How to Resize Pics for Instagram

I have been obtaining emails as well as messages from numerous individuals lately asking just how I resize my pictures for Instagram, keeping the make-up, and placing my logo on them. I figured that it would certainly be much easier to simply write below the procedure that I go through to do it, rather than maintain duplicating the same details numerous times - How to Resize Pics for Instagram.

The first thing that you need to understand is that Instagram forces you to post your images in a square format, sized at 650px by 650px. The 2nd thing that you must recognize is that you need to export the pictures at the right dimension and resolution if you wish to keep the pictures festinating as well as of high quality. That indicates that they should be exported at 650px on the lengthy side.

For my workflow, I utilize Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, and also Instagram to take care of every one of the preparation and also uploading. I have actually attempted a couple of other methods to post my photos on Instagram, however the adhering to operations has offered me the most effective and most consistent results.

If you do not wish to undergo the procedure that I follow below, and also just wish to post images without IG cropping your photos, there are applications that you can set up on your smartphone like Squaready and also InstaSize. I don't make use of either of those apps myself.

How to Resize Pics for Instagram

Step One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is procedure my pictures usually, and prepare them for just how I print them, or post them to my site. You could review that process in previous blog posts in this very same post-processing area. I will not duplicate all that below.

As soon as you have actually completed with all your post-processing of the photos, then you could start picking the pictures that you want to get ready for posting to Instagram.

In the Collection component, pick all of the pictures that you want to upload to Instagram, and also produce a brand-new collection of them. You could call it anything that you like, yet I suggest that you use "IG" in the name, either at the start or the end, to ensure that you remember just what it is for.

Once you have selected them, and have developed a brand-new collection, you need to undergo and see if you could crop any of them to a 1-to-1 ratio. You could utilize the plant device for that, and pick 1 × 1 as the ratio.

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

The ones that are able to be resized as squares are simple, and that is all you need to do for them in resizing. For all these, you can leap to Tip 3-- DropBox, and also avoid Step Two-- PhotoShop.

For the pictures that do not look great in a 1-to-1 ratio, you will certainly wind up exporting these at 650px on the long side, yet with no watermark on them. See the settings below. I suggest that you export these right into a devoted folder. Once they are exported, you will certainly proceed to Tip 2-- PhotoShop.

Step Two-- Photoshop

The entire factor of this action is to position your image on a 650px by 650px background, as well as 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 suggest that you execute a batch process as well as utilize an activity to automate the procedure, which will make it straightforward to repeat over and over.

If you aren't sure ways to produce Activities in PhotoShop, you will certainly should review that first. When you understand the process then the adhering to directions will certainly make sense to you.

Your activity will certainly need to do the following things in this order:

- Open your image from your import folder as well as tons it to a layer. By default, it is loaded as a history. I replicate the background to a new layer, and name it "vehicle", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- After that it needs to open up Image > Canvas Size and also established the elevation to 650px.
- Create a brand-new layer, and also tag it "black".
- Fill the "black" layer with the black color utilizing the paint pail device.
- Use File > Open to open your watermark logo design that you want to put below the picture. Place it on a new layer as well as name it "logo".
- Move the "logo" layer listed below the vehicle layer.
- Relocate the "black" layer listed below the "logo" layer.
- Close the watermark that you formerly opened up.
- Conserve the finished 650px by 650px photo to a brand-new folder someplace on your hard disk drive (you will certainly have to have actually already created this folder before developing the activity).
- Shut the documents in Photoshop.

As soon as you have the action, you can open up PhotoShop at anytime, as well as run the Documents > Automate > Set Refine command, and also choose the folder where you have actually kept the images that were not currently at a 1-to-1 proportion.

Tip 3-- DropBox

When you have exported every one of your photos, you need to obtain them approximately Instagram There are programs that enable you to post from your COMPUTER to Instagram, yet I found that I had problems obtaining the hashtags to work properly when I utilized them, and I had to begin a brand-new account to repair the hashtag issue. The repair was to simply continue to use my mobile phone and also use the Instagram application to publish the pictures, however to do that I had to have the photos where my phone might access them. The simplest method was to use DropBox to get the images where my Instagram application could access them.

Most likely to and also enroll in it. Download and install the application to your phone and also login to it. Use the web site to publish your images to your on the internet storage space. I suggest that you utilize folders to arrange your pictures. In my case, I have a "Photos" folder, and inside it, I have an "Instagram Photos" folder. Inside that folder, I develop folders as I require them, in order to separate the photos right into smaller sized, simpler to watch, areas.

As soon as you have posted a set of photos right into DropBox, you await the next action, and that is to grab your smart device and also open up the Instagram app.

Step 4-- Instagram

Now, you ought to already have the Instagram and DropBox applications on your mobile phone, as well as you are ready to upload among your photos on Instagram.

Open up the app, and also click the blue button in the middle of the icons at the end of the screen. The take image display will certainly pack, and in the lower left-hand corner, you will certainly see an icon that appears like a "landscape/mountain" icon (simply to the left of the "take a photo" button). Click it, as well as it needs to prompt you to "Select a Resource" for your picture, as well as the DropBox symbol need to be displayed as one of the selectable sources. Click it as well as you will certainly see your DropBox folders as well as files detailed in a data web browser. Navigate to the picture that you posted that you intend to upload to Instagram and choose it.

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

Tip 5-- DropBox

This last step is not needed, yet very suggested. In order not to misplace what you have actually posted currently, you should go back right into DropBox as well as remove the picture( s) that you have actually already uploaded. This will certainly make it easier in the future to not publish the exact same photos multiple times.


That's it, my whole process to preparing my images for Instagram. It's not made complex, but complying with these guidelines will certainly make sure that you are publishing photos in the most effective quality that Instagram could support.