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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 :)

Adding a weathered, grunge texture to your images.

Chuck Vosburgh - Wednesday, June 15, 2011
It's easy to use a photograph of a texture to add texture to another photograph in photoshop. Here's how:

Go to the Lighting Is Easy FaceBook Page and if you "Like" the page (or have already), you can download my 12 favorite textures for free by clicking the Document tab in the left column of the page. Click Here

Adding a realistic frame and matt with Adobe Photoshop

Chuck Vosburgh - Monday, March 14, 2011

Photo: Chuck Vosburgh
Adding a frame and matt to your images is a good way to make your images look nicely finished and also help communicate that they are art. Adding your own frame and matt using Adobe Photoshop is easy. Here's how:

And now, here's how to make it even better and use it on other photographs:

Got any cool methods? Tell us in the comments below!

Make your photo 3-dimensional with Photoshop

Chuck Vosburgh - Thursday, February 17, 2011

Welcome to the first installment of Photoshop Friday! In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make part of your photograph extend beyond the edge of the image making it look more 3-D.

Photoshop Friday starts this week!

Chuck Vosburgh - Wednesday, February 16, 2011
By popular demand, we'll be adding Photoshop Fridays here at Lighting Is Easy starting this Friday. The first one will a be a video of how to make your images look more 3-D using Adobe Photoshop CS5. In the short video, you'll see how to use layers, change the canvas size and how to use layer masks to create this effect.