How to Size Photos for Instagram

I have been obtaining e-mails as well as messages from numerous individuals lately asking exactly how I resize my pictures for Instagram, maintaining the make-up, as well as placing my logo design on them. I figured that it would be much easier to just create here the procedure that I experience to do it, instead of keep repeating the very same information numerous times - How to Size Photos for Instagram.

The first thing that you need to comprehend is that Instagram forces you to publish your pictures in a square format, sized at 650px by 650px. The 2nd thing that you should recognize is that you should export the images at the appropriate size and resolution if you want to maintain the images festinating and of top quality. That suggests that they ought to be exported at 650px on the long side.

For my workflow, I make use of Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, as well as Instagram to manage every one of the preparation as well as publishing. I've attempted a few various other means to upload my pictures on Instagram, yet the adhering to process has actually offered me the best and also most consistent outcomes.

If you don't intend to experience the procedure that I follow below, and also simply wish to upload photos without IG cropping your photos, there are apps that you could set up on your smartphone like Squaready and also InstaSize. I do not utilize either of those apps myself.

How to Size Photos for Instagram

Tip One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is procedure my pictures usually, and prepare them for just how I publish them, or post them to my site. You can evaluate that procedure in previous blog posts in this very same post-processing area. I won't repeat every one of that right here.

As soon as you have actually do with all of your post-processing of the images, then you could begin selecting the photos that you intend to plan for publishing to Instagram.

In the Library module, choose every one of the photos that you intend to upload to Instagram, as well as produce a brand-new collection of them. You could call it anything that you like, yet I suggest that you utilize "IG" in the name, either at the beginning or the end, to ensure that you remember what it is for.

When you have picked them, as well as have actually developed a new collection, you should experience as well as see if you can crop any one of them to a 1-to-1 ratio. You could make use of the plant tool 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, as well as can use your routine watermark (I made use of mine on the example below). These will certainly 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 of these, you can leap down to Tip 3-- DropBox, and miss Action 2-- PhotoShop.

For the photos that do not look good in a 1-to-1 proportion, you will certainly wind up exporting these at 650px on the long side, however without any watermark on them. See the setups below. I suggest that you export these right into a dedicated folder. Once they are exported, you will continue to Step Two-- PhotoShop.

Tip 2-- Photoshop

The whole point of this step is to put your photo on a 650px by 650px background, and to include your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it by hand is a tedious procedure if you try to do it manually, so I recommend that you perform a set procedure as well as use an action to automate the process, which will make it straightforward to repeat over and over.

If you aren't sure how to produce Actions in PhotoShop, you will certainly have to evaluate that initially. Once you understand the process after that the following instructions will make sense to you.

Your activity will certainly have to do the complying with things in this order:

- Open your image from your import folder and also tons it to a layer. By default, it is packed as a history. I duplicate the background to a new layer, and call it "cars and truck", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- Then it has to open up Image > Canvas Size as well as set the elevation to 650px.
- Produce a brand-new layer, as well as tag it "black".
- Fill up the "black" layer with the black color using the paint bucket device.
- Usage File > Open to open your watermark logo that you intend to put below the photo. Place it on a new layer and also name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer below the car layer.
- Relocate the "black" layer listed below the "logo" layer.
- Close the watermark that you previously opened up.
- Conserve the finished 650px by 650px picture to a brand-new folder someplace on your hard disk (you will certainly have to have actually already produced this folder prior to developing the activity).
- Shut the file in Photoshop.

As soon as you have the action, you can open PhotoShop at anytime, as well as run the File > Automate > Set Refine command, and pick the folder where you have actually stored the photos that were not already at a 1-to-1 proportion.

Tip Three-- DropBox

As soon as you have exported all of your images, you need to get them as much as Instagram There are programs that enable you to upload from your COMPUTER to Instagram, however I found that I had troubles getting the hashtags to function appropriately when I used them, and I had to start a new account to take care of the hashtag issue. The repair was to simply continuously use my mobile phone and also use the Instagram app to upload the pictures, however to do that I had to have the pictures where my phone could access them. The simplest way was to use DropBox to get the photos where my Instagram app might access them.

Most likely to as well as register for it. Download the application to your phone as well as login to it. Make use of the website to publish your pictures to your online storage. I recommend that you make use of folders to arrange your images. In my case, 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 images right into smaller, much easier to see, areas.

As soon as you have actually published a collection of pictures into DropBox, you await the next step, which is to get your smartphone as well as open the Instagram application.

Step Four-- Instagram

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

Open the app, as well as click heaven button in the middle of the symbols below the screen. The take photo display will certainly load, and in the lower left-hand corner, you will certainly see an icon that appears like a "landscape/mountain" symbol (just to the left of the "take a photo" button). Click it, as well as it should motivate you to "Choose a Source" for your picture, and also the DropBox symbol need to be displayed as one of the selectable resources. Click it and also you will see your DropBox folders and also data noted in a documents internet browser. Browse to the image that you posted that you want to post to Instagram as well as select it.

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

Tip 5-- DropBox

This last step is not called for, but very recommended. In order not to misplace exactly what you have published already, you should return right into DropBox and also erase the image( s) that you have actually currently posted. This will certainly make it easier in the long run to not publish the exact same images multiple times.


That's it, my whole procedure to preparing my pictures for Instagram. It's not complicated, however following these instructions will make sure that you are uploading images in the very best top quality that Instagram can sustain.