Today’s tip is about sizing photos for use on social media. The photos below illustrate what happens when it’s not done correctly. The issue here is maintaining (or not) the proportions of a picture. You can’t take a standard 6″x4″ photo and stretch it to fit as, say, a Facebook cover image. It throws the proportions all off. The effect is worse when the photo is of people.
If you are using a photo editing program, such as canva.com, you can choose Facebook cover as the layout and upload your own image. If you upload a standard 6”x4” photo you have the option of scaling it to fit, or cropping the photo. If you scale it by dragging one of the corners of the photo it will get too large for the layout. If you hold down the Shift key and drag one of the corners you will stretch the photo and it will lose its proportions.
The best alternative is to crop the photo to fit the space or create a collage of smaller pictures to fill the space. Canva.com offers several layouts to make this easy to do by uploading and dragging your pictures into your chosen layout template. This preserves the proportions of your photos and makes your Facebook cover image look professional.