When you upload a photo to Gain, we send that exact photo to the social network without doing any compression on our side. Also, Gain's built-in image editor works with the full-res version of the image you upload, so if for instance you crop an image inside Gain, we take care to preserve the resolution. Any extra compression that you see in the image when published is being applied by the social network.
Here are some tips for better-quality pictures:
- Try to upload images in sizes that are bigger than what will be shown on screen. For example, Facebook photos are usually shown at something like 470px wide on the newsfeed in a computer screen, so you may want to upload images that are double that width at least (something like 1000px wide at least or more). Here are some guidelines from Facebook. Also note that the size limit for Twitter images is 5MB (Gain will alert you if your image exceeds this size.)
- Try to work with pictures that don't depend too much on text or line-based graphics. Photographic images with some text work great, but text or drawings over solid colors tend to show the compression much more. (Note also that Facebook analyzes uploaded images to see if they have text in them, and may refuse to publish them if more than 20% of the image is text.)
- Intense text colors like reds and oranges over solid backgrounds tend to really show compression artifacts. Consider alternative colors.