Resize Photos for Instagram

I have actually been getting emails and also messages from several people lately asking exactly how I resize my pictures for Instagram, maintaining the structure, as well as positioning my logo design on them. I figured that it would certainly be easier to just write right here the procedure that I experience to do it, as opposed to maintain duplicating the very same details numerous times - Resize Photos For Instagram.

The first thing that you need to comprehend is that Instagram forces you to upload your photos in a square style, sized at 650px by 650px. The second thing that you ought to comprehend is that you have to export the images at the appropriate dimension as well as resolution if you wish to keep the photos festinating as well as of top quality. That implies that they ought to be exported at 650px on the long side.

For my process, I make use of Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, as well as Instagram to handle every one of the preparation and also posting. I have actually attempted a few various other means to upload my photos on Instagram, but the adhering to process has offered me the most effective as well as most consistent outcomes.

If you do not want to go through the procedure that I follow below, as well as simply intend to publish pictures without IG chopping your pictures, there are apps that you could mount on your smartphone like Squaready and InstaSize. I do not make use of either of those applications myself.

Resize Photos For Instagram

Step One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is process my pictures generally, and prepare them for how I publish them, or upload them to my site. You could assess that process in previous articles in this very same post-processing area. I will not duplicate all that below.

When you have actually finished with all of your post-processing of the images, then you can begin selecting the images that you wish to plan for publishing to Instagram.

In the Collection component, select all the photos that you want to upload to Instagram, and also produce a brand-new collection of them. You can call it anything that you like, yet I suggest that you utilize "IG" in the name, either at the beginning or completion, so that you remember what it is for.

Once you have actually picked them, and also have developed a brand-new collection, you should undergo and see if you could crop any of them to a 1-to-1 proportion. You can use the plant tool for that, as well as pick 1 × 1 as the proportion.

The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in ratio, can be refined exclusively in Lightroom, and also can utilize your routine watermark (I made use of mine on the example below). These will certainly be exported at 650px x 650px.

The ones that are able to be resized as squares are very easy, and that is all you need to do for them in resizing. For all these, you could leap to Tip Three-- DropBox, as well as skip Step 2-- PhotoShop.

For the pictures that do not look good in a 1-to-1 ratio, you will certainly wind up exporting these at 650px on the long side, but without any watermark on them. See the settings listed below. I recommend that you export these right into a committed folder. Once they are exported, you will proceed to Step Two-- PhotoShop.

Tip Two-- Photoshop

The entire point of this step is to position your photo on a 650px by 650px background, and also to include your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it manually is a tedious procedure if you try to do it manually, so I suggest that you execute a set procedure as well as make use of an activity to automate the process, which will make it straightforward to repeat over and over.

If you don't know ways to create Actions in PhotoShop, you will have to assess that initially. When you comprehend the procedure after that the following guidelines will make good sense to you.

Your activity will certainly have to do the complying with things in this order:

- Open your photo from your import folder and also tons it to a layer. By default, it is packed as a background. I replicate the background to a new layer, and call it "cars and truck", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- Then it has to open up Image > Canvas Size as well as established the elevation to 650px.
- Produce a new layer, and also label it "black".
- Load the "black" layer with the black shade using the paint bucket tool.
- Use File > Open to open your watermark logo design that you wish to position at the bottom of the image. Put it on a brand-new layer as well as name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer listed below the cars and truck layer.
- Move the "black" layer listed below the "logo" layer.
- Close the watermark that you formerly opened.
- Save the finished 650px by 650px photo to a new folder somewhere on your hard drive (you will certainly have to have already developed this folder prior to creating the action).
- Shut the data in Photoshop.

As soon as you have the action, you can open PhotoShop at anytime, as well as run the File > Automate > Set Process command, and pick the folder where you have actually kept the pictures that were not currently at a 1-to-1 ratio.

Step Three-- DropBox

As soon as you have exported all of your photos, you have to obtain them up to Instagram There are programs that enable you to post from your COMPUTER to Instagram, but I located that I had problems obtaining the hashtags to work correctly when I used them, and I needed to start a brand-new account to deal with the hashtag concern. The repair was to just continue to utilize my mobile phone and use the Instagram app to upload the photos, yet to do that I needed to have the pictures where my phone might access them. The simplest means was to utilize DropBox to get the pictures where my Instagram app might access them.

Most likely to and also sign up for it. Download and install the app to your phone and login to it. Make use of the internet site to post your pictures to your online storage. I recommend that you utilize folders to organize your images. In my instance, I have a "Photos" folder, as well as inside it, I have an "Instagram Photos" folder. Inside that folder, I produce folders as I require them, in order to divide the images right into smaller sized, easier to check out, areas.

As soon as you have submitted a collection of images into DropBox, you are ready for the next action, and that is to grab your smart device and open the Instagram application.

Step Four-- Instagram

At this point, you need to currently have the Instagram as well as DropBox applications on your mobile phone, and you prepare to upload one of your pictures on Instagram.

Open the app, and also click the blue button in the middle of the symbols at the end of the screen. The take photo screen will certainly fill, as well as in the reduced left-hand edge, you will certainly see an icon that appears like a "landscape/mountain" symbol (simply to the left of the "take a photo" button). Click it, and it must motivate you to "Select a Resource" for your picture, as well as the DropBox symbol need to be displayed as one of the selectable resources. Click it as well as you will certainly see your DropBox folders and files provided in a data browser. Browse to the picture that you posted that you wish to post to Instagram and select it.

From there, you upload it to Instagram similar to you would certainly any other photo that you just took.

Step Five-- DropBox

This last action is not needed, yet very suggested. In order not to misplace exactly what you have submitted already, you need to go back right into DropBox and also erase the photo( s) that you have actually already published. This will certainly make it easier in the future to not post the very same images numerous times.


That's it, my whole process to preparing my images for Instagram. It's not made complex, however following these directions will make certain that you are posting photos in the very best quality that Instagram can support.