How to Size Pictures for Instagram

I have been obtaining e-mails and messages from a number of people recently asking just how I resize my photos for Instagram, keeping the make-up, as well as putting my logo design on them. I figured that it would certainly be easier to just create right here the process that I undergo to do it, rather than keep duplicating the same information multiple times - How To Size Pictures For Instagram.

The first thing that you have to recognize is that Instagram pressures you to post your pictures in a square format, sized at 650px by 650px. The 2nd point that you need to recognize is that you have to export the photos at the proper dimension as well as resolution if you want to keep the photos festinating and of premium quality. That implies that they must be exported at 650px on the long side.

For my process, I use Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, and Instagram to deal with all the prep work as well as uploading. I have actually attempted a few various other ways to upload my images on Instagram, however the following workflow has provided me the best and also most regular results.

If you don't wish to undergo the process that I comply with below, and also just want to upload pictures without IG cropping your pictures, there are apps that you could install on your smart device like Squaready and InstaSize. I don't utilize either of those applications myself.

How To Size Pictures For Instagram

Step One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is process my images generally, as well as prepare them for exactly how I print them, or upload them to my site. You can evaluate that process in previous posts in this very same post-processing section. I will not duplicate all of that here.

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

In the Library component, pick every one of the pictures that you want to publish to Instagram, and create a new collection of them. You can call it anything that you like, but I suggest that you utilize "IG" in the name, either at the beginning or completion, to ensure that you remember just what it is for.

When you have picked them, and have developed a brand-new collection, you have to go through and see if you can crop any of them to a 1-to-1 ratio. You can make use of the plant tool for that, as well as select 1 × 1 as the proportion.

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

The ones that have the ability to be resized as squares are easy, and that is all you need to do for them in resizing. For every one of these, you can leap down to Step 3-- DropBox, as well as skip Step Two-- PhotoShop.

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

Step 2-- Photoshop

The entire point of this step is to put your picture on a 650px by 650px background, as well as to include your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it by hand is a tedious procedure if you try to do it by hand, so I suggest that you perform a batch process and utilize an action to automate the process, which will make it simple to repeat over and over.

If you don't know how you can create Actions in PhotoShop, you will should examine that initially. As soon as you comprehend the procedure after that the following guidelines will make sense to you.

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

- Open your picture from your import folder and also tons it to a layer. By default, it is packed as a history. I duplicate the history to a brand-new layer, and also call it "vehicle", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- Then it has to open up Image > Canvas Size and also set the height to 650px.
- Create a new layer, and also tag it "black".
- Fill the "black" layer with the black shade using the paint pail device.
- Usage File > Open to open your watermark logo that you want to place at the end of the picture. Put it on a brand-new layer and also name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer below the cars and truck layer.
- Move the "black" layer listed below the "logo" layer.
- Shut the watermark that you formerly opened.
- Conserve the completed 650px by 650px photo to a brand-new folder somewhere on your hard disk (you will need to have currently created this folder prior to developing the action).
- Shut the file in Photoshop.

Once you have the action, you can open PhotoShop at anytime, and also run the Documents > Automate > Set Refine command, and also choose the folder where you have actually stored the photos that were not already at a 1-to-1 proportion.

Tip Three-- DropBox

When you have exported all of your pictures, you have to obtain them as much as Instagram There are programs that permit you to publish from your COMPUTER to Instagram, however I discovered that I had problems obtaining the hashtags to function appropriately when I used them, and also I had to start a brand-new account to deal with the hashtag problem. The repair was to simply remain to use my smartphone and use the Instagram app to upload the images, however to do that I had to have the pictures where my phone could access them. The easiest way was to make use of DropBox to obtain the photos where my Instagram app might access them.

Most likely to and also enroll in it. Download and install the application to your phone and login to it. Make use of the site to submit your images to your online storage. I recommend that you make use of folders to arrange 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 right into smaller sized, easier to check out, sections.

As soon as you have posted a collection of pictures into DropBox, you are ready for the following action, and that is to grab your smart device and also open the Instagram app.

Step 4-- Instagram

At this point, you need to already have the Instagram and also DropBox applications on your mobile phone, and you are ready to post among 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 picture display will load, and in the lower left-hand corner, you will certainly see an icon that resembles a "landscape/mountain" icon (simply to the left of the "take a photo" switch). Click on it, and it must prompt you to "Select a Resource" for your image, as well as the DropBox icon must be displayed as one of the selectable sources. Click it as well as you will see your DropBox folders as well as files provided in a documents web browser. Navigate to the picture that you submitted that you want to upload to Instagram as well as select it.

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

Tip Five-- DropBox

This last action is not required, but extremely recommended. In order not to lose track of just what you have actually submitted currently, you need to go back right into DropBox and also erase the picture( s) that you have already published. This will make it less complicated in the future to not publish the very same pictures numerous times.


That's it, my whole process to preparing my pictures for Instagram. It's not complicated, but complying with these guidelines will ensure that you are posting photos in the best high quality that Instagram can support.

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