Did you know that you can export directly from Lightroom to the web, to popular sites such as Facebook? Last week, I noticed that, when uploading images to Facebook, some of my images just did not look good once they were uploaded. Some of them were over-sharpened, while others looked like a pixilated disaster. Needless to say, I was pretty embarrassed by how bad my uploads were looking, so I did some research to figure out how in the world to fix this problem. Here are a few ways to make your images look great on Facebook:
On the left-hand side of Lightroom, you’ll see under Publish Services there is a tab for Facebook. Click the Facebook tab, and follow the prompts to link Lightroom to your Facebook account.
Sizing Your Timeline Images
The maximum upload size for Facebook timeline photos is 2048 pixels. To avoid image compression, make sure that your image is below 100 KB.
In Lightroom, use the following settings on your image:
Under File Settings, set your image format to JPEG, Color Space sRGB, and check the box next to Limit File Size, entering 100 K.
Image Sizing: check Resize to Fit, select Long Edge, then enter 2048, making sure the dimensions are in pixels. Then, set your resolution to 96 PPI, which is recommended for uploading to Facebook.
Output Sharpening: Check Sharpen for Screen, Amount: Standard
Facebook now has a checkbox for “High Quality.” Check this box for maximum image display when you begin uploading your photos.
Now, if you do not want to upload your timeline images at 2048 pixels, Facebook also supports the following sizes:
- 720 pixels
- 960 pixels
Sizing your images to the above dimensions and settings will ensure that no compression/oversharpening/distortion occurs in your uploads.
Cover Photos and Profile Image
For cover photos, use all of the above settings, except for this image, it is longer than timeline photos, so you will need to size it to 851 X 315 pixels.
For best results on your profile image, upload at 180 X 180 pixels.
Hopefully these tips will be helpful to you in sizing your Facebook images! The images we display on our Facebook business page are extremely important, as this is likely the way a lot of people are finding your business. So, make sure you are displaying the highest quality images you can!