Sizing your Images for Social Media
You planned and executed the perfect shot. The lighting focus and framing are all to your taste and you’re ready to share it with friends, family, and followers on social media. There is only one problem. When you go to upload it on the intended site your image is cropped or distorted to fit in the site’s template. Don’t settle for a grainy image or let the cropping throw off your composition. We’ve created a guide for you to follow when preparing images for social media.
When setting up the shot zoom out or step back to include more in your frame. This will allow space to manivone when it comes time to crop and will prevent you from losing a part of the image you would prefer to keep.
For optimal results know the dimensions the image will get cropped to and save it accordingly in the image processing software of your choice. This allows you to set both the ratio and resolution so you won’t have to compromise on quality later.
Know the Particulars
Every social media platform has it’s own formatting guidelines and these often change. Here is a list of current size guidelines for some of our favorite sites. All sizes are in pixels.
Profile Image 180x180
Cover Photo 828x315
Shared Image 1200x630
Tip - The profile image is a circle. For optimal cropping save your image with a 1x1 ratio with plenty of space around your subject so you don’t have to cut off an important part of your image for it to fit into a circle.
Profile Image 165x165
Board Display 222x150
Small Thumbnail 55x55
Profile Image 250x250
Like Instagram, profile images on Google Plus are circles. For optimal cropping save your image to a 1x1 ratio with plenty of space around your subject.
Cover Photo 1080x608
Shared Image 497x279
Profile Image 400x400
For brands the Hero Image is 974x330
and the Banner Image is 646x220
If you would like to chat about photography or how the Burnette Agency can help grow your brand awareness and social media presence please e-mail at email@example.com or call 404-850-2081