Sharpen for Facebook Tutorial and Action

A common complaint we here over and over again at Clickinmoms is “What on earth does Facebook do to my pictures?  They look awful when I upload!”   Why is this?  Well, one of our Clickinmoms mentors,  Jessica Gwozdz, has gotten to the bottom of it for us AND has included a freebie Photoshop action for you!  Woot!!    Thanks, Jes!!

Sharpen for Facebook Tutorial and Action

One reason is that the uploaded image is too big for the space that Facebook allows.  The “viewing window” for Facebook photos is a 720 pixel square.  Whatever size image you upload, Facebook will force-fit it into that 720 pixel square box.  So why don’t we presize our Facebook images to 720 pixels on the longest side, and sharpen them for optimal viewing at those dimensions?  Brilliant idea, I say!

Your friends here at ClickinMoms would like to share an action with you that will simplify your life on Facebook.  This action will copy your image to a new file and resize your image to 720 pixels on the longest side, regardless of whether your image is horizontal, vertical, or square.  The action will then add an editable sharpening layer, allow you to adjust the amount of sharpening from the action defaults (if desired), and then let you save the new Facebook-ready file onto your hard drive.

Let’s look at some examples before and after using the ClickinMoms Sharpen for Facebook action.

Here is a baby portrait, uploaded as a high res file:

Sharpen for Facebook Tutorial and Action photo

And now here is the same image uploaded after running the Sharpen For Facebook action:

Sharpen for Facebook Tutorial and Action photo

Let’s try it with a family shot.  Here’s a high res upload:

Sharpen for Facebook Tutorial and Action photo

And here is the same image after running the Sharpen For Facebook action:

Sharpen for Facebook Tutorial and Action photo

To grab this awesome action you need to head over to our Facebook page, naturally!  You need to be a Clickinmoms Facebook Fan in order to grab the action to download so if you’re not already you’ll have to like us first!  That’s the easy part – we’re super likable – promise!;)  Enjoy!


Due to facebook’s new sizing the original action posted with this article is no longer relevant and is no longer available.  We do have a new action up along with some free timeline templates!  You can get them here.

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25 Responses to “Sharpen for Facebook Tutorial and Action”

  1. Sep 27 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    Your my hero Jessica!! This always bugged me incredibly badly, this is the perfect solution, thank you SOOO much!!

  2. Maribeth
    Sep 27 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    this is awesome! thanks so much, Jes.

  3. Priscilla
    Sep 27 2010 at 4:28 pm #

    Just upgraded to CS5 this week – am very excited and thankful that you created this and are sharing it with us!!! Thanks Jessica!!!

  4. Tori L.
    Sep 27 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    Thanks Jes!!!

  5. Sep 27 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    Can't wait to try this out!

  6. Sep 27 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    What an AWESOME share and idea! Thank you ever so much!

  7. Sarah Mazza
    Sep 27 2010 at 5:37 pm #

    Wicked cool…thank you so much for creating this and for sharing!

  8. Sep 27 2010 at 6:58 pm #

    Yay! So glad you girls can make use of this! :)

  9. allison
    Sep 28 2010 at 4:35 am #

    Thank you!! This is fantastic!

  10. Lauren Goswell
    Sep 28 2010 at 5:57 am #

    thanks for this!

    also for you ladies that have all of your photos on Facebook, I just stumbled across a site that let's you automatically export them into a photo book with the captions included and all! it's pretty cool and i just ordered a photo book.

    looks like they let you make these video slideshows too now.

  11. Adele
    Sep 28 2010 at 6:47 am #

    Any chance this can be adapted to work in Elements? I was so excited to use it….. :(

  12. Sep 29 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    great post! Thank you for the tips! does anyone know why the color goes saturated for me even if i embed the color profile for web? so frustrating.

  13. Annette Goodman
    Oct 02 2010 at 10:10 am #

    Thank you so much! It works GREAT!!

  14. Deann
    Oct 17 2010 at 6:35 pm #

    Another wish for Elements adaptation.. But if all we need to do is make it 720 on the longest side, that's pretty simple. What DPI though?

  15. Tracy Bradbury
    Oct 21 2010 at 4:15 am #

    Thanks so much, wondered why my photos looked terrible once on Facebook.

  16. Jenny
    Oct 26 2010 at 4:55 pm #

    This is great! Will you be making it for PSE? I do not have CS4/CS5. Thanks!

  17. Nov 08 2010 at 8:59 pm #

    Go Jes. You Rock!!!

  18. Maria Hoff
    Jun 05 2011 at 10:30 am #

    Thanks, this was seriously driving me crazy.

  19. May 08 2012 at 6:55 am #

    I can't seem to find your action for sharpening for facebook.

    I like the facebook page, but I still can't see it.

    Is it possible to email it to me?? I would greatly appreciate it! :)

    Cari Arena

  20. Brandy inkelaar
    May 16 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    Hi I can't find the resizing action :( on Facebook.

    Could someone help?


  21. Jun 04 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Can't find the facebook sharpening action…Where is it please?

  22. Jun 17 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Hi. I had a drive crash that had this action on it….I found the link on FB….but it goes back to the main FB page – not to the download.

    Please advise.



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    Jul 08 2012 at 3:50 am #

    Howdy! This post couldn't be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this post to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Aug 23 2012 at 12:09 pm #

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  25. Jul 01 2013 at 6:03 am #

    Done it successfully, we were suffering with screen printing method for many years.
    Now we could make it effortless & own.Many thanks a

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