If you use Facebook, you’ve probably uploaded a picture at some point. While Facebook is great for sharing, it also uses some pretty ruthless compression (compared to other sites, anyway) that makes your pictures look like crap. Here’s how to prevent that from happening. How Facebook Ruins Your Images Facebook is huge. An estimated 350 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day. That’s a lot of data for them to store, so to lighten the load, Facebook compresses your images. This makes them smaller in size, but it can also ruin image quality. Generally, this isn’t a huge deal, but when an image gets passed around the internet, downloaded, shared, and reuploaded to a bunch of different services, it can get pretty nasty. For example, let’s take a look at this Strong Bad email screenshot. To get a sense of how bad the image compression can be, I uploaded the screenshot, downloaded the resulting file, and then re-uploaded the already compressed version. After five times through the upload process, this is what we got: Open kinja-labs.com As you can see, it doesn’t take much for the image to start looking crappy. Strong Bad’s whole head looks blocky, and the… Read full this story
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