We all know that Facebook is not the friendliest place when it comes to displaying your beautiful pictures. I look at my pictures on Facebook and I just cringe, the color is not right, they are just way too blurry, and they just don’t have those beautiful vibrant colors that I see on my monitor or when I get the pictures printed. I read somewhere that this is due to the way Facebook uploads the pictures, resizing, compressing them even more thus making our beautiful art work not look as we see in on our computers. Here is a little tutorial on what I do do my images before I upload them on Facebook that might help you.
So after I am done with my picture with sharpening and editing this is what my picture looks like.
The picture looks great on my blog but if I upload it like this on Facebook it will loose some sharpness and detail. The first step would be to convert your picture to the sRGB color space at 72 PPI.
Make a copy of your background (Command +J) then to go Edit/Convert to Profile/ and select sRGB for your color space.
Next we have to resize the picture to Facebook requirements. To do that to to Image/Images Size/ and change your resolution to 72 ppi. Make sure sure you do this step first and then change the size of your image.
With the Image Size window open go up where you see the Pixel Dimensions of your picture and change your Width or Height ( Your long edge) to 720 pixels. Make sure you have the “constrain proportion” option checked. Click ok.
The image will be a little blurry so we want to sharpen it for web. Go to Filter/Sharper/Unsharp Mask and since the picture is small we want to have small numbers, the amount can be around 60%, radius of .5 or .6 and threshold 0. This is not a set formula as each picture might require more or less sharpening. I love to have the pictures that show the eye a bit more sharp so the eyes don’t look out of focus but remember to not over sharpen. Next I want to save the picture for Web so go to File/Save for Web and Devices.
Make sure you select Quality 100 and also click Progressive option is unchecked.
And here is the final picture
This is my way of uploading pictures to facebook and again the pictures will still not look as good as when you print them but they sure are much better than just saving them as a Jpeg with not actual twicks. I hope this helps and I can hardly wait to see your beautiful pictures shine on Facebook.
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