How to Size Photos for Instagram (update)

I have actually been getting e-mails and messages from numerous people lately asking just how I resize my pictures for Instagram, maintaining the make-up, as well as putting my logo design on them. I figured that it would certainly be simpler to simply write right here the process that I experience to do it, as opposed to keep duplicating the same information numerous times - How To Size Photos For Instagram.

The first thing that you have to recognize is that Instagram forces you to publish your pictures in a square format, sized at 650px by 650px. The second point that you must comprehend is that you should export the photos at the correct dimension and also resolution if you desire to maintain the pictures festinating and of excellent quality. That means 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 take care of all of the prep work and also posting. I've attempted a couple of various other methods to upload my photos on Instagram, but the following workflow has provided me the most effective and most constant results.

If you don't wish to experience the procedure that I follow below, and also just intend to post images without IG chopping your images, there are applications that you could set up on your smartphone like Squaready and also InstaSize. I do not make use of either of those apps myself.

How To Size Photos For Instagram

Tip One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is process my images typically, as well as prepare them for exactly how I print them, or publish them to my site. You could evaluate that process in previous posts in this same post-processing section. I won't duplicate all of that below.

When you have actually do with all of your post-processing of the images, after that you can begin choosing the photos that you intend to plan for publishing to Instagram.

In the Collection component, choose every one of the images that you wish to publish to Instagram, and also produce a brand-new collection of them. You can call it anything that you like, but I suggest that you use "IG" in the name, either at the start or completion, to make sure that you remember just what it is for.

Once you have picked them, and also have actually developed a brand-new collection, you should go through and see if you can crop any of them to a 1-to-1 ratio. 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 entirely in Lightroom, and 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 are able to be resized as squares are very easy, and that is all you have to provide for them in resizing. For every one of these, you can jump to Step 3-- DropBox, as well as avoid Step 2-- PhotoShop.

For the images that do not look excellent in a 1-to-1 proportion, you will wind up exporting these at 650px on the lengthy side, but without any watermark on them. See the setups listed below. I suggest that you export these into a dedicated folder. Once they are exported, you will certainly continue to Step 2-- PhotoShop.

Tip Two-- Photoshop

The whole factor of this action is to place your picture on a 650px by 650px background, as well as to add your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it by hand is a tiresome procedure if you attempt to do it manually, so I recommend that you carry out a set process as well as utilize an action to automate the procedure, which will certainly make it basic to repeat over and over.

If you do not know how you can create Activities in PhotoShop, you will certainly should review that first. As soon as you understand the procedure then the complying with instructions will make sense to you.

Your action will certainly should do the following points in this order:

- Open your photo from your import folder and lots it to a layer. By default, it is filled as a history. I replicate the background to a brand-new layer, as well as name it "car", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- After that it has to open Image > Canvas Size and also set the height to 650px.
- Produce a brand-new layer, and also label it "black".
- Load the "black" layer with the black shade making use of the paint pail device.
- Use File > Open to open your watermark logo design that you intend to position at the end of the image. Place it on a new layer and name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer listed below the car layer.
- Relocate the "black" layer listed below the "logo" layer.
- Close the watermark that you previously opened up.
- Save the completed 650px by 650px photo to a brand-new folder somewhere on your hard disk (you will need to have actually already produced this folder prior to producing the action).
- Shut the data in Photoshop.

Once you have the action, you can open up PhotoShop at anytime, and run the Documents > Automate > Set Refine command, as well as choose the folder where you have stored the pictures that were not currently at a 1-to-1 ratio.

Step Three-- DropBox

When you have exported all your pictures, you need to get them approximately Instagram There are programs that enable you to post from your PC to Instagram, however I located that I had issues getting the hashtags to work effectively when I utilized them, and I needed to start a brand-new account to take care of the hashtag issue. The solution was to merely continue to utilize my smart device and use the Instagram application to publish the pictures, yet to do that I should have the photos where my phone could access them. The most convenient means was to utilize DropBox to get the images where my Instagram application might access them.

Go to and register for it. Download the application to your phone and login to it. Use the internet site to publish your pictures to your online storage space. 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 create folders as I need them, in order to divide the images right into smaller sized, simpler to see, sections.

When you have posted a collection of images right into DropBox, you await the next action, and that is to get your smartphone as well as open the Instagram app.

Tip 4-- Instagram

At this moment, you should currently have the Instagram and also DropBox apps on your smart device, and you are ready to post one of your photos on Instagram.

Open the app, and click heaven switch in the middle of the icons below the display. The take image screen will fill, and in the lower left-hand edge, you will see an icon that appears like a "landscape/mountain" icon (simply to the left of the "take a photo" switch). Click on it, as well as it must motivate you to "Choose a Resource" for your image, as well as the DropBox symbol need to be displayed as one of the selectable resources. Click it and you will see your DropBox folders and data provided in a documents internet browser. Browse to the picture that you uploaded that you wish to publish to Instagram and pick it.

From there, you post it to Instagram much like you would other picture that you just took.

Step Five-- DropBox

This last step is not needed, but very suggested. In order not to lose track of exactly what you have uploaded already, you must go back into DropBox and also erase the photo( s) that you have already published. This will certainly make it simpler over time to not publish the same photos numerous times.


That's it, my entire process to preparing my pictures for Instagram. It's not complicated, but complying with these directions will certainly ensure that you are uploading photos in the very best quality that Instagram can sustain.

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