Resize Photos for Instagram

I have been getting emails and also messages from several people lately asking exactly how I resize my photos for Instagram, maintaining the structure, as well as putting my logo on them. I figured that it would be much easier to merely compose here the procedure that I undergo to do it, rather than maintain repeating the same info several times - Resize Photos for Instagram.

The first thing that you need to comprehend is that Instagram pressures you to post your pictures in a square layout, sized at 650px by 650px. The 2nd thing that you ought to recognize is that you should export the photos at the appropriate dimension as well as resolution if you desire to keep the images festinating and of high quality. That indicates that they should be exported at 650px on the lengthy side.

For my operations, I utilize Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, and also Instagram to take care of every one of the prep work and also uploading. I have actually tried a few other methods to post my pictures on Instagram, however the following workflow has actually given me the most effective and also most constant outcomes.

If you do not want to undergo the process that I comply with below, and also just wish to publish pictures without IG cropping your photos, there are apps that you could install on your mobile phone like Squaready and InstaSize. I do not utilize either of those applications myself.

Resize Photos for Instagram

Step One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is procedure my images usually, as well as prepare them for how I print them, or publish them to my site. You can evaluate that procedure in previous posts in this exact same post-processing area. I won't repeat every one of that right here.

When you have actually completed with all of your post-processing of the photos, then you can start picking the pictures that you wish to prepare for uploading to Instagram.

In the Collection module, pick every one of the pictures that you wish to post to Instagram, as well as develop a brand-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, so that you remember exactly what it is for.

When you have actually selected them, and have actually produced a brand-new collection, you need to undergo and see if you could chop any of them to a 1-to-1 ratio. You can make use of the plant tool for that, and also choose 1 × 1 as the proportion.

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

The ones that are able to be resized as squares are very easy, and that is all you need to provide for them in resizing. For all of these, you could leap down to Tip 3-- DropBox, and also miss Step 2-- PhotoShop.

For the pictures that do not look good in a 1-to-1 proportion, you will end up exporting these at 650px on the long side, however with no watermark on them. See the setups listed below. I recommend that you export these into a dedicated folder. Once they are exported, you will continue to Step 2-- PhotoShop.

Tip 2-- Photoshop

The entire point of this action is to put your image on a 650px by 650px background, as well as to add your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it by hand is a laborious process if you attempt to do it by hand, so I recommend that you execute a set process and make use of an activity to automate the procedure, which will make it basic to repeat over and over.

If you don't know ways to develop Actions in PhotoShop, you will have to examine that first. As soon as you comprehend the procedure then the complying with instructions will certainly make good sense to you.

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

- Open your image 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, and also call it "cars and truck", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- After that it needs to open up Image > Canvas Size as well as set the height to 650px.
- Develop a brand-new layer, as well as tag it "black".
- Fill up the "black" layer with the black shade making use of the paint container tool.
- Usage File > Open to open your watermark logo that you wish to position below the picture. Position it on a new layer as well as name it "logo".
- Move the "logo" layer below the automobile layer.
- Move the "black" layer below the "logo" layer.
- Close the watermark that you previously opened.
- Conserve the finished 650px by 650px photo to a brand-new folder someplace on your hard disk (you will certainly should have currently developed this folder prior to producing the activity).
- Close the documents in Photoshop.

When you have the action, you could open up PhotoShop at anytime, and run the Data > Automate > Set Refine command, and choose the folder where you have kept the images that were not currently at a 1-to-1 proportion.

Tip 3-- DropBox

When you have exported all of your photos, you have to obtain them up to Instagram There are programs that allow you to post from your PC to Instagram, but I located that I had troubles getting the hashtags to work effectively when I used them, as well as I had to start a new account to take care of the hashtag issue. The solution was to just remain to utilize my mobile phone as well as use the Instagram app to upload the pictures, but to do that I should have the images where my phone can access them. The most convenient means was to utilize DropBox to obtain the pictures where my Instagram app might access them.

Go to and sign up for it. Download the application to your phone and login to it. Make use of the internet site to upload your photos to your online storage. I recommend that you utilize 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 separate the images into smaller, simpler to view, sections.

When you have actually submitted a set of pictures into DropBox, you are ready for the following step, which is to grab your smartphone as well as open the Instagram application.

Tip 4-- Instagram

At this point, you need to currently have the Instagram and also DropBox applications on your smart device, and also you prepare to publish among your images on Instagram.

Open up the application, as well as click heaven switch in the middle of the icons at the end of the display. The take photo screen will certainly load, and in the lower left-hand corner, you will certainly see an icon that looks like a "landscape/mountain" icon (just to the left of the "take a photo" switch). Click on it, and also it should motivate you to "Choose a Source" for your photo, and the DropBox symbol should be shown as one of the selectable sources. Click it and also you will certainly see your DropBox folders and also data provided in a documents web browser. Browse to the photo that you submitted that you intend to publish to Instagram and also select it.

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

Step 5-- DropBox

This last step is not called for, but highly suggested. In order not to misplace what you have actually submitted currently, you should return into DropBox as well as delete the image( s) that you have currently posted. This will make it easier over time to not publish the same photos numerous times.

Final thought

That's it, my whole process to preparing my pictures for Instagram. It's not complicated, however following these guidelines will certainly make sure that you are publishing images in the most effective top quality that Instagram could sustain.