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Facebook Images Lack Clarity

Sep 4, 2013, 03:09
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Facebook Images Lack Clarity

All the Facebook images I create using GIMP lack clarity, particularly when I add copy to the image.

I have just downloaded a Plug-In that allows me to save the image especially for the web. However, my images still lack clarity.

I am definitely uploading the correct Facebook sizes.

Any suggestions?

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Sep 4, 2013, 08:23 (This post was last modified: Sep 4, 2013 08:24 by rich2005.)
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RE: Facebook Images Lack Clarity
I know nothing about Facebook, and it stays that way.

A bit more information required to assist.

Was the plugin, the gimp web-export plugin. ie. File menu -> Save for Web or something else. If something else, what?

What are you doing to your images before uploading, resize, increase jpg compression etc.
If resizing, what size?
Regardless of that, what size are your images?

What format are the images you are uploading. Facebook says "quote.. .jpg, .gif, .png, and .bmp. You will have problems with gif.

Without much research, I found this helpful.

quote from quarter way down the page. "Image Quality Issues - Something to be aware of is that Facebook compresses some images pretty aggressively when you upload and display them..."

So you could be compressing images which get compressed a second time.

More info and some fellow facebook user might be able to help.

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Sep 7, 2013, 06:01
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RE: Facebook Images Lack Clarity
@alan: what another poster found is true the book of faces compresses the images to save bandwith on their site. I noticed it when I uploaded my photos. The reason they do this is because so many users like to upload their original photos without regard to file size(which some photos being HQ hog) It's a free service so there are limits.

For me if its photos for the album I'll use anywhere from 640x480 to 800x600 px for standard upload/viewing on that site.

For profile pictures,
lookup the default size and make it 50 px bigger. Then do the []scale to fit option in the link a user mentioned earlier.

Cover photos,
This one is pretty flexible, if you make the width the defauilt cover width(815), and the height 1 to 2x bigger than the site default, you can move the image around to get the right view.
You can keep your photo in proportion but make sure either the height or width matches the default dimensions.
I usually stick with around 815 x 315 , any smaller and you will notice some blur/pixelation

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