How to Resize Photo to Fit Instagram (update)

I have actually been obtaining emails and messages from numerous individuals recently asking exactly how I resize my images for Instagram, maintaining the structure, as well as positioning my logo on them. I figured that it would certainly be less complicated to merely create here the procedure that I undergo to do it, as opposed to keep duplicating the very same details multiple times - How to Resize Photo to Fit Instagram.

The first thing that you need to understand is that Instagram pressures you to publish your photos in a square layout, sized at 650px by 650px. The 2nd thing that you should recognize is that you need to export the pictures at the proper dimension and resolution if you desire to maintain the photos festinating and of excellent quality. That means that they should be exported at 650px on the long side.

For my process, I use Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, and Instagram to take care of all of the prep work and publishing. I've attempted a number of various other methods to publish my images on Instagram, however the complying with process has offered me the most effective and also most consistent results.

If you don't wish to experience the process that I adhere to below, and also simply wish to publish images without IG cropping your pictures, there are apps that you can set up on your mobile phone like Squaready and also InstaSize. I don't use either of those applications myself.

How to Resize Photo to Fit Instagram

Tip One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is procedure my photos normally, as well as prepare them for just how I print them, or publish them to my site. You could review that process in previous articles in this same post-processing section. I won't repeat all of that here.

Once you have finished with all your post-processing of the pictures, after that you can begin picking the pictures that you want to prepare for publishing to Instagram.

In the Collection module, pick every one of the images that you intend to publish to Instagram, and create a brand-new collection of them. You can call it anything that you like, but I suggest that you utilize "IG" in the name, either at the start or the end, to ensure that you remember what it is for.

As soon as you have picked them, and have developed a brand-new collection, you need to experience and see if you can chop any of them to a 1-to-1 proportion. You can make use of the plant device for that, and choose 1 × 1 as the ratio.

The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in proportion, can be processed only in Lightroom, as well as can use your normal watermark (I utilized mine on the instance below). These will be exported at 650px x 650px.

The ones that have the ability to be resized as squares are very easy, and that is all you need to provide for them in resizing. For every one of these, you could jump down to Tip Three-- DropBox, and also miss Action 2-- PhotoShop.

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

Step 2-- Photoshop

The entire 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 attempt to do it by hand, so I suggest that you carry out a batch procedure and also use an activity to automate the procedure, which will make it easy to repeat over and over.

If you do not know how you can produce Actions in PhotoShop, you will certainly should evaluate that first. As soon as you understand the process after that the complying with directions will certainly make good sense to you.

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

- Open your photo from your import folder and also tons it to a layer. By default, it is packed as a history. I replicate the background to a brand-new layer, and also call it "cars and truck", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- Then it has to open up Image > Canvas Size and also set the height to 650px.
- Develop a brand-new layer, and also label it "black".
- Load the "black" layer with the black color using the paint container device.
- Usage File > Open to open your watermark logo design that you intend to put at the bottom of the picture. Position it on a new layer and name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer listed below the automobile layer.
- Relocate the "black" layer listed below the "logo" layer.
- Shut the watermark that you formerly opened.
- Save the finished 650px by 650px photo to a new folder somewhere on your hard drive (you will certainly need to have already produced this folder prior to creating the action).
- Shut the file in Photoshop.

As soon as you have the action, you can open PhotoShop at anytime, and also run the Data > Automate > Batch Refine command, and also pick the folder where you have kept the photos that were not already at a 1-to-1 ratio.

Step 3-- DropBox

As soon as you have actually exported all your images, you need to obtain them as much as Instagram There are programs that enable you to post from your COMPUTER to Instagram, however I located that I had issues getting the hashtags to function appropriately when I utilized them, and also I had to begin a brand-new account to repair the hashtag concern. The repair was to merely remain to use my smart device and also make use of the Instagram application to publish the photos, yet to do that I had to have the photos where my phone could access them. The easiest way was to use DropBox to get the images where my Instagram app could 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 internet site to post your pictures to your on the internet storage. I suggest that you utilize folders to arrange your photos. In my case, I have a "Photos" folder, and inside it, I have an "Instagram Photos" folder. Inside that folder, I develop folders as I need them, in order to divide the images right into smaller, much easier to check out, areas.

Once you have uploaded a set of pictures into DropBox, you are ready for the following step, and that is to get your mobile phone and open up the Instagram application.

Step Four-- Instagram

At this moment, you need to currently have the Instagram and DropBox applications on your smartphone, and you prepare to post one of your photos on Instagram.

Open the app, as well as click heaven button in the middle of the symbols below the screen. The take photo screen will certainly pack, and also in the reduced left-hand corner, you will see an icon that looks like a "landscape/mountain" icon (simply to the left of the "take a photo" button). Click on it, as well as it must prompt you to "Choose a Resource" for your image, as well as the DropBox symbol need to be presented as one of the selectable sources. Click it and you will see your DropBox folders and data noted in a documents internet browser. Navigate to the picture that you published that you wish to post to Instagram and select it.

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

Step 5-- DropBox

This last step is not needed, but highly recommended. In order not to lose track of exactly what you have submitted currently, you ought to return right into DropBox and also remove the image( s) that you have already published. This will certainly make it simpler in the future to not upload the very same images multiple times.


That's it, my whole process to preparing my images for Instagram. It's not made complex, yet complying with these instructions will see to it that you are publishing images in the very best high quality that Instagram could sustain.