How to Resize Photos for Instagram

I have actually been getting e-mails and messages from a number of people recently asking just how I resize my photos for Instagram, maintaining the composition, as well as putting my logo on them. I figured that it would be much easier to simply write here the process that I experience to do it, instead of maintain repeating the very same info numerous times - How to Resize Photos for Instagram.

The first thing that you need to understand is that Instagram pressures you to post your images in a square layout, sized at 650px by 650px. The 2nd thing that you need to recognize is that you should export the images at the right size as well as resolution if you wish to keep the images looking sharp as well as of top quality. That means that they ought to be exported at 650px on the lengthy side.

For my operations, I use Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, and Instagram to deal with every one of the prep work and also publishing. I've tried a number of other means to publish my images on Instagram, however the following workflow has given me the most effective and also most consistent outcomes.

If you don't wish to go through the process that I comply with below, and also just want to upload photos without IG cropping your photos, there are applications that you could set up on your mobile phone like Squaready and also InstaSize. I don't utilize 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, as well as prepare them for how I publish them, or post them to my site. You could assess that process in previous messages in this very same post-processing section. I won't repeat every one of that right here.

As soon as you have actually completed with every one of your post-processing of the photos, then you could begin picking the images that you wish to prepare for uploading to Instagram.

In the Library module, pick all the images that you wish to publish to Instagram, and also produce a brand-new collection of them. You could 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.

As soon as you have selected them, as well as have actually produced a brand-new collection, you need to experience as well as see if you could crop any of them to a 1-to-1 proportion. You can use the plant device 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 exclusively in Lightroom, as well as can utilize your normal watermark (I made use of mine on the instance below). These will certainly be exported at 650px x 650px.

The ones that have the ability to be resized as squares are very easy, and that is all you need to do for them in resizing. For all these, you could leap to Step 3-- DropBox, as well as miss Action 2-- PhotoShop.

For the photos that do not look good in a 1-to-1 ratio, you will wind up exporting these at 650px on the lengthy side, but without any watermark on them. See the settings below. I suggest that you export these right into a committed folder. Once they are exported, you will certainly proceed to Tip 2-- PhotoShop.

Step Two-- Photoshop

The entire factor of this action is to place your image 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 laborious process if you try to do it manually, so I suggest that you carry out a batch process 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 produce Activities in PhotoShop, you will certainly have to review that first. As soon as you recognize the procedure then the following guidelines will make good sense to you.

Your action will certainly need to do the adhering to points in this order:

- Open your photo from your import folder and tons it to a layer. By default, it is loaded as a background. I duplicate the background to a new layer, and also name it "auto", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- After that it should open Image > Canvas Size as well as set the elevation to 650px.
- Create a new layer, as well as label it "black".
- Fill up the "black" layer with the black color utilizing the paint pail tool.
- Use File > Open to open your watermark logo design that you intend to put at the bottom of the image. Position it on a brand-new layer as well as name it "logo".
- Move the "logo" layer below the automobile layer.
- Move the "black" layer listed below the "logo" layer.
- Close the watermark that you formerly opened up.
- Save the finished 650px by 650px image to a brand-new folder someplace on your hard disk drive (you will certainly have to have actually currently created this folder prior to creating the activity).
- Shut the documents in Photoshop.

Once you have the action, you can open PhotoShop at anytime, as well as run the Data > Automate > Set Refine command, as well as choose the folder where you have saved the images that were not currently at a 1-to-1 proportion.

Tip Three-- DropBox

When you have exported all of your pictures, you should get them approximately Instagram There are programs that allow you to post from your PC to Instagram, however I found that I had troubles getting the hashtags to work appropriately when I utilized them, as well as I needed to begin a brand-new account to take care of the hashtag problem. The fix was to just remain to utilize my mobile phone as well as use the Instagram application to publish the pictures, however to do that I had to have the images where my phone can access them. The most convenient way was to make use of DropBox to get the pictures where my Instagram app can access them.

Most likely to as well as enroll in it. Download and install the application to your phone and login to it. Use the site to upload your photos to your on the internet storage. I recommend that you use folders to organize your pictures. In my situation, I have a "Photos" folder, and inside it, I have an "Instagram Photos" folder. Inside that folder, I create folders as I require them, in order to separate the images right into smaller sized, much easier to check out, sections.

As soon as you have actually posted a collection of pictures right into DropBox, you await the following step, and that is to order your smart device and open the Instagram app.

Tip Four-- Instagram

Now, you should currently have the Instagram and also DropBox apps on your smartphone, and you prepare to upload one of your pictures on Instagram.

Open up the application, as well as click the blue button in the middle of the symbols at the end of the display. The take image display will pack, and also in the lower left-hand edge, you will see a symbol that resembles a "landscape/mountain" symbol (simply to the left of the "take a photo" button). Click on it, as well as it needs to prompt you to "Select a Resource" for your image, and the DropBox icon should be shown as one of the selectable resources. Click it and you will see your DropBox folders as well as documents listed in a data internet browser. Navigate to the image that you uploaded that you wish to post to Instagram and also pick it.

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

Step Five-- DropBox

This last action is not required, yet extremely recommended. In order not to misplace exactly what you have actually submitted already, you ought to return right into DropBox and also remove the photo( s) that you have currently published. This will certainly make it simpler over time to not publish the exact same images multiple times.


That's it, my entire process to preparing my pictures for Instagram. It's not made complex, but adhering to these instructions will ensure that you are posting images in the most effective top quality that Instagram could support.