How to Resize New Facebook Event Cover Photos in Paint

How to Resize New Facebook Event Cover Photos in Paint


Facebook recently changed how event pages look. Now you can add a larger cover photo, similar to your timeline cover photo,  instead of a small thumbnail icon. In this post, I’ll show you how to resize an image to fit the new dimensions using Microsoft Paint. The goal of this tutorial is to be quick and easy.


The above image is what the new cover photo for Facebook events looks like.

The image below is what you see when you click on that image. It is much larger then the new dimensions of 714wx264h. The next images will show you how to use Microsoft Paint to re-size an existing image.


How to resize the new Facebook event cover photo using Microsoft Paint

Step 1: Open Paint and copy the image from Facebook.



Step 2: Hit the select button at the top left and drag a box around the part of the image you want to use for the cover photo. You’ll see a lines around the image, which helps you know what you are selecting.

Step 3: Hit ctrl+c to copy what selected.








Step 4: Close out the current image and open a new one. You can do this  by hitting ctrl+n. You can choose to save the old image if you like.

Step 5: Change the dimensions of your new canvas to 714w x 264h. Make sure you switch over to pixels and uncheck “Maintain aspect ratio”


 Step 6: Your canvas is now the correct size. we’re going to need to alter it slightly again.







Step 7: Paste the selected area from step 3 onto your canvas. It’s important to know that the canvas now exceeds the cover photo size, but we’ll change it back at the end.






Step 8: Drag the selected image to the middle.



Step 9: Select the eye dropper tool to match the color of the image so you can remove the white boarders. The eye dropper tool is right under the paint bucket icon at the top. Once you select the same color, use the paint bucket tool to color in the white boarders.







Below is the finished product which is now the correct dimensions for the new Facebook event cover photo. You can see that the dimensions are correct at the bottom portion of the screen. Now you can go back to your Facebook event and add this photo.








See Also:

Use social media to get accurate event RSVPS

10 things you didn’t know about Facebook


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  • Thanks for your excellent writeup. Them in reality would have been a entertainment bill this. Look complex to help a lot more introduced flexible on your part! By the way, just how might most of us keep in contact?

    • Adam Goldberg

      You are very welcome. Thanks for being a reader!

  • Jamie

    How can I do this using a MAC? I don’t have paint… 🙁

    • Adam Goldberg

      You should be able to download Gimp or even iPhoto will let you crop and resize images.

  • Gaby Asenjo

    Thanks for demystify the process. FB made it too difficult with the size of the timeline photo as they only mention that picture needs to be at least 400 pixel wide. which is actually (714 wide x 264 h) no body knows that. Thanks your instructions were spot on and simple to follow. I am not longer frustrated. Grateful user

    • sociallygold

      I’m glad I could help Gaby! Don’t forget to subscribe for future updates.

  • Gaby Asenjo

    Could you please write step by step instructions on how to do this in a Mac, using Iphoto. This will be super . Thanks a lot

    • sociallygold

      I should be able to work on a iPhoto tutorial this weekend.

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