How to Resize Photos for Instagram

I have actually been getting e-mails and also messages from numerous people recently asking how I resize my images for Instagram, maintaining the composition, and positioning my logo design on them. I figured that it would certainly be much easier to merely write here the procedure that I undergo to do it, instead of keep duplicating the exact same info multiple times - How to Resize Photos for Instagram.

The first thing that you need to comprehend is that Instagram forces you to upload your pictures in a square layout, sized at 650px by 650px. The second thing that you ought to understand is that you should export the images at the correct dimension and also resolution if you wish to maintain the pictures looking sharp and also of excellent quality. That suggests 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 of the preparation as well as posting. I've attempted a few other means to upload my images on Instagram, however the complying with process has provided me the very best and also most consistent outcomes.

If you don't intend to undergo the procedure that I comply with below, and simply want to publish photos without IG cropping your photos, there are apps that you can mount on your smartphone like Squaready and InstaSize. I do not make use of either of those apps myself.

How to Resize Photos for Instagram

Step One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is procedure my photos normally, as well as prepare them for just how I print them, or publish them to my website. You could examine that procedure in previous articles in this exact same post-processing area. I won't duplicate every one of that right here.

As soon as you have finished with every one of your post-processing of the images, then you could start selecting the pictures that you wish to prepare for uploading to Instagram.

In the Library component, choose every one of the pictures that you wish to publish to Instagram, as well as develop a new collection of them. You could call it anything that you like, but I recommend that you make use of "IG" in the name, either at the start or completion, so that you remember just what it is for.

When you have picked them, as well as have produced a new collection, you need to go through as well as see if you can crop any one of them to a 1-to-1 ratio. You can make use of the crop device for that, as well as pick 1 × 1 as the ratio.

The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in proportion, can be processed exclusively in Lightroom, as well as can utilize your routine watermark (I utilized 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 simple, which is all you have to do for them in resizing. For every one of these, you can leap down to Step Three-- DropBox, and skip Action Two-- PhotoShop.

For the photos that do not look great in a 1-to-1 proportion, you will end up exporting these at 650px on the long edge, yet without any watermark on them. See the settings below. I suggest that you export these into a devoted folder. Once they are exported, you will certainly continue to Step Two-- PhotoShop.

Tip 2-- Photoshop

The whole factor of this step is to put your picture on a 650px by 650px history, and to include 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 recommend that you perform a batch procedure 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 produce Activities in PhotoShop, you will certainly have to assess that initially. When you recognize the procedure after that the adhering to instructions will make sense to you.

Your activity will should do the complying with points in this order:

- Open your picture from your import folder as well as load it to a layer. By default, it is loaded as a history. I replicate the history to a new layer, as well as call it "cars and truck", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- Then it needs to open Image > Canvas Size as well as set the height to 650px.
- Produce a new layer, and also label it "black".
- Fill up the "black" layer with the black color using the paint bucket tool.
- Usage File > Open to open your watermark logo design that you intend to place below the picture. Place it on a new layer and also name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer listed below the automobile layer.
- Move the "black" layer below the "logo" layer.
- Shut the watermark that you formerly opened up.
- Conserve the finished 650px by 650px image to a new folder someplace on your disk drive (you will need to have already created this folder prior to developing the activity).
- Shut the file in Photoshop.

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

Step Three-- DropBox

As soon as you have exported all of your pictures, you should obtain them up to Instagram There are programs that allow you to post from your COMPUTER to Instagram, yet I found that I had issues getting the hashtags to function correctly when I used them, as well as I had to begin a new account to take care of the hashtag issue. The solution was to simply remain to use my mobile phone and also utilize the Instagram application to post the photos, but to do that I should have the images where my phone can access them. The most convenient means was to make use of DropBox to get the pictures where my Instagram application can access them.

Most likely to and sign up for it. Download the app to your phone as well as login to it. Utilize the site to submit your images to your online storage space. I recommend that you use folders to arrange your pictures. In my instance, I have a "Photos" folder, and also inside it, I have an "Instagram Photos" folder. Inside that folder, I develop folders as I require them, in order to separate the photos into smaller, much easier to view, areas.

As soon as you have posted a collection of pictures right into DropBox, you are ready for the following step, and that is to grab your mobile phone as well as open up the Instagram application.

Step Four-- Instagram

At this moment, you ought to already have the Instagram as well as DropBox applications on your mobile phone, and also you are ready to post one of your pictures on Instagram.

Open up the application, and click the blue switch in the middle of the symbols at the end of the display. The take image display will certainly pack, and in the lower left-hand edge, you will certainly see a symbol that resembles a "landscape/mountain" symbol (simply to the left of the "take a photo" button). Click on it, and it needs to prompt you to "Choose a Resource" for your photo, and the DropBox icon need to be displayed as one of the selectable sources. Click it and also you will see your DropBox folders and documents listed in a data internet browser. Browse to the picture that you published that you wish to publish to Instagram and also choose it.

From there, you upload it to Instagram much like you would other image that you simply took.

Step Five-- DropBox

This last action is not needed, however extremely recommended. In order not to misplace what you have actually submitted currently, you must go back into DropBox and also remove the picture( s) that you have already uploaded. This will make it simpler over time to not upload the same photos numerous times.


That's it, my entire process to preparing my pictures for Instagram. It's not made complex, however following these instructions will see to it that you are posting photos in the very best quality that Instagram can support.