I’ve written before about how to crop photos in Picasa. I generally crop my photos square for my blog posts, but did you know you can crop them to any size you want to? This is super useful when you want a picture exactly the right size for your Facebook Timeline Cover or your Madeit store header.
You can set those Custom Aspect Ratios (or sizes) in your Picasa software and it will save them for later on. So next time you want to change your Timeline cover, the size is there for you. I often crop a photo of my latest project to go into my Facebook page to highlight that project.
Here’s a list of the extra custom sizes you might use:
- Facebook Timeline Cover: 850 x 315
- Facebook Photos or Tab Buttons: 204 x 291
- WordPress Blog Header: 960 x 240
- Blogger Blog Header: 960 x 250
- Madeit Store Header: 950 x 200
- Sidebar Buttons: 125 x 125 OR 250 x 125
- Google Plus Cover Picture: 940 x 180
- Google Plus Profile Picture: 250 x 250
You can set up Custom Aspect Ratios in whatever sizes you need. So say your blog sidebar is 250 pixels wide, you might create a couple of different rectangles that are 250 wide for buttons or ads that you want to put there.
How To Create Custom Sizes:
- Open your photo in Picasa (If you don’t have it yet, download it for free here.)
- Click the Crop option to open the cropping screen
- Roll down the Menu to choose the crop size
- Right at the bottom of the list choose “Add Custom Aspect Ratio”
- Type in the dimension you want e.g. 960 x 250
- Give your new size a name if you want to use it for a particular purpose, or leave the name blank.
- Click OK.
- Now you should see that size in the list to choose each time you crop photos.
What other custom sizes do you use?