How to Size Photos for Instagram

I have been obtaining emails and messages from numerous people lately asking just how I resize my images for Instagram, keeping the composition, and also positioning my logo design on them. I figured that it would be much easier to merely compose right here the procedure that I undergo to do it, as opposed to keep duplicating the exact same information numerous times - How to Size Photos for Instagram.

The first thing that you need to comprehend is that Instagram forces you to post your pictures in a square style, sized at 650px by 650px. The second thing that you should comprehend is that you need to export the photos at the correct dimension as well as resolution if you want to maintain the photos looking sharp and of top quality. That implies that they ought to be exported at 650px on the long side.

For my operations, I make use of Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, and Instagram to handle all the prep work and also posting. I have actually attempted a couple of other means to publish my images on Instagram, but the adhering to process has offered me the very best and most consistent outcomes.

If you do not want to go through the procedure that I follow below, and just want to upload photos without IG cropping your images, there are applications that you can set up on your smartphone like Squaready as well as InstaSize. I don't make use of either of those apps myself.

How to Size Photos for Instagram

Step One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is procedure my pictures generally, and also prepare them for just how I print them, or upload them to my website. You can evaluate that process in previous posts in this exact same post-processing section. I won't repeat all that below.

Once you have actually completed with all your post-processing of the photos, then you can begin choosing the images that you want to prepare for posting to Instagram.

In the Collection component, select all the pictures that you want to post to Instagram, as well as produce a brand-new collection of them. You could call it anything that you like, however I suggest that you make use of "IG" in the name, either at the start or the end, to ensure that you remember exactly what it is for.

Once you have actually selected them, and have actually developed a brand-new collection, you should go through as well as see if you could chop any one of them to a 1-to-1 proportion. You can utilize the crop device for that, and pick 1 × 1 as the ratio.

The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in ratio, can be refined solely in Lightroom, and could utilize your regular watermark (I made use of mine on the instance listed 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 do for them in resizing. For every one of these, you could leap to Tip 3-- DropBox, and also miss Step Two-- PhotoShop.

For the images that do not look great in a 1-to-1 ratio, you will end up exporting these at 650px on the lengthy side, however with no watermark on them. See the settings below. I suggest that you export these right into a committed 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, as well as to add your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it by hand is a tiresome process if you attempt to do it manually, so I suggest that you perform a set procedure and use an action to automate the procedure, which will certainly make it basic to repeat over and over.

If you have no idea the best ways to develop Actions in PhotoShop, you will have to examine that first. Once you recognize the procedure after that the adhering to guidelines will certainly make good sense to you.

Your action will certainly should do the complying with things in this order:

- Open your picture from your import folder and tons it to a layer. By default, it is packed as a history. I duplicate the background to a new layer, and name it "car", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- After that it has to open up Image > Canvas Size as well as established the height to 650px.
- Develop a new layer, and tag it "black".
- Load the "black" layer with the black color using the paint bucket tool.
- Usage File > Open to open your watermark logo design that you wish to put at the end of the picture. Place it on a new layer as well as name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer below the vehicle layer.
- Move the "black" layer below the "logo" layer.
- Close the watermark that you formerly opened.
- Conserve the completed 650px by 650px image to a new folder somewhere on your hard drive (you will need to have currently produced this folder prior to producing the action).
- Close the file in Photoshop.

As soon as you have the activity, you could open PhotoShop at anytime, and run the File > Automate > Set Refine command, and also select the folder where you have saved the photos that were not currently at a 1-to-1 ratio.

Tip 3-- DropBox

Once you have actually exported all your pictures, you have to obtain them as much as Instagram There are programs that permit you to upload from your COMPUTER to Instagram, yet I located that I had issues getting the hashtags to work effectively when I used them, as well as I needed to begin a brand-new account to repair the hashtag concern. The repair was to simply remain to utilize my smartphone and make use of the Instagram app to upload the photos, but to do that I had to have the pictures where my phone can access them. The most convenient method was to use DropBox to obtain the images where my Instagram app can access them.

Go to as well as register for it. Download and install the app to your phone as well as login to it. Utilize the internet site to submit your pictures to your on the internet storage. I suggest that you make use of folders to arrange your photos. In my case, I have a "Photos" folder, and inside it, I have an "Instagram Photos" folder. Inside that folder, I develop folders as I require them, in order to divide the photos into smaller, much easier to watch, sections.

As soon as you have actually uploaded a collection of pictures right into DropBox, you are ready for the next action, which is to get your mobile phone and open the Instagram application.

Tip 4-- Instagram

Now, you need to already have the Instagram as well as DropBox applications on your mobile phone, and also you prepare to publish one of your pictures on Instagram.

Open the app, and also click the blue button in the middle of the icons at the bottom of the screen. The take image display will certainly fill, and in the reduced left-hand corner, you will see an icon that resembles a "landscape/mountain" symbol (just to the left of the "take a photo" switch). Click on it, as well as it ought to prompt you to "Pick a Resource" for your picture, and the DropBox icon should be shown as one of the selectable resources. Click it and also you will see your DropBox folders and also documents detailed in a documents internet browser. Browse to the picture that you published that you intend to upload to Instagram as well as pick it.

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

Tip 5-- DropBox

This last step is not needed, yet extremely recommended. In order not to misplace what you have actually posted already, you should go back right into DropBox and also delete the image( s) that you have actually currently published. This will make it much easier in the long run to not upload the same photos several times.


That's it, my whole procedure to preparing my photos for Instagram. It's not made complex, yet following these instructions will make certain that you are publishing images in the very best high quality that Instagram could support.