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Blogging is more than
writing typing your thoughts out and magically your posts are seen by everyone. Photos matter and so does their size. Resizing your blog photos can speed up your site, be visually appealing, and transfer to your social media platforms. Resizing photos is easy to do with the help of a few tools.
A Beginner Blogging Tutorial – Resizing Photos
When I take a picture it’s width (in pixels) is typically in the 2000 rage. I take high quality images to begin with so I have more options for the photo. Maybe I never use a photo for the blog but I have it printed for my home decor instead. You never know and with photography being digital there really is no need to worry about the size and quantity of photos you take.
Resizing Photos for your Blog
The photo above is 600×900. Why? Because that’s the version I chose to download from a free stock purchase. That’s right I don’t take all of my photos. That’s a recent thing and it has allowed me to bring you more content. I am working on getting a set up for better lighting and backgrounds so I can take my own photos like the one above but you really don’t have to use all your own photos 100% of the time.
When I take my own photos I edit them in PicMonkey*. When you upload to PicMonkey* you have the option to resize on the very first tab you come to. My photos resize to 600 x 900 pixels and that works well for my blog design. 600 x 900 also works well for Pinterest and Google+ posts.
There is a current trend of making collages that are longer for better chances of getting seen on Pinterest, and I make these occasionally if the post warrants it (like a recipe with amazing pictures or a DIY tutorial) but I typically stick to this photo size.
If I have a post that is going to have a lot of pictures I like all of those pictures to be the same size. This makes your blog visually appealing. You can make sure all of your images are the same size using PicMonkey*. In the case of a round up post it’s quicker to save the images you want to use from each post and resize them using WordPress. This cuts out the time it takes to upload to PicMonkey* and save the image a second time. WordPress gives you four options (thumbnail, medium, large, and actual size).
To make photos a custom size you want to upload your image to media and insert the image as a large or actual size photo into the blog post. Once a photo is in a blog post you can resize photos to a custom size using the pencil icon that appears when you click on the image.
Under display settings change your photo size to Custom Size and edit the width to be the same for all photos.
I don’t always make my photos the same size. Changing the photo size too much will reduce the quality of the image. For tutorials like this one I use screenshots to show you exactly what I am talking about and screenshots do not resize well.
Resizing photos for Social Media
Did you know that different social media platforms need different sized photos? Obviously instagram needs square but Facebook, Twitter, Google+…they all have different needs. Your Google+ profile is the hardest one to figure out and sometimes it’s hard to know just exactly where your Facebook profile picture will cover up your Facebook cover photo. That’s where I use Canva.
Canva has all of the social media sizes down. They even have a Pinterest size I have been playing with that is a little longer than the 600 x 900 size.
Here’s what a Twitter post would look like:
Here’s what a Facebook post would look like:
Of course these images were resized in WordPress to be the same width but I wanted you to see how the length varies on different social media. After you use Canva to make the right size photo you can use PicMonkey* to add wording. Or you can leave it blank it’s up to you!
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