Resize Pictures for Instagram (update)

I have actually been getting e-mails and also messages from numerous people recently asking exactly how I resize my photos for Instagram, keeping the make-up, and positioning my logo design on them. I figured that it would certainly be easier to just write below the procedure that I go through to do it, as opposed to maintain duplicating the exact same information numerous times - Resize Pictures For Instagram.

The first thing that you need to recognize is that Instagram pressures you to upload your images in a square format, sized at 650px by 650px. The 2nd thing that you must recognize is that you have to export the photos at the correct size as well as resolution if you want to keep the images looking sharp as well as of premium quality. That indicates that they must be exported at 650px on the lengthy side.

For my process, I make use of Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, and also Instagram to manage all the prep work and also posting. I've attempted a few various other means to publish my photos on Instagram, yet the following process has offered me the most effective and also most regular outcomes.

If you don't want to undergo the procedure that I comply with below, and also simply intend to upload images without IG cropping your photos, there are applications that you can set up on your smart device like Squaready and InstaSize. I do not use either of those apps myself.

Resize Pictures For Instagram

Tip One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is procedure my photos typically, as well as prepare them for exactly how I print them, or upload them to my website. You could examine that procedure in previous posts in this same post-processing area. I won't repeat every one of that right here.

When you have actually finished with all of your post-processing of the images, after that you could begin picking the photos that you intend to prepare for publishing to Instagram.

In the Library module, select every one of the photos that you want to upload to Instagram, as well as develop a brand-new collection of them. You can call it anything that you like, however I suggest that you make use of "IG" in the name, either at the beginning or completion, to make sure that you remember just what it is for.

Once you have actually picked them, as well as have produced a brand-new collection, you should go through and also see if you could crop any one of them to a 1-to-1 proportion. You could use the crop tool for that, and select 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 can use your regular watermark (I made use of mine on the example below). These will be exported at 650px x 650px.

The ones that are able to be resized as squares are easy, and that is all you have to do for them in resizing. For all these, you could jump to Step Three-- DropBox, as well as avoid Step 2-- PhotoShop.

For the photos that do not look great in a 1-to-1 ratio, you will wind 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 into a specialized folder. Once they are exported, you will certainly continue to Tip Two-- PhotoShop.

Tip Two-- Photoshop

The entire factor of this action is to position your picture 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 tedious process if you try to do it manually, so I recommend that you implement a set process as well as make use of an activity to automate the process, which will make it straightforward to repeat over and over.

If you have no idea the best ways to produce Actions in PhotoShop, you will certainly have to examine that first. When you recognize the procedure after that the adhering to directions will certainly make sense to you.

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

- Open your picture from your import folder and load it to a layer. By default, it is loaded as a history. I replicate the history to a brand-new layer, as well as name it "vehicle", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- After that it needs to open Image > Canvas Size as well as set the height to 650px.
- Produce a brand-new layer, as well as label it "black".
- Fill up the "black" layer with the black shade making use of the paint container device.
- Usage File > Open to open your watermark logo that you intend to put at the bottom of the image. Position it on a new layer and also name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer below the auto layer.
- Move the "black" layer listed below the "logo" layer.
- Close the watermark that you previously opened.
- Conserve the completed 650px by 650px photo to a brand-new folder somewhere on your hard disk drive (you will have to have already produced this folder before creating the action).
- Shut the documents in Photoshop.

When you have the action, you could open up PhotoShop at anytime, and also run the File > Automate > Batch Refine command, and also pick the folder where you have stored the images that were not currently at a 1-to-1 ratio.

Tip Three-- DropBox

When you have exported all your pictures, you need to obtain them up to Instagram There are programs that permit you to post from your COMPUTER to Instagram, yet I discovered that I had issues obtaining the hashtags to work properly when I used them, and also I had to begin a new account to take care of the hashtag problem. The solution was to merely remain to use my smartphone and utilize the Instagram app to submit the images, yet 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 photos where my Instagram application might access them.

Go to and sign up for it. Download the app to your phone as well as login to it. Make use of the website to publish your pictures to your on-line storage. I recommend that you utilize folders to organize your photos. 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 require them, in order to separate the pictures right into smaller, simpler to view, areas.

As soon as you have posted a set of photos into DropBox, you are ready for the next step, and that is to grab your smart device as well as open the Instagram application.

Tip 4-- Instagram

At this point, you ought to currently have the Instagram and also DropBox applications on your mobile phone, and also you are ready to post one of your images on Instagram.

Open up the app, and also click heaven button in the middle of the symbols below the display. The take photo display will fill, and also in the lower left-hand edge, you will see a symbol that appears like a "landscape/mountain" symbol (just to the left of the "take a photo" button). Click it, as well as it ought to motivate you to "Pick a Source" for your photo, and also the DropBox icon should be shown as one of the selectable resources. Click it and also you will certainly see your DropBox folders as well as files noted in a file browser. Browse to the photo that you posted that you want to post to Instagram and also choose it.

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

Tip Five-- DropBox

This last action is not called for, but highly suggested. In order not to lose track of just what you have uploaded currently, you must return right into DropBox as well as remove the photo( s) that you have actually already published. This will make it less complicated in the long run to not post the very same images several times.


That's it, my whole process to preparing my pictures for Instagram. It's not complicated, however following these directions will certainly see to it that you are uploading pictures in the best quality that Instagram can support.