How to Make Pictures From Facebook Not Pixelated
Facebook photos often look blurry due to a lack of detail in the original image. Although Facebook imposes size limits, they are large enough to retain a decent level of clarity. If your picture is blurry to begin with, there's little you can do besides shrinking it to a smaller size. Keep the amount of editing you do to a minimum to prevent pixelization.
Right-click the photo you plan to upload to Facebook and click "Properties" to see the size of the file. The larger the file size, the higher the quality. If it is less than 1MB, choose a different photo.
Upload the picture in its original form if possible. If you use an unedited copy, you are less likely to end up with a bad picture. Compression is often used when an edited photo is saved, and this reduces the quality. Facebook recommends that you do not edit a picture because some photo-editing software interferes with the uploading process.
Use a format that is support by Facebook. At the time of publication, these includes .tiff, .png, .gif, .jpg and .bmp. Other formats either won't upload or might look different from what you expect. If a photo is in the wrong format, open it in Microsoft Paint and select the drop-down menu by "Save as Type" to save in a compatible format.
Crop the picture as little as possible, if you must edit it. Cropping is used to cut off edges or remove sections you don't want seen. However, what is left may "zoom" up to fill up the leftover space. This is similar to blowing a picture up to make it larger, which can leave a pixelated result.
Use a picture that is no more than 15MB, as this is the file size limit Facebook accepts. Shrink the file size, if necessary, using reputable, well-known editing software. Reduce the size just enough to get under the limit without reducing the quality of the image too much.
Tips & Warnings
- Facebook only allows images greater than 180 pixels wide.
References & Resources
- Duke University: How Does JPEG Compression Work?
- Facebook: I Can't Upload My Photos Using the Flash Uploader
- Facebook: The Image You Tried to Upload is Too Small
- Duke University: In What Format Should I Save My Images Once I've Transferred Them to My Computer?
- Facebook: How Do I Delete a Photo?
- Duke University: What Can Be Done to a JPEG Image Without Affecting the Quality?