The Facebook Ads Guide for Image Sizes and Videos

The Facebook Ads Guide for Image Sizes and Videos

If you run a Facebook Ads campaign but still aren’t sure what size your images should be to ensure that they’re displayed correctly, this article is something that may interest you!

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When it comes to graphics, Facebook loves diversity. It provides users with different recommendations concerning image dimensions and sizes depending on the type of ad and place where it’s supposed to be shown. Unfortunately, the number of requirements provided in the Facebook Ads guide can be overwhelming for advertisers who may have trouble deciding whether the images they prepared are the most optimal choice.

However, there’s no need to panic – the industry is full of generally recommended dimensions that will certainly help you shorten the list of requirements sent to your graphic designer. In today’s entry, we’ll introduce you not only to the exhaustive list of recommendations provided by the social media platform but also to some quality suggestions from Delante’s specialists.

Table of Contents

  1. Delante’s recommendations
  2. Ad Sizes on Facebook
  3. Facebook’s Specs
  4. Some Extra Pieces of Advice
  5. The Takeaway

Delante’s Recommendations

We’re perfectly aware of the overwhelming and confusing abundance of guidelines concerning images in Facebook Ads campaigns. That’s why (before getting down to more detailed recommendations), we’ll provide you with certain instructions usually sent to our clients. In most cases, applying them correctly is enough to ensure that your images will work properly.

We recommend using at least four sizes of images: 1080×1080, 1200×1200, 1200×628, and 1080×1920 pixels of the highest possible quality and low weight.

When it comes to videos, it’s a good idea to enable sounds and subtitles. This results from the fact that a significant part of videos is muted, therefore, your content should be either accompanied by texts or fully understandable without sound.

Facebook Ads – Delante’s recommendations:

  • Sizes – we suggest using at least four ad sizes: 1080×1080, 1200×1200, 1200×628, 1080×1920 px
  • Supported formats – graphics: .jpg, .png / videos: .mp4, .mov, .gif
  • Text in images – maximally 20% of the image area can be filled with text; to check your proportion of text to image, go to: https://www.facebook.com/ads/tools/text_overlay
  • Graphic elements – logos and important elements shouldn’t be placed near edges as they might be cropped
  • Quality – make sure that your images are of top quality

Ad Sizes on Facebook

One Graphic or Video

Image Pixel SizeFormatPlacementAdditional Information
1080×1080Square (1:1)Most placements (including campaigns driving users to like the site)A minimum format recommended
1200×628Horizontal imageFacebook Instant Articles, the right column on Facebook
1080×1920Vertical imageStories (Fb, IG, Msg), Audience Network (banner, native, full screen)
1200×1200Square (1:1)Most placements
  • Less popular format,
  • Displayed better on higher resolution monitors

Carousel

Image pixel sizeFormatPlacementAdditional Information
1080×1080Square (1:1)Facebook, Audience Network, Messenger, Instagram (feed)
  • Recommended
  • Min. 2, max. 10 images or videos (suggested length – 15 seconds)
1080×19209:16Instagram Stories
  • Max. 3 images. Video length – 15 seconds

Collection

(graphics will also be displayed at the top of the Instant Experience)

Image pixel sizeFormatPlacementAdditional Information
1080×1080Square (1:1)Facebook and Instagram feed
1200×628Vertical (16:9)Instagram Feed

Canvas

(no specific guidelines)

Image pixel sizeFormatPlacementAdditional Information
1200×6289:16 or 1:1A thumbnail in the feedAvailable solely on mobile devices


Slideshow

Image pixel sizeFormatPlacementAdditional Information
Recommended min. 1080×1080 and 1280×7201:1
16:9
(Stories)
2:3
Available for all advertising objectives and placements
  • from 3 to max. 10 images when creating the slideshow yourself
  • from 1 to 10 images when selecting one of the templates

Facebook’s Specs

Ratios vs. Placements

ratios vs placements of Image Facebook ads
Source: Facebook for Business

Let’s start with aspect ratios as they’re determined by the ad placement.

  • Feed:
    • Square (1:1) for images
    • Vertical (4:5) for videos
  • Stories: vertical (9:16) graphics that capture the whole screen
  • Carousel videos: square (1:1)
  • In-stream videos: horizontal rectangle (16:9)
  • Audience Network: vertical rectangle (9:16)
  • The right column on Facebook: rectangle (1, 91:1), alternatively square (1:1)

Moreover, Facebook enables downloading aspect ratio templates that help you guarantee that all your images are compliant with the recommendations.

One image or video

One-image ads are the most popular and effective solutions found on Facebook.

Facebook Ads - one image or video

Try to ensure that your images have:

  • Resolution: highest possible. Minimum 500 pixels
  • Format: .jpg or .png
  • Ratio:
    • Square (1:1) – for placements like feed or in-stream videos
    • Vertical image (9:16) – it’s a full-screen format in stories, applications or websites
    • Horizontal image (1.91:1) – used in the right column on Facebook, search results or Instant Articles

Different campaign objectives suit different ad placements. When it comes to standard minimum image sizes, it’s possible to distinguish:

  • 500×262 pixels for:
    • Instagram feed
    • Explore tab on Instagram
    • Facebook and Messenger stories
  • 500×889 pixels (vertical) for Instagram stories
  • 254×133 pixels for:
    • Facebook feed
    • In-stream videos
    • Audience Network: native ads, banners, full-screen ads, rewarded videos
    • Instant Articles on Facebook (or 1200×1200 with a link)
    • Facebook Marketplace
    • Search results on Facebook
    • The right column on Facebook
    • Messenger inbox
  • 1200×444 pixels:
    • Page likes (it’s also possible to use 2:3 and 1:1 ratios – 1080×1080 pixels)
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Junior SEM Specialist - Agnieszka

Junior SEM Specialist

A graduate of economical analytics, marketing and advertising graphics. In the PPC department since May 2019. She loves sketching and digital painting. She follows trends in visual identification and illustration design. Her handbag always contains a sketchbook and a pencil. She loves to dance, watch animations, read fantasy and play computer games. She could spend her free time at the Wrocław zoo observing and sketching local animals.
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  1. Thanks for this Agnieszka! Finally, I have all the sizes gathered in one place, really hated the navigation through facebook’s guide.

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