Resize Pictures for Instagram

I have been getting emails and messages from numerous people lately asking exactly how I resize my pictures for Instagram, maintaining the composition, and positioning my logo on them. I figured that it would certainly be less complicated to merely compose right here the procedure that I experience to do it, instead of keep repeating the exact same information multiple times - Resize Pictures for Instagram.

The first thing that you have to recognize is that Instagram forces you to upload your images in a square layout, sized at 650px by 650px. The 2nd point that you should understand is that you need to export the images at the appropriate size and also resolution if you wish to keep the pictures festinating and of high quality. That means that they need to be exported at 650px on the lengthy side.

For my operations, I make use of Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, and also Instagram to take care of every one of the prep work and also publishing. I've attempted a number of other methods to upload my images on Instagram, however the following process has offered me the best and most consistent outcomes.

If you don't wish to experience the process that I adhere to below, and simply intend to post photos without IG cropping your pictures, there are apps that you could install on your smartphone like Squaready as well as InstaSize. I do not use either of those apps myself.

Resize Pictures for Instagram

Step One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is process my pictures normally, as well as prepare them for just how I print them, or post them to my site. You can examine that procedure in previous articles in this very same post-processing area. I will not repeat all that here.

When you have actually do with all your post-processing of the images, then you can begin selecting the photos that you wish to get ready for posting to Instagram.

In the Library component, select all of the pictures that you wish to upload to Instagram, and create a new collection of them. You can call it anything that you like, yet I recommend that you make use of "IG" in the name, either at the beginning or completion, to make sure that you remember exactly what it is for.

When you have chosen them, as well as have actually produced a brand-new collection, you need to undergo and see if you can crop any one of them to a 1-to-1 ratio. You can use the crop tool for that, as well as select 1 × 1 as the proportion.

The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in proportion, can be refined solely in Lightroom, and could use your normal watermark (I utilized mine on the instance listed below). These will certainly be exported at 650px x 650px.

The ones that have the ability to be resized as squares are very easy, which is all you have to do for them in resizing. For all of these, you could jump to Step 3-- DropBox, and skip Step 2-- PhotoShop.

For the images that do not look excellent in a 1-to-1 ratio, you will wind up exporting these at 650px on the long side, yet with no watermark on them. See the settings below. I recommend that you export these into a dedicated folder. Once they are exported, you will proceed to Step 2-- PhotoShop.

Step 2-- Photoshop

The whole factor of this step is to place your photo on a 650px by 650px history, as well as to add your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it manually is a tedious procedure if you aim to do it manually, so I suggest that you perform a batch process and use an action to automate the process, which will make it straightforward to repeat over and over.

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

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

- Open your photo from your import folder and tons it to a layer. By default, it is filled as a background. I duplicate the history to a new layer, as well as name it "cars and truck", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- After that it has to open Image > Canvas Size and also set the height to 650px.
- Produce a brand-new layer, and tag it "black".
- Fill the "black" layer with the black shade using the paint pail tool.
- Usage File > Open to open your watermark logo design that you intend to position at the bottom of the picture. Put it on a new layer and name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer below the cars and truck layer.
- Relocate the "black" layer listed below the "logo" layer.
- Shut the watermark that you formerly opened up.
- Save the finished 650px by 650px image to a new folder somewhere on your hard disk drive (you will certainly need to have actually already produced this folder prior to developing the action).
- Close the documents in Photoshop.

Once you have the activity, you can open up PhotoShop at anytime, as well as run the Data > Automate > Batch Process command, and also select the folder where you have actually kept the images that were not already at a 1-to-1 proportion.

Tip Three-- DropBox

Once you have exported all your photos, you need to obtain them approximately Instagram There are programs that allow you to post from your PC to Instagram, however I located that I had problems getting the hashtags to work appropriately when I used them, as well as I had to begin a brand-new account to deal with the hashtag issue. The solution was to simply continuously use my smartphone and also utilize the Instagram app to post the images, however to do that I had to have the photos where my phone could access them. The simplest means was to utilize DropBox to obtain the images where my Instagram application might access them.

Most likely to as well as sign up for it. Download and install the application to your phone and also login to it. Utilize the site to upload your pictures to your on the internet storage space. I recommend that you utilize folders to organize your photos. In my case, 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 right into smaller, much easier to see, sections.

Once you have actually uploaded a set of photos right into DropBox, you await the next action, which is to order your smart device and open up the Instagram application.

Step Four-- Instagram

Now, you need to currently have the Instagram and also DropBox apps on your smart device, and also you are ready to publish one of your photos on Instagram.

Open up the application, and click the blue switch in the middle of the icons at the bottom of the display. The take photo screen will certainly pack, and also in the lower left-hand corner, you will see an icon that looks like a "landscape/mountain" icon (just to the left of the "take a photo" button). Click on it, as well as it ought to prompt you to "Pick a Source" for your photo, and the DropBox symbol should be shown as one of the selectable resources. Click it as well as you will certainly see your DropBox folders and also files provided in a file web browser. Browse to the picture that you published that you wish to post to Instagram and also pick it.

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

Tip Five-- DropBox

This last step is not called for, yet extremely recommended. In order not to misplace just what you have actually posted already, you should go back right into DropBox and remove the picture( s) that you have currently published. This will certainly make it simpler in the future to not post the very same images numerous times.


That's it, my whole procedure to preparing my images for Instagram. It's not complicated, however complying with these directions will see to it that you are publishing photos in the very best high quality that Instagram could support.