Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Social Media Image Cheat Sheet—What Size Does that Image Need to Be?

by Edie Melson

There's not a lot as frustrating as trying to look at an image on Facebook that's the wrong size. By the time I blow it up big enough to see it, it's too blurry. Here are some exact dimensions to help you avoid that trap, and not just for Facebook.


It's my Social Media Image Cheat Sheet
This list will give you the specific information you need to upload photos to various social media sites.


Twitter
Profile Photo:
Pixels: 81 x 81
Maximum file size: 700k
File Type(s): jpeg, png, gif

Header Image:
Pixels: 520 x 260
Maximum file size: not listed
File Type(s): jpeg, png, gif

Custom Background:
Pixels: 1600 x 1200
Maximum file size: not listed
File Type(s): jpeg, png, gif


Facebook                                                
Cover Photo:
Pixels: 851 x 315
Maximum file size: not listed
File type(s): jpeg, png, gif

Profile Photo:
Pixels: 180 x 180 (will size down to 160 x 160)
Maximum file size: 5mb
File type(s): jpeg, png, gif

Video:
Maximum file size: 1024mb
Maximum length: 20 minutes
Optimum file type: mp4

Post Photo:
Pixels: 403 x 403
Maximum file size: 5mb
File type(s): jpeg, png, gif


Google Plus                                                     
Cover Photo:                                                              
Pixels: 2120 x 1192                                          
Maximum file size: not listed                                     
File type(s): jpeg, png, gif                                           

Profile Photo (also the photo for Blogger account):
Pixels: 250 x 250
Maximum file size: not listed
File type(s): jpeg, png, gif

Pinterest
Profile Photo:
Pixels: 165 x 165
Maximum file size: Pinterest recommends you upload photos with square dimensions that measure 600 x 600 pixels
File type(s): jpeg, png, gif

Pins:
Pixels: 238 wide, Pinterest will adjust the height automatically
Maximum file size: not listed
File type(s): jpeg, png, gif

Cover Image:
Pixels: 217 x 147
Pixels: 51x 51 (this is they tiny thumbnail found below the cover image
Maximum file size: not listed
File type(s): jpeg, png, gif

YouTube
Cover Art:
Pixels: Depends on where it’s being viewed from:
Desktop: 2560 x 423
Tablet: 1855 x 423
Mobile 1546 x 423
For best results everywhere, size to mobile!
Maixmum file size: not listed
File type(s): jpeg, png, gif


LinkedIn
Profile Photo:
Pixels: 200 x 200, not to exceed 500 x 500
Maximum file size: 4mb
File type(s): jpeg, png, gif

Horizontal Logo:
Pixels: 100 x 60
Maximum file size: not listed
File type(s): jpeg, png, gif

Cover Photo:
Pixels: 646 x 220
Maximum file size: not listed
File type(s): jpeg, png, gif

Favicon Specs
www.tools.dynamicdrive.com (to generate the .ico file)
Pixels: 16 x 16
Maximum file size: 150kb
File type(s) before conversion: jpeg, png, gif

If you have a question about posting images to social media, but sure to leave it in the comments section below.

Don't forget to join the conversation!
Blessings,
Edie

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6 comments:

  1. As always, great info. Thanks, Edie!

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  2. Thanks for the good info! I hate those fuzzy pictures.

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  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Hopefully, this will solve some issues I've had posting images. I'm printing this out right now. I have no idea where you find this stuff. Thanks, Edie for digging up the treasures and sharing them with those of us who have no idea how to read the map!

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  4. Thanks, Edie. Using this to redo my FB cover! And I thought I left a comment from my iPhone, but it didn't show up. Is there any secret to leaving comments using your iPhone?

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  5. So, if I have a picture and its dimensions don't match the number you have listed, is there something I can do to fix it?

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    1. Ellen, there certainly is. I recommend www.picmonkey.com. Here's a post I wrote about working with images: http://thewriteconversation.blogspot.com/2013/07/business-basics-for-todays.html
      Blessings, Edie

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