How to Resize Photos for Instagram

I have been obtaining emails and also messages from several people recently asking how I resize my photos for Instagram, keeping the structure, and also positioning my logo design on them. I figured that it would be less complicated to merely create below the process that I experience to do it, as opposed to keep repeating the same information multiple times - How to Resize Photos for Instagram.

The first thing that you have to comprehend is that Instagram pressures you to upload your photos in a square style, sized at 650px by 650px. The second point that you should recognize is that you have to export the images at the right dimension and resolution if you want to maintain the photos looking sharp as well as of excellent quality. That indicates that they should be exported at 650px on the long side.

For my workflow, I use Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, and Instagram to handle every one of the prep work as well as publishing. I have actually tried a couple of various other methods to post my photos on Instagram, yet the following workflow has offered me the best and most regular results.

If you do not want to go through the process that I follow below, as well as just intend to post photos without IG cropping your pictures, there are apps that you can mount on your smartphone like Squaready as well as InstaSize. I do not use either of those apps myself.

How to Resize Photos for Instagram

Step One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is process my images generally, as well as prepare them for just how I print them, or publish them to my site. You could examine that process in previous messages in this exact same post-processing area. I will not repeat all of that below.

As soon as you have finished with every one of your post-processing of the images, then you can begin picking the pictures that you wish to plan for publishing to Instagram.

In the Collection module, choose every one of the photos that you want to upload to Instagram, as well as develop 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 make sure that you remember exactly what it is for.

As soon as you have chosen them, as well as have actually produced a brand-new collection, you should undergo as well as see if you could crop any of them to a 1-to-1 proportion. You could utilize 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 processed entirely in Lightroom, as well as could use your normal watermark (I utilized 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, which is all you have to provide for them in resizing. For all of these, you can leap down to Tip Three-- DropBox, as well as skip Step Two-- PhotoShop.

For the photos that do not look excellent in a 1-to-1 ratio, you will end up exporting these at 650px on the lengthy edge, but without any watermark on them. See the settings listed below. I suggest that you export these right into a devoted folder. Once they are exported, you will continue to Step 2-- PhotoShop.

Tip Two-- Photoshop

The entire point of this action is to place your image on a 650px by 650px background, as well as to add your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it manually is a tiresome process if you aim to do it by hand, so I suggest that you perform a batch process as well as make use of an activity to automate the process, which will certainly make it easy to repeat over and over.

If you have no idea ways to produce Actions in PhotoShop, you will need to assess that initially. Once you comprehend the procedure after that the complying with guidelines will make sense to you.

Your activity will certainly have to do the following things in this order:

- Open your image from your import folder and load it to a layer. By default, it is packed as a background. I duplicate the background to a new layer, as well as name it "auto", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- Then it needs to open Image > Canvas Size as well as established the elevation to 650px.
- Create a new layer, and tag it "black".
- Fill the "black" layer with the black shade making use of the paint container tool.
- Usage File > Open to open your watermark logo that you intend to position at the bottom of the photo. Place it on a new layer and also name it "logo".
- Move the "logo" layer listed below the automobile layer.
- Relocate the "black" layer listed below the "logo" layer.
- Shut the watermark that you previously opened up.
- Conserve the completed 650px by 650px image to a new folder somewhere on your disk drive (you will certainly need to have actually currently developed this folder before developing the activity).
- Close the data in Photoshop.

When you have the activity, you could open PhotoShop at anytime, as well as run the Data > Automate > Set Process command, as well as pick the folder where you have stored the images that were not currently at a 1-to-1 proportion.

Step Three-- DropBox

Once you have actually exported every one of your images, you have to get them approximately Instagram There are programs that allow you to upload from your COMPUTER to Instagram, yet I located that I had problems obtaining the hashtags to work effectively when I used them, and also I needed to begin a brand-new account to deal with the hashtag concern. The solution was to simply continue to utilize my smart device and also utilize the Instagram application to post the photos, however to do that I needed to have the photos where my phone might access them. The easiest means was to utilize DropBox to get the pictures where my Instagram application can access them.

Go to and register for it. Download the application to your phone and also login to it. Use the website to submit your images to your on the internet storage space. I suggest that you make use of folders to organize your photos. 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 pictures into smaller sized, simpler to check out, sections.

As soon as you have actually posted a collection of pictures into DropBox, you await the following action, which is to order your smart device and also open up the Instagram application.

Step 4-- Instagram

At this point, you should already have the Instagram and DropBox applications on your smart device, and also you prepare to upload among your photos on Instagram.

Open up the application, as well as click the blue switch in the middle of the symbols at the end of the display. The take photo display will certainly fill, as well as in the reduced left-hand edge, you will certainly see a symbol that looks like a "landscape/mountain" icon (simply to the left of the "take a photo" switch). Click it, and also it must prompt you to "Select a Resource" for your photo, as well as the DropBox icon ought to be presented as one of the selectable resources. Click it and you will certainly see your DropBox folders and data noted in a file internet browser. Browse to the photo that you submitted that you wish to upload to Instagram and select it.

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

Tip Five-- DropBox

This last step is not called for, but very suggested. In order not to lose track of exactly what you have actually uploaded already, you need to return into DropBox as well as delete the picture( s) that you have actually already published. This will make it simpler in the future to not post the exact same pictures numerous times.


That's it, my whole process to preparing my images for Instagram. It's not complicated, yet complying with these guidelines will make sure that you are publishing images in the best quality that Instagram can sustain.