What are the Standard Photo Sizes and Aspect Ratios for Marketing Materials? [Web + Print]

Understanding standard photo sizes and different aspect ratios – and what each size and ratio is commonly used for – will help you pick the best stock photos for your marketing materials.

In this guide, we’ll discuss common aspect ratios, the standard photo sizes for both web and print materials, and where to get stock images in the right size – like from the Stock Photo Secrets Shop – so you have the proper resolution before publishing or printing. 

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Common aspect ratios

Aspect ratios are the proportional relationship of width to height in an image. For example, a 6 × 4 image has an aspect ratio of 3:2, because, for every 3 units of width, there are 2 units of height. 

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Image aspect ratios do not refer to a specific measurement, like inches or centimeters. They just refer to how high the image is compared to how wide it is these common sizes reflect:

  • 1:1 ratio – perfect square format; used for social media, most commonly for Instagram posts and Facebook profile photos, and other mobile apps
  • 3:2 ratio – rectangle; used for print photography (usually on photo paper) and common picture frame sizes
  • 4:3 ratio – rectangle; used for television, camera, and desktop computer screens
  • 16:9 ratio – wide rectangle; widescreen formats are used for video, slides, widescreen televisions, and most social media cover images. This is equivalent to a 1920 x 1080 aspect ratio, super popular as ultra HD resolution for video content. 

Selecting images in the correct aspect ratio for the medium you intend them to be viewed in, ensures you will get a full-screen display at high definition, which is absolutely desirable. All the more when you will be working with a responsive design that has to adapt to multiple screens, like newsletter images. You can achieve this by getting images whose original aspect ratio matches your needs, or otherwise resizing them according to the preset dimension before uploading them to the final medium.

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Standard photo sizes for web: Facebook, Instagram, …

Here’s a guide to standard sizes for social media images and other popular platforms:

Keep in mind there is a simple way to ensure your visuals are the right dimension for social media channels: you can use social media graphic templates which are predesigned and adjusted for each platform!

Facebook

These are the standards for Facebook photos.

Facebook profile picture: 360 × 360 pixels; a 1:1 aspect ratio

Facebook cover photo: 820 pixels wide x 312 pixels high; a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio

Facebook post: 1200 × 1200 pixels; a 1:1 aspect ratio

Related: Learn the dos and don'ts of using stock photos on Facebook

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Instagram

Instagram profile picture: 110 × 110 pixels; a 1:1 aspect ratio

Instagram post: 1080 × 1080 pixels; a 1:1 aspect ratio

Related: Find the Perfect Photos for Instagram

Related: Best Online Tools to Resize Image for Instagram

Twitter

Twitter profile picture: 400 x 400 pixel; a 1:1 square aspect ratio

Twitter cover picture: 1500 x 500 pixel

Twitter post image: minimum 600 x 335 pixel, ideal 1200 x 675 pixel; a 16:9 HD aspect ratio

Twitter card: 1200 x 628 pixel; a 1.91:1 aspect ratio

Pinterest

Pinterest profile picture: 600 × 600 pixels; a 1:1 aspect ratio

Pinterest post: 1000 × 1500 pixels, or any 2:3 aspect ratio

LinkedIn

LinkedIn company profile picture: 400 × 400 pixels; a 1:1 aspect ratio

LinkedIn company cover photo: 1584 × 396 pixels; a 4:1 aspect ratio

LinkedIn post: 1200 × 628 pixels

Related: Master stock photos for LinkedIn marketing.

Twitch

Twitch profile picture: 1600 x 1600 pixels; a 1:1 aspect ratio

Twitch banner image: 1920 x 480 pixels; a 4:1 aspect ratio

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File Formats and File Size

JPG/JPEG, PNG, TIFF… File format might seem irrelevant if you don't know much about digital imagery and graphic design. But it can make a difference in terms of image quality, which also affects image size for both digital viewing and printing. The level of detail an image in JPEG can have is a lot less than that of a TIFF picture, for example.

File format can be especially relevant when it comes to file size, which has a direct impact when using images on the web: how big an image file size is determines how fast –or slow– said image will load on a web page, as well as much space it'll occupy in your storage (local or cloud-based), among other considerations. And as a rule of thumb, the highest resolution images also have the largest file sizes. TIFF files, which preserve a lot of image details, are also much bigger than JPEG.

For digital use, the ideal format is one that offers the highest pixel count with the smallest file size. Webp is one such format, as it can store the image quality than JPEG, in files that are 25 to 35% smaller. Plus, converting from Webp to JPG and vice versa can be done very easily and within seconds, thanks to multiple web-based and software tools that handle this.

Using Webp files is one easy way to optimize your images for using on the web.

How to optimize images for web

If digital images aren’t optimized for the web, they’ll slow down the loading speed of your site. The longer your site takes to load, the more likely potential clients or customers are to click away before it’s done. Unoptimized images can mean lost business.

There’s a lot that goes into image optimization, but here are three very simple, photo editing beginner tips:

  • Don’t use the largest picture size. High-resolution, extra-large images take up space, which is unnecessary for the web. Resize your file without losing image quality with this tool from TinyPNG
    There are also very good AI photo tools to help with this.
  • Name your image descriptively. You may be tempted to leave an image named a string of letters and numbers, but that won’t help your webpage. Instead, change the name to reflect what’s in the photo. 

