How to Resize Photo to Fit Instagram

I have actually been getting emails and also messages from numerous people lately asking exactly how I resize my pictures for Instagram, maintaining the composition, as well as positioning my logo design on them. I figured that it would certainly be less complicated to merely write right here the process that I go through to do it, instead of keep repeating the exact same information multiple times - How To Resize Photo To Fit Instagram.

The first thing that you need to recognize is that Instagram forces you to upload your images in a square layout, sized at 650px by 650px. The 2nd point that you ought to understand is that you have to export the images at the correct dimension and also resolution if you want to keep the images looking sharp and of excellent quality. That indicates that they need to be exported at 650px on the long side.

For my operations, I use Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, and also Instagram to take care of every one of the preparation and also posting. I've attempted a couple of various other ways to post my pictures on Instagram, however the adhering to workflow has provided me the most effective and also most consistent results.

If you do not intend to experience the process that I adhere to below, and also simply intend to upload pictures without IG chopping your pictures, there are applications that you could install on your smartphone like Squaready and InstaSize. I don't make use of either of those applications myself.

How To Resize Photo To Fit Instagram

Step One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is procedure my photos typically, and also prepare them for just how I print them, or publish them to my website. You can review that process in previous messages in this same post-processing area. I won't duplicate all of that below.

When you have completed with all of your post-processing of the images, then you could begin selecting the pictures that you want to get ready for publishing to Instagram.

In the Collection component, select all the pictures that you want to post to Instagram, and also develop a new collection of them. You can call it anything that you like, yet I recommend that you use "IG" in the name, either at the start or the end, to make sure that you remember just what it is for.

As soon as you have actually chosen them, and have actually developed a brand-new collection, you have to go through and also see if you can chop any one of them to a 1-to-1 proportion. You can utilize the plant device for that, as well as select 1 × 1 as the ratio.

The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in ratio, can be refined solely in Lightroom, as well as could utilize your regular watermark (I made use of mine on the instance below). These will certainly be exported at 650px x 650px.

The ones that have the ability to be resized as squares are easy, which is all you have to do for them in resizing. For every one of these, you could jump to Tip 3-- DropBox, and also skip Action Two-- PhotoShop.

For the images that do not look good in a 1-to-1 ratio, you will certainly wind up exporting these at 650px on the long edge, however without any watermark on them. See the settings below. I suggest that you export these into a devoted folder. Once they are exported, you will continue to Step Two-- PhotoShop.

Step Two-- Photoshop

The entire factor of this step is to put your photo on a 650px by 650px history, and also to add your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it by hand is a tiresome process if you try to do it manually, so I suggest that you execute a batch procedure as well as utilize an activity to automate the procedure, which will make it simple to repeat over and over.

If you do not know the best ways to produce Activities in PhotoShop, you will certainly need to review that initially. When you comprehend the process after that the following directions will make good sense to you.

Your action will should do the adhering to points in this order:

- Open your image from your import folder and lots it to a layer. By default, it is loaded as a history. I duplicate the history to a new layer, and call it "car", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- Then it needs to open Image > Canvas Size as well as established the elevation to 650px.
- Create a new layer, and also tag it "black".
- Fill the "black" layer with the black shade making use of the paint container tool.
- Use File > Open to open your watermark logo that you intend to position at the end of the picture. Place it on a new layer and name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer below the vehicle layer.
- Move the "black" layer listed below the "logo" layer.
- Shut the watermark that you previously opened up.
- Save the finished 650px by 650px photo to a new folder someplace on your disk drive (you will certainly need to have actually already developed this folder prior to creating the action).
- Close the documents in Photoshop.

Once you have the activity, you could open PhotoShop at anytime, and run the Data > Automate > Set Refine command, and also choose the folder where you have actually kept the photos that were not already at a 1-to-1 ratio.

Step 3-- DropBox

Once you have exported all of your images, you need to get them as much as Instagram There are programs that allow you to publish from your PC to Instagram, however I found that I had problems getting the hashtags to work properly when I used them, and I needed to start a new account to deal with the hashtag concern. The fix was to merely remain to use my smart device as well as utilize the Instagram application to post the photos, yet to do that I should have the images where my phone can access them. The most convenient method was to utilize DropBox to obtain the photos where my Instagram app might access them.

Most likely to as well as enroll in it. Download the app to your phone as well as login to it. Utilize the website to submit your pictures to your online storage. I suggest that you use folders to arrange your pictures. In my case, I have a "Photos" folder, and also inside it, I have an "Instagram Photos" folder. Inside that folder, I develop folders as I need them, in order to separate the photos into smaller sized, much easier to watch, sections.

As soon as you have published a set of images into DropBox, you are ready for the next action, and that is to order your mobile phone as well as open up the Instagram application.

Tip 4-- Instagram

At this point, you should currently have the Instagram and also DropBox apps on your mobile phone, as well as you prepare to upload among your photos on Instagram.

Open up the application, and also click heaven button in the middle of the symbols at the bottom of the screen. The take photo screen will certainly fill, and in the reduced left-hand corner, you will certainly see a symbol that looks like a "landscape/mountain" symbol (simply to the left of the "take a photo" button). Click on it, and also it must prompt you to "Select a Resource" for your photo, and the DropBox icon must be presented as one of the selectable sources. Click it and you will see your DropBox folders and also documents noted in a documents browser. Browse to the image that you published that you intend to post to Instagram and also choose it.

From there, you upload it to Instagram just like you would certainly other picture that you simply took.

Tip Five-- DropBox

This last action is not called for, yet highly recommended. In order not to misplace just what you have actually submitted already, you must go back into DropBox and also delete the photo( s) that you have actually currently uploaded. This will make it less complicated in the future to not upload the very same pictures several times.


That's it, my whole process to preparing my photos for Instagram. It's not made complex, but complying with these instructions will ensure that you are publishing photos in the most effective quality that Instagram can sustain.