Resize Images for Instagram

I have actually been obtaining e-mails and messages from numerous individuals lately asking how I resize my images for Instagram, keeping the composition, and placing my logo on them. I figured that it would certainly be simpler to simply create here the procedure that I go through to do it, instead of maintain repeating the exact same details several times - Resize Images For Instagram.

The first thing that you need to recognize is that Instagram forces you to upload your images in a square style, sized at 650px by 650px. The 2nd point that you should comprehend is that you should export the photos at the proper size and also resolution if you desire to keep the images looking sharp and also of excellent quality. That indicates that they need to be exported at 650px on the lengthy side.

For my process, I make use of Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, and Instagram to take care of all the preparation and publishing. I have actually attempted a few various other means to publish my photos on Instagram, yet the following workflow has actually provided me the best and most consistent outcomes.

If you don't want to undergo the procedure that I comply with below, and also just want to post pictures without IG cropping your pictures, there are applications that you can install on your smartphone like Squaready and InstaSize. I don't utilize either of those applications myself.

Resize Images For Instagram

Tip One - Lightroom

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

As soon as you have actually completed with every one of your post-processing of the pictures, after that you could begin picking the photos that you want to prepare for publishing to Instagram.

In the Collection module, pick all the photos that you wish to post to Instagram, and also create a new collection of them. You can call it anything that you like, however I recommend that you make use of "IG" in the name, either at the start or completion, to make sure that you remember exactly what it is for.

When you have actually selected them, and also have created a new collection, you have to experience and also see if you can chop any of them to a 1-to-1 ratio. You can utilize the crop tool for that, and also select 1 × 1 as the ratio.

The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in ratio, can be processed only in Lightroom, and could utilize your normal watermark (I used 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 simple, and that is all you have to provide for them in resizing. For all these, you can leap down to Step Three-- DropBox, and skip Action 2-- PhotoShop.

For the photos that do not look excellent in a 1-to-1 ratio, you will certainly wind up exporting these at 650px on the long edge, 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 Tip 2-- PhotoShop.

Tip 2-- Photoshop

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

If you aren't sure how you can develop Actions in PhotoShop, you will need to examine that first. Once you comprehend the procedure then the following guidelines will certainly make good sense to you.

Your activity will should do the adhering to points in this order:

- Open your image from your import folder and lots it to a layer. By default, it is loaded as a background. I replicate the history to a brand-new layer, and call it "car", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- Then it has to open up Image > Canvas Size and also established the elevation to 650px.
- Develop a new layer, and also tag it "black".
- Load the "black" layer with the black color making use of the paint bucket device.
- Use File > Open to open your watermark logo that you want to put below the photo. Position it on a brand-new layer and name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer below the auto layer.
- Move the "black" layer below the "logo" layer.
- Shut the watermark that you previously opened.
- Conserve the finished 650px by 650px picture to a new folder somewhere on your hard disk (you will certainly have to have actually already created this folder before developing the action).
- Close the file in Photoshop.

When you have the action, you could open PhotoShop at anytime, and also run the Data > Automate > Batch Refine command, and pick the folder where you have stored the pictures that were not already at a 1-to-1 proportion.

Tip Three-- DropBox

Once you have actually exported every one of your pictures, you have to get them up to Instagram There are programs that enable you to upload from your COMPUTER to Instagram, however I located that I had troubles getting the hashtags to function correctly when I utilized them, and I had to start a new account to repair the hashtag concern. The solution was to simply remain to use my smart device and also utilize the Instagram application to upload the photos, yet to do that I should have the pictures where my phone might access them. The easiest way was to utilize DropBox to get the images where my Instagram app might access them.

Go to and sign up for it. Download and install the app to your phone as well as login to it. Make use of the site to upload your photos to your online storage space. I suggest that you make use of folders to organize your pictures. In my case, I have a "Photos" folder, and also inside it, I have an "Instagram Photos" folder. Inside that folder, I create folders as I need them, in order to separate the pictures into smaller, much easier to view, areas.

When you have actually published a set of pictures right into DropBox, you are ready for the next step, which is to order your mobile phone as well as open the Instagram app.

Step Four-- Instagram

At this moment, you should currently have the Instagram and DropBox applications on your smart device, as well as you are ready to publish one of your images on Instagram.

Open up the application, as well as click heaven button in the middle of the icons below the display. The take picture display will pack, as well as in the lower left-hand edge, you will certainly see an icon that appears like a "landscape/mountain" symbol (simply to the left of the "take a photo" button). Click on it, and it must motivate you to "Choose a Resource" for your picture, and the DropBox symbol ought to be presented as one of the selectable sources. Click it and also you will certainly see your DropBox folders and also files noted in a data web browser. Browse to the image that you uploaded that you intend to publish to Instagram as well as pick it.

From there, you upload it to Instagram just like you would any other photo that you simply took.

Step 5-- DropBox

This last step is not needed, yet extremely recommended. In order not to misplace what you have submitted currently, you need to return right into DropBox as well as delete the image( s) that you have actually already uploaded. This will certainly make it less complicated over time to not post the exact same photos several times.


That's it, my entire procedure to preparing my pictures for Instagram. It's not complicated, however complying with these directions will certainly make certain that you are posting pictures in the best high quality that Instagram can support.