Resize Images for Instagram (update)

I have actually been obtaining emails and also messages from several people lately asking just how I resize my images for Instagram, keeping the structure, as well as placing my logo on them. I figured that it would certainly be much easier to just write below the process that I go through to do it, rather than maintain repeating the same details numerous times - Resize Images for Instagram.

The first thing that you have to understand is that Instagram forces you to publish your images in a square format, sized at 650px by 650px. The 2nd point that you should comprehend is that you should export the images at the right dimension as well as resolution if you wish to maintain the images looking sharp and of high quality. That implies that they ought to be exported at 650px on the lengthy side.

For my process, I utilize Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, as well as Instagram to manage all the prep work as well as uploading. I've attempted a number of other methods to upload my images on Instagram, but the complying with workflow has actually provided me the very best and most consistent results.

If you don't intend to undergo the procedure that I follow below, as well as simply want to post pictures without IG cropping your pictures, there are apps that you could mount on your smartphone like Squaready and also InstaSize. I don't use either of those apps myself.

Resize Images for Instagram

Step One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is process my pictures usually, and prepare them for 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 will not duplicate every one of that here.

Once you have actually completed with all of your post-processing of the photos, after that you can start picking the images that you wish to plan for uploading to Instagram.

In the Collection component, choose all of the pictures that you intend to post to Instagram, as well as develop a new collection of them. You could call it anything that you like, however I suggest that you use "IG" in the name, either at the beginning or the end, so that you remember just what it is for.

Once you have picked them, and have created a new collection, you have to undergo and see if you can crop any of them to a 1-to-1 proportion. You can utilize the crop tool for that, and choose 1 × 1 as the ratio.

The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in ratio, can be refined exclusively in Lightroom, and also could utilize your regular watermark (I used mine on the instance 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 provide for them in resizing. For all of these, you can leap down to Tip Three-- DropBox, and miss Step 2-- PhotoShop.

For the pictures that do not look great in a 1-to-1 proportion, you will certainly end up exporting these at 650px on the lengthy edge, but with no watermark on them. See the setups listed below. I suggest that you export these into a specialized folder. Once they are exported, you will proceed to Tip 2-- PhotoShop.

Step Two-- Photoshop

The entire factor of this action is to position your image on a 650px by 650px history, and to include your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it by hand is a tiresome process if you attempt to do it by hand, so I suggest that you execute a set procedure and also use an activity to automate the procedure, which will certainly make it easy to repeat over and over.

If you have no idea ways to develop Activities in PhotoShop, you will certainly have to examine that first. Once you understand the procedure then the adhering to instructions will make sense to you.

Your activity will should do the complying with things in this order:

- Open your image from your import folder and lots it to a layer. By default, it is filled as a background. I replicate the background to a brand-new layer, and name it "auto", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- After that it should open up Image > Canvas Size and also established the height to 650px.
- Produce a brand-new layer, as well as label it "black".
- Fill the "black" layer with the black shade utilizing the paint pail tool.
- Usage File > Open to open your watermark logo that you intend to place at the end of the picture. Place it on a new layer and name it "logo".
- Move the "logo" layer below the car layer.
- Move the "black" layer below the "logo" layer.
- Shut the watermark that you previously opened.
- Save the finished 650px by 650px picture to a new folder someplace on your hard disk drive (you will certainly should have currently produced this folder prior to producing the activity).
- Close the documents in Photoshop.

Once you have the action, you could open up PhotoShop at anytime, as well as run the Documents > Automate > Set Refine command, and also choose the folder where you have actually stored the images that were not already at a 1-to-1 ratio.

Tip 3-- DropBox

Once you have actually exported every one of your photos, you need to obtain them approximately Instagram There are programs that allow you to publish from your COMPUTER to Instagram, yet I found that I had problems obtaining the hashtags to function appropriately when I used them, and I had to begin a brand-new account to take care of the hashtag issue. The fix was to just continue to utilize my smart device and also use the Instagram app to upload the pictures, but to do that I needed to have the photos where my phone can access them. The easiest means was to make use of DropBox to get the photos where my Instagram app can access them.

Most likely to as well as enroll in it. Download and install the app to your phone and login to it. Use the site to upload your pictures to your online storage. I recommend that you utilize folders to organize your photos. In my situation, I have a "Photos" folder, and inside it, I have an "Instagram Photos" folder. Inside that folder, I produce folders as I need them, in order to divide the pictures right into smaller, less complicated to see, areas.

When you have posted a collection of pictures into DropBox, you are ready for the next step, and that is to grab your mobile phone and also open the Instagram application.

Tip Four-- Instagram

At this point, you ought to already have the Instagram and also DropBox apps on your smart device, as well as you prepare to upload among your photos on Instagram.

Open up the app, as well as click heaven switch in the middle of the symbols below the screen. The take picture screen will fill, as well as in the lower left-hand corner, you will certainly see a symbol that resembles a "landscape/mountain" symbol (simply to the left of the "take a photo" switch). Click it, as well as it ought to motivate you to "Choose a Resource" for your image, as well as the DropBox icon need to be displayed as one of the selectable resources. Click it and you will see your DropBox folders and also files noted in a file web browser. Navigate to the picture that you submitted that you wish to publish to Instagram and select it.

From there, you upload it to Instagram similar to you would certainly other image that you just took.

Tip 5-- DropBox

This last action is not called for, however highly suggested. In order not to lose track of exactly what you have actually uploaded currently, you should go back into DropBox and remove the picture( s) that you have actually already published. This will certainly make it much easier in the future to not post the same images several times.


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

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