Resize Images for Instagram (update)

I have actually been obtaining emails and also messages from a number of individuals recently asking just how I resize my images for Instagram, maintaining the composition, and also putting my logo design on them. I figured that it would be less complicated to simply compose below the process that I experience to do it, instead of keep repeating the very same information numerous times - Resize Images for Instagram.

The first thing that you have to understand is that Instagram pressures you to post your pictures in a square style, sized at 650px by 650px. The second point that you should recognize is that you should export the pictures at the proper dimension as well as resolution if you wish to keep the photos looking sharp and also of top quality. That means that they must be exported at 650px on the lengthy side.

For my workflow, I make use of Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, as well as Instagram to manage every one of the prep work as well as publishing. I've tried a number of other methods to upload my pictures on Instagram, but the complying with operations has provided me the very best as well as most constant outcomes.

If you don't wish to go through the procedure that I adhere to below, as well as simply want to publish photos without IG cropping your images, there are applications that you can set up on your smartphone like Squaready as well as InstaSize. I do not use either of those apps myself.

Resize Images for Instagram

Tip One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is procedure my photos typically, and prepare them for exactly how I publish them, or post them to my site. You can assess that process in previous articles in this very same post-processing area. I will not duplicate all of that here.

Once you have completed with every one of your post-processing of the images, after that you could begin picking the images that you intend to prepare for uploading to Instagram.

In the Collection component, pick all the photos that you intend to post to Instagram, and produce a brand-new collection of them. You can call it anything that you like, but I suggest that you make use of "IG" in the name, either at the beginning or completion, so that you remember what it is for.

As soon as you have actually picked them, as well as have actually developed a new collection, you have to go through and see if you can chop any one of them to a 1-to-1 ratio. You can use the plant tool 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 solely in Lightroom, and could use your regular watermark (I used mine on the example below). These will be exported at 650px x 650px.

The ones that have the ability to be resized as squares are simple, and that is all you need to provide for them in resizing. For all these, you can leap down to Step 3-- DropBox, and also skip Step 2-- PhotoShop.

For the pictures that do not look good in a 1-to-1 ratio, you will certainly end up exporting these at 650px on the long side, however without any watermark on them. See the setups below. I recommend that you export these right into a committed folder. Once they are exported, you will continue to Tip Two-- PhotoShop.

Tip Two-- Photoshop

The whole point of this action 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 by hand is a tiresome procedure if you try to do it manually, so I recommend that you carry out a batch procedure and make use of an action to automate the procedure, which will certainly make it simple to repeat over and over.

If you aren't sure ways to develop Actions in PhotoShop, you will need to evaluate that initially. As soon as you understand the procedure then the complying with directions will certainly make good sense to you.

Your action will certainly need to do the complying with things in this order:

- Open your picture from your import folder and also load it to a layer. By default, it is filled as a background. I replicate the background to a new layer, as well as name it "cars and truck", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- Then it needs to open Image > Canvas Size and also set the height to 650px.
- Create a new layer, and also tag it "black".
- Fill the "black" layer with the black shade utilizing the paint container device.
- Use File > Open to open your watermark logo that you want to put below the image. Put it on a brand-new layer and also name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer listed below the vehicle layer.
- Move the "black" layer listed below the "logo" layer.
- Close the watermark that you formerly opened.
- Save the finished 650px by 650px image to a brand-new folder somewhere on your hard drive (you will certainly should have actually already developed this folder before producing the activity).
- Shut the documents in Photoshop.

When you have the activity, you could open up PhotoShop at anytime, and run the Documents > Automate > Set Process command, and also choose the folder where you have actually stored the photos that were not currently at a 1-to-1 ratio.

Step Three-- DropBox

When you have actually exported every one of your pictures, you should obtain them approximately Instagram There are programs that allow you to post from your PC to Instagram, but I discovered that I had issues getting the hashtags to work effectively when I used them, as well as I needed to start a new account to deal with the hashtag issue. The repair was to merely continuously utilize my mobile phone as well as use the Instagram application to post the pictures, yet to do that I had to have the photos where my phone might access them. The most convenient method was to utilize DropBox to obtain the pictures 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 as well as login to it. Use the site to submit your pictures to your online storage space. I suggest that you utilize folders to organize your photos. In my situation, I have a "Photos" folder, as well as inside it, I have an "Instagram Photos" folder. Inside that folder, I produce folders as I require them, in order to separate the pictures into smaller sized, easier to check out, areas.

Once you have actually uploaded a set of images right into DropBox, you are ready for the next action, and that is to get your mobile phone and open up the Instagram application.

Tip Four-- Instagram

At this point, you ought to already have the Instagram and also DropBox applications on your smart device, and also you prepare to upload one of your images on Instagram.

Open the application, and also click the blue button in the middle of the symbols at the bottom of the screen. The take photo display will fill, as well as in the lower left-hand edge, you will see an icon that appears like a "landscape/mountain" symbol (just to the left of the "take a photo" switch). Click on it, and also it must motivate you to "Select a Source" for your image, and 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 data noted in a file browser. Browse to the picture that you published that you wish to post to Instagram and select it.

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

Tip Five-- DropBox

This last step is not called for, but highly suggested. In order not to lose track of exactly what you have actually posted currently, you should return right into DropBox as well as erase the photo( s) that you have actually currently published. This will make it less complicated in the future to not publish the same photos numerous times.


That's it, my entire process to preparing my images for Instagram. It's not made complex, however adhering to these directions will certainly make sure that you are uploading photos in the very best top quality that Instagram can support.