what do you do to images for facebook?

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txdoula's picture
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what do you do to images for facebook?

What is the best way to format and sharpen an image to get it ready to post onto a facebook page (or really any web page I guess)?? Do you do somethign different and save an image JUST for web sharing? WHen I post images on facebook, they look fuzzy and sometimes "muddy" when they do NOT look like that for real. I have a lot of friends that like to see what i'm doing but I feel like I'm image overload sometimes to post them on my personal fb page so I just created a "business" page so I can post my pb images there to share and kinda get my name out there a little but have no idea how to get imges ready to post on it! Thanks ladies!

txdoula's picture
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I think I figured it out. Another photographer friend explained how she does it and it made a huge difference.

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i have no idea! i just upload. quality goes down some being on FB but that does not surprise me. I just save for web. ya know..sharpen for web and then save but that's about it.

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Yeah I don't bother posting photos on facebook much other than family snaps I want to share with family. Quality goes out the window with facebook and it's hard to make sure the people you want to see the photo can.
If I want to show higher quality photos I post a link from facebook to my online photo album.

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I just resized the image quite a bit (400X600) and used an unsharp mask at like 300 and .3 radius and 0 for the next (can't remember, not looking at it) and it made a HUGE difference. Color images still stink compared to other online viewing but it is still okay enough to share. On the few black and white images I have redone and posted on my photography page it made a very noticable (good) difference.

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"txdoula" wrote:

I just resized the image quite a bit (400X600) and used an unsharp mask at like 300 and .3 radius and 0 for the next (can't remember, not looking at it) and it made a HUGE difference. Color images still stink compared to other online viewing but it is still okay enough to share. On the few black and white images I have redone and posted on my photography page it made a very noticable (good) difference.

OOPS...I'm pretty sure you mean for the unsharp mask 300, .2, and 0

.3 would yield a crazy result.

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I went back and double checked after reading your post and .3 is what she suggested and when I did that and posted to facebook it made the images look much better. Maybe I should try .2 and see what the difference is! I have no clue, I'm just trying things out people are suggesting!

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hmmm...I'll have to try it for facebook...I always do .2 for web but maybe for facebook .3 is actually right. Interesting.

ETA: Most DEFINITELY better to use .2 than .3. I tried the .3 and everything is horribly oversharpened. .2 looks just right.

here is the .3 version:

And here is the .2 version:

Here is no sharpening:

txdoula's picture
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oh wow! thanks for the examples! I'll have to go back and change it to .2

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hmmmmmmmmmmm .... I use 85%, 1.2 pixels and threshold 2 ... that's what I use for my personal web resize action, and it seems okay on both flickr and facebook

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"coolmama72" wrote:

hmmmmmmmmmmm .... I use 85%, 1.2 pixels and threshold 2 ... that's what I use for my personal web resize action, and it seems okay on both flickr and facebook

Just tried it. It sure does sharpen, but is a little too sharp for my tastes.