Join Von Glitschka for an in-depth discussion in this video Social media image sizes, part of Social Media for Graphic Designers.
- [Instructor] Social media image sizes are constantly changing with each new update to the various platforms. So in this movie, I want to share a few online resources you can check on the latest specs regarding images used on various social networks. This is by no means an exhaustive list. I'm just going to share with you two. You'd think this information would be easy to locate within each of the social media platforms, but it really isn't and that is why these resources have been created.
So let me share with you how they can help you in creating your own graphics. So the first one I want to share with you comes from Sprout Social and it's a Always Up-to-Date Guide to Social Media Image Sizes. And if you scroll down on this, they're gonna have a list of all the various social media image sizes that you need. So if you're working on Facebook, you can click the Facebook link here, and it will just list out and highlight, this one will be the profile, and it will tell you what the size is that you need to build it.
And if you scroll down, it will tell you other ones such as the cover photo at the top of a Facebook page and what size and proportion that needs to be. So this service is gonna help you to figure out what you need to create in terms of your total size. We're gonna go over in Photoshop in an upcoming movie how I set things up, and you'll learn a lot from that as well. Now, one thing I should point out is there's other sites like this. If you do a simple Google search, you're gonna find it, and this one is another site.
And once again, it does the same thing where this one's Facebook and it's just calling out all the dimensions for the various images that you need to keep in mind when you're posting on Facebook. But one thing I need to point out is both of these are their latest updates, meaning they're both 2017, the time I'm recording this course, but once again, these things are constantly changing. But what you're gonna find when you start looking at all of these is the cover for Facebook on this one says 1828 by 315, and if we go to Sprout Social, it says 820 by 312.
Well, which one is it? Well, as much as I tried to figure out the absolute, rock-solid number, I couldn't. That's how hard it is to find out what these numbers are. It's a good approximation is what I've come to conclude regarding this, and there's a lot of flexibility in it because, let's face it, the social media services aren't geared for designers only. My mom and dad don't have Photoshop, so they're not going to be able to size down to an exact proportion like 820 by 312.
They're just not going to be able to do that. So, because of that, there's a lot of flexibility, which I will show you in an upcoming movie. So it's not so iron-clad that if you don't get it dead on it's not gonna work. There's just some general rules you need to keep in mind. So, in an upcoming movie I'm gonna show you what specific specs I use for my graphics on each service. The social platforms are fairly easy to use even if you're not aware of specific image sizes, and they'll also let you know if something is too big or too small as you attempt to use it.
For example, on Twitter you can post up to three images at a time with a Tweet, but the total size or weight of all three of those images together can't exceed a combined size of three megabytes. If it does, Twitter's algorithm is gonna kick in and let you know that you won't be able to post these. You need to size them down. So at some point, even the resources I showcase here might become antiquated, in which case, a simple Google search using social media image size guide or equivalent will probably lead to the information needed for the platform you're using.
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