3 Designer Hacks for Social Media | Wave Interactive

As a designer, you know your way around Adobe and have probably helped a developer or two in creating a website. Chances are, you’ve even made graphics or images or social media. But, did you know there are some useful designer hacks to help you take your social images up a notch?

From image size to pixelation, check out these 3 hacks to make your designer life a little easier:

1. Blurring Unwanted Images

Tried your hand at getting the perfect shot only to have someone jump into the frame at the last second? Talk about a disappointment! Or, did the new intern take a team outing photo only to make sure they captured the random guy in the back eating his ice cream? Yeah, we’ve been there. But, there’s no need to stress. By following these simple steps, you can easily blur and pixelate these obstacles out to make image “picture perfect”.

  • First, go here: https://www.facepixelizer.com/
  • Drop in that image that needs fixin’
  • Select your “Face Detection”
  • Select “Manual” and adjust the size and intensity you need
  • Draw around the areas you want to adjust

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2. File Compression

On both sites and social media, file compression can be a huge headache. On one hand it can slow down your site, on the other it can make your images look stretched out, or you may not be able to upload them at all.

Instead of fumbling around with different edits, here’s what you can do to compress both PDF and Images to best fit your social networks:

  • For PDF: https://smallpdf.com/
  • For images: https://tinypng.com/

3. Sizing Recommendations

One wrong image size and your logo becomes unrecognizable, your cover photo looks unprofessional, and that CTA cuts off the sentence. Instead of guessing and making last minute adjustments, here are quick and easy size recommendations for the 4 main social networks (in pixels).

Profile Image: 180x180
Cover Photo: 820x312
Shared Images: 1200x630
Event Image: 1920x1080

Header Photo: 1500x500
Profile Image: 400x400
In-line Photos: 440x220

LinkedIn (for companies)
Background Image: 1536x768
Standard Logo: 300x300
Hero Image: 1128x376
In-line Images: 646x220

Whether you’re new to understanding how design and social media interact, or you’ve been posting for quite some time, understanding these hacks are sure to help you up your game. It should also be noted that these recommendations, especially with image sizing, can change quite often as platforms evolve and update. What’s your favorite design hack?