Facebook NOW allows High Res Downloads: Protect Yourself!

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Facebook NOW allows High Res Downloads: Protect Yourself!

Facebook is a goldmine of social networking for photographers. When used efficiently, Facebook can have an enormous impact on the growth and success of your photography business.  Facebook is a great resource for marketing, learning, and inspiration. It allows photographers from all over the world to connect and share.

For all its upsides, one downside is lack of control. When you publish information on your own website or blog, your control the content and appearance.  When you use a social networking platform, such as Facebook, you are powerless as they make changes to the interface, functionality, or terms of use.  For example, Facebook had a “Suggest to Friends” area. People designed profile images that depended on it, with bold arrows saying “If you like our page, please suggest it to your friends.” And then, one day, “poof.” It disappeared.

Facebook constantly changes the dimensions for apps, and when they went from 760px wide to 720 pixel wide last year, it literally messed up the appearance of custom Facebook Pages. While I assume they consult with advisers before making big changes, I am clearly not one of them.  Facebook causes frustration to the masses as they implement new changes. It seems they try to fix things that were not broken to begin with.

One of the latest changes, with a HUGE impact on photographers, is the ability to download high-resolution images. For non-photographers, this is a great feature. After a party, users can share their high-res point and shoot images with relatives and friends.  Great tool, right?  For a professional photographer, this is a disaster.  When you upload your images for a sneak peek, you want customers sharing them online with friends.  Typically, you do not want them to download and print from this version. There is a way to stop it!

People can only download what is uploaded. If you upload re-sized images, and your customer excitedly selects “download in high-resolution,” they still only have the file you placed on Facebook.  A 600×900 pixel wide image at 72ppi, it is low-resolution. Facebook does not have the ability to make that a true high-res image. Also, when sharing images online, add a watermark to further protect them.

While this does mean more work for photographers, MCP Actions has an easy solution. Just visit us on Facebook and go to the “Free Actions” tab. We have a series of Free Photoshop actions for photographers who use Photoshop or Elements (PSE). This set includes resizing, sharpening, and watermarking tools.  Plus it has a side-by-side diptic layout and a top and bottom layout, perfect for sharing two images, or showing off your before and after images edited with MCP’s other Photoshop actions. I would appreciate you sharing this blog post with all of your photographer friends on Facebook and on photo forums, so that they protect themselves from the “high-res” situation.

*** I may just be psychic….  Hours after writing the above article, Facebook rolled out a new layout.  Tabs are no longer located at the top of the screen – they are under the profile picture.  The profile is smaller now, instead of 200x600px, it is 180x540px.  The good news is that it remains the same aspect ratio.  You now can comment on pages with your page name, but your feeds and wall are not organized by most recent posts.  Basically what you knew as Facebook has changed…  Literally right after I posted the article above…

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 Facebook NOW allows High Res Downloads: Protect Yourself!

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and teaches Photoshop to photographers across the globe.

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  1. 1
    Adrienne says:

    Thanks for sharing, great info! I am glad I have always uploaded re-sized files (about 15% the original size, approx. 4×6″) and always used a watermark!!!

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    Jessie says:

    I am not a pro but this was awesome of you to do this post and provide those downloads. Thank you!

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    I have been using your free facebook resizer/sharpener for a couple of weeks now. I love how the sharpness of the image has really attracted more customers and it protects me at the same time from those who download it for themselves. This is really a great action. Thank you for your generosity!!

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    Jamie says:

    I’m curious to see what is going to happen to the custom pages and such on our business page with the new layout they are doing. Have you seen or adopted this yet? I am excited to get notifications on it, and I love the photos across the top (an the ability to filter them) but I’m curious to see how this will all shake out in the end. For example, there won’t be any tabs on the top of your page after March. Now they’ll be along the side under your photo like on profile pages. And the newsfeed isn’t going to be chronological either…so interesting.

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    Thankfully, I’ve been resizing to about 900×600 for years on facebook (and pretty much where ever else I download to).

    Cabin Fever in Vermont

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    joey says:

    I am a photographer starting up a small business of lately, I agree totally with copyrights. Just my opinion…. Is’nt Facebook breaking copyright laws by allowing anyone to download my images, should’nt there be an option for whether the page owner wants this or not???
    I feel very voilated by Facebooks actions on this…. I will certainly be looking into your MCP action if I am to continue to publish my images on Facebook……..How dare they……

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    Great advice and help Jodi! Much appreciated and thanks!

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