left side and lower right corner, using digital embellishments from RetroActive Brothers Collection Mini, Rustique Collection Biggie, Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Butterfly Effect. I grabbed a nice neutral background paper from Assemble Your Own Zoom Pages: Follow Your Bliss that gave a little texture without overpowering the layout.
My plan was only to print it out and insert it in a frame (no matte needed!), but on a whim, I decided to post it to my husband's Facebook profile as a surprise eCard that he would discover on Father's Day, plus it would declare to the wide-waiting-world that he's a great dad.
But when I uploaded it, I was expecting it to be just as perfect as it looked on my PSE screen, but uh-oh, I hadn't taken into consideration that Facebook's photo window isn't a typical size. Here's how it came out looking...
The top of the image was lopped off! If one of my friends happened to click on it, they would see the complete image, but the full effect of seeing it perfectly displayed on his wall was lost. Most of the time, this probably wouldn't bother me, but this time, I decided to be a perfectionist.
That set me on a mission: To figure out how to post an eCard/photo on Facebook that would fit perfectly in the window. First, I realized that I'd created a rectangular layout, but if I'd created a square, say a typical 12x12-inch layout, then it would have fit in the square Facebook photo "window."
Yes, it was as simple as that. I just needed my document size to be a square rather than a rectangle. Whether it's a 12x12 or an 8x8 or somewhere in-between, a square is a square is a square. So I did a quick re-do, creating the image as a square with a resolution of 300. I had to rearrange my layout just a little, and this is what I came up with and how it looked on my husband's Facebook profile:
Yes, indeed, this is how I wanted it to look in the first place!
Now I can use this new understanding of how to make Facebook-sized eCards to greater benefit, like this "welcome your new baby" eCard which I posted to my friend's profile:
Now I feel empowered to make Facebook eCards for birthdays, babies, and any other event that comes along! And as long as it's a square, it's going to be a perfect fit.
Article written by Cindy Dake
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High Noon Crop
Wednesday, August 8th - 12 Noon EDT
Join April (April Showers) each Wednesday at 12 Noon EDT for the High Noon Crop. All coasts and time zones are welcome! These crops are designed to allow you to work on your own photos and themes, simply giving participants a one hour goal and a fun, new challenge each week.
On August 8th, we'll do a Color Challenge. Use vibrant colors like turquoise, orange and yellow on your page. Any vibrant colors you choose are fine. Have fun with it!
Create your layout and upload it to the special High Noon Crop Gallery. You'll be amazed what you can get done in just one hour, but there is no High Noon Sheriff timing you! Hope to see you in the chat room!
Monday, August 13th - 8:00 PM EDT
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August's Forum Game: BINGO
Join us for an exciting game of August BINGO on the Scrap Girls Forum!! Pick 25 words from the list provided and send them in an email to [email protected] with a subject line that says "BINGO CARD - your Scrap Girls Forum username" by Wednesday August 1st (Midnight EDT) in order to play in the first round. The first round will begin on Thursday, August 2nd. If you miss the first round deadline, you can still play! Just send in your BINGO card at any time during the month, and you'll be eligible to begin playing when the next new round starts.
Each day (Monday through Saturday), a member of the Welcoming Committee will call five random words from the BINGO list. Match just 15 of those words to win a BINGO. You must be first to call "BINGO!" in the game thread to win that round. After a winner is called, the boards will be cleared and a new round will begin the following day.
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For complete details, visit the Monthly Forum Games folder on the Scrap Girls Forum.
August Monthly Layout Contest: Summer vacation time! We'd love to see your layouts featuring your summer vacations! Have you gone on the trip of a lifetime? Or an annual trip with family or friends? Have you had a fun staycation right in your own town? We'd love to get a glimpse into how you spend your vacation and why you chose spend your time that way! Post your layouts in the August Monthly Layout Gallery before Midnight EDT on August 31st and you could one of the two people who will win a $10 Gift Certificate to the Scrap Girls Boutique! Please be sure to list your layout's product credits in the description or under the EXIF Properties.
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