How to Crop to the Right Social Media Size

Have you ever created an image or graphic, but wanted to use it on all of your social media channels? Here is how to crop to the right social media size with just one click.

In this post, we show you how you can take any photo or graphic and resize it to any social media channel with one click

When editing photos or creating graphics, the biggest pain point it making sure it’s properly sized for different social media channels. It’s annoying when an image looks great on Instagram, but when on Twitter it’s completely cut off!

In this post, there are two methods when it comes to resizing photos for social media.

Manually Resize Photos

Firstly, one method to resize photos and graphics for social media is to manually crop. However, this method is a little bit more tedious, but it still works if you have the time.

To make it easier, here are the most common graphic sizes needed for social media channels, updated for 2020.


  • Cover Photo: 820 x 312
  • Shared Image: 1,200 x 630


  • Header Photo: 1,500 x 500
  • In-Stream Photo: Minimum 440 x 220 (2:1 Ratio)


  • Photo Size: 1080 x 1080
  • Instagram Stories: 1080 x 1920


  • Pins on the main page appear as 236 pixels (height is scaled).
  • Pins on a board appear as 236 pixels (height is scaled).
  • Expanded pins have a minimum width of 600 pixels (height is scaled).
  • It’s recommended to use an image aspect ratio of 2:3 to 1:3.5


  • Channel Profile Image: 800 x 800
  • Channel Cover Photo: 2,560 x 1,440

Resize photos with just one click

In this second method, you can resize photos with just one click using PicMonkey.

This happens to be the easiest way to resize images and graphics and use them across all social media channels.

For example, resize a Twitter header image and use it on a Facebook cover image with just one click.

To resize photos and graphics using PicMonkey, click on “Smart Resize” and choose the preset needed. Choose from all social media channels, even Etsy and Medium!

Smart Resize also provides the option to copy and resize to have two graphic files.

It’s that simple!

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