Step by Step Guide to Sizing Photos Using Paint.NET

I’m a BIG fan of and use it pretty regularly to edit pictures.  However, if I’m resizing images or building graphics for Facebook I use Paint.Net ( Paint.NET gets me a lot of the same great features as Photoshop but is more straight forward and easier to use.  The best part is that the software is free to download.*

(*If you plan on using Paint.NET on a regular basis or want to help support the team that is offering this great service at no cost, make a small donation.)

To download Paint.NET, go to and hit the download button in the upper right portion of your screen and follow the download instructions. This program is for Windows operating systems only. If you are a Mac user there are options for using PaintNET. Email me or Google search for information.


Now that Paint.NET is on your computer, you’re ready to start working on your photos. We should talk a moment about what types of photos you should and shouldn’t use for your page.  It’s a basic rule – don’t steal. Don’t use copyright materials.  The best option is to take your own high resolution photos or use a royalty free stock photo that you purchased online through a site like There are sites that offer free stock photos, like You won’t have as many high quality options to choose from but there are certainly some nice photos if you search around enough.

On to sizing.

You found the photo you want to use so the first step:

1. Save your chosen photo to your computer.

2. Go to your open Paint.Net window.

3. Click “File and select “New”

4. Size your picture.  The box that pops up asks for the Width and Height in pixels.  Here are the dimensions for common Facebook photos

  • Timeline cover photo: 851(w) x 315(h)
  • Profile picture: 180×180 (note: your profile picture must be uploaded to Facebook sized at 180×180 but will only display at 160×160 so be sure your logo fits within that range)
  • Tabs: 111×74
  • Photos for posts: 403×403


5. In the resolution field change it from 96 to 72.  This is a high enough resolution and will load photos faster than at a resolution of 96.

6. Hit “OK”

Paint.NET 2

You’ll now see a white box on your screen.

7. Go to “File” and select “Open.

8. Find the photo that you saved to your computer. Once you click on it, hit open. It will now appear in your Paint.Net window.

Paint.NET 3

I’m not going to explain the layers and different features available in this post.  I want to stay on just resizing and getting your images posted to Facebook.  We will have future posts on all the fantastic tools available to you in

Paint.NET. There are a lot of fun things you can do with this program.


9. In the top left you will see the Tool menu.  Select the arrow on the top row (it has a little + beside it and says “move selected pixels” when you hover over it.

10. Click on your photo. You should see little boxes and circles appear around the borders of your picture.

11. Go to “Edit” and select “Copy” (or hit CTRL C)

12. In the top right corner of your screen, you should see your little white box that you originally created. Click on that box.

Paint.NET 413. Go to “Edit” and select “Paste” (or hit CTRL V)

14. When the box below pops up, select “Keep canvas size”

 Paint.NET 5

15. Now you just need to click and drag on the buttons on the sides of your photo to resize it to fit into the white box. The white box is sitting behind your pictures.  Some photos you choose will be large and others small. It is always better to have a photo that is larger than the white box.  When you take a smaller photo and try to drag it into a larger size, it will probably become grainy and distorted. Try to pick images that are a size larger than what you need.

16. Once you have your photo sized correctly, go to “File” and select “Save As”.

17. Select a file name and change the Save As type to a PNG file if that is not already selected.


That’s it!  It’s a lot of steps but after you have resized a few photos it will become second nature. It’s an easy process with a lot of steps. If you have any problems or want to ask a question use the comment section below and I’ll be sure to answer.

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