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Social Media Image Dimensions

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
Twitter 400px x 400px 1500px x 500px
Facebook 180px x 180px 851px x 315px
Instagram 110px x 110px Pulls random images from your posts
Pinterest 165px X 165px 215px x 145px (Board cover image)
LinkedIn 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.

Optimally Size Your Social Media Images - A Cheat Sheet

About Douglas Karr

Douglas Karr is the founder of The Marketing Technology Blog. Doug is the CMO of CircuPress and CEO of DK New Media, an agency specializing in assisting marketing technology companies with their inbound marketing - leveraging social media, blogging, search engine optimization, pay per click and public relations. Their clients include Angie's List, GoDaddy, Mindjet and many more. Douglas is also the author of Corporate Blogging for Dummies.

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  1. seoservices4smallbusiness

    Thanks for making my work handy.. these dimensions helps to create a infographics !!

  2. This is a nice guide. Thanks for making it Douglas.

  3. Thanks for this guide Douglas. This guide and issues one of my friend had with multiple resizing in Photoshop inspired me to make a Photoshop CC extension to take the time and pain out of making multiple sizes for social media dimensions. You can find the extension here: http://dam-photo.com/easy-web-resize-export-photoshop-cc-extension/

    In short the extension panel will take the active layer and at the push of a button it will create covers or content photos in the dimension you mention in your article. The photos will be placed in a folder on the desktop ready for sharing on social websites. There is also 5 custom fields that allows you to resize any layer into 5 different dimensions in one go.

    As a thank you for the inspiration all your readers can use the code “MarketingTechBlog40” to get 40% discount at checkout.

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