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Best quality images for FaceBook

Chuck Vosburgh - Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Myth Buster!


There has been a lot of talk about different ways to make your images look their best on FaceBook. Not being one to just take someone's word for it, I did some tests. 

The Claim: Saving your image as a .png will yield better quality than  a .jpg when posted on FaceBook.

The Test: I chose an image with a lot of small details in it and saved it as a JPEG at maximum quality and did the same as a PNG. They were both uploaded to FaceBook at the same time and here are the results:

The image on the left is the JPEG and the image on the right is the PNG. See the difference? Me either. Here's why they are the same; when you upload an image to FaceBook, they process the image into a JPEG automatically regardless of what file format you are uploading. To confirm this, I downloaded both files from FaceBook and they were both JPEGs. I'm not a tech-person, but results don't lie.

So, how do you get the best quality from FaceBook? Sharpening plays a role and most of all, uploading the best quality image you can will yield the best quality you can get from FaceBook. No tricks about it.

Is there anything I overlooked or am mistaken about? Write it in the comments please :)

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