We’ve produced a couple of free templates for creating cover images for Flickr’s new-look interface. If you have a Flickr photo-sharing account hopefully by now you’ll have seen the new interface and heard about the new free account’s one terabyte photo-storage limit.
About The Flickr Cover Photo
We’ve not heard anything official from Flickr but from a few tests we’ve determined that a good image size that works is 2560 x 2560 pixels. Flickr shrinks and grows the image to match the width of browser window being used. This has the result that the amount of the image to be seen varies with the browser window width. The top and bottom areas of the image are overlaid with semi transparent menus and buttons, and the whole image is covered by a graduated vertical fade to black from about the image’s mid-point.
Although the actual cover image is only around 234px high, it is essential to have an image over 2000px high. If you don’t the Flickr cover picture looks awful on wide displays, and it can also be cropped in width on smaller displays. This is why this template uses an image size of 2560 x 2560 pixels. I tried over twelve different cover image sizes to see what works and what doesn’t.
How to Update Your Flickr Cover Photo
- Put your cursor over the current cover picture in Flickr. An ‘Edit Cover Photo’ button will appear. Click it and the ‘Choose Cover Photo’ pop-up will appear.
- You can select an image from your recently uploaded public and Safe photographs. If your picture doesn’t show up or no pictures show up, check your account settings. Click on the photograph you want to use.
- You can now re-position your picture to suit. If you’ve used the templates I’ve supplied there’s no need to re-position the picture.
- Press ‘Save’.
- Important Navigate to another page, and then return to your Photo-stream. Use your browsers refresh button to reload the page. Flickr creates a new cover image file – which is why you have to refresh the page.
- You can now delete the cover picture from your Photostream if you want.
If you choose to upload a cover photo when the ‘Choose Cover Photo’ pop-up appears there is a bug in the system (as of May 22, 2013). To get around it: upload your picture, making sure it is public and Safe. Now you’ll have to re-select the ‘Edit Cover Photo’ button by putting your cursor on the existing cover image. This time when the ‘Choose Cover Photo’ pop-up appears your latest picture will be at the top of the list. Can’t see it? You did remember to make the picture public? Now you can follow the steps above starting at step 2.
Links to the Flickr Cover Image files:
- Photoshop Flickr cover image template file – Includes guides and mask layers for your cover image.
- png Flickr cover image template file – Transparent surround and image areas.
- jpeg Flickr cover image template file – Guides (no transparency).
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Film Strip Template
A revised version of the Film Strip template, including complete Photoshop, png and jpg files can be found here
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