Tips For Choosing The Right Image Sizes

by Wendy Chamberlain on July 6, 2015

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Images posted on blogs make a great impact and can easily attract the attention of internet users. This is the reason why publishers and business owners must use messages to drive traffic and gain more customers onwards.

But in order for your images to create a big impact on readers, they have to be in the right size. Keep in mind that photos and graphics tend to appear blurry or they can be cut off if you don’t follow the correct size particularly if you’re posting on social media sites.

Here’s a guide on the correct image sizes to use on your profiles and cover photos on your favorite social networking sites. Take note of these information to ensure that you attract your target audience and engage with them where they like to hang out.


Wendy Chamberlain Facebook cover photo

Facebook has several sections where users can post images. The main sections for both personal profile and business pages are the profile photo and cover photo.

The profile picture should be 160 pixels by 160 pixels but you can always choose to adjust the image because any size you upload bigger than the required size will be cropped. The cropped profile photo is the one displayed on the top left part of your page and as a thumbnail when you write a comment on a Facebook post.

The cover photo is the bigger image that displays across your screen on the topmost part of your page. The ideal size should be 851 pixels wide by 315 pixels tall. Keep in mind, however, that the left portion will be covered by your profile photo.


Wendy Chamberlain Twitter cover photo

As Twitter now allows users to add a photo to their tweet in addition to the header and profile photos, it is also important to know the property size to use.

For the header photo, the recommended size is 1,500 pixels wide by 500 pixels tall. But take note that similar to Facebook, your profile picture will also overlap the left portion of the header photo.

For your profile photo, make sure that it is at least 400 pixels wide by 400 pixels high when you upload it on Twitter. The picture will be shown smaller, though, at 200 pixels wide by 200 pixels high.

As to the photos you can include in your tweets, Twitter does not require any specific size. However, Canva recommends using photos measuring 1,024 pixels wide by 512 pixels tall to ensure a high-quality image.


Wendy Chamberlain LinkedIn profile photo

On LinkedIn, users must also be aware of the recommended image sizes for profiles, pages and updates.

On your professional profile page, a background photo and profile photo are needed. The background photo is similar to Facebook’s cover photo and hence, should be bigger. LinkedIn recommends a size between 1,000 pixels wide by 425 pixels tall and 4,000 pixels wide by 4,000 pixels high.

For your profile photo, the ideal size is 400 pixels wide by 400 pixels tall. Do keep in mind also that your profile picture will overlap a large part of your background photo.

Those with company pages should also take note of the ideal size for their banner image and logo. The banner photo should at least be 646 pixels wide by 220 pixels high while the ideal logo size is 100 pixels wide by 60 pixels high. A square logo should be 50 by 50 pixels.

Google Plus

Wendy Chamberlain Google+ cover photo

Google+ is another social networking site that allows posting of images in different ways.

To display a clear cover photo, you need to upload a picture measuring at least 1,080 pixels wide by 608 pixels tall. The maximum size allowed is 2,120 pixels wide by 1,192 pixels high.

Profile photos on Google+ should be at least 250 by 250 pixels in width and height.

For photos you want to post in your update, taller images display better. It should be a minimum of 497 pixels wide. An image size of 900 pixels wide by 600 pixels tall is also fine if you want to show a bigger image.

If you are managing a community page, make sure that your profile photo is at least 960 pixels wide by 540 pixels high.

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