How to Resize A Picture for Instagram (update)

I have been getting e-mails and also messages from several individuals lately asking just how I resize my images for Instagram, maintaining the structure, as well as positioning my logo on them. I figured that it would be less complicated to simply write right here the procedure that I go through to do it, rather than keep duplicating the very same details multiple times - How To Resize A Picture For Instagram.

The first thing that you need to understand is that Instagram forces you to publish your photos in a square style, sized at 650px by 650px. The 2nd point that you need to understand is that you need to export the photos at the proper dimension and also resolution if you wish to keep the images looking sharp as well as of excellent quality. That indicates that they must be exported at 650px on the long side.

For my operations, I use Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, and Instagram to manage every one of the prep work and uploading. I have actually attempted a couple of various other ways to publish my pictures on Instagram, but the following process has actually offered me the best and most constant results.

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

How To Resize A Picture For Instagram

Tip One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is process my photos normally, as well as prepare them for exactly how I print them, or publish them to my website. You could assess that process in previous blog posts in this same post-processing area. I will not duplicate all that below.

Once you have completed with all your post-processing of the images, after that you can begin picking the pictures that you intend to get ready for publishing to Instagram.

In the Collection component, pick every one of the pictures that you want to publish to Instagram, and also produce a new collection of them. You could call it anything that you like, yet I suggest that you utilize "IG" in the name, either at the beginning or the end, to ensure that you remember what it is for.

As soon as you have actually picked them, as well as have actually produced a new collection, you should undergo and see if you could chop any one of them to a 1-to-1 ratio. You can use the plant device for that, as well as choose 1 × 1 as the proportion.

The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in proportion, can be processed entirely in Lightroom, and also could use your normal watermark (I made use of mine on the example listed 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 provide for them in resizing. For all these, you can leap down to Step 3-- DropBox, as well as miss Step Two-- PhotoShop.

For the pictures that do not look excellent in a 1-to-1 ratio, you will wind up exporting these at 650px on the long edge, but without any watermark on them. See the settings below. I recommend that you export these into a devoted folder. Once they are exported, you will continue to Tip 2-- PhotoShop.

Step 2-- Photoshop

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

If you do not know ways to create Activities in PhotoShop, you will have to review that first. Once you understand the procedure after that the adhering to instructions will certainly make good sense to you.

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

- Open your image from your import folder and tons it to a layer. By default, it is loaded as a background. I duplicate the background to a brand-new layer, as well as name it "automobile", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- After that it needs to open up Image > Canvas Size as well as set the elevation to 650px.
- Create a brand-new layer, and tag it "black".
- Fill the "black" layer with the black color making use of the paint bucket device.
- Use File > Open to open your watermark logo design that you intend to put at the bottom of the photo. Place it on a new layer and also name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer listed below the automobile layer.
- Relocate the "black" layer below the "logo" layer.
- Close the watermark that you formerly opened up.
- Conserve the completed 650px by 650px photo to a new folder someplace on your hard drive (you will certainly need to have actually currently produced this folder prior to producing the action).
- Shut the documents in Photoshop.

As soon as you have the action, you could open PhotoShop at anytime, and run the File > Automate > Batch Refine command, and also pick the folder where you have actually stored the photos that were not currently at a 1-to-1 proportion.

Tip 3-- DropBox

As soon as you have actually exported all your pictures, you have to obtain them as much as Instagram There are programs that enable you to upload from your PC to Instagram, yet I found that I had problems obtaining the hashtags to work correctly when I utilized them, and I had to begin a new account to repair the hashtag concern. The solution was to simply remain to utilize my smartphone and also make use of the Instagram application to submit the images, yet to do that I had to have the pictures where my phone could access them. The most convenient means was to make use of DropBox to obtain the photos where my Instagram application could access them.

Go to and also sign up for it. Download the app to your phone and login to it. Use the website to publish your images to your on-line storage space. I recommend that you use folders to organize your images. In my situation, I have a "Photos" folder, and inside it, I have an "Instagram Photos" folder. Inside that folder, I produce folders as I require them, in order to divide the pictures into smaller, much easier to check out, areas.

Once you have actually uploaded a set of photos into DropBox, you await the next action, and that is to get your mobile phone and also open up the Instagram application.

Step 4-- Instagram

At this moment, you ought to currently have the Instagram and also DropBox applications on your mobile phone, and you prepare to upload one of your images on Instagram.

Open the application, and click heaven button in the middle of the icons at the bottom of the screen. The take photo display will load, as well as in the reduced left-hand corner, you will see an icon that appears like 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 "Pick a Source" for your photo, and also the DropBox symbol must be shown as one of the selectable sources. Click it and also you will see your DropBox folders and also files listed in a documents internet browser. Browse to the picture that you posted that you intend to publish to Instagram as well as select it.

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

Tip Five-- DropBox

This last step is not called for, yet extremely suggested. In order not to misplace what you have posted already, you ought to return into DropBox and remove the picture( s) that you have actually currently posted. This will make it much easier in the future to not publish the very same pictures numerous times.


That's it, my entire process to preparing my photos for Instagram. It's not complicated, however complying with these instructions will certainly ensure that you are uploading pictures in the best top quality that Instagram could support.

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