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How to Make Better Graphics for Social Media

p2 BetterSocialMediaGraphicsWe all know that eye-catching graphics are an important part of capturing the attention of today's digital audience. They might even be THE most important part!

But how do you know what makes an image work? Here are some pointers that will help you out:

Size

First things first, your image has to be easy to look at. That means it should be big enough to see and shouldn't be a pixelated mess. You can't take a small image and blow it up to a large size; it just won't look good.

At the very least, we recommend you use an image at least 400 pixels wide. That should work for a lot of things. If you want to get specific, the optimal image sizes that different social media channels use for posts, profile photos and more change often. This list of always up-to-date social media image sizesalways up-to-date social media image sizes will help you out.

License

You want to make absolutely sure you're not violating anyone's copyright when you're using an image. No picture is worth dealing with a potential lawsuit! Err on the side of caution by taking your own photos, doing your own graphic design, paying for images from a service like Shutterstock or using one of these free photo resourcesfree photo resources.

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