How to Size Photos for Instagram

I have been obtaining emails and messages from numerous people recently asking exactly how I resize my photos for Instagram, keeping the structure, and placing my logo on them. I figured that it would be less complicated to merely write right here the process that I undergo to do it, rather than maintain repeating the exact same details several times - How To Size Photos For Instagram.

The first thing that you have 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 should understand is that you need to export the images at the proper dimension as well as resolution if you desire to keep the images festinating 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, as well as Instagram to manage all the preparation and posting. I've tried a number of other means to publish my pictures on Instagram, yet the complying with operations has actually offered me the most effective and also most constant outcomes.

If you do not want to go through the process that I follow below, as well as simply want to upload photos without IG chopping your photos, there are applications that you can mount on your smart device like Squaready and also InstaSize. I don't utilize either of those apps myself.

How To Size Photos For Instagram

Step One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is process my pictures normally, and also prepare them for just how I print them, or publish them to my site. You could examine that procedure in previous articles in this very same post-processing area. I won't duplicate all that below.

Once you have actually completed with every one of your post-processing of the pictures, after that you could begin selecting the images that you wish to get ready for publishing to Instagram.

In the Collection component, pick all the images that you want to publish to Instagram, as well as develop 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 beginning or completion, to ensure that you remember what it is for.

As soon as you have picked them, and also have developed a brand-new collection, you should go through and also see if you could chop any one of them to a 1-to-1 ratio. You could use the plant tool for that, and also select 1 × 1 as the proportion.

The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in proportion, can be processed only in Lightroom, as well as can use your regular watermark (I made use of mine on the example listed below). These will certainly be exported at 650px x 650px.

The ones that have the ability to be resized as squares are simple, which is all you have to do for them in resizing. For all of these, you can jump down to Step Three-- DropBox, as well as miss Action 2-- PhotoShop.

For the images that do not look good in a 1-to-1 ratio, you will end up exporting these at 650px on the long edge, however with no watermark on them. See the settings below. I suggest that you export these into a dedicated folder. Once they are exported, you will proceed to Step Two-- PhotoShop.

Step 2-- Photoshop

The whole point of this step is to place your picture on a 650px by 650px background, and to add your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it by hand is a tedious process if you try to do it by hand, so I recommend that you implement a batch procedure and use an action to automate the procedure, which will make it basic to repeat over and over.

If you do not know the best ways to produce Actions in PhotoShop, you will certainly need to examine that first. As soon as you understand the procedure after that the following guidelines will make sense to you.

Your activity will certainly should do the following points in this order:

- Open your photo from your import folder and also lots it to a layer. By default, it is filled as a history. I duplicate the background to a new layer, as well as call it "vehicle", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- After that it needs to open up Image > Canvas Size and also set the elevation to 650px.
- Produce a brand-new layer, and tag it "black".
- Fill the "black" layer with the black color making use of the paint container device.
- Use File > Open to open your watermark logo that you wish to position at the end of the image. Position it on a brand-new layer and name it "logo".
- Move the "logo" layer below the cars and truck layer.
- Relocate the "black" layer listed below the "logo" layer.
- Close the watermark that you previously opened.
- Conserve the finished 650px by 650px picture to a brand-new folder somewhere on your hard drive (you will certainly have to have actually currently developed this folder prior to producing the activity).
- Close the data in Photoshop.

As soon as you have the action, you can open up PhotoShop at anytime, and run the Documents > Automate > Batch Process command, as well as select the folder where you have actually saved the pictures that were not already at a 1-to-1 ratio.

Tip 3-- DropBox

When you have actually exported all your pictures, you should get them up to Instagram There are programs that allow you to publish from your COMPUTER to Instagram, however I discovered that I had troubles obtaining the hashtags to function effectively when I utilized them, as well as I needed to begin a new account to fix the hashtag problem. The repair was to simply remain to utilize my smartphone and utilize the Instagram application to upload the images, however to do that I had to have the pictures where my phone could access them. The easiest way was to use DropBox to obtain the pictures where my Instagram application can access them.

Most likely to and also register for it. Download the app to your phone and also login to it. Make use of the internet site to post your pictures to your on the internet storage. I suggest that you use folders to organize your pictures. In my instance, I have a "Photos" folder, as well as inside it, I have an "Instagram Photos" folder. Inside that folder, I produce folders as I need them, in order to divide the photos into smaller, simpler to see, sections.

As soon as you have actually submitted a collection of pictures right into DropBox, you are ready for the next step, and that is to get your mobile phone as well as open up the Instagram application.

Tip 4-- Instagram

At this moment, you should already have the Instagram and also DropBox apps on your mobile phone, as well as you are ready to publish among your photos on Instagram.

Open up the app, and also click heaven switch in the middle of the symbols at the end of the display. The take photo display will certainly fill, and in the reduced left-hand edge, you will certainly see an icon that appears like a "landscape/mountain" icon (simply to the left of the "take a photo" button). Click on it, as well as it must trigger you to "Select a Resource" for your photo, as well as the DropBox symbol ought to be shown as one of the selectable sources. Click it and also you will see your DropBox folders as well as data detailed in a file browser. Browse to the image that you submitted that you intend to post to Instagram and also select it.

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

Tip 5-- DropBox

This last step is not called for, however extremely recommended. In order not to lose track of just what you have actually submitted already, you ought to go back into DropBox as well as delete the image( s) that you have actually already published. This will certainly make it easier in the long run to not post the exact same pictures multiple times.


That's it, my whole process to preparing my photos for Instagram. It's not made complex, but adhering to these directions will certainly make certain that you are posting images in the best high quality that Instagram could support.