Resize Images for Instagram 2019

I have actually been getting e-mails and messages from a number of individuals recently asking exactly how I resize my photos for Instagram, keeping the structure, as well as placing my logo design on them. I figured that it would be easier to merely write below the process that I undergo to do it, instead of maintain duplicating the very same info numerous times - Resize Images for Instagram.

The first thing that you have to recognize is that Instagram pressures you to publish your pictures in a square layout, sized at 650px by 650px. The second thing that you must recognize is that you have to export the photos at the right dimension and resolution if you want to maintain the pictures festinating as well as of excellent quality. That implies that they must be exported at 650px on the long side.

For my workflow, I utilize Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, and Instagram to deal with every one of the prep work and posting. I have actually attempted a few various other methods to publish my images on Instagram, however the adhering to workflow has given me the best and also most constant results.

If you do not want to experience the procedure that I follow below, and also simply intend to publish pictures without IG cropping your images, there are applications that you could set up on your smartphone like Squaready and also InstaSize. I do not utilize either of those applications myself.

Resize Images for Instagram

Step One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is procedure my images normally, as well as prepare them for just how I publish them, or post them to my site. You could assess that procedure in previous posts in this same post-processing section. I will not repeat all that below.

When you have actually finished with all of your post-processing of the photos, after that you can begin picking the photos that you wish to get ready for uploading to Instagram.

In the Collection module, select every one of the pictures that you want to publish to Instagram, as well as create a brand-new collection of them. You could call it anything that you like, but I suggest that you use "IG" in the name, either at the start or the end, to ensure that you remember exactly what it is for.

When you have selected them, and have actually produced a brand-new collection, you need to undergo and also see if you could crop any one of them to a 1-to-1 ratio. You could use the crop device for that, and also pick 1 × 1 as the proportion.

The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in ratio, can be refined exclusively in Lightroom, and also can use your routine 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 need to do for them in resizing. For all these, you could jump down to Tip 3-- DropBox, as well as avoid Step Two-- PhotoShop.

For the images that do not look good in a 1-to-1 proportion, you will certainly wind up exporting these at 650px on the long side, but with no watermark on them. See the settings listed below. I suggest that you export these right into a devoted folder. Once they are exported, you will continue to Step Two-- PhotoShop.

Tip 2-- Photoshop

The whole factor of this step is to put your image on a 650px by 650px background, and to add your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it manually is a tedious process if you aim to do it manually, so I suggest that you carry out a batch process as well as make use of an activity to automate the procedure, which will make it straightforward to repeat over and over.

If you have no idea ways to create Actions in PhotoShop, you will have to evaluate that initially. As soon as you comprehend the process after that the adhering to instructions will make good sense to you.

Your activity will have to do the adhering to things in this order:

- Open your image from your import folder as well as lots it to a layer. By default, it is filled as a history. I duplicate the history to a new layer, as well as name it "car", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- After that it has to open Image > Canvas Size and established the elevation to 650px.
- Produce a brand-new layer, and tag it "black".
- Load the "black" layer with the black color making use of the paint bucket tool.
- Usage File > Open to open your watermark logo that you wish to put below the photo. Position it on a new layer as well as name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer listed below the vehicle layer.
- Relocate the "black" layer listed below the "logo" layer.
- Close the watermark that you formerly opened.
- Save the completed 650px by 650px picture to a brand-new folder someplace on your hard disk drive (you will need to have actually already produced this folder prior to producing the action).
- Close the file in Photoshop.

When you have the activity, you can open PhotoShop at anytime, and run the Data > Automate > Batch Process command, as well as pick the folder where you have kept the photos that were not already at a 1-to-1 proportion.

Tip Three-- DropBox

Once you have exported all your pictures, you need to get them up to Instagram There are programs that permit you to upload from your COMPUTER to Instagram, however I discovered that I had troubles getting the hashtags to function appropriately when I utilized them, as well as I had to begin a new account to deal with the hashtag concern. The fix was to simply continue to use my mobile phone and use the Instagram app to post the pictures, however to do that I needed to have the pictures where my phone can access them. The easiest method was to utilize DropBox to obtain the images where my Instagram app could access them.

Most likely to and also sign up for it. Download the app to your phone and also login to it. Utilize the website to post your images to your on the internet storage space. I recommend that you make use of folders to arrange your images. In my case, I have a "Photos" folder, as well as inside it, I have an "Instagram Photos" folder. Inside that folder, I produce folders as I need them, in order to separate the photos right into smaller, less complicated to watch, areas.

Once you have posted a set of pictures into DropBox, you are ready for the following action, which is to order your mobile phone as well as open the Instagram app.

Step Four-- Instagram

At this point, you ought to already have the Instagram as well as DropBox apps on your smartphone, and also you prepare to upload one of your photos on Instagram.

Open up the app, as well as click heaven switch in the middle of the symbols below the screen. The take picture screen will certainly pack, and also in the reduced left-hand edge, you will see an icon that resembles a "landscape/mountain" icon (just to the left of the "take a photo" button). Click on it, as well as it should trigger you to "Choose a Source" for your photo, and also the DropBox icon need to be shown as one of the selectable sources. Click it and you will see your DropBox folders and also data provided in a documents internet browser. Browse to the photo that you uploaded that you want to upload to Instagram and also select it.

From there, you post it to Instagram similar to you would certainly other image that you just took.

Tip 5-- DropBox

This last step is not needed, but extremely recommended. In order not to misplace what you have actually posted already, you must go back right into DropBox as well as erase the picture( s) that you have actually already published. This will make it simpler in the future to not upload the very same pictures several times.


That's it, my entire procedure to preparing my pictures for Instagram. It's not made complex, however following these directions will certainly see to it that you are publishing pictures in the most effective top quality that Instagram could support.