Some people call this a hacked profile image, some people call it a reverse mosaic, photo puzzle, or just small photos that form one larger profile picture. In this tutorial we’ll look at how to make your Facebook profile look original, or at least creative, via the trending “hacked” image look. The video below will explain the process in Photoshop, but if you don’t have it, worry not as there are a few other methods for decorating your profile photos like this.
Method 1: Photoshop
If you have Gimp or another advanced image editor, the steps are somewhat similar, but we’re just going to cover the process in Photoshop for now.
To begin with, you’ll need a photo that you want to chop up for your profile. This image needs to be 800(w) x 600(h) pixels in size. What we’re going to do is split the image into 5 small tagged images and 1 large profile image.
The large image must be at least 180(w)x 540(h) and the smaller images will be 98(w) x 68(h). The gap from the top needs to be 41 pixels, and the gap between the profile and tagged photos must be 20 px. The gap in-between each tag photo must be 2px. Phew… okay I know, this is a lot of work, let’s do it the easy way instead.
Figuring out all these measurements can be a hassle, so why don’t we do it an easier way? If we take a screen capture, all we have to do is find someone else who has a profile like this and cop it. And who better to copy, than the guy who originally came up with the idea of hacking your Facebook profile, Alexandre Oudin. Visit his profile and then watch the video below to get started.
Just incase the tagging part was confusing, here’s a little info-chart. The farthest-right picture needs to be tagged first, and you have to tag in order from Right to left. The large image of course, you do not tag, it is your profile image.
Note that when other people tag you in photos it can mess up your profile image. You can correct this quickly though; just hover over the intruding image and Click the X icon in the top-right corner of it.
Method 2: Use A Template
You can save some serious time in Photoshop by using a pre-made template for Facebook.
Method 3: Profile Maker
Profile Maker is a Facebook app that doesn’t even require you leave the site. It is incredibly easy to use and will allow you to make a “Hacked” Facebook profile image in under a minute. Just upload a single large photo, then Profile Maker will handle all the hard work of splitting it up. The only downside to this “free” app is the hidden cost”.
Despite the Profile Maker app being free, it will request a large amount of data and information about you. So, you can choose to use this app, but just be warned that you are paying for it by surrendering some of your privacy.
If you’re not a fan of Profile Maker, here are a couple alternatives:
- Profile Photos Bar – Similar to Profile Maker, but doesn’t invade your privacy as much.
- Picturize.Me – This is an external app built in Microsoft Silverlight, in order to use it you will have to link the website to your Facebook account.
Facebook might not let you customize your profile look and feel all the way around, but with this groovy trick you can at least control how your photos appear. There are several groovy methods, so anyone can do it, but if you choose to use an application on Facebook make sure you are aware exactly what information the app will be recording from you.