Quick and Easy Cheat Sheet for Social Media Image Sizes

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You have a clear idea what you want to achieve with your image for social media. But unfortunately, you are not sure on which size to use so the image fits all the different streams, feeds, and timelines. Don’t worry, I got you covered with my Quick and Easy Cheat Sheet for Social Media Image Sizes!

Social Media Image Sizes

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There’s a lot to consider when creating an image for social media platforms. It all starts with the size and shape.

You can google for each network, that’s an option. An even better option is a free quick and easy cheat sheet I created for you.

Why lose time and energy, if you can have all social media image sizes as easy as a click of a button? Plus, I added extra tips and explanations to make your life just a little bit easier.

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Ideal Image Sizes for Facebook

Note: Full tips and explanations are in the free cheat sheet

Facebook just might be the trickiest of all social media networks. That is due to its complexity.

First, you need to make you profile pop. Then, you have all these different sharing options with image, link, and video posts, etc. Ads have altogether different recommended dimensions.

For Facebook you’ll need to remember three sizes:

  • 1200 x 1200px for a shared image
  • 1200 x 628px for a shared link
  • 1200 x 717px for a highlighted image

Facebook Image Sizes

Ideal Image Sizes for Twitter

Note: Full tips and explanations are in the free cheat sheet.

Twitter image sizes are somewhat impossible to remember with Twitter cards and everything. In the social media image sizes cheat sheet I focus just on profile and shared images.

If you’d like to play with cards, I recommend a guide from AgoraPulse. They did a great job breaking down the cards dimensions.

Getting back to image sharing. Twitter images appear in the stream at 506 x 253 px, which is a 2:1 ratio. In fact, you can use any image dimension as long it’s within a 2:1 ration. For example, 900 x 450 px or 1200 x 600 px will work just as well.

If the image is outside the 2:1 ration, Twitter will crop it. In that case, the full image is only visible if clicked.

When expanded, Twitter images appear at 1024 x 512 px.

What I think is awesome when it comes to Twitter images, is their cropping algorithm. Images are cropped according to the dominant visual element. That might be, for example, a person’s face. It’s just amazing how well it works.

If they fail to find a dominant visual element, the image will be cropped at the middle.

For Twitter you’ll need to remember one size:

  • 1024 x 512px for a shared image

Twitter Image Sizes

Ideal Image Sizes for Google+

Note: Full tips and explanations are in the free cheat sheet

Google+ image sizes are easy to remember. In fact, you need to remember just one size!

Shared link, shared image or shared video all appear at 426px wide. The height scales accordingly.

Similar to Facebook and other social media, Google+ pulls images from websites using Open Graph tags.

There’s also an option to post a full-width image, which appears at 886px. Same as with smaller images, the height varies.

For Google+ you’ll need to remember one size:

  • 506px wide for any image

Google+ Image Sizes

Ideal Image Sizes for LinkedIn

Note: Full tips and explanations are in the free cheat sheet

I love LinkedIn, but I got to be honest with you. I think LinkedIn tends to over complicate with the variety of image sizes, particularly with cover images. There’s a career cover photo, banner image, background image, etc.

Luckily, for image sharing you need to remember just 700 x 520px. A shared image will appear at 350px wide.

If you share a link, LinkedIn will pull the image and display it at 180 x 110px.

For LinkedIn you’ll need to remember one size:

  • 750 x 520px for shared image

LinkedIn Image Sizes

Ideal Image Sizes for YouTube

Note: Full tips and explanations are in the free cheat sheet

The trickiest image on YouTube is your Channel Art. At desktop it appears at 2,560px wide, but on mobile it appears only at 1,546px wide.

1,546 x 423px is also my recommended text and logo safe area in the social media image sizes cheat sheet. That means you should make you image full sized, but you should put the important stuff within the safe area.

The ratio for video is of course 16:9, and you can upload your video to the max of 2160p (4K).

For YouTube you’ll need to remember one size:

  • 1,546 x 423px for Channel Art

YouTube Image Sizes

Ideal Image Sizes for Instagram

Note: Full tips and explanations are in the free cheat sheet

Instagram is easy. It was even easier before because you could only post squared photos.

As of the end of August 2015, you can also post landscape and portrait photos on Instagram. Of course, you could argue it was also possible before with third-party apps. But third party apps would just add blank space to the either side or to top and bottom. Now, true horizontal and vertical Instagram photos look just amazing.

In the stream the photos appear at 640px wide, but are uploaded to Instagram at 1,080px wide.

For Instagram you’ll need to remember one size:

  • 1,080px wide for shared image

Instagram Image Sizes

Ideal Image Sizes for Pinterest

Note: Full tips and explanations are in the free cheat sheet

Pinterest’s recommendation is to post images with the ration between 2:3 and 1:3.5, with a minimum width of 600 pixels. Who am I to argue with them?

Although, I do recommend you post images, at least, 736px wide. That is the size of a pin that is expanded.

For Pinterest you’ll need to remember one size:

  • 736px wide for a pin

Pinterest Image Sizes

To Sum Things Up…

There are a lot of different social media image sizes to consider. So I hope this cheat sheet will be of value to you. I will continue to track image size across social media and update the cheat sheet if necessary.

Are there additional social media you think I should include in the cheat sheet? Can I add anything to make it, even more, useful? Care to share your experience with different image sizes? Post it in the comments!

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Zoran Bosancic

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2 comments

  1. Exactly what I needed! Very intuitive, very helpful and easy to use. Thank you for sharing Zoran!

    1. I’m happy you find this post and my free cheat sheet helpful, Mike. Let me know if you need further help with the sizes.

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