Putting the ‘face’ back into Facebook

A certain craze seems to be sweeping Facebook at the moment, made possible by the layout and features of the new-look profile. You’ve more than likely by now seen a friend’s profile and done a double take. The seemingly obscure, shoddily cropped profile picture is complimented on the right by the last five photos the person was tagged in, and upon closer inspection it is apparent that the pictures are a continuation of one original image. What this creates is a composite image in a modern style, with a mosaic feel about it. French artist Alexandre Oudin is credited with pioneering this ‘profile hacking’ trend.

If you wanted to do this yourself, there are a couple of different ways to achieve it. For Photoshop users, it’s relatively simple:

  • Take a screen shot of your profile page and paste it into Photoshop
  • Select the image you’d like to use for your profile and paste that over the screen shot, adjusting the size and orientation accordingly
  • Increase the transparency so that you can see the underlying Facebook ‘template’
  • Crop the profile picture and subsequent tagged photo frames so that you have the six images you will need to create your composite image, and then save these files
  • Simply upload the profile pictures, make the large one your profile picture and then tag yourself in the other five photos in order from right to left, and hey-presto you have made your own work of Facebook art
'Refacing' your profile

If you don’t have Photoshop there is a slightly more time-consuming way of doing this, as detailed by Shane Richmond of The Telegraph. While you’re there you should also have a look at ’10 of the best of the new profiles’ which might give you some inspiration as to what you yourself might like to do with this feature.

But the fun doesn’t stop there –  we’ve had a fair few laughs coming up with some harmless (and not so harmless!) pranks to play on friends and co-workers by using this concept of a series of individually innocuous photos, which when view together paint an entirely different picture. Stay tuned for more on that in due course.


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  2. Outstandingly revealing many thanks, It looks like your current followers would definitely want far more information such as this keep up the good content.

  3. Hi Lisa,

    Sorry it’s taken a while to get back to you. Unfortunately there isn’t yet a way to automatically populate new profiles or pages with downloaded friend lists. Obviously with if you were to start again as a new account, Facebook wouldn’t recognise that you were previously connected with these 4,000 people, and as such would need them to confirm that they know you or want to be fans.

    If you’ve backed up your Facebook profile with SocialSafe you at least have a list of people to work from, and when you click on their name within the app you are taken to that person’s profile, and from there you can then send a Friend Request. If you have 4,000 people to ‘re-friend’ then this will clearly take some time, but at least you will be certain that you didn’t miss anyone out. With the CSV Export function you can also print off a hard copy to tick-off people as you go through, or even just edit it in the spreadsheet format so you know who you have and haven’t sent friend requests to.

    Photos are slightly easier, in that you can just upload each of your albums again on to your new profile.

    I hope this helps, but if you have any more questions then please get in touch.

    Best regards,


  4. I am very confused about how to retrieive downloaded HTML files from my facebook account BACK onto my old page; meaning, i converted the profile to page when i hit 4,000 people, and then deleted what I THOUGHT was the old profile………it deleted everything.

    So, can you tell me now how i get my fans back onto my page, or my old profile back??



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