Canva tip: Create the perfect Facebook cover for Pages, Groups & Events

Canva tip: How to create the perfect Facebook cover for Pages, Groups and Events

If there’s one question I get asked over and over again, it’s: What is the perfect Facebook cover photo size? Google it and you’ll get different answers.

On Canva, the dimensions are set at 820 px x 312 px. And while these dimensions work on desktop, they don’t work as well on mobile.

Through trial and error, I’ve discovered the best dimensions are 1920 px x 1080 px. This displays perfectly on mobile and, if you center your key messages, displays very well on desktop. This size works for Facebook Pages, Facebook Groups and Event Covers.

How to create the perfect Facebook cover for Pages, Groups and Events using Canva

How to create the perfect Facebook Cover photo with Canva

Follows these steps. 

1. Open a new design 

If you are creating your own image from scratch, set custom dimensions of 1920 px X 1080 px. 

Create a design > Use custom dimensions (the custom dimensions button is in the top right-hand corner.

Create the perfect Facebook cover with Canva
Create the perfect Facebook cover with Canva

If you are a Canva for Work user and want to adapt a template, select Facebook Cover in the Social Media & Email headers sub section. Add your template from the left-hand menu then resize the design to 1920 x 1080 (under the file menu). You will need to adjust the template elements to fit the new size.

Create the perfect Facebook cover with Canva

If you are using a free Canva account and want to adapt a template, select Facebook Event Cover in the Social Media and Email headers sub section.

Once your create a design in a free Canva account, you can't change the design size. This will give you the correct size and access to templates in the left-hand menu.

Create the perfect Facebook cover with Canva

2. Center your design elements

It’s important to adjust your design so it displays well on desktop and mobile. Using the 1920 px X 1080 px size allows for this. But it is important to keep the key elements in the center as some of the design will not be visible on desktop. 

The image below highlights the preferred area for important information in blue. 

Create the perfect Facebook cover with Canva

3. Take a look at the right and wrong Facebook covers

What happens if you don't follow these guidelines for the perfect Facebook cover?

This is not the perfect Facebook cover – while it displays well on desktop, it cuts off on mobile.

Create the perfect Facebook cover with Canva
Create the perfect Facebook cover with Canva

This cover photo is 1920 px X 1080 px with the key elements moved towards the center. It displays perfectly on mobile and even when the edges are cropped on desktop it doesn't diminish the image.

Create the perfect Facebook cover with Canva
Create the perfect Facebook cover with Canva

It's also the perfect Facebook Cover for an event and displays correctly on desktop, mobile and in the newsfeed.

Create the perfect Facebook cover with Canva
Create the perfect Facebook cover with Canva

Remember, the perfect Facebook Cover for Pages, Groups and Events is:

  • 1920 px X 1080 px
  • All elements centered


Now you have the perfect Facebook Cover, you might also be interested in:

How to start a Facebook Page

How to start a Facebook Group

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