Spending lots of time searching for the right image dimensions when uploading images to social media? Not anymore! Create a recipe once and for all and get your images to fit perfectly with the different image requirements – every time!
Social Media sites often have very specific requirements for image upload, or at least the quality results can be much better if you adhere to their specific recommendations.
For example, Facebook has various dimensions for the Cover Photo, Profile Photo and Shared Image not to mention various other sizing for Highlighted, Milestone images and more! It is quite a minefield.
You need recipes
Luckily there are some good resources online to discover these sizes and incorporate them into a Capture One Pro 7 recipe so it is possible to export any image to fit perfectly with such requirements.
I have made a few examples based on Facebook, and one for Pinterest, which uses a slightly different way to display images compared to Facebook. Google+ has less restrictions on image sizing, which is why it is not included.
At the end of the blog you can also download these recipes for your own use on Mac or PC.
Creating and Using a Recipe
I will use the example of the Facebook Cover photo, which has the following image dimensions: 851 pixels wide by 315 pixels tall.
First of all, I’d like to define a Process Recipe, which restricts the output file to the pixel dimensions needed. If you haven’t used a Process Recipe before, first navigate to the Output tool tab. By default there is one Process Recipe called ‘Untitled Recipe’.
You can either modify that Recipe or create a new one by clicking on the ‘+’ icon in the bottom right of the Process Recipes Tool.
Make sure you name the Recipe so you can recognize it later. This Recipe will be for the Facebook Cover Photo, so I’ll name it accordingly.
I have changed the format to JPEG, the ICC Profile to sRGB (best for web), and the scale to Dimensions, entering the pixel dimensions as described earlier. It’s really important that you set scale to ‘Dimensions’ as this will have an influence on how the Crop Tool works when cropping images to this format.
If you wish you can explore the other options in the Recipe by clicking through the additional tabs – File, Adjustments, Metadata and Watermark.
Now that I have my Process Recipe set, I can crop an image to this format. Before this step, make sure you have the Recipe highlighted in the Process Recipes Tool, as we will need to constrain to these dimensions when we crop.
Select the ‘Output’ option by clicking and holding onto the Cropping Cursor Tool. This option does just as described, it will constrain your Crop Aspect Ratio to match whatever is set in the currently highlighted recipe.
Now I can crop an image I want to use for a Facebook cover Photo. You can see in the following short clip, that as soon as I begin to crop, the image is constrained to our Recipe pixel dimensions. This way you are guaranteed of the right dimensions when exporting.
If you don’t see the pixel dimensions on your crop lines (Top and Left), you can turn this option on in the Capture One Preferences.
If you are working in a Catalog – You may wish to set the output location by clicking on the ‘Store Files’ drop-down menu and choosing your preferred location.
To process the image, click on the ‘Process’ button in the ‘Process Summary’ Tool, or you can use the Keyboard Shortcut Cmd-D (Mac) / Ctrl-D (Win). This tool also shows a breakdown “Summary” of your currently highlighted Recipe.
Duplicating and Modifying a Recipe
Now that the bare bones of the Recipe are set, it’s easy to duplicate it to work with other social media sizes. Click on the small triangle in the ‘Process Recipes’ Tool and choose ‘Duplicate Recipe’. The benefit of this step is that you will probably only need to change the Scale settings if you want to keep the same JPEG parameters.
Here is a good opportunity to point out some smart behaviour of the cropping labels and ‘Process Summary’ Tool. As I have selected the new Recipe I have just made, the crop on the image, which was set when I had the cover photo Recipe selected, indicates that the height is incompatible with the Process Recipe, by displaying it in red.
Setting one Dimension Only
Pinterest is a good example where only one image dimension needs to be set for optimal upload. When a Pin is opened, the image will scale to 736 pixels wide and the necessary length for that particular image. Therefore it doesn’t make sense to upload anything larger to Pinterest. The same goes for Tumblr but the maximum width is 1280 pixels.
I’ll duplicate the last Process Recipe again but change the ‘Scale’ to Width and set this to 736 Pixels.
This workflow of constraining crop sizes doesn’t need to only relate to social media, and could easily be adapted for many other disciplines where output sizes are crucial, or perhaps have been dictated to you by the client. It may save you a step in the workflow chain if you can output correctly from Capture One Pro 7 in the first place.
Remember, the crucial step is choosing ‘Output’ in the Crop Tool, to make sure you are automatically constraining to your Process Recipe output size.
Adding these Recipes to Capture One Pro 7
The three recipes shown here can be downloaded here.
To install them on a Mac, navigate to [USER]>Library>Application Support>Capture One>Recipes and copy the recipes into that folder. Restart Capture One Pro 7 and then they will be visible.
By default the Library folder is hidden on the Mac. The easiest way to reveal it is to hold down the Alt key and click on the GO menu in the finder.
To install on a PC, navigate to C:>Users>[USER]>AppData>Local>Capture One>Recipes70 and copy the Recipes into that folder. Restart Capture One Pro 7 and then they will be visible.
By default the AppData folder is hidden on the PC.
Go to Control Panel > Appearance and Settings > Folder Options
Select the View Tab from the pop up menu and then Select ‘Show Hidden Files, Folders and Drives’.