In a previous post, I touched on the creative use of the Facebook profile and how to create a cool facebook profile for yourself. But wait, there’s something else. Can we apply the same technique for Facebook’s photo album?
But of course! I’ll show you how. It’s a pretty simple process; the general idea is similar to that for the Facebook profile – Mask a huge image into the photo album thumbnails. And then tell yourself “Wow that’s so cool.”
Alright, we’re gonna use a 4 by 4 thumbnail structure so as to fit the final image on most browsers without scrolling. Here we go.
Prashish Rajbhandari’s Photo Album
I first saw this photo album hack when it was showcased in Mashable’s post 10 More Creative Uses of the New Facebook Profile [PICS] in late December 2010. I’m not certain whether Prashish Rajbhandari was the first person who crafted this but since he was mentioned by Mashable, I suppose he was the maker. Read on to find out how to do this.
- Download the PSD file (click the green button below) and open it in Photoshop.
- Now open your desired image in Photoshop and drag it into cool_facebook_photo_album.psd.
Here’s the image I used (pardon the poor quality, it’s taken from a video):
- Your new image should be at the top most layer (above the big image layer). Right click the layer of your new image and select Create Clipping Mask.
- Now that your new image is masked you can see exactly how it will look like on Facebook. Adjust the position, size, color, levels or whatever you want with the image.
- Once you’re satisfied with your masterpiece, it’s time to save it and publish to Facebook. The boxes have already been sliced – Go to View > Show > Slices if you wanna see the slices in action.
- Click File in the top bar and select Save for Web & Devices… .
- Select only the blue slices (16 of them) by clicking them one by one while holding the Shift key.
- Click Save. Under the Slices drop down list below, choose Selected Slices and click Save again. And you’re done with Photoshop! On to Facebook.com now.
- Click the Photos link below your profile picture and then Upload Photos on the top right.
- Select the whole bunch of images and upload them – Facebook will automatically arrange the photos for you. If you’re a jigsaw puzzle fan, you might wanna mess around with the arrangement…
- And you’re done! There’s a new Facebook album in town! Brilliant!
Facebook Album Screenshot
Here’s a screenshot of my new photo album on Facebook:
You can view it live here.
You can download the PSD file for this tutorial here:
Note: If you wanna create a taller picture, you can make use of the individual boxes folder in cool_facebook_photo_album.psd. Simply increase the height of your canvas and duplicate as many boxes as you want.