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Unread 17th March 2011, 04:42 PM   #1
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The profile photo I did for my Facebook business page looks terrible. I'm a graphic designer, so I know about resolution, etc. I made it to the proper size (180 px wide). Anybody else have this problem and know how to make it better?

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Unread 17th March 2011, 07:05 PM   #2
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Hi Laura,

Take a look at this article on mashable. While your sizing it to standard size, facebook actually crops the image uploaded. It's best to use a 200px size with a 12px border away from any images or text

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The profile photo I did for my Facebook business page looks terrible. I'm a graphic designer, so I know about resolution, etc. I made it to the proper size (180 px wide). Anybody else have this problem and know how to make it better?

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The current size that FB uses for profile picture is - 180540. If in excess, the image will be re-sized to fit this resolution.

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I heard that Facebook will re-compress your picture when they displayed them.. specially if you uploaded really big pictures
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What I like to do is visit a Facebook Business Page and take a screen shot. Take it into Photoshop and measure the size of the image and it comes out pixel perfect, but what I have noticed is that it still seems to be compressed at Facebook because the pixels still seem of slightly less quality.
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Take a look at this article on mashable. While your sizing it to standard size, facebook actually crops the image uploaded. It's best to use a 200px size with a 12px border away from any images or text
Thanks for the article! I'll take a look and see if I can fix it.
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What I like to do is visit a Facebook Business Page and take a screen shot. Take it into Photoshop and measure the size of the image and it comes out pixel perfect, but what I have noticed is that it still seems to be compressed at Facebook because the pixels still seem of slightly less quality.
That's what it seems like to me, too. I'll give it another try, though.

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It seems like the re-compression to 85% quality is unavoidable.

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Yes this is really annoying.
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Well, i get frustrated about this before, our logo is just so simple now.
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Once you finish with your photoshop pic, flatten the image, select all, and copy it to the clipboard (or PC equivalent). Then open a new file in photoshop, the size of the picture you copied will automatically be the dimensions chosen for you. Just make sure you change the resolution to 300 or higher. Once the new file loads up, paste the pic from your clipboard. Then, save for web as a png-24 file. Forget worrying about the size. That should do it. It worked for me.

The image "waters" down a bit, but it's still much crisper than if you just save a pic in 72 dpi.

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Hey Jeremie,

Thanks so much, that was perfect!
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I'm now disappointed with any solutions, so I'm now using grain filter with my images which lets the image compression to look less obvious.
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I found this informative article concerning images on facebook. I hope it helps!
Media Orb Official Blog: Why is my Facebook timeline photo / cover blurry?

This article explains that your image is modified 2 times. The first is during upload and the second is when a visitor's browser renders the image on screen.

Avoid the first modification to your image by reducing the file size to less than 100kB.
Avoid the second modification by ensuring the dimensions are 851 x 315.
Following this guideline makes for a clear and clean image but the image can be further improved by adjusting the pixel density higher than the default 72 dpi. Be aware that increasing the dpi will also increase the file size so some trial and error is required.

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