It seems every week that a social network is changing layouts and requiring new dimensions for their profile photos, the background canvas and images that are shared on the networks. Limitations for social images are a combination of dimension, image size – and even the amount of text that’s displayed within the image.
I would caution against uploading oversized images to social media sites. They use aggressive image compression that often leave your images blurry. If you can upload a great image and compress the image with a service before uploading it, you’ll get much crisper results!
If you’re a designer, keep this infographic handy… and prepare for changes often. And be sure to download Illustrator and Photoshop files from GoDaddy to create your optimized social images at the appropriate dimensions.
You would think that, by now, we’d have some standards on image sizes – especially on profiles. I’m pessimistic that the platforms will be working together anytime soon… so that means more work for you and me.
|Social site||Profile size||Canvas size|
|400px x 400px||1500px x 500px|
|180px x 180px||851px x 315px|
|110px x 110px||Pulls random images from your posts|
|165px X 165px||215px x 145px (Board cover image)|
|100px x 60px Standard Logo/50px x 50px Square Logo||646px x 220px|
|YouTube||250px x 250px||Display varies by device; 1546px x 423px on desktop|
|Google+||1080px x 608px||250px x 250px|
This infographic from SurePayroll, Optimal Image Sizes to Share on Social Media Cheat Sheet provides a great reference for social media marketers to format and size their image sizes for optimal viewing.