Pro Tip: Checking your Facebook Cover Photo against the 20% Text Policy

Pro Tip: Checking your Facebook Cover Photo against the 20% Text Policy

In January, 2013, Facebook updated their Cover Photo guidelines for business pages to restrict text on the photo to no more than 20% coverage. In this Pro Tip video, Stephan Hovnanian shows you how to calculate how much of your cover photo is covered by text.

By the Numbers:

  • 268,065 px2– total area of your cover photo (851 x 315 pixels)
  • 53,613 px2– 20% coverage

How to Calculate your Facebook Cover Photo Text Coverage:

  1. Open your cover photo in Photoshop
  2. For each block of text on the cover photo:
    1. Highlight each area of text using the Selection tool
    2. Write down the dimensions of the selected area
    3. Multiply the dimensions together to get the area of that text block
  3. Add all the text block areas together. If the total is less than 53,613 px2 you’re under the limit!

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About Stephan Hovnanian

I own Shovi Websites, a website design and email marketing company located outside Boston. I spend my days managing websites and staying up to speed with all the latest trends across the web so you don't have to.

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  • Neil Ferree

    Good Tip Stephan • timely too! Got a couple of clients who will require a modification to comply with the new FB header graphic TOS – thx!

    • Stephan Hovnanian

      Sure thing Neil, let me know if you get stuck at any point; happy to lend a hand!