Back in February, Facebook revamped its photo viewer, adding a black lightbox and the ability to upload high res images. Photos were uploaded as 720 pixel images. Now Facebook's revamped the photo viewer again and made pictures bigger and faster. They said in a blog post that images are now uploaded at 960 pixels, which means users have more access to detailed images. Pictures that have already been uploaded to user profiles will also be displayed in this new and higher resolution.
The lightbox is now white and takes up more room
In addition to changing the resolution, Facebook also made changes to the lightbox in which users view pictures. Facebook said, “Today, we are rolling out a more streamlined photo viewer that features a cleaner interface that makes it even easier to enjoy your photos.” The lightbox will now be set against a white background, as opposed to the black background it is currently set in, which will help provide more emphasis on the picture itself and less on the surrounding frame. With the higher pixel photos being supported, the lightbox will take up more room on the Facebook page than it previously did. This will reduce clutter and help place emphasis back on the photo. In addition to higher pixel support and a changed lightbox, Facebook also added speed improvements to its photo viewer.