We considered putting together our own sheet detailing social media image sizes, but the people at makeawebsitehub.com have put together the best guide that currently exists on the topic. As of this writing, I am hearing that Facebook’s images may change dimensions, but for now you should operate with this information.
This is exhaustive, and there is a great deal you don’t absolutely have to pay attention to at this moment, but the important aspects you need to adhere to are the Facebook cover photo dimensions and profile dimensions, Twitter cover and profile dimensions and Youtube, if you have a Youtube channel and/or plan to do video and grow that channel.
When setting up the cover photos and profile images for your social channels, do your best to remain visually consistent. If I see your Facebook page, then later see your Twitter profile, I should be able to recognize that the two profiles represent the same thing, either through use of your logo or photos that are consistent across all platforms.
Things to note:
- The Facebook cover photo has specific dimensions, but you also have to design or plan around the fact that your profile image and buttons along the bottom will cover parts of that image up. You will likely find that it takes a couple of tries to get it set up just the way you want it.
- Twitter and Youtube images will scale differently depending on if you are seeing it on your computer or your mobile device. Once you have images in place for those platforms, take a minute to look at it in both formats to see if any important stuff is getting cropped out, and adjust accordingly.
- When you are exporting/saving your images for social media, you can often save at the highest possible quality, because Facebook and the rest will automatically compress your photos as soon as you upload them. This means if you are uploading an image that is already compressed, social media platforms will compress them EVEN MORE, which can result in less than stellar quality.