Facebook Cover Photo Compression
Uploading an image to Facebook is pretty straight forward, whether it be a profile pic, a wall photo or a cover photo for a Facebook page, the process is easy.
However, what we don’t really consider is the compression the image will undergo, when uploaded to Facebook. Suddenly your beautiful picture is distorted, and the quality ruined.
I recently experienced this first hand. The original image I uploaded was 274KB, which was then compressed down to 32KB. As you can imagine, this created a noticeable distortion within the image.
However, after a bit of research, I came across a useful Facebook Help Page that advised:
“To avoid compression when you upload your cover photo, make sure the file size is less than 100 KB.”
So by simply keeping your photo below 100KB, we avoid Facebook compressing the image for us. Meaning, we can have a higher quality image by compressing the image ourselves to just below 100KB. I actually got my image to 99KB and was successful able to upload this to Facebook, without it compressing it.
For some reason thou, if your image is above the 100KB threshold, they seem to drastically compress the image to as little as 32KB.
So if your image below 100KB, Facebook will not compress it.