My images look too compressed when published. What can I do?

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. The social network is applying any extra compression that you see in the picture when published. Here are some tips for better-quality pictures:

  • Try to upload images in sizes that larger than what you’ll see on the screen. For example, Facebook shows photos at around 470px wide on the newsfeed on a computer screen, so you may want to upload images that are double that width at least (approximately 1000px wide 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 well, but text or drawings over solid colors tend to show the compression much more. (Note also that Facebook analyzes uploaded photos 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 show compression artifacts. Consider alternative colors.
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