Mitzi Ilagan | Fotograpiya.com

It’s always a heartbreaking scene to witness how your digitally-enhanced and effort-fully shot photo turns into a pixelated portrait when uploaded into Facebook. That’s one thing that most people do not understand, because no matter how high the quality of the photo that they upload, it turns out to be of low quality on screen.

Profile Picture

The recommended size for your profile photo is at 180 by 180 pixels. It would be best to save it in RGB JPEG file which is less than 100kb. If possible, crop it into a square even before Facebook tells you to do so. But if you can’t, you could always control which part of the photo you would want to crop. Your profile photo would be displayed at 160 by 160 pixels on desktops and at 32 by 32 pixels for its thumbnail.

Cover Photo

For your cover photo, the recommended size is at 828 by 315 pixels. If the size is less than that, it will be stretched, most especially if it is not in landscape format. On your smartphones, it will be displayed in 640 by 360 pixels.

Other Photos

For all photos uploaded on Facebook, it is advisable to save them in RGB JPEG file type (less than 100kb) to avoid compression. If it’s blurry, try uploading a size which is twice bigger. As Facebook downsizes it, the photo will be equal to the normal dimensions required. Your profile picture will be displayed at 128 by 128 pixels on smartphones.

Facebook has a tick box where you could choose to upload your photos in HD, to get the highest possible quality. In your settings, you could also set your uploaded photos in HD by default. If your photo is in PNG file, make sure that is it 1 Mb or below so that it won’t take too long to upload it. Also, large files usually becomes pixelated.

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