You know those mails that start with “great news, your photos will look even better on our social network”? It might be great news for Facebook and Google Plus, but when I get those mails, I usually sigh, because it means cropping a whole bunch of background pictures, logos, portraits and avatars to the right dimensions.
Today, a profile image on Twitter can be 240x240 pixels large, while the Twitter “header” image (the picture that people see when they click through to your profile page) can be 1252x626 pixels:
While those dimensions closely resemble your Facebook cover image, they are not the same - the Facebook cover image is 851x315 pixels.
Oh, and on your Google Plus profile, the full background image is a whopping 2120x1192 pixels since the beginning of this month:
And although YouTube is owned by Google, the YouTube background image is 1600x1000 pixels at the moment.
You can expect this to change a few more times over the next months and years, while social media services try to figure out which picture sizes and newsfeed dimensions lure the most users.
So you’ll be happy to know that a new tool from Autreplanete called the “Social Media Image Maker” keeps up to date with all the dimensions on all social media. It allows you to upload your pictures and crop them to the right size, depending on the network you will use it on.
A minor nuisance: you need to select a picture with AT LEAST the dimensions required for the pictures. That means that to create a Google background picture, you need something that is at least 2120x1192 pixels big.
Other than that, the tool works like a charm, allowing you to easily crop the picture and apply a variety of filters that can make your pictures look more grungy, noisy, artsy or vintage.
Here’s how a 'Hunger Games' screensaver looks after it was cropped in the dimensions of a Facebook "highlight" post, and touched up with some “noise”:
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Do you know any other tools like this?
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