Lately, as I have been browsing around some facebook pages I have noticed that a lot of people have some profile pictures that are not correctly sized and all messed up. This really isn’t a hard fix but if you don’t know what how facebook plays with your image, it could be frustrating to say the least.
When uploading your profile picture, Facebook tells you the image must be at least 180 px X 180 px. But the profile image is square and displayed in a 200 px X 200 px area. If you image is smaller than the 200 px X 200 px size, it will be stretched to fit. If your image is not square or larger than 200 px X 200 px, it will need to be cropped into a square shape. Below I have an image of my logo that I tried to upload to Facebook but it didn’t come out as I wanted. It is not square but rectangle and I was forced to crop it into only a small square.
As you can see my profile picture is not as my logo is but cropped into a small square with the same height and width as the height of my original logo. So, off to Gimp(is a free mac version of photoshop that I use) I went, to create a new sized logo for my Facebook Fan Page. Start off with a 200 px X 200 px square. Then Facebook actually doesn’t display a 12 px border inside your image. So, if you image goes all the way to the edge of the 200×200 px square, some of your image will be cropped off. To avoid this I shrink down the edge of my image and create a border image with a 176×176 px area to put my logo in. Below is a visual example of what I am talking about.
Now that you have your area set up you can insert you image into the white area. Here is how mine came out. Below that is a screen shot of how it looks as my Facebook fan page profile picture. I hope you like it.
I hope that this was helpful to all of you and please send us a link of your new profile pics looking pretty. Thanks for reading.
As you see with my wordpress theme just about complete, I am almost ready to go out and get my domain. I have just one small issue, I told Anna that I would spend any money on this project. I have had a few projects in the past that didn’t work out and I put a lot of time and effort into but also had to spend some money that ended up going to waste. So, with that being said, I have joined oDesk along with the previously mentioned freelancer.com and Elance.com. I do so far enjoy the layout and feel of oDesk the best of the three. I have just finished up filling out my profile and started putting in some applications for a few jobs. Hopefully, I will be able to raise enough money through one or all of these sites to go out and get my domain and site set up as my portfolio. Until then I will continue to post and give up dates here.
AS we speak I just got advanced to my first interview stage of a project at oDesk. It is between me and 2 other freelancers. Keep you fingers crossed, could get us a third of the way to getting our domain. Will keep you updated as I am. Thanks for reading.
Elizabeth has been home for a week now and it is time for me to get back to reality. This business is not just going tour and start itself. Today, to get the ideas flowing and my brain back on what needs to be done, I plan on playing with my logo design a little bit. Hopefully we will end up with something with a little more “pop”. I also plan to start looking for something that I enjoy the look and functionally of. I would like to design my own theme but for now I will probably find one closest to my likes and then begin coding my own.
Goals for week 1 back at work:
Find WordPress theme
Find hosting site and check URL availability
Make 4-5 posts
Gain 2 blog followers
Gain 5 Facebook likes/follows
Feels good to be back. Thanks for reading.
Sorry, for the dissapearing act I have made recently, but I do have an excuse. My amazing fiancé gave birth to our first child, Elizabeth Jirou Johnson. She is 7lbs 11oz, and 21in. long. What an amazing experience. I am so impressed with my soon to be wife, she was amazing and I love her dearly. Once we get settled in SMJ online studios will be continue to grow and contribute to the online community. Thanks for reading.
I love you, Elizabeth.
I, Scott Michael Johnson, am a 30 year old professional server/bartender, working in the hospitality business the majority of my working career. My fiancé, Anna Davies, and I are currently expecting our first child. The two of us just left the lights and glamour of Las Vegas to begin our family in northern California.
With the little one on the way(sex unknown), I decided that I would like to try working from home and supplementing our current income. But never really working outside the restaurant business where do I start. Maybe I can finally use my bachelors degree in Mathematics. Well, sort of, while studying(*cough* or not studying *cough*) at SUNY Albany, I also got a minor in computer science. Since graduating I have always done small projects for people such as logo design, website creating, graphic design, and other small computer related projects, why not do it for fun and get paid for it. Bang!! Pop!! Pow!! SMJ Online Studios is created. The idea being to freelance as a web designer while I learn the tricks of the trade and eventually be able to stay at home and work nearby the baby.