Photos sizes for Plants Map and social media

Thie post was originally published March 2015. Updated as of August 2017. 

If you are like us, you love to share photos of your plants. To help you with adding your photos to Plants Map and to other social sharing sites we wanted to share the following tips and tools to help size your photos.

  • Photo uploads need to be image files that end in .jpg or .png
  • Photo uploads cannot be a file ending in .pdf which is a Portable Document Format (PDF) and are not considered an image file.
  • A photo crop refers to the framing or orientation of an image. A photo crop can be round, square, portrait (vertical), or landscape (horizontal).
  • A photo size determines the pixel dimensions of the crop and quality.
    • For instance a square crop may be 200 pixels tall x 200 pixels wide.
    • A rectangular crop may be 1358 pixels wide by 535 pixels tall.

Profile Icons

Profile Photo

Individual Profile Photo

Most social profile icons use a square or circular crop on your image. Most frequently used sizes are:

  • Circular Icons
    • 900 x 900 (Plants Map)
    • 200 x 200 (Google+)
    • 293 x 293 (Instagram)
    • 165 x 165 (Pinterest)
  • Square Icons
    • 180 x 180 (Facebook)
    • 400 x 400 (Twitter)
    • 500 x 500 (LinkedIn)

Cover Photos

Most profile cover photos have a landscape (horizontal) crop. Examples:

  • Plants Map organization cover photo = 1538 x 535
  • Facebook cover photo = 851 x 315
  • Twitter header image = 1500 x 500
  • Google+ cover photo = 1080 x 608
  • LinkedIn cover photo = 646 x 220
Cover Photo

Plants Map organization cover photo (background) and round profile photo center

Plants Map Plant & Collection PhotosPlant_Profile_Photo

  • Photos uploaded to a profile should be taken by the owner of the profile. Please see our Copyright Terms.
  • If photos are not original to the owner, you must seek permission to use with a caption citation or find photos that have a creative commons use (also with a caption citation as required).  Any photos uploaded that come to our attention as a copyright issue are removed. 
  • On Plants Map, cover photos for plants and collections use a square crop.
  • Photos using a consistent size work best.
  • We upload and save the orginal size but they are displayed in square crop in a square photo grid.
  • Clicking on a photo will show the original crop: either square, portrait or landsccape.
  • We suggest a minimum size of 900 x 900 pixels.
  • Note that all photos uploaded are saved at the maximum uploaded image size. The compressed size however will be 640 x 640. This delivers the best quality without slowing the page load.
  • If you want to download your original, open the image in a new tab and click on the URL addres bary, find ‘large’ in the URL and change to ‘original.’  Example: image/plant_pics/avatars/000/027/479/large/IMG_20160502_075439.jpg?1462193227  change to image/plant_pics/avatars/000/027/479/original/IMG_20160502_075439.jpg?1462193227
Photo Gallery Magnolia

Photo gallery for a plant or collection

News Feed Photos

Generally these are landscape (horizontal) crops. When sizing images for social sharing on news feeds, the best pixel sizes to keep in mind are:

  • Plants Map – Horizontal (landscape) 1,920 x 1,080 or square 1,920 x 1,920
  • Facebook – Horizontal (landscape) 1,200 x 628
  • Twitter – Horizontal (landscape) 1,024 x 576
  • LinkedIn – Horizontal (landscape) 552 x 368
  • Pinterest – Tall Vertical (portrait) 600 x 900
  • Google+ – Tall Vertical (portrait) 800 x 320
  • Instagram – Square 1,080 x 1,080

To make your life easier, Buffer recommends the following two sizes that work best for most websites and social channels:

  • Horizontal (landscape) – 1024 x 512
    • Note this size is also referred to as a 1:2 ratio where the length of the photo (1024) is twice as long as the height (512).
  • Vertical (portrait) – 800 x 1200
    • Note that this orientation is primarliy used on Pinterest and is not suggested for other platforms.

More Photo Resources

Plants Map Journals and Help Articles: 

The Buffer App has an excellent blog post with more details on specific sizes for the 6 major social networks: Ideal Image Sizes for Social Media.

There are also many tools available to help you with editing your photos. Here are a few we like:

  • Pablo2.0 at Buffer’s very simple, quick and easy to use tool to create the perfect size images with engaging quotes for social sharing.
  • PicMonkey: This is a website with free and paid features. You can get a lot of cool tools to enhance your photos that are free. There is a resizing tool and a cropping tool with some preset sizes to help adjust them perfectly.
  • Canva: Another great website for creating images with both free and paid tools. They have some great starter templates for creating graphic images without photos too.
  • Snapseed by Google is available as an app for both iPhones and Android. Very easy to use photo app to enhance and add cool effects to your photos.
  • iWatermark: Great tool to easily create your own watermark and stamp your photos before sharing. This tool is available for Mac or Windows at and for iPhone/iPads  and Android devices.
  • Olloclip: A really cool lens accessory for iPhones and the Samsung Galaxy S. When you really want to zoom in, take amazing macros with 1 of the 4 lens options.
  • Social Image Resizer Tool from Internet Marketing Ninjas
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