How to Resize Photos for Instagram

I have been obtaining e-mails and also messages from numerous individuals lately asking how I resize my images for Instagram, maintaining the composition, and also putting my logo design on them. I figured that it would certainly be less complicated to just create below the procedure that I undergo to do it, as opposed to maintain duplicating the very same information multiple times - How To Resize Photos For Instagram.

The first thing that you have to understand is that Instagram forces you to publish your photos in a square format, sized at 650px by 650px. The second thing that you must comprehend is that you have to export the photos at the proper dimension and also resolution if you wish to keep the photos festinating and of excellent quality. That indicates that they ought to be exported at 650px on the lengthy side.

For my workflow, I use Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, and also Instagram to manage every one of the prep work and also uploading. I have actually tried a couple of various other means to upload my photos on Instagram, yet the complying with process has actually provided me the most effective and also most regular outcomes.

If you don't wish to undergo the procedure that I follow below, and just wish to upload images without IG cropping your pictures, there are apps that you can set up on your mobile phone like Squaready and InstaSize. I don't make use of either of those applications myself.

How To Resize Photos For Instagram

Tip One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is process my photos usually, and prepare them for how I print them, or publish them to my site. You can assess that procedure in previous articles in this exact same post-processing area. I won't duplicate all that here.

When you have actually completed with all of your post-processing of the photos, then you could start picking the pictures that you wish to prepare for publishing to Instagram.

In the Collection module, choose every one of the images that you wish to publish to Instagram, as well as develop a brand-new collection of them. You could call it anything that you like, however I recommend that you utilize "IG" in the name, either at the start or completion, to make sure that you remember what it is for.

Once you have actually picked them, and have actually created a brand-new collection, you need to go through as well as see if you could crop any of them to a 1-to-1 ratio. You can make use of the plant device for that, and pick 1 × 1 as the proportion.

The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in ratio, can be refined solely in Lightroom, and could utilize your regular watermark (I used mine on the example below). These will be exported at 650px x 650px.

The ones that are able to be resized as squares are easy, and that is all you need to provide for them in resizing. For all these, you could leap to Tip Three-- DropBox, and also miss Action 2-- PhotoShop.

For the images that do not look excellent in a 1-to-1 ratio, you will certainly wind up exporting these at 650px on the lengthy side, but with no watermark on them. See the setups below. I suggest that you export these into a dedicated folder. Once they are exported, you will proceed to Step 2-- PhotoShop.

Step Two-- Photoshop

The whole point of this step is to position your image on a 650px by 650px background, as well as to include your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it manually is a tedious process if you attempt to do it by hand, so I recommend that you perform a batch process and utilize an activity to automate the procedure, which will make it straightforward to repeat over and over.

If you aren't sure ways to produce Activities in PhotoShop, you will certainly should evaluate that initially. As soon as you comprehend the procedure after that the complying with guidelines will make sense to you.

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

- Open your photo from your import folder and also load it to a layer. By default, it is loaded as a background. I duplicate the background to a brand-new layer, and name it "automobile", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- Then it needs to open up Image > Canvas Size and established the elevation to 650px.
- Develop a brand-new layer, and also label it "black".
- Load the "black" layer with the black shade using the paint container device.
- Usage File > Open to open your watermark logo that you wish to put at the bottom of the picture. Place it on a new layer as well as name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer listed below the car layer.
- Relocate the "black" layer listed below the "logo" layer.
- Shut the watermark that you formerly opened.
- Save the finished 650px by 650px photo to a brand-new folder someplace on your hard disk drive (you will certainly have to have currently developed this folder before creating the action).
- Close the file in Photoshop.

When you have the action, you could open up PhotoShop at anytime, and run the Data > Automate > Batch Refine command, as well as pick the folder where you have saved the photos that were not already at a 1-to-1 proportion.

Tip Three-- DropBox

Once you have exported all your images, you need to obtain them as much as Instagram There are programs that enable you to post from your COMPUTER to Instagram, yet I found that I had problems getting the hashtags to function properly when I used them, and also I needed to start a new account to take care of the hashtag concern. The solution was to merely remain to use my mobile phone and use the Instagram application to publish the photos, however to do that I needed to have the pictures where my phone might access them. The most convenient way was to use DropBox to obtain the images where my Instagram application might access them.

Most likely to and register for it. Download and install the app to your phone as well as login to it. Use the site to submit your photos to your on-line storage. I suggest that you make use of folders to organize your pictures. 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 need them, in order to separate the images into smaller sized, less complicated to see, sections.

As soon as you have actually published a collection of photos right into DropBox, you are ready for the following action, and that is to order your smartphone and open up the Instagram app.

Step Four-- Instagram

At this moment, you must already have the Instagram and DropBox applications on your smartphone, and you prepare to post one of your photos on Instagram.

Open the application, and also click the blue button in the middle of the icons at the bottom of the screen. The take image screen will certainly pack, as well as in the lower left-hand corner, you will see a symbol that resembles a "landscape/mountain" icon (just to the left of the "take a photo" switch). Click on it, as well as it needs to prompt you to "Select a Source" for your image, as well as the DropBox symbol need to be presented as one of the selectable resources. Click it as well as you will certainly see your DropBox folders and data provided in a documents internet browser. Navigate to the image that you published that you wish to post to Instagram as well as choose it.

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

Tip 5-- DropBox

This last step is not needed, however extremely recommended. In order not to lose track of just what you have uploaded already, you ought to go back right into DropBox and also remove the image( s) that you have already uploaded. This will certainly make it easier in the long run to not post the very same photos several times.


That's it, my entire procedure to preparing my pictures for Instagram. It's not complicated, however adhering to these instructions will make sure that you are uploading pictures in the best high quality that Instagram could support.