Take the below image, for example:

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Naming it, “Tan_tote_bag_mockup.jpg” will be far more useful to your website’s optimization than leaving it “DSC20194.jpg.”

  • Use functional images. Try to only use images that are functional to your content, rather than just decorative ones.
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Standard print sizes

Print marketing materials are useful for local marketing. If you have a brick-and-mortar store or are promoting an event, these are the standard print picture sizes you’ll need to create printable marketing materials:

Once again, you can simplify the dimensions part of a design by using printable templates predesigned for your intended use!
  • 4 × 6 or 5 × 7 – Standard Postcard Sizes
  • 8.5 × 11 (or A4) – Standard Flyer Size
  • 11 × 14 or 18 × 25 – Standard Poster Sizes

Where to get Stock Photos for your next Campaign

Whatever your next marketing project may be, there are plenty of stock image sources to find these standard picture sizes for marketing materials:

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The StockPhotoSecrets Shop is the best source for small and medium-sized businesses to get quality stock imagery at a great price. You can get images at whatever size you need since Stock Photo Secrets doesn’t tie price to image size. You just pay for the download.

Furthermore, you can purchase either image packs or a subscription depending on how many images you need each month. Subscriptions will give you the most for your money, but image packs might be all you need if you don’t use stock images often. Check out the available pricing plans here.

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Photocase is the best source available for authentic and candid stock photos for your projects. They have very high standards for the images they accept, so though their library is smaller, it is very high in quality.

You can purchase individual images, which range in price from $14 to $42 USD, as each image is a different price depending on the size you need. To learn more about this stock agency, check out our full-length review.

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Shutterstock – The Largest Library for Your Marketing Needslogo Shutterstock

Shutterstock is one of the most well-known stock photo sources, with over 190 million photos, vectors, and illustrations available. They are another agency with strict submission guidelines, and the variety of available content is vast in subject to fit every marketing campaign. 

Similar to Stock Photo Secrets, Shutterstock doesn't charge by the size of the image, just per download. So whether you need an image for the web or a printed banner, it'll cost you the same amount.

Check out our in-depth review of Shutterstock and grab 15 percent off your purchase with our exclusive discount code. 

iStock – Affordable, Quality Images for Every Project

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iStock, a microsite from Getty Images, is an affordable alternative to that well-known site. Their curated site has all the quality stock photos you could need, at a price you'll be thrilled with. 

IStock has two pricing options: image packs or monthly subscriptions, which are priced out by collection, not image size. Individual images through image packs end up costing between $24 and $33 USD each, which sounds high. However, iStock's quality is also high, so you get what you pay for. Subscriptions run between $70 and $399 per month, depending on how many downloads you need.

If that's too much for you to spend right now, check out this list of the best budget stock photo sites. Otherwise, read our full review of iStock and get 20 percent off your iStock purchase for a limited time.

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If you're a graphic designer, chances are you're already familiar with Adobe's Creative Cloud. Stick with the same fantastic platform through Adobe Stock, which has an excellent selection of quality, creative stock photos.

In line with the Creative Cloud model, Adobe Stock is a subscription-only service, where images don't cost by size, just by download. Learn more by reading our in-depth review of Adobe Stock, and be sure to grab our FREE trial, which gets you 10 images downloads your first month!

Different Picture Sizes for Every Marketing Campaign

From Shutterstock‘s large library to the affordability of iStock, you're sure to find the images for your next marketing campaign you need. We hope this guide on standard picture sizes was valuable to making marketing materials – print and digital – much easier.

Have any questions? Let us know in the comments below!

Amos Struck

Amos Struck

I am a publisher and entrepreneur in the stock imagery field. I focus on providing knowledge and solutions for buyers, contributors and agencies, aiming at contributing to the growth and development of the industry. I am the founder and editor of Stock Photo Press, one of the largest networks of online magazines in the industry. I am the founder of Microstock Expo, the only conference dedicated to the microstock segment. I created several software solutions in stock photography like WordPress plugins. Plus I am a recurrent speaker at Photokina Official Stage, and an industry consultant at StockPhotoInsight. I am passionate about technology, marketing and visual imagery.

2 Comments
  1. I’m a long time pro photographer who used to shoot on Kodachrome with my Nikon, so no problems there. I’m now planning on sending digital images to stock photo agencies, but have no clue as to what size to save my files at. I get different answers everywhere I ask. My jpegs come out of the camera sized at 6000×4000. So, what to resize them at? And does dpi count?

    I’d be most grateful for any help.

    Best,
    Michael

    • Hi Michael, each agency has its own submission guidelines which include resolution requirements, where what matters the most is to meet the minimum size required for high res download. The minimum is usually 4 megapixels (mp) which translates into 2000×2000 px, but the industry standard of desirable size is around 15 mp. Your files at 6000×4000 are 24 mp so, more than okay to submit.

      A good practice to determine image size is to zoom them into 100% and check that the edges and details of the main subjects are perfectly sharp. If there’s any softness at 100% zoom, then consider reducing the dimension some.

      DPI doesn’t factor in, all agencies care about is pixel count.

      Hope this helps!

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