Sharpen for Facebook Tutorial and Action

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:

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

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

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

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.

About the Author:

Jes, armed with a Nikon D700, has always loved photography and received her first camera, a 126 film camera to be exact, when she was 6 but ended up working as an engineer after college. When not spending time doing photography, Jes likes to relax with her husband, aka MacGyver, and their two children, go spinning or read a book, preferably a vampire novel. She loves getting plenty of sleep, comfy shoes, the Kindle, iPhone, and an occasional peanut butter and bacon sandwich. Visit Jessica Gwozdz online.


  1. Megan Shufflebarger Sep 27 2010 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    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 - Reply

    this is awesome! thanks so much, Jes.

  3. Priscilla Sep 27 2010 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    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 - Reply

    Thanks Jes!!!

  5. Laureen Burke Sep 27 2010 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Can't wait to try this out!

  6. Roxanne Benton Sep 27 2010 at 4:54 pm - Reply

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

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

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

  8. Jes Gwozdz Sep 27 2010 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    Yay! So glad you girls can make use of this! 🙂

  9. allison Sep 28 2010 at 4:35 am - Reply

    Thank you!! This is fantastic!

  10. Adele Sep 28 2010 at 6:47 am - Reply

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

  11. heather Sep 29 2010 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    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.

  12. Annette Goodman Oct 02 2010 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Thank you so much! It works GREAT!!

  13. Deann Oct 17 2010 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    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?

  14. Tracy Bradbury Oct 21 2010 at 4:15 am - Reply

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

  15. Jenny Oct 26 2010 at 4:55 pm - Reply

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

  16. Sally Roeckell Nov 08 2010 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    Go Jes. You Rock!!!

  17. Maria Hoff Jun 05 2011 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Thanks, this was seriously driving me crazy.

  18. Cari Arena May 08 2012 at 6:55 am - Reply

    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

  19. Brandy inkelaar May 16 2012 at 5:13 pm - Reply

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

    Could someone help?


  20. alex lord Jun 04 2012 at 11:52 am - Reply

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

  21. Jane McComas Jun 17 2012 at 11:43 am - Reply

    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.



  22. Melanie May 14 2014 at 1:08 am - Reply

    I followed the new link you have posted for the action, but it’s not there any more. Just leads you to the main Facebook page. Can anyone direct me to the link for this? Would REALLY appreciate it! Thank you!!

    • ClickinMoms May 14 2014 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      Hi, Melanie! We’re working on a new one now that works with the new Facebook sizes and will posting soon.

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