Facebook for Beginners: How to Use Pic Monkey & Create a Highlighted Update on Facebook

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Many thanks to Sue of Quirki Stuff who asked us how she could display a ‘Before and After’ photograph of one of their painted items of furniture on facebook.

First of all, if you wish to incorporate 2 or 3 before and after photographs into a collage or display a wide photograph in order to give it more presence on Facebook, you need to be aware of the dimensions that Facebook allows for these photos.  Highlighted and ‘Milestone’ photographs have dimensions of 843 x 403. If the photo is not this size, it will be ‘stretched’ to fit so may not appear as you had hoped.

To create a collage, a handy free tool is Pic Monkey. Simply opt for the ‘create a collage’ option and decide which layout you would like.

How to use Pic Monkey You can choose to upload photos from your computer and all the photos you wish to use will stack in the box on the left side. You can then move them to the collage one at a time or all at once. It is easy to change them from one box to another too.  You will notice in the photographs below that the cabinet cannot be seen in its entirety, hence the boxes need to be enlarged.

How to use Pic Monkey

Place the cursor on the outer edges of the collage and pull them outwards to enlarge the photograph. You can see the total size of the photograph at the bottom and as you can see, it is larger than the required 843 x 403 for Facebook requirements.

How to use Pic Monkey

By manipulating the outer edges of the collage again, it is possible to reduce the total size of the image to 843 x 403, the desired dimensions. This can be a bit finicky so don’t worry if it isn’t exact, it just means that Facebook will either stretch or hide a tiny bit of the photo.

How to upload a photo on Facebook

Then, simply name the photograph and save it to the desired location on your computer.

How to upload a photo on Facebook

How to Upload a picture to Facebook

Next, you need to upload the photograph to facebook. Do check out our previous post on how to upload a photograph to facebook if you don’t know how to do this.

As you can see in the screenshot above, the collage had been cut to 403 x 403 so part of it is obscured. By clicking on the little star (highlight button) on the top right to the photograph, this changes it to 843 x 403 and gives it more prominence across the page – perfect for showing off a ‘before/after’ transformation.

How to Upload a picture to Facebook

Marie and I offer training session in groups and as one to ones so if you feel that you really need to get to grips with facebook or any of the other social meda and would like some help, do get in touch.

Next up – how to create a long, tall, skinny photograph for Pinterest.

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  • http://twitter.com/FurnFairIRL Furniture Fair IRL (@FurnFairIRL)

    Thanks for that Lorna -It’s a very useful little tutorial for the startups and sole-trader makers & crafters who utlize Facebook as a key selling tool – looking forward to more. I posted it on my Facebook page for our http://www.irishfurniturefair.com community who supply Furniture and Home Accessories in Ireland. – Elish Bul-Godley

    • http://irishfarmerette.com Lorna

      Thank you Elish, appreciate that :) I had a couple of training sessions with new clients and it is handy for them to have step by step instructions to hand when tackling it on their own. Handy to be able to send them the link and thought I’d share it rather than creating it in a document.
      Lorna

  • http://twitter.com/QuirkiStuff Sue Corbett (@QuirkiStuff)

    Thanks Lorna, that is so clear and helpful…even for a total Facebook novice like me!
    Sue

    • http://irishfarmerette.com Lorna

      Good to hear Sue and many thanks for the question too :)

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