Resize Photo to Fit Instagram

I have actually been getting e-mails as well as messages from numerous people recently asking how I resize my pictures for Instagram, keeping the make-up, as well as putting my logo design on them. I figured that it would be easier to just write here the procedure that I undergo to do it, instead of keep repeating the exact same details multiple times - Resize Photo to Fit Instagram.

The first thing that you have to comprehend is that Instagram forces you to publish your photos in a square layout, sized at 650px by 650px. The second point that you should understand is that you should export the pictures at the right dimension and also resolution if you want to maintain the pictures looking sharp and also of excellent quality. That indicates that they need to be exported at 650px on the long side.

For my operations, I utilize Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, as well as Instagram to manage all of the preparation as well as uploading. I've attempted a few various other means to publish my photos on Instagram, but the following process has actually given me the most effective as well as most regular results.

If you do not wish to go through the process that I adhere to below, as well as just intend to post pictures without IG cropping your photos, there are apps that you can mount on your smart device like Squaready as well as InstaSize. I don't make use of either of those apps myself.

Resize Photo to Fit Instagram

Step One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is procedure my pictures usually, and also prepare them for exactly how I publish them, or post them to my site. You can examine that process in previous posts in this exact same post-processing section. I will not duplicate every one of that right here.

As soon as you have actually finished with all your post-processing of the pictures, after that you can begin choosing the photos that you wish to plan for uploading to Instagram.

In the Library module, select every one of the photos that you wish to upload to Instagram, and create a brand-new collection of them. You could call it anything that you like, yet I recommend that you utilize "IG" in the name, either at the start or the end, to make sure that you remember just what it is for.

Once you have actually chosen them, and have created a new collection, you have to go through and also see if you can chop any one of them to a 1-to-1 proportion. You can use the crop tool for that, and pick 1 × 1 as the ratio.

The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in proportion, can be processed solely in Lightroom, and also could utilize your normal watermark (I made use of mine on the instance listed below). These will certainly be exported at 650px x 650px.

The ones that have the ability to be resized as squares are very easy, which is all you need to do for them in resizing. For all of these, you could jump down to Step 3-- DropBox, and skip Step Two-- PhotoShop.

For the photos that do not look good in a 1-to-1 proportion, you will wind up exporting these at 650px on the lengthy side, however with no watermark on them. See the setups below. I recommend that you export these right into a specialized folder. Once they are exported, you will proceed to Step 2-- PhotoShop.

Tip Two-- Photoshop

The entire factor of this action is to position your image on a 650px by 650px history, and to add your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it manually is a laborious procedure if you aim to do it by hand, so I recommend that you implement a set procedure and utilize an action to automate the process, which will certainly make it simple to repeat over and over.

If you aren't sure the best ways to produce Actions in PhotoShop, you will certainly have to review that initially. Once you comprehend the process then the adhering to instructions will make sense to you.

Your action will should do the adhering to things in this order:

- Open your picture from your import folder and lots it to a layer. By default, it is packed as a background. I duplicate the history to a new layer, and also call it "vehicle", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- After that it has to open Image > Canvas Size and established the elevation to 650px.
- Create a brand-new layer, as well as label it "black".
- Fill the "black" layer with the black shade making use of the paint pail tool.
- Usage File > Open to open your watermark logo that you intend to put at the bottom of the photo. Position it on a new layer as well as name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer below the cars and truck layer.
- Relocate the "black" layer below the "logo" layer.
- Close the watermark that you formerly opened.
- Conserve the completed 650px by 650px picture to a new folder somewhere on your hard drive (you will have to have actually currently produced this folder before creating the action).
- Close the documents in Photoshop.

As soon as you have the action, you could open PhotoShop at anytime, as well as run the File > Automate > Set Process command, as well as choose the folder where you have actually stored the images that were not currently at a 1-to-1 proportion.

Step Three-- DropBox

When you have actually exported all your photos, you have to obtain them approximately Instagram There are programs that permit you to post from your PC to Instagram, yet I found that I had issues obtaining the hashtags to work correctly when I utilized them, and also I had to start a new account to fix the hashtag issue. The fix was to merely remain to utilize my smart device as well as make use of the Instagram application to post the pictures, but to do that I had to have the photos where my phone could access them. The simplest means was to utilize DropBox to obtain the pictures where my Instagram app could access them.

Go to as well as register for it. Download the application to your phone and also login to it. Utilize the internet site to post your photos to your on-line storage. I suggest that you utilize folders to organize your pictures. In my situation, I have a "Photos" folder, and inside it, I have an "Instagram Photos" folder. Inside that folder, I create folders as I need them, in order to separate the photos into smaller, easier to view, areas.

As soon as you have actually posted a collection of photos into DropBox, you are ready for the following action, which is to grab your smart device as well as open up the Instagram application.

Step Four-- Instagram

Now, you must currently have the Instagram as well as DropBox applications on your smart device, and also you prepare to post one of your pictures on Instagram.

Open up the app, and click the blue button in the middle of the symbols at the bottom of the display. The take photo display will certainly load, and in the reduced left-hand corner, you will certainly see a symbol that looks like a "landscape/mountain" icon (just to the left of the "take a photo" button). Click it, and also it should trigger you to "Pick a Source" for your image, as well as the DropBox symbol should be displayed as one of the selectable resources. Click it and you will see your DropBox folders as well as documents listed in a documents web browser. Navigate to the photo that you uploaded that you wish to publish to Instagram and also select it.

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

Step 5-- DropBox

This last step is not required, yet extremely suggested. In order not to misplace what you have posted already, you ought to go back into DropBox and remove the picture( s) that you have currently uploaded. This will certainly make it simpler in the long run to not post the very same photos multiple times.


That's it, my entire process to preparing my images for Instagram. It's not made complex, however following these directions will make sure that you are posting photos in the best high quality that Instagram can sustain.