If you're an event promoter or just planning to host a one-off event of any kind through Facebook that requires you to communicate information to potential attendees by way of an image, you've noticed that Facebook recently changed the layout of event page images.
The usual 11"x17" tabloid design layout has worked perfectly for years, but no longer works very well on Facebook.
The vast majority of people have designed posters for one application (print) and used the same print file for Facebook and other online promoting. One design killed two applications so to speak (both print and web) but that is no longer the case for Facebook users at least -- and considering there are over a billion of you, let's just assume the majority of people hosting events in this world are struggling to deal with this problem. You now have to create 1 poster for print and 1 poster for Facebook, and it's not very easy to communicate all the same information in such a small space.
When you upload a classic tabloid to a Facebook event, over half of the information gets cut off as you can see below.
I recently came up with a pretty decent Facebook event cover photo design that I feel communicates the information really well to online users and wanted to share the template file with you, so you won't have to scratch your head any longer or spend any more money with a professional designer.
The dimensions of the new Facebook Event Cover Photo:
714 pixels wide x 264 pixels high
Download this Facebook Event Cover Photo Template for FREE below!
Like what you see? You're in luck, because I'm giving this design away for free! Feel free to use it for your event on Facebook. Simply edit the fields in Adobe inDesign to reflect your proper event information, then export it as jpeg and upload it to Facebook. Feel free to change fonts and be sure to insert your own photo and/or logo(s).
UPDATE: Photoshop template added! See below.
Here's an example of a design I made just for fun:
Right click (or Control+click on Mac) and select "Save As" on the file below to download: