How to Resize Photo to Fit Instagram

I have actually been getting e-mails and also messages from a number of individuals lately asking just how I resize my images for Instagram, maintaining the make-up, and also placing my logo design on them. I figured that it would be easier to simply create right here the procedure that I go through to do it, instead of maintain repeating the same details several times - How To Resize Photo To Fit Instagram.

The first thing that you have to recognize is that Instagram forces you to post your photos in a square format, sized at 650px by 650px. The 2nd point that you should recognize is that you should export the pictures at the right dimension and resolution if you want to maintain the photos looking sharp and also of premium quality. That implies that they must be exported at 650px on the lengthy side.

For my operations, I make use of Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, and Instagram to manage all the preparation and also uploading. I've tried a couple of other methods to post my images on Instagram, however the adhering to process has actually offered me the best and also most consistent results.

If you don't intend to undergo the procedure that I follow below, and also simply wish to publish photos without IG chopping your images, there are apps that you can install on your smartphone like Squaready as well as InstaSize. I do not make use of either of those apps myself.

How To Resize Photo To Fit Instagram

Tip One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is procedure my pictures typically, and also prepare them for how I print them, or upload them to my site. You could review that procedure in previous blog posts in this exact same post-processing section. I won't repeat every one of that below.

As soon as you have do with every one of your post-processing of the photos, then you could begin selecting the pictures that you want to get ready for publishing to Instagram.

In the Library module, pick all of the images that you wish to publish to Instagram, as well as develop 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 completion, so that you remember just what it is for.

Once you have actually selected them, and have actually created a new collection, you need to undergo as well as see if you can crop any one of them to a 1-to-1 proportion. You can use the plant device for that, and pick 1 × 1 as the proportion.

The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in proportion, can be refined only in Lightroom, as well as 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 provide for them in resizing. For all of these, you can jump down to Tip 3-- DropBox, as well as skip Action Two-- PhotoShop.

For the images that do not look great in a 1-to-1 proportion, you will certainly wind up exporting these at 650px on the lengthy edge, yet without any watermark on them. See the settings below. I suggest that you export these right into a committed folder. Once they are exported, you will certainly proceed to Step Two-- PhotoShop.

Step Two-- Photoshop

The whole factor of this action is to position your picture on a 650px by 650px background, as well as to add your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it manually is a laborious process if you aim to do it manually, so I recommend that you carry out a set process and utilize an activity to automate the procedure, which will certainly make it simple to repeat over and over.

If you don't know the best ways to produce Activities in PhotoShop, you will certainly should examine that initially. As soon as you comprehend the process then the following guidelines will make good sense to you.

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

- Open your picture from your import folder and also tons it to a layer. By default, it is filled as a history. I duplicate the background to a new layer, as well as name it "auto", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- After that it should open up Image > Canvas Size and also set the elevation to 650px.
- Produce a brand-new layer, and also label it "black".
- Fill up the "black" layer with the black shade utilizing the paint pail tool.
- Use File > Open to open your watermark logo that you intend to place at the bottom of the photo. Put it on a brand-new layer and name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer listed below the cars and truck layer.
- Move the "black" layer listed below the "logo" layer.
- Shut the watermark that you formerly opened.
- Save the finished 650px by 650px picture to a new folder somewhere on your hard disk drive (you will should have currently developed this folder prior to producing the action).
- Shut the documents in Photoshop.

Once you have the action, you can open up PhotoShop at anytime, as well as run the Documents > Automate > Batch Refine command, and choose the folder where you have stored the photos that were not currently at a 1-to-1 ratio.

Tip Three-- DropBox

As soon as you have actually exported every one of your images, you need to get them as much as Instagram There are programs that allow you to upload from your COMPUTER to Instagram, yet I located that I had troubles getting the hashtags to work effectively when I used them, as well as I had to begin a brand-new account to deal with the hashtag problem. The repair was to merely remain to utilize my mobile phone and make use of the Instagram application to post the images, however to do that I should have the pictures where my phone might access them. The most convenient means was to utilize DropBox to get the images where my Instagram app might access them.

Most likely to and register for it. Download the application to your phone as well as login to it. Utilize the internet site to post your pictures to your on the internet storage. I suggest that you make use of folders to arrange your images. In my case, I have a "Photos" folder, and also inside it, I have an "Instagram Photos" folder. Inside that folder, I develop folders as I need them, in order to separate the images right into smaller sized, easier to watch, sections.

When you have actually posted a collection of images into DropBox, you are ready for the following step, and that is to order your mobile phone and also open up the Instagram application.

Tip Four-- Instagram

At this point, you must currently have the Instagram as well as DropBox applications on your smartphone, as well as you are ready to post among your photos on Instagram.

Open the application, as well as click the blue switch in the middle of the symbols at the end of the screen. The take picture screen will certainly fill, and also in the lower left-hand corner, you will certainly see a symbol that resembles a "landscape/mountain" symbol (simply to the left of the "take a photo" switch). Click on it, as well as it ought to motivate you to "Select a Source" for your picture, as well as the DropBox symbol need to be displayed as one of the selectable sources. Click it and also you will see your DropBox folders and data noted in a data internet browser. Browse to the picture that you submitted that you want to post to Instagram and also select it.

From there, you post it to Instagram just like you would any other image that you just took.

Tip Five-- DropBox

This last step is not called for, but highly suggested. In order not to lose track of just what you have published currently, you must return into DropBox and delete the photo( s) that you have actually already published. This will certainly make it easier in the future to not post the same pictures multiple times.


That's it, my entire procedure to preparing my photos for Instagram. It's not made complex, however adhering to these guidelines will see to it that you are publishing pictures in the most effective top quality that Instagram can sustain.