Resize Instagram Pictures

I have been obtaining e-mails and also messages from a number of people lately asking how I resize my pictures for Instagram, maintaining the composition, and also placing my logo on them. I figured that it would certainly be easier to simply create right here the process that I go through to do it, rather than keep repeating the same info several times - Resize Instagram Pictures.

The first thing that you need to recognize is that Instagram pressures you to publish your photos in a square layout, sized at 650px by 650px. The 2nd point that you need to recognize is that you should export the pictures at the proper size as well as resolution if you desire to keep the images looking sharp and also of excellent quality. That suggests that they must be exported at 650px on the long side.

For my process, I make use of Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, and Instagram to take care of all the prep work and posting. I have actually tried a couple of various other methods to publish my photos on Instagram, yet the complying with process has actually provided me the very best and most regular results.

If you do not want to undergo the process that I adhere to below, and also simply wish to upload images without IG cropping your pictures, there are applications that you could install on your smartphone like Squaready as well as InstaSize. I don't utilize either of those applications myself.

Resize Instagram Pictures

Step One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is process my images typically, and prepare them for just how I print them, or upload them to my website. You can assess that procedure in previous blog posts in this same post-processing section. I will not duplicate every one of that here.

As soon as you have completed with all your post-processing of the photos, then you could begin selecting the photos that you want to get ready for posting to Instagram.

In the Collection module, choose all of the pictures that you intend to upload to Instagram, and create a new collection of them. You can call it anything that you like, however I recommend that you make use of "IG" in the name, either at the beginning or completion, to ensure that you remember what it is for.

Once you have actually picked them, and have actually developed a brand-new collection, you should experience and also see if you can chop any of them to a 1-to-1 proportion. You can use the crop device for that, and also choose 1 × 1 as the ratio.

The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in proportion, can be refined exclusively in Lightroom, as well as could utilize your regular watermark (I utilized 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 easy, which is all you need to provide for them in resizing. For every one of these, you can jump to Tip Three-- DropBox, as well as miss Action 2-- PhotoShop.

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

Step Two-- Photoshop

The whole factor of this step is to put 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 tedious procedure if you aim to do it manually, so I recommend that you perform a batch process and utilize an activity to automate the process, which will make it basic to repeat over and over.

If you have no idea how you can create Activities in PhotoShop, you will certainly should review that initially. Once you recognize the procedure then the adhering to directions will certainly make sense to you.

Your action will certainly should do the complying with points in this order:

- Open your photo from your import folder and load it to a layer. By default, it is packed as a history. I duplicate the history to a new layer, and name it "auto", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- After that it should open up Image > Canvas Size and also established the elevation to 650px.
- Develop a brand-new layer, as well as label it "black".
- Fill up the "black" layer with the black color utilizing the paint bucket tool.
- Usage File > Open to open your watermark logo that you wish to place at the bottom of the picture. Position it on a new layer as well as name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer listed below the auto layer.
- Move the "black" layer below the "logo" layer.
- Close the watermark that you previously opened.
- Conserve the completed 650px by 650px photo to a new folder someplace on your hard disk (you will certainly need to have already developed this folder prior to producing the action).
- Shut the file in Photoshop.

When you have the activity, you could open PhotoShop at anytime, as well as run the Data > Automate > Set Process command, as well as select the folder where you have saved the photos that were not currently at a 1-to-1 ratio.

Tip 3-- DropBox

Once you have exported every one of your pictures, you should get them up to Instagram There are programs that enable you to post from your COMPUTER to Instagram, however I found that I had issues obtaining the hashtags to work appropriately when I utilized them, and also I had to begin a brand-new account to repair the hashtag problem. The repair was to merely remain to utilize my mobile phone as well as use the Instagram app to post the pictures, however to do that I had to have the images where my phone might access them. The easiest means was to use DropBox to get the pictures where my Instagram application can access them.

Most likely to and also enroll in it. Download the app to your phone as well as login to it. Make use of the web site to upload your images to your online storage space. I suggest that you make use of folders to organize your pictures. In my instance, I have a "Photos" folder, and inside it, I have an "Instagram Photos" folder. Inside that folder, I develop folders as I need them, in order to separate the pictures right into smaller, less complicated to see, areas.

Once you have uploaded a collection of pictures into DropBox, you await the next step, and that is to order your smart device and also open up the Instagram app.

Step 4-- Instagram

Now, you ought to currently have the Instagram as well as DropBox apps on your mobile phone, and you prepare to post one of your photos on Instagram.

Open the app, and click heaven switch in the middle of the icons at the bottom of the screen. The take picture display will certainly pack, and also in the lower left-hand edge, you will see a symbol that appears like a "landscape/mountain" icon (just to the left of the "take a photo" switch). Click on it, as well as it must trigger you to "Pick a Resource" for your photo, and the DropBox symbol ought to be presented as one of the selectable sources. Click it and also you will certainly see your DropBox folders and also documents provided in a file internet browser. Navigate to the picture that you uploaded that you intend to post to Instagram and select it.

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

Tip Five-- DropBox

This last step is not needed, yet very suggested. In order not to misplace what you have posted already, you should return right into DropBox as well as delete the photo( s) that you have currently published. This will make it easier over time to not post the very same pictures several times.


That's it, my whole process to preparing my pictures for Instagram. It's not made complex, yet adhering to these instructions will certainly ensure that you are posting photos in the most effective top quality that Instagram can sustain.