Resize Pictures for Instagram

I have actually been obtaining e-mails as well as messages from numerous individuals lately asking how I resize my pictures for Instagram, keeping the composition, as well as putting my logo on them. I figured that it would certainly be less complicated to just write here the process that I experience to do it, instead of keep repeating the exact same info multiple times - Resize Pictures for Instagram.

The first thing that you have to recognize is that Instagram forces you to upload your pictures in a square layout, sized at 650px by 650px. The second point that you ought to recognize is that you need to export the images at the appropriate size as well as resolution if you wish to keep the photos festinating and also of premium quality. That means that they must be exported at 650px on the lengthy side.

For my operations, I use Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, and also Instagram to take care of all the prep work and also uploading. I've tried a number of various other means to publish my images on Instagram, yet the following operations has actually given me the very best as well as most constant outcomes.

If you do not intend to experience the process that I adhere to below, and just want to post pictures without IG cropping your images, there are applications that you can install on your smartphone like Squaready and InstaSize. I don't use either of those applications myself.

Resize Pictures for Instagram

Step One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is procedure my images generally, and also prepare them for just how I print them, or publish them to my website. You can review that procedure in previous blog posts in this same post-processing area. I will not duplicate all of that here.

As soon as you have actually do with all of your post-processing of the images, then you could start choosing the images that you want to get ready for posting to Instagram.

In the Library component, choose all the pictures that you intend to publish to Instagram, and also create a new collection of them. You can call it anything that you like, but I recommend that you make use of "IG" in the name, either at the beginning or the end, to make sure that you remember just what it is for.

When you have chosen them, and also have developed a brand-new collection, you need to go through as well as see if you can chop any of them to a 1-to-1 proportion. You can make use of the plant tool for that, and also pick 1 × 1 as the ratio.

The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in ratio, can be refined only in Lightroom, and also could utilize your regular 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, and that is all you need to do for them in resizing. For every one of these, you can jump to Step 3-- DropBox, and miss Action Two-- PhotoShop.

For the images that do not look good in a 1-to-1 proportion, you will wind up exporting these at 650px on the lengthy side, however without any watermark on them. See the setups below. I suggest that you export these into a specialized folder. Once they are exported, you will certainly proceed to Step Two-- PhotoShop.

Step Two-- Photoshop

The whole point of this step is to position your photo on a 650px by 650px history, and also to include your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it manually is a tiresome process if you attempt to do it by hand, so I recommend that you carry out a set process as well as use an action to automate the procedure, which will certainly make it simple to repeat over and over.

If you don't know how to develop Activities in PhotoShop, you will certainly have to assess that initially. As soon as you recognize the procedure then the adhering to guidelines will certainly make good sense to you.

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

- Open your picture from your import folder and also load it to a layer. By default, it is loaded as a history. I replicate the background to a new layer, as well as call it "cars and truck", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- Then it should open Image > Canvas Size and also set the height to 650px.
- Create a brand-new layer, and label it "black".
- Load the "black" layer with the black color making use of the paint bucket tool.
- Usage File > Open to open your watermark logo design that you wish to position at the bottom of the image. Position it on a brand-new layer and also name it "logo".
- Move the "logo" layer listed below the car layer.
- Relocate the "black" layer listed below the "logo" layer.
- Close the watermark that you formerly opened.
- Save the finished 650px by 650px image to a new folder someplace on your hard disk drive (you will should have already created this folder before producing the action).
- Close the data in Photoshop.

When you have the action, you can open up PhotoShop at anytime, as well as run the Documents > Automate > Batch Refine command, and pick the folder where you have stored the pictures that were not currently at a 1-to-1 proportion.

Step 3-- DropBox

Once you have exported all your photos, you have to obtain them as much as Instagram There are programs that enable you to publish from your COMPUTER to Instagram, yet I located that I had issues obtaining the hashtags to work appropriately when I utilized them, and I had to begin a new account to take care of the hashtag issue. The repair was to merely remain to use my mobile phone and also utilize the Instagram application to upload the images, but to do that I needed to have the pictures where my phone might access them. The most convenient way was to use DropBox to obtain the photos where my Instagram application could access them.

Go to and also enroll in it. Download and install the app to your phone and login to it. Make use of the web site to post your photos to your on-line storage space. I suggest that you make use of folders to arrange your pictures. In my instance, I have a "Photos" folder, and inside it, I have an "Instagram Photos" folder. Inside that folder, I produce folders as I need them, in order to divide the images right into smaller, much easier to check out, areas.

As soon as you have actually published a set of photos into DropBox, you are ready for the next step, which is to grab your smartphone and open the Instagram application.

Tip 4-- Instagram

At this point, you must already have the Instagram and also DropBox apps on your smart device, and you prepare to post among your photos 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 screen will fill, and in the reduced left-hand edge, you will 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 needs to motivate you to "Choose a Source" for your image, and also the DropBox icon ought to be shown as one of the selectable resources. Click it and also you will see your DropBox folders and also documents provided in a documents browser. Navigate to the image that you uploaded that you wish to publish to Instagram and also select it.

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

Tip 5-- DropBox

This last action is not called for, yet highly suggested. In order not to lose track of exactly what you have actually published currently, you ought to return right into DropBox and also remove the picture( s) that you have already published. This will certainly make it less complicated in the future to not publish the very same photos multiple times.


That's it, my whole procedure to preparing my photos for Instagram. It's not made complex, yet adhering to these instructions will certainly ensure that you are publishing pictures in the very best quality that Instagram could sustain.