We manage a lot of Facebook business pages at Coastal Mountain Creative. At any given time Facebook may have rolled out a particular feature that not all our pages have yet. The other morning though I noticed one of my pages has a new feature that none of my other pages have.
One of my clients; The Beachside at Nantucket (great place to say on Nantucket by the way!) has an ‘edit photo’ feature on their Facebook business page that appears after you upload a photo to a status update.
This could be a really great feature for business page owners if it’s rolled out to the general user base. Here we’ll outline what it looks like on the page we manage.
Within ‘edit photo’ are some nice options for enhancing your photo including the ability to:
Add filters to your photo
Crop your photo
Overlay text on your photo
Add stickers to your photo
As/is, it certainly won’t replace your Canva, Photoshop or other design tools on a regular basis, but it sure could help in a pinch.
Within the Add Filter option there are currently 7 choices to select from. These choices should offer a nice opportunity for users to adjust the lighting in their photos, and greyscale is always a nice option to have.
The Crop option offers some really useful features.
Users can rotate the photo, or use the grid and drage the circles in the four corners to crop the image smaller in any direction. This, in my opinion, is a huge benefit to users. In addition you can click a button to easily crop your image to a perfect square.
The Text option is a huge score that allows you to add words over your images.
A lot of small businesses don’t have the time to utilize a tool like Canva or PicMonkey to edit their images, regardless of how crazy easy they are to use! That’s what make this potential feature so powerful. At present, the text option I see only offers the five fonts shown in my screenshot. This isn’t a whole lot to work with but something is better than nothing and it’s something Facebook could easily expand over time. As you can see in the screenshot, you also have the option to change the color of the text.
The final option I see available in the edit photo feature is Stickers.
These stickers appear to be the same ones that are currently available to use in comments on Facebook posts. Eh, I’m personally not a fan. In my opinion 90% of them aren’t anything I would recommend my clients use for business purposes with exception of some of the holiday and sentiment related stickers. You can see I added the joy sticker over this daffodil image. I can see how a few of them might look nice but I’d much rather have the option to add borders, lines or simple shapes.
All in all this is potentially exciting news for Facebook business page owners. The ability to edit photos on the fly within Facebook would be a very nice feature for page owners. When it comes to image design I’m a huge fan of Canva and PicMonkey as well as Over, Relay and a few others. But many page owners for whatever reason simply don’t make use of these tools. An edit photo feature for pages would be a wonderful tool to have. Let’s hope it is in fact coming to your page soon!
I reached out to some of the groups I’m in to see if anyone else has this edit photo feature on their pages. So far, no one has said yes. Either there was a glitch that gave me a setting I shouldn’t have access to on my one page, or perhaps I was selected as part of some small test. I’ve waited about a week now to see if it would disappear before writing this post. It’s still there!
Let me know in the comments if you or anyone you know has this feature. I do my best to keep up to date on these things but I could well have missed it so be sure to chime in with your experience. Fingers crossed this is a feature we’ll all have soon……