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How to maintain image quality when uploading photos

Have you been noticing your photos don't look as good once you upload them to Facebook?

If you have snooped around our website here deeply enough, you may have found my bio - which includes the fact that I also do photography as a hobby. So, I've had to learn to get around some of the pitfalls of social media when it comes to photos. By far the most common issue I see - and it is absolutely maddening - is image quality loss when people upload their otherwise beautiful photos to social media.

In case you are not sure what I mean by "image quality loss," I'll explain a bit further. Have you noticed a photo that looks grainy or has spots on Facebook, but not on your phone? Do your photos seem to lack some luster or depth once they are uploaded? If you are working with a camera that shoots large image sizes or high-definition photos and video, you probably have noticed these issues. I've heard many, many people say, "It looked great on my computer, but it doesn't look as good on my post!" This isn't some random bug (nor are you going crazy... probably).

 

 

The image quality loss happens for one simple reason. The social media platform's software that downsizes and reformats the images to make them load quickly doesn't do a very good job. Fortunately, the solution here is simple: downsize the images before you upload them.

The easiest way to do this on a Windows PC is to  right click on the image in your file browser, and select "edit." This will open the image in Windows Paint. Next, under the "Home" tab, click "Resize". You can then use the box to resize the images by percentage or pixels. The best size to upload photos to Facebook is 1,200 x 630 pixels, but you should set the largest dimension to 1,200 or less and stick to your original proportions by checking the "Maintain aspect ratio" box.

The steps will vary if you aren't using a Windows PC, or another device, but the end goal remains the same - resize your photos to the optimum size. If you do so correctly, you will notice your photos maintain all of the glory they originally had. You worked hard to create your art; don't let mass image scaling ruin it.

Comment below if you have had this or other issues with uploading images to Facebook, and don't forget to check out our latest posts!

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