Have you recently i.e. in the past year or so; tried to upload a Facebook cover image only to find that the quality looks like a dog’s breakfast? Welcome to the club.
I always managed to figure it out but forget the work around so decided this time I’d write it down (for me and consequently, for you too :).
Without getting in to too much detail, they compress images (we like to go fast right)?
Well… wait for it…
Your compression sucks monkey balls!
Many a bloggers claim to have the solution but I think I’ve found the best possible way to sneak that little bit of quality past the algo’s of Facebook to get the best result with their anti-social compression.
The Magic Forumla.
- Pick yourself a really nice image
- Open Photoshop
- Create a blank canvas that is exactly 851*315px (72dpi)
- Check your resolution is set to 72dpi. Image –> Image size –> Resolution (change to 72dpi if not set already).
- Do all your mods and pretty things (check out Social Media basics and Importance of Branding to help get it real good).
- Once ready to save, click on file –> Save for Web –> Under Presets (top right) select PNG-24 –> Deselect all the tick boxes including “Convert to sRGB” –> Save
- Now upload to Facebook and marvel at the wonder of your work.
The change is minimal but it is a hell of a lot better once on FB. Click on the image to open it (you’ll spot the difference then)!
Hope you enjoyed. Hope you find it useful.