How to Resize Pictures for Instagram

I have been getting e-mails as well as messages from a number of individuals lately asking how I resize my photos for Instagram, keeping the structure, as well as putting my logo design on them. I figured that it would certainly be much easier to merely create below the procedure that I experience to do it, as opposed to keep repeating the very same details numerous times - How to Resize Pictures for Instagram.

The first thing that you need to understand is that Instagram forces you to post your pictures in a square style, sized at 650px by 650px. The 2nd point that you need to recognize is that you have to export the pictures at the proper size and also resolution if you desire to keep the pictures looking sharp as well as of premium quality. That suggests that they ought to be exported at 650px on the lengthy side.

For my workflow, I make use of Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, as well as Instagram to handle all the preparation as well as publishing. I've attempted a few various other means to upload my photos on Instagram, however the following operations has actually given me the very best and also most constant results.

If you do not wish to go through the procedure that I follow below, and also simply wish to upload pictures without IG chopping your images, there are apps that you can set up on your mobile phone like Squaready and InstaSize. I don't use either of those apps myself.

How to Resize Pictures for Instagram

Step One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is process my photos typically, and prepare them for exactly how I print them, or publish them to my website. You could review that process in previous articles in this same post-processing area. I won't duplicate all of that below.

Once you have actually do with all of your post-processing of the photos, after that you can start picking the pictures that you want to prepare for posting to Instagram.

In the Library component, choose all of the photos that you want to post to Instagram, and develop a 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 make sure that you remember what it is for.

When you have actually selected them, as well as have actually created a brand-new collection, you should undergo and also see if you can chop any one of them to a 1-to-1 proportion. You can use the crop device for that, and select 1 × 1 as the proportion.

The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in proportion, can be processed solely in Lightroom, as well as can utilize your normal watermark (I used 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 simple, and that is all you need to provide for them in resizing. For all these, you can leap down to Step Three-- DropBox, as well as avoid Step 2-- PhotoShop.

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

Step Two-- Photoshop

The whole factor of this action is to put your photo on a 650px by 650px history, and also to add your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it manually is a laborious procedure if you attempt to do it manually, so I recommend that you execute a batch process and also utilize an activity to automate the process, which will make it straightforward to repeat over and over.

If you don't know ways to develop Actions in PhotoShop, you will certainly have to review that first. As soon as you recognize the process then the adhering to instructions will certainly make good sense to you.

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

- Open your picture from your import folder and also lots it to a layer. By default, it is packed as a history. I duplicate the background to a new layer, and also call it "auto", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- After that it should open up Image > Canvas Size and also established the elevation to 650px.
- Produce a new layer, and tag it "black".
- Fill the "black" layer with the black shade using the paint container device.
- Use File > Open to open your watermark logo that you wish to place at the bottom of the photo. Put it on a brand-new layer and name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer below the car layer.
- Move the "black" layer below the "logo" layer.
- Shut the watermark that you previously opened.
- Save the finished 650px by 650px photo to a new folder someplace on your hard disk drive (you will certainly should have actually already developed this folder prior to creating the activity).
- Close the file in Photoshop.

As soon as you have the activity, you can open up PhotoShop at anytime, as well as run the Data > Automate > Set Process command, and select the folder where you have actually stored the images that were not currently at a 1-to-1 ratio.

Tip Three-- DropBox

As soon as you have exported every one of your images, you should get them up to Instagram There are programs that allow you to post from your COMPUTER to Instagram, but I discovered that I had troubles obtaining the hashtags to work effectively when I used them, and also I had to start a brand-new account to deal with the hashtag problem. The fix was to simply continuously utilize my smartphone and also make use of the Instagram app to upload the images, but to do that I should have the photos where my phone could access them. The most convenient method was to use DropBox to obtain the photos where my Instagram app could access them.

Most likely to and enroll in it. Download the app to your phone and also login to it. Utilize the website to upload your photos to your online storage. I suggest that you use folders to organize your pictures. In my case, I have a "Photos" folder, as well as inside it, I have an "Instagram Photos" folder. Inside that folder, I develop folders as I require them, in order to separate the pictures right into smaller sized, less complicated to view, sections.

Once you have published a set of photos into DropBox, you are ready for the next action, and that is to order your smartphone and open up the Instagram application.

Step 4-- Instagram

Now, you must currently have the Instagram and also DropBox applications on your mobile phone, and you prepare to publish one of your images on Instagram.

Open up the application, and click heaven switch in the middle of the icons at the end of the display. The take photo display will certainly load, and in the lower left-hand corner, you will see a symbol that appears like a "landscape/mountain" icon (simply to the left of the "take a photo" switch). Click on it, and also it must trigger you to "Pick a Resource" for your picture, and also the DropBox icon ought to be displayed as one of the selectable sources. Click it and also you will see your DropBox folders and also files provided in a documents web browser. Navigate to the image that you submitted that you intend to publish to Instagram and also choose it.

From there, you post it to Instagram similar to you would any other picture that you simply took.

Step Five-- DropBox

This last action is not needed, however very recommended. In order not to misplace exactly what you have posted already, you need to return right into DropBox and delete the picture( s) that you have actually already published. This will make it less complicated over time to not upload the same pictures several times.


That's it, my entire procedure to preparing my photos for Instagram. It's not made complex, but adhering to these directions will ensure that you are posting photos in the most effective top quality that Instagram could sustain.