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Neodigital Art | Timeline pictures

a zillion ideas sunset

This picture is my my cover picture on my Facebook Timeline. On the left of the picture is my profile photo, just underneath where the sun is in this picture. When you’re doing a photo like this it’s important to get the text in the right place.

Try positioning the text and then upload it. If it’s in the wrong place, click cancel and go back to PhotoScape and move the text into position; then upload it again. You can repeat that a few times, until you get it perfect. You might have to resize or crop the photo too.

A zillion ideas

I cropped this picture to fit and added text in the sky again. I tend to stick to the same font for variations on the same theme. You can get a different message across though.


PhotoScape will also do these balloons for speech. It doesn’t have to be a person speaking! Again, the text needs to be in the right position. There is a  sidebar on the right in Facebook, so it needs to be clear of that and not overlapping your profile photo on the left.


When I was writing my blog post on Sunday morning the sun was shining and the light was perfect for photography. So I planned to photograph this lock-keepers cottage. When I had finished writing, it became cloudy and dark. I cooked lunch and the sun came out again and so I decided to go and take the photos! Then it went dark as soon as I set out. I kept going and took the photos anyway! I’ve photographed this canal before farther along, but found there was this lock-keepers cottage here. I tried to use the canal and the locks to give the picture depth. It’s a quite atmospheric picture and I think it will look different in Spring and it will be worth going back and taking the same shot in summer too. I was standing on a bridge and I photographed that and the canal going the other way too. There was another lock-keepers cottage farther along the canal, but it was obscured by bushes and trees.


I parked the car around the corner in this residential street. The houses looked interesting and so I took this shot of those too. It’s tempting when you take a shot like this to get closer or to zoom in. The road in the foreground is important because it gives the photo depth.

What do you think of today’s pictures? Artistic? Please comment and share your thoughts…


4 responses

  1. Hi Mike, That sunset picture is amazing! The colors are so bright. I like how you made that picture into a Facebook Timeline image. Sometimes I will like a photo but then it doesn’t work as a Timeline image. Having space for text is very important. I’m always on the look out for header images for my blog. But often the image I think will be perfect doesn’t work because there is no room for text.

    The lock keeper’s cottage is truly charming. Your photos of the homes near the road made me homesick for England.

    Thanks for sharing your artistry and advice with us, Mike!

    6, March 2013 at 5:47 pm

    • Hi Carolyn,

      That sunset was on a winter’s day, it was freezing. It was a derelict site too. They are building there soon, a new enterprise zone. When I take a picture with Timeline in mind I try to get the centre on the horizon so I have some sky. If it has water, there is even more room for text. Remembering to leave room for the sidebar and profile picture on cover pictures is most important.

      I thought those houses look a little odd, one looked like a warehouse. It was too cold to stand and stare though!

      I’ll check out PinAlert.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      6, March 2013 at 8:18 pm

  2. One more thing, Mike. You should sign up for PinAlert, which will send you an email any time someone pins an image from your blog. I bet you get a lot of pins and you don’t even realize it! The service is free.

    6, March 2013 at 5:49 pm

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