How to Size Pictures for Instagram

I have actually been obtaining e-mails and also messages from numerous people lately asking exactly how I resize my photos for Instagram, keeping the make-up, and also putting my logo design on them. I figured that it would be much easier to simply create here the procedure that I go through to do it, instead of maintain repeating the same information multiple times - How To Size Pictures For Instagram.

The first thing that you need to recognize is that Instagram forces you to publish your pictures in a square layout, sized at 650px by 650px. The second thing that you ought to comprehend is that you need to export the photos at the proper dimension and also resolution if you desire to maintain the photos festinating as well as of excellent quality. That means that they ought to be exported at 650px on the long side.

For my workflow, I use Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, as well as Instagram to manage all the preparation as well as posting. I have actually attempted a few other means to post my images on Instagram, however the adhering to operations has given me the best and most consistent outcomes.

If you don't wish to experience the process that I adhere to below, as well as just intend to publish images without IG cropping your photos, there are applications that you can install on your mobile phone like Squaready and also InstaSize. I do not utilize either of those apps myself.

How To Size Pictures For Instagram

Tip One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is process my pictures generally, and also prepare them for exactly how I publish them, or upload them to my website. You could assess that procedure in previous articles in this exact same post-processing area. I will not duplicate all that here.

When you have completed with every one of your post-processing of the photos, then you could begin selecting the images that you want to plan for publishing to Instagram.

In the Collection component, choose all of the photos that you intend to publish to Instagram, and also create a new collection of them. You can call it anything that you like, however I suggest that you utilize "IG" in the name, either at the start or the end, so that you remember exactly what it is for.

As soon as you have chosen them, as well as have actually developed a new collection, you have to experience as well as see if you could chop any of them to a 1-to-1 ratio. You can utilize the plant device for that, as well as select 1 × 1 as the ratio.

The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in proportion, can be processed only in Lightroom, and can use your normal watermark (I made use of mine on the instance 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 all of these, you can leap down to Tip 3-- DropBox, as well as avoid Action Two-- PhotoShop.

For the images that do not look good in a 1-to-1 proportion, you will end up exporting these at 650px on the lengthy side, yet with no watermark on them. See the settings listed below. I recommend that you export these right into a dedicated folder. Once they are exported, you will certainly continue to Tip 2-- PhotoShop.

Tip 2-- Photoshop

The whole factor of this step is to place your picture on a 650px by 650px history, and also to add your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it manually is a laborious procedure if you try to do it by hand, so I recommend that you execute a set process and also utilize an action to automate the process, which will certainly make it simple to repeat over and over.

If you don't know how you can produce Actions in PhotoShop, you will should review that first. As soon as you recognize the procedure after that the complying with directions will certainly make sense to you.

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

- Open your image from your import folder and also load it to a layer. By default, it is packed as a history. I duplicate the history to a brand-new layer, and name it "car", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- Then it needs to open up Image > Canvas Size and set the elevation to 650px.
- Create a new layer, and also tag it "black".
- Load the "black" layer with the black shade making use of the paint pail device.
- Use File > Open to open your watermark logo design that you wish to put at the end of the image. Position it on a new layer and name it "logo".
- Move the "logo" layer listed below the automobile layer.
- Relocate the "black" layer below the "logo" layer.
- Close the watermark that you formerly opened up.
- Conserve the completed 650px by 650px photo to a brand-new folder somewhere on your hard drive (you will certainly have to have actually already created this folder prior to producing the action).
- Close the file in Photoshop.

Once 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 proportion.

Tip 3-- DropBox

When you have actually exported all your photos, you should obtain them up to Instagram There are programs that enable you to publish from your COMPUTER to Instagram, however I discovered that I had issues obtaining the hashtags to work properly when I used them, and I needed to begin a new account to fix the hashtag concern. The solution was to simply remain to use my mobile phone as well as make use of the Instagram app to upload the photos, however to do that I needed to have the images where my phone can access them. The most convenient method was to make use of DropBox to obtain the photos where my Instagram application could access them.

Most likely to as well as register for it. Download the application to your phone and also login to it. Use the internet site to upload your pictures to your on-line storage space. I suggest that you use folders to organize your photos. In my case, I have a "Photos" folder, and also inside it, I have an "Instagram Photos" folder. Inside that folder, I produce folders as I require them, in order to separate the images into smaller sized, less complicated to see, areas.

As soon as you have actually submitted a collection of images into DropBox, you await the following action, and that is to grab your mobile phone and also open the Instagram app.

Step Four-- Instagram

At this point, you need to currently have the Instagram and DropBox apps on your mobile phone, and also you prepare to post among your images on Instagram.

Open up the app, and also click heaven switch in the middle of the symbols below the screen. The take picture screen will certainly pack, and in the lower left-hand corner, you will see a symbol that resembles a "landscape/mountain" symbol (simply to the left of the "take a photo" switch). Click on it, and also it needs to motivate you to "Pick a Source" for your image, and also the DropBox icon must be displayed as one of the selectable sources. Click it as well as you will certainly see your DropBox folders as well as files provided in a file internet browser. Navigate to the picture that you posted that you want to upload to Instagram and select it.

From there, you publish it to Instagram similar to you would certainly any other photo that you simply took.

Tip 5-- DropBox

This last step is not needed, however very recommended. In order not to lose track of exactly what you have published already, you should return right into DropBox and also erase the picture( s) that you have already posted. This will certainly make it easier in the long run to not post the very same photos multiple times.


That's it, my entire process to preparing my images for Instagram. It's not complicated, however following these instructions will certainly make sure that you are posting pictures in the best top quality that Instagram could support.