Sometimes, you need to make a quick social media image, but you’re a little too strapped for time to run a Google search for the right dimensions. Or maybe you’re just lazy, like everyone else, and that’s okay. But hey, here’s how to get around that: You can start off by choosing from Pixlr X’s preset size selection to quickly create a new file.
Check out my written guide below to get a rough idea on the dimension options you can choose from.
Drag and drop your image into Pixlr X, then click on the Crop tool. To get the drop-down menu to appear with preset sizes, you’ll want to click on the Select Aspect tab. Choose the Facebook cover option, and you’re good to go for your page’s cover photo!
Adding text to your cover photo
Now let’s get into the scenario where you want to add some text to your Facebook cover photo. Choose a color that suits your background, or one that gels with your profile’s branding to keep consistency. In this case, I went with a bright blue from the preset colors available on the sidebar. If you intend to replicate the text effect exactly before tweaking your own, click on the image below to zoom in further and see the text settings.
If you don’t like the preset colors, you can always change it via the swatch slider, or key in your preferred color hex code if you have one.
Squares are the way to go with Facebook’s profile sizes (but literally, all profile photos are usually squares now), and a good 360 by 360px is a perfect fit. Choose from the default preset available on Pixlr X’s ‘Create New’ section, or well, add your own equal size dimensions using the editable width and height tabs located on the far right of the page.
But there’s another way to get your own profile photo size without going through the available presets. This is what you’ll need to do:
- Drag and drop your desired photo into Pixlr X.
- Resize your square photo.
- Use the crop tool to fit your required dimensions.
- Move around the crop box to fit the part of the image you want to see in the profile photo section.
If you don’t resize your photo before you make a crop for the exact profile photo dimensions, it’ll end up looking like this below:
While 1080 by 1080px is the usual square dimensions that Instagram is famous for, the optimum size for an Insta Story is 1080 by 1920px. But for the square dimensions, you can also adjust them within the Instagram app, so that’s not too much of a hassle. If your images are appearing very blurry on Instagram though, that means they’re much larger, high resolution images. You will want to resize them for the square portion so it appears crisp and clear on your feed.
Simply select the 1080 by 1080px option on the Create New page presets and then drag and drop your photo of choice into the workspace.
Click on the Arrange tab on the left menu bar to enable dragging so you can adjust your photo however you want it to appear on your Instagram feed.
Alternatively, you can drag and drop your image into Pixlr X and then go straight to the Crop tool, before selecting the Select Aspect tab. There’s a drop-down menu in which you can choose Instagram post from.
Select the desired size in the ready presets available on the Create New page, then drag and drop your photo into Pixlr X’s work area.
Pixlr X will automatically insert your image into the preset size, but if you need to adjust it to a selected area of your choice, you still can. You just need to do that manually through the Arrange button on the left menu bar.
Check out the screenshot below as your guide to make manual adjustments. Let’s say I want to get the child model directly in the middle of the size constraints, since the drag and drop didn’t actually place her directly in the center. The blue arrows indicate that you can slide your photo left or right in order to get that perfect center shot.
And that’s basically it for the preset sizes available on Pixlr X’s Create New page! Pixlr is a free online image editing tool that aims to provide convenience and ease of use to creative people of all levels. Get started on resizing all your social media images with Pixlr X today.
Photos from 123RF.