I’ve activated the new ‘timeline’ Facebook layout on my profile and decided to have some fun using GIMP to make a funny picture. I’m a massive Katamari fan and I love internet humour so I decided to add the running girl to a Katamari scene. Here’s a short tutorial on what to do.

  • Grab a screenshot of your profile with ‘timeline’ activated
  • Make sure you have the images you need for the final product
  • In GIMP create a marquee around the biggest block (the cover), color this in Black in a new layer
  • Do the same for the smaller block (the profile pic) in a new layer
  • Scale the image you want as ‘the cover’ down so that the main part of the image you want would be in the frame but ensure that there’s about 50px of the image under this line (we’ll use this as the background for the profile pic)
  • Scale the image you want as the profile pic to fit in the box, then delete the background so the image’s focus is the only thing showing
  • Now use the colour selection tool on the biggest block to select the entire block, change to the layer with the ‘cover’ image, hide all other layers and crop the image. Save this somewhere
  • Use CTL/CMD + Z to go back a step so it’s not cropped
  • Now use the colour selection tool on the smaller block, change to the layer with ‘profile’ image and then hide all other layers except the ‘cover’ image, as your now see that the profile image fits on the cover perfectly. Scale this image to 200px by 200px (Facebook won’t let you upload this otherwise). Crop this and save this somewhere
  • Upload the images in the relevant places, make amendments if needed

Here’s mine

fun with the new timeline facebook proile

Fun with the new 'timeline' Facebook profile layout