Resize Image for Instagram (update)

I have been getting emails as well as messages from a number of people recently asking how I resize my photos for Instagram, keeping the composition, and putting my logo on them. I figured that it would be less complicated to simply write here the process that I go through to do it, rather than maintain repeating the same info numerous times - Resize Image for Instagram.

The first thing that you need to understand is that Instagram pressures you to post your pictures in a square layout, sized at 650px by 650px. The second point that you must comprehend is that you should export the images at the correct size and also resolution if you wish to maintain the pictures festinating as well as of excellent quality. That implies that they need to be exported at 650px on the long side.

For my workflow, I utilize Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, and Instagram to manage all of the prep work as well as publishing. I have actually attempted a few other means to upload my pictures on Instagram, yet the complying with operations has actually offered me the best as well as most regular results.

If you do not intend to experience the procedure that I comply with below, as well as just wish to upload photos without IG cropping your pictures, there are applications that you can set up on your smartphone like Squaready and also InstaSize. I don't use either of those applications myself.

Resize Image for Instagram

Tip One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is process my pictures typically, and prepare them for exactly how I print them, or upload them to my website. You can review that process in previous blog posts in this same post-processing area. I won't repeat all that below.

Once you have actually do with all of your post-processing of the photos, then you can start selecting the images that you wish to get ready for uploading to Instagram.

In the Library module, choose every one of the photos that you intend to post to Instagram, as well as create a new collection of them. You can call it anything that you like, but I suggest that you make use of "IG" in the name, either at the beginning or completion, to ensure that you remember what it is for.

Once you have chosen them, as well as have developed a new collection, you need to experience and see if you can chop any one of them to a 1-to-1 ratio. You can use the plant tool for that, and also select 1 × 1 as the proportion.

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

The ones that are able to be resized as squares are very easy, which is all you need to provide for them in resizing. For all these, you can leap down to Tip 3-- DropBox, and also skip Action Two-- PhotoShop.

For the pictures that do not look excellent in a 1-to-1 ratio, you will certainly wind up exporting these at 650px on the lengthy side, however without any watermark on them. See the setups below. I recommend that you export these into a devoted folder. Once they are exported, you will proceed to Tip 2-- PhotoShop.

Tip 2-- Photoshop

The entire factor of this action is to position your image on a 650px by 650px background, and to include 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 recommend that you execute a set procedure and utilize an activity to automate the procedure, which will certainly make it basic to repeat over and over.

If you don't know ways to develop Actions in PhotoShop, you will certainly have to examine that first. When you comprehend the process then the following instructions will make sense to you.

Your action will certainly need to do the complying with points in this order:

- Open your image from your import folder and load it to a layer. By default, it is filled as a background. I replicate the background to a brand-new layer, and call it "auto", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- Then it has to open up Image > Canvas Size and set the elevation to 650px.
- Produce a brand-new layer, as well as tag it "black".
- Fill the "black" layer with the black shade utilizing the paint bucket tool.
- Use File > Open to open your watermark logo design that you intend to place below the picture. Position it on a brand-new layer and also name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer listed below the automobile layer.
- Move the "black" layer below the "logo" layer.
- Shut the watermark that you formerly opened up.
- Conserve the completed 650px by 650px image to a new folder someplace on your hard disk (you will certainly should have already produced this folder before developing the activity).
- Shut the documents in Photoshop.

As soon as you have the action, you could open PhotoShop at anytime, and run the File > Automate > Set Process command, and also choose the folder where you have stored the pictures that were not already at a 1-to-1 ratio.

Tip 3-- DropBox

As soon as you have actually exported every one of your images, you have to obtain them up to Instagram There are programs that allow you to upload from your PC to Instagram, however I found that I had troubles obtaining the hashtags to work correctly when I used them, as well as I had to begin a new account to take care of the hashtag problem. The repair was to simply continue to utilize my mobile phone and use the Instagram application to upload the pictures, however to do that I needed to have the photos where my phone might access them. The easiest means was to make use of DropBox to get the images where my Instagram app might access them.

Go to and register for it. Download the app to your phone and login to it. Make use of the internet site to submit your photos to your on the internet storage space. I suggest that you utilize folders to organize 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 require them, in order to divide the photos right into smaller, much easier to see, areas.

As soon as you have actually posted a collection of pictures into DropBox, you await the following action, which is to grab your smartphone as well as open the Instagram application.

Step Four-- Instagram

Now, you should already have the Instagram and DropBox applications on your smartphone, and also you are ready to publish one of your images on Instagram.

Open the app, as well as click heaven switch in the middle of the icons below the display. The take picture screen will certainly load, as well as in the reduced left-hand corner, you will see a symbol that resembles a "landscape/mountain" icon (just to the left of the "take a photo" switch). Click it, as well as it needs to motivate you to "Pick a Source" for your picture, as well as the DropBox symbol should be presented as one of the selectable resources. Click it and you will see your DropBox folders as well as data noted in a documents internet browser. Browse to the picture that you posted that you intend to upload to Instagram as well as select it.

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

Step 5-- DropBox

This last action is not called for, yet highly suggested. In order not to misplace exactly what you have published already, you should go back right into DropBox and delete the picture( s) that you have actually already published. This will make it less complicated in the long run to not upload the same pictures multiple times.


That's it, my whole process to preparing my images for Instagram. It's not made complex, yet following these guidelines will make sure that you are publishing pictures in the most effective quality that Instagram can sustain.