Why Are My Photos Blurry On Facebook & Instagram?

Are your photos on Instagram and Facebook appearing blurry?

 

You're not alone. I see this happening constantly and receive a lot of questions about what to do to fix this.

 

So what's going on?

 

The issue commonly comes down to sizing.

 

(That is, of course, assuming your image is crisp to start. Please note, if you start with a blurry image, there's nothing to do to fix it.)

 

In order to maintain a crisp, clear appearance with your posts, it's absolutely essential that you're posting the correct size required by each social media platform.

 

This gets confusing, because Facebook and Instagram have a habit of changing their size requirements.

 

You can find a current 2016 Social Media Sizing Guide HERE.

 

 

There are two elements to take into consideration with your post sizing:

 

  1. What size is the photo you're posting.
  2. If you're creating a design - what is the size of the template you're using?

 

If you're using a design tool, such as Canva - be sure to check the sizing of the template you're using before creating your design.

 

For instance, the current pre-designed "Social Media" square template in Canva is still set to Instagram's old sizing standards (800 x 800) which is too small for the current size standards (1080 x 1080).

 

Using this template will surely cause your post to turn out blurry.

 

You can prevent this by using custom dimensions.

 

Once you've created a template with the current dimensions, it's essential that the photo you upload also matches the correct size quality.

 

Uploading a medium Wellness Stock Shop photo at 1600 resolution will ensure you maintain the highest quality of crispness when you make your post.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Heba El-Hakim on 12/23/2016 at 4:48 pm

    Very helpful. I came here because my images were still blurry despite me using the 1600 resolution from WSS and the Instagram Post setting in Canva but was still blurry somehow. I realise I am posting through LeadTrain which has a Social Media component to it so I am wondering if that is sizing the images further. Trying now with the 2048 resolution download from WSS and Instagram Post setting in Canva and will let you know!

    Thank you Briena!

    • Briena Sash on 12/23/2016 at 5:04 pm

      Hi Heba!
      I'll be eager to hear what you find. I have noticed my imagery turning out differently when posting or cropping through different platforms. Canva changes them a bit too, but not enough so as to ruin the images or render them un-postable, in my opinion.

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