Want to know the best Facebook photo sizes? Here’s ALL the info you need to create and size your photos and graphics to look their best on Facebook. I’ve summarized everything on a handy infographic you can pin on Pinterest and embed on your own website. Coming next: best practices to optimize photos for Facebook and file types to use when saving.
Facebook Cover Photo Dimensions
Starting at the top, your Cover Photo will be displayed at 851 pixels (px) by 315px. You have the opportunity to adjust the cropping, but cannot resize the image that you upload or choose from your albums. To ensure you’ll like the results, size in an image editor before uploading.
How to Make a Great Facebook Timeline Cover Photo for 10 Bucks (teaches you how to resize images in a FREE image editor)
Facebook Profile Picture Size
The Facebook Profile Picture is displayed on your Fan Page at 160px square, but must be uploaded at least 180px square. You can also upload a larger image, preferably in a multiple of 180, such as 360, 540, or 720, and Facebook will resize it for you. This may give you better clarity, and will definitely give you a larger image in your Photo Album!
Facebook Fan Page Tab Images (Thumbnails)
The Tab Images, or Thumbnails that appear under your Cover Photo, are 111px wide by 74px high. Keep them simple – maybe just type that expresses a call-to-action.
Facebook Fan Page Tab Favicon
A favicon for a web page is a tiny 16px square image that appears in your browser’s address bar. Well, FB Fan Page Tabs also have tiny 16px favicons too! When you click the drop-down arrow at the end of the row of Tab Images, you’ll see the app favicons below the Tab Images, to the left of the text name of the tab. These can be replaced with custom favicons at the time you create a custom tab by following these directions. Woobox tells me you can’t change them on a tab you already have installed.
Facebook Fan Page Tabs
Your Fan Page tab itself can be a single image (sample here). The width of the tab is 810px, and the maximum height for a full-tab image is 1200px. This is the only Facebook image that I’ve found to have a file size restriction, and it’s 400kb. Choose the appropriate compression when saving your jpeg, It won’t upload if larger than 400kb.
For info on how to add custom tabs to your Fan Page, read: Facebook Timeline Fan Page Tabs: Add Your Website to FB
Facebook Wall Photo Size
Photos shared on your wall are displayed as a 403 pixel square image. For best photo quality, size and crop photos for wall posts at least 480 pixel square. 960px is optimal. These will be displayed at 403 pixels square on the Timeline with no cropping made by Facebook.
If you upload a horizontal photo at 403 pixels wide, it will be shown in its entirety. A wider horizontal photo will have the edges cropped off.
In my experience, photos less that 403px wide sometimes get sized up on your wall by Facebook and sometimes don’t! Vertical photos will be cropped top and bottom to a square shape, but the placement of the crop can be adjusted once it’s on the wall.
Facebook Photo Viewer Photo Size
Photos you’ve uploaded will appear in the Photo Viewer, or lightbox, at the size you uploaded them, up to 960px x 960px. The maximum Facebook photo size for upload and download is 2048px square. If you upload a larger image, Facebook will reduce it so the longest side is 2048px, but it will appear in the Photo Viewer no larger than 960px on the longest side. It can be downloaded at the full size, however.
WARNING: Photos you upload to Facebook can be downloaded by anyone you’ve allowed to view them in your permissions. Any images could thus be reused, even though this is a copyright infringement (unless you have given permission). How to Report Claims of Intellectual Property Infringement
You’ve also allowed Facebook to distribute your images according to their Terms of Service:
For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.
I recommend you NOT upload your professional images at high resolution unless you have a specific reason to do so (i.e. you want fans to download printable images of an event, for example) and also suggest you watermark your images.
Facebook Milestone or Highlighted Post Photo Size
Milestones and Highlighted Posts span both columns of your Timeline, and are displayed on your Wall at 843px wide by whatever height you choose, up to 403px. I like uploading a variety of heights – skinny ones like the one below break up space on the Wall, but become pretty small in the News Feed.
Milestone photos less than 843px wide will be centered in the space.
Link Thumbnail Size
Dimensions of the link thumbnail: 90px x 90px, but caries with shape of photo. This is the small icon that appears with a link on your wall. If you’re posting the link through Facebook, and the linked page includes photos, you can use the arrows to choose the desired thumbnail, or check the box for no thumbnail.
Be sure to check out and bookmark the Infographic: Facebook Photo Size Dimensions.
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