Facebook recently changed its photo viewer to a new version that displays individual images on a black background. Hate it? When you click on an image, hit the F5 button to reload the page. The black background disappears and displays the picture the old-fashioned way.
How to Edit Pictures for Facebook
There are a lot of ways to prepare your images for Facebook. Perhaps the number one tip, however, is to be savvy about the way you use the site's photo features.
Keep in mind that most people don't view Facebook as an exclusively photo-oriented site. So if you want to share 7,800 images of every moment of your trip to Mount Rushmore, upload the photos to a site such as SmugMug or Flickr and just share the link to those images on Facebook -- don't overload your friends with massive (and potentially tears-of-boredom-inducing) albums containing zillions of vacation pictures.
As for the photos themselves, there are many ways you can jazz up your pictures to make them more Facebook-worthy. You may already have image-editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop Elements or Corel PaintShop Photo Pro, installed on your computer.
If not, you don't need to spend any money on special programs. Instead, simply search the Web for free picture editors. With some of these programs, you don't even need to install software on your computer. For example, LunaPic and Picnik are free online editors. You can upload images to the sites, tweak features like color, contrast and brightness, or even add dozens of special effects. Then you can save the picture directly to your hard drive or, in some instances, share it directly to Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites. For more detailed tips on editing Facebook photos, check out How to Edit Pictures on Facebook.
For now, we'll assume that you're saving edited images to your computer. Once your masterpieces are complete, you can begin transferring them to your Facebook account. There are numerous ways to upload pictures to Facebook. Not only does the site itself provide more than one way to add pictures, but there's also a deluge of third-party apps and programs with Facebook photo features. These are for both desktop computers and dozens of types of mobile devices, like smartphones.
Let's start with one of the fastest options. Select "upload a photo from your drive," browse to the folder containing the pictures you want to upload, and double-click on the one you want. In the text box, you can add a comment about the photo before you post it. Next to the "share" button, you can also click the padlock symbol to reveal a drop-down menu that allows you to control which groups of friends see this particular image.
This option works for single images only, but there are other methods for uploading a lot more photos to Facebook -- and without so much labor. On the next page, we'll show you how.