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"Other" Facebook Messages

I was browsing my newsfeed today like usual and I heard someone mention that we had 'other' messages. Facebook does not give you notifications for this, nor does it pop up and show you how many you have. Yet, there are important messages that are being deployed to only THAT inbox. 

I laughed and said, that’s stupid, who wouldn’t know that we are getting messaged? Then I clicked on this ‘other’ inbox, right under my regular one, and to my horror I found hundreds of unread and unanswered e-mails, some of which were from people who wanted to do business. 

This picture should explain itself. 

I figured that if I didn’t know about this, chances are this will help someone out. 

Spread the word. 

Helping Your Facebook Images Look Better

December 18th, 2011 Timeline Update

Due to Facebook’s recent Timeline overhaul, the best ‘size’ for your banner is 851px X 315px

Furthermore, Facebook also has expanded the size of regular images as well. The best size now is 960 on the longest end for optimal quality. So please keep that in mind as you read on further. 

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Original Article:

This article is written by photographer Christos Sewell. I get so many questions that I felt it would help many others as well, in regards to helping your facebook images look the best they can “and minimize the damage that FaceBook’s compression program uses to DEGRADE uploaded images”.

 Most people are unaware of the reason’s why images tend to look so poorly after they are uploaded to Facebook. This is mainly do to the RESIZING and the COMPRESSION algorithms done behind the scenes after you uploaded your images.

This note is mainly for people OTHER than bathroom-mirror cell phone camera addicts and raise-your-glass-at-the-night-club aficionados.

A lot of photographers ask me how my images still look sharp and clear on FaceBook. So… I am addressing those PHOTOGRAPHERS and ARTISTS…who work so hard on their images only to see the sharpness, color and clarity get diminished before their very eyes. As a fashion & beauty photographer, nothing gets on my nerves more than seeing hard work destroyed.

Ok, let’s get on with it.

1. RESIZING:

The image should not be any larger than 720 pixels on the LONGEST side (horizontal or vertical). Anything larger and it will be RESIZED automatically. This is main reason why images come out bad. So then… Resize the image so it does not exceed the 720x720 boundary box FaceBook gives you.

2. SHARPENING:

For those of you using Photoshop, use “Smart Sharpen” instead of the other Sharpen options. (For a 720 pixel file…. The settings of 60% at .3 radius should be fine, if you desire more sharpness, Smart Sharpen AGAIN instead of raising the setting values.

3. EXPORTING:

Instead of exporting your images as .jpg files, use 24-bit .png files instead! Why? Because… Facebook will tinker with your file no matter what, but you still want to start out with the best quality file to upload. If you upload a .jpg file (a file which was already “compressed”), Facebook will compress it AGAIN. So basically, you are getting hosed twice before the public views it. Uploading a .png file (24-bit, NOT 8-bit) will ensure the best possible file to begin with. This .png file is not compressed like a .jpg file is so it only gets compressed once by Facebook.

4. UPLOAD:

Just like I said, upload. Duh. :)

Hopefully, this will help some of you.

Christos
Fashion & Beauty Photographer
www.imagebychristos.com

P.S. One last thing. If you choose to “Download” an image from Facebook, this file has been compressed. If you RE-upload it to your gallery, it will be compressed AGAIN. With each compression, quality is lost.

P.S.S Also be aware that when you create a “Profile Picture” from one of your uploaded image. That too, get’s a second dose of Facebook Compression. This is unfortunate.