A few years ago at a training at the University of Cincinnati, a participant asked me about sizing social media images. Her problem: How can the social media desk properly size an image to fit in a Facebook header, Twitter feed and Instagram in just a few minutes.
The tool I shared with the group was, in her words, “life changing.”
Sprout Social built a free tool called Landscape that lets you import an image and crop it to fit several social platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. This speeds the cropping process
Why crop? Facebook and YouTube specific specs for an image size for a header or other image. Do you trust Twitter to auto crop your image? I don’t. So Landscape to the rescue. It’s intuitive, efficient and is much easier than moving photos individually through Photoshop or another editing tool.
When you export, the original and cropped image is downloaded in a zip file to your downloads folder.
Sprout Social also features a free, “always up-to-date” social media image sizing guide, if you want to size images with Photoshop.
Training: Watch the video on how to use Landscape for cropping images for social media.
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