How to Create a Google Plus Cover Photo from a Facebook Cover Photo

How to Create a Google Plus Cover Photo tutorialUPDATE! NEW Google Cover Photo Size & instructions here!

If you find Facebook confusing – welcome to Google Plus! After being baffled by the G+ Cover Photo size requirements, which then get cropped, I decided my readers would appreciate a post on how to create a Google Plus Cover Photo. And, I’m gonna tell you how you can repurpose a Facebook Cover Photo to G+. This method will work as long as you can afford to sacrifice about 20% of the height of your FB Cover Photo. Yes – even though the G+ Cover Photo is SO skinny! Check this out…

Google Plus Cover Photo Dimensions

The size of the Google+ Cover Photo is 940 pixels wide by 180 pixels high. To create your cover photo, the image you upload must be at least 940px wide. Google+ has a nice tool that will allow you to crop a larger photo just how you’d like it.

How to Create your Google Plus Cover Photo

Notice that the Google+ Cover Photo dimensions are more than five times wider than tall! BUT – your large Profile Picture will cut the Cover Photo about 3/4 of the way over. I’m going to give you the exact dimensions so you can work within the visible space, because it’s darn hard to find a photo to work with those proportions!

How to Create a Google Plus Cover Photo (links to my profile)


How to Create a Google Plus Cover Photo from a Facebook Cover Photo

1. Create a new document in your photo editing software at 940px x 180px.

How to Create your Google Plus Cover Photo step 1

2. Set a guide at 625px. This marks the left edge of where the profile picture cuts into the cover photo. (Holding the Shift key will help snap to multiples of 5, in Adobe Photoshop).

How to Create your Google Plus Cover Photo step 2

3. Open your Facebook Cover Photo, copy the whole image, and paste in. Position it all the way to the left. It won’t fill the width – no problem.

How to Create your Google Plus Cover Photo step 3

4. Enlarge the work area, then select Edit > Transform > Scale. (You need the workspace large enough to find the corner of the FB cover photo).

How to Create your Google Plus Cover Photo step 4

5. While holding the Shift key to constrain proportions, push the lower right corner until the width hits the 625px guide. Press Return. Now you can adjust the top-to-bottom cropping as desired.

How to Create your Google Plus Cover Photo step 5

6. Add a piece of your photo on the left. Only a smidge will show to the right of your Profile Picture, so use anything, just to give continuity.

How to Create your Google Plus Cover Photo step 6

7. Save Image and upload to your Google+ profile. Choose a template: select the icon at left (single image).

How to Create your Google Plus Cover Photo step 7

8. Done! Note that 10px are lost on the left – seen only in the notch. And 40px on the right magically disappear! Only a 15px wide sliver is visible to the left of the profile pic. I have no idea what the point of that is. (BTW this cover photo is actually for a client, not me ;)).

How to Create your Google Plus Cover Photo step 8

Google Plus Profile Picture Size

For your G+ Profile Picture, upload a photo that’s 250px x 250px or larger. You’ll be able to adjust cropping on larger images.

Google Plus Profile Scrapbook Photos Size

If you wish to use 5 small images instead of the large cover photo, the size of the Google Plus Profile small photos is 110px X 110px each.

How to Set Up your Google Plus Profile in 70 Seconds

HA! Good luck. I could barely follow this video from Google, let alone follow along. But here’s what Google has provided:

Additional Google Plus Resources

Find out more about G+ profiles at

Manage your Privacy Settings at

Note: To manage your additional pages, click the tiny arrowhead beside your avatar in the far right upper corner.

How Does your Google Plus Cover Photo Look?

Whether you started from scratch, or made your Google+ Cover Photo from a Facebook Cover Photo, share a link to your profile in the comments!

UPDATE: As of June 21, 2012, once you switch to the GooglePlus cover photo, you cannot switch back to the 5 small “scrapbook photos.” Google says the 5 photo layout is not compatible with mobile devices. For now, Google is preserving those existing layouts, but I wanted to warn you before you upgrade to the Google+ Cover Photo.

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About Louise Myers

Louise Myers is a graphic design expert whose designs have been featured by Disney, Macy's, WalMart and more. Her straightforward writing style empowers small business owners to make their own graphics for social media success! Follow Louise on Twitter: @Louise_Myers
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19 Responses to How to Create a Google Plus Cover Photo from a Facebook Cover Photo

  1. Elyn says:

    Wow – I can follow step by step, and that is what you have here! Kudos!

  2. Sharon says:

    Thanks for using my cover – you did a great job on the FB cover and now the google+ cover.

  3. Stacey says:

    Thanks for doing the “heavy lifting.” I haven’t done Google+ yet because I haven’t had time to figure this out. YOu just saved me TONS of time!

  4. Kathy says:

    How do you keep coming up with such new and HELPFUL information to share.
    Your amazing!
    Thank you so much for sharing.

  5. Excellent tutorial, Louise, for do-it-yourselfers! I’m not one of them so I appreciate that you adapted my FB cover image for my G+ profile.

    • Louise Myers says:

      Thanks for sharing the tutorial, Denise! Yours did need to be redesigned, since it made use of the full 315 FB cover height. But this should help most people repurpose their Facebook cover photo – or start from scratch – without having to find a super-panoramic photo!

  6. Sharon says:

    Thanks for doing mine as an example. I just uploaded it and it looks great!

  7. Nica Mandigma

    This is a great tutorial Louise! I will make it a point to include this on my to-do list this week!

    Btw, found you via Social Buzz Club!

  8. Reasonable Power says:

    Thank you. It works. That was great.

    The information about how to position the picture was nice.

    Thank you.

  9. Robin

    Louise, THANK YOU! I’m fairly good with photoshop, resizing photos, etc. but fitting our company logo to the Google+ cover was a trick. Your steps saved my evening. Thank you!

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