Let’s talk Facebook

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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Terri Stack - August 17, 2011 - 3:52 pm

You never cease to amaze me with your endless knowledge and willingness to share! Thank you so much for the step by step guidance on such a frustrating topic!!!! :)

Renai Pitmon - August 17, 2011 - 4:22 pm

I don’t own the Bohemian Symphony, though I would love to. I do love the freebies that I have downloaded… from what I have seen oasis of the sea would be one of my favorites.

Kristi Stevens - August 17, 2011 - 4:29 pm

You know, I looked high and low for a solution to the problems I was having with Facebook images just a few weeks ago! I finally gave up {for the time being} – and then you post this! Thank you for adding a bit of serendipity to my day <3

Darla Whisenand - August 17, 2011 - 4:42 pm

I love the Back in Time action from the Bohemian Symphony Collection.

Rachelle - August 17, 2011 - 4:55 pm

It looks like you could do all those steps, from resizing to changing the color profile right there under the Save for Web and Devices menu. Is there a particular reason you do those steps separately? I just don’t want to take a short cut and ruin everything! Thanks.

Carolyn Drohner - August 17, 2011 - 7:28 pm

I love the porcelain veneers! Thanks for showing us how to upload photos. I think some experimenting is in order!

Dana - August 18, 2011 - 3:09 am

that’s exactly what i do before uploading my images to facebook. :) )

Dawnyal - August 19, 2011 - 3:30 pm

Thank you for posting this!! It’s always frustrating when they just don’t look as well.

renee williams - August 21, 2011 - 4:10 pm

I love all of them, don’t have them … yet! Problem is I have to figure out how to get them in dollars and not euro!

Steph Lopez - August 24, 2011 - 11:19 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this!! I have been beyond frustrated with how my images were looking on FB, but I tried this and have noticed a huge difference. I am a new fan and I greatly appreciate the time you put in to sharing things like this with other photographers. : )

Gayla Lawrence - August 25, 2011 - 4:01 pm

Thank you so much for blogging on this subject, I have been very frustrated w/how my images appear on FB. Will definitely give this a try :)

Debra - August 29, 2011 - 11:09 am

I posted a link on facebook for your IPAD giveaway, and I tagged you!!! :) So awesome of you to do this!

Nadia - September 2, 2011 - 12:00 am

Thank you sooo much! Just curious… is this still the sam formula to use since facebook had made the recent changes to their picture viewer??? Thanks again! YOU and your work are absolutely amazing!!! I am loving your actions too!

Teresa - September 16, 2011 - 4:55 pm

Thanks for this as it’s been making me CRAZY!

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