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Social Media Image Resizing Just Got Extremely Easy With This Tool From Sprout Social

By Hanssie on March 17th 2016

The most precious commodity we have today is time. You can argue all you want, but when it’s gone, you can never get it back. (Health is a close second when listing precious commodities). It seems like I blinked and already we are in the last half of March – when only a minute ago, we were counting down to the new year…for 2013. We are bombarded at all sides with responsibilities to family and work and trying to sneak away some time to edit and build our businesses, so anything that may offer some relief and save us time is welcome.

I’ve posted a few infographics for social media resizing here in the last few months, and they undoubtedly have been timesavers, but still, resizing all those images does take time and sometimes, the charts we refer to may be outdated. So, aside from hiring an intern who probably has a better handle on the changing social media sizes (and more time to do these things), are there any other efficient ways to optimize your images across all the social media platforms? There is now.

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Sprout Social, a social media management software company, has just released Landscape, a free, time-saving tool to help save us precious time and headaches (might I add). With Landscape, you can upload one image and with a few clicks you can customize that picture and optimize it for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube and there’s also a custom option. Each social media network has a variety of options so you can choose from sizing for a profile picture, a cover photo and so forth.

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After choosing the various networks, you’ll get a chance to crop the image and then press download. The files then magically appear in a folder on your desktop (or wherever you have set your download to save), renamed for each network and are ready for you to post to social media. Try it out here.

No word on how often they are going to update the dimensions, but as they are also the creators of an Always-Up-to-Date Infographic, I assume that Landscape will be “always-up-to-date” as well.

What are you going to do with all this newfound free time?

About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com and www.fittedmagazine.com. Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
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4 Comments

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  1. Yan Pekar

    The Landscape solution only seem to be accepting images (during upload) not larger than 10mb. Most of my images are of 20-30mb in size, meaning I can’t use the Landscape until I first resize the images. Hope the developers will provide a solution or remove the size restriction.

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    • Hanssie

      Yes, I noticed that too, but I figure resizing it once to 10mb was better than resizing 6 different times. :)

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    • Yan Pekar

      Nowadays there are very few professionals who use cameras producing images less than 10mb in size. It’s a shame that the service does not seem to be oriented to professionals to begin with. A 10 min use of the app revealed a couple of issues: 1. upload image –> select network –> select size –> click on Landscape logo in the left top corner. Your progress is lost, you are back to “Upload your image” screen. 2. upload image –> select network(for example, Facebook) –> select size –> resize the image –> click Back –> select different network (for example, Instagram) –> on next screen you are presented with options related to the first network selected, Facebook rather than Instagram, as when a user clicks Back, she or he have to manually unselect the previously selected network as the app does not register the user’s selection automatically. 3. the most inconvenient issue for me is that the app does not seem to be able to scale the images, – for example, if I upload a vertically oriented image, then select to resize it for Facebook, – any size I select, my image appears cropped but not scaled, in this case it was a portrait, and the image appeared with the subject’s head being cut off. Same happened with other Facebook sizes, as well as Instagram ones (did not test other networks). It’s also not clear what is the level of quality loss when the images are cropped. Overall, I like the idea, however I don’t find the development to be complete to make it practical at this stage.

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  2. Matt Owen

    Well, that was easier than managing a bunch of Lightroom export presets. Thanks!

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