How to Size Pictures for Instagram

I have actually been getting e-mails and also messages from a number of people lately asking how I resize my pictures for Instagram, keeping the structure, as well as placing my logo design on them. I figured that it would be less complicated to merely compose below the process that I go through to do it, as opposed to maintain repeating the same information several times - How To Size Pictures For Instagram.

The first thing that you need to understand is that Instagram pressures you to upload your images in a square layout, sized at 650px by 650px. The second point that you need to understand is that you have to export the pictures at the appropriate dimension and resolution if you wish to maintain the images festinating and of excellent quality. That suggests that they need to be exported at 650px on the lengthy side.

For my operations, I use Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, as well as Instagram to manage all of the preparation and posting. I have actually attempted a few various other ways to upload my photos on Instagram, but the adhering to workflow has offered me the best and also most constant results.

If you don't want to go through the process that I follow below, and also simply wish to post pictures without IG cropping your images, there are applications that you could install on your smart device like Squaready and also InstaSize. I do not make use of either of those apps myself.

How To Size Pictures For Instagram

Tip One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is procedure my pictures usually, as well as prepare them for exactly how I print them, or publish them to my website. You can examine that procedure in previous blog posts in this very same post-processing section. I won't repeat every one of that below.

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

In the Library component, select all the pictures that you wish to post to Instagram, and also produce a brand-new collection of them. You can call it anything that you like, yet I recommend that you utilize "IG" in the name, either at the start or the end, to ensure that you remember just what it is for.

When you have chosen them, and have actually created a brand-new collection, you should experience and also see if you could crop any of them to a 1-to-1 ratio. You could utilize the plant device for that, as well as choose 1 × 1 as the ratio.

The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in proportion, can be processed entirely in Lightroom, and also could use your routine watermark (I used mine on the example listed below). These will be exported at 650px x 650px.

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

For the pictures that do not look excellent in a 1-to-1 proportion, you will wind up exporting these at 650px on the lengthy edge, yet with no watermark on them. See the setups below. I recommend that you export these into a committed folder. Once they are exported, you will proceed to Step Two-- PhotoShop.

Step Two-- Photoshop

The whole factor of this step is to place your photo on a 650px by 650px background, and to include your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it manually is a tiresome procedure if you try to do it by hand, so I recommend that you perform a batch procedure as well as use an activity to automate the process, which will make it straightforward to repeat over and over.

If you do not know the best ways to create Actions in PhotoShop, you will certainly should examine that first. When you recognize the procedure after that the adhering to guidelines will make good sense to you.

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

- Open your picture from your import folder as well as lots it to a layer. By default, it is packed as a history. I replicate the background to a new layer, and call it "automobile", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- Then it has to open Image > Canvas Size as well as established the elevation to 650px.
- Develop a brand-new layer, as well as label it "black".
- Fill the "black" layer with the black color making use of the paint container tool.
- Use File > Open to open your watermark logo design that you want to place below the picture. Place it on a new layer and name it "logo".
- Move the "logo" layer below the vehicle layer.
- Move the "black" layer listed below the "logo" layer.
- Shut the watermark that you formerly opened.
- Save the finished 650px by 650px photo to a brand-new folder somewhere on your hard drive (you will should have already produced this folder before developing the activity).
- Close the documents in Photoshop.

Once you have the activity, you can open up PhotoShop at anytime, and also run the Documents > Automate > Set Refine command, and also select the folder where you have stored the pictures that were not already at a 1-to-1 proportion.

Step Three-- DropBox

Once you have actually exported every one of your images, you need to get them up to Instagram There are programs that permit you to post from your COMPUTER to Instagram, but I discovered that I had problems obtaining the hashtags to function appropriately when I used them, as well as I needed to start a new account to fix the hashtag problem. The repair was to merely continue to utilize my mobile phone and make use of the Instagram application to post the photos, yet to do that I needed to have the images where my phone can access them. The easiest means was to make use of DropBox to obtain the images where my Instagram app could access them.

Most likely to and also sign up for it. Download and install the application to your phone as well as login to it. Utilize the site to post your pictures to your on-line storage space. I recommend that you make use of folders to organize your photos. In my instance, I have a "Photos" folder, as well as inside it, I have an "Instagram Photos" folder. Inside that folder, I create folders as I require them, in order to separate the images right into smaller sized, much easier to check out, areas.

As soon as you have actually posted a set of pictures right into DropBox, you are ready for the next step, which is to grab your mobile phone and also open up the Instagram application.

Step 4-- Instagram

Now, you need to already have the Instagram as well as DropBox applications on your smart device, and you are ready to publish one of your pictures on Instagram.

Open up the app, as well as click the blue switch in the middle of the icons below the display. The take image screen will fill, and in the lower left-hand corner, you will certainly see an icon that resembles a "landscape/mountain" symbol (simply 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 image, and also the DropBox icon need to be displayed as one of the selectable sources. Click it and also you will certainly see your DropBox folders and also documents detailed in a data browser. Browse to the photo that you published that you wish to post to Instagram as well as pick it.

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

Tip 5-- DropBox

This last action is not called for, however extremely suggested. In order not to misplace just what you have submitted currently, you ought to return into DropBox and also erase the picture( s) that you have already published. This will certainly make it much easier in the long run to not upload the exact same images several times.


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