How to Size Photos for Instagram

I have actually been getting emails and also messages from several individuals lately asking how I resize my images for Instagram, maintaining the make-up, and also placing my logo design on them. I figured that it would certainly be less complicated to just write here the process that I undergo to do it, as opposed to maintain repeating the same information several times - How To Size Photos For Instagram.

The first thing that you need to understand is that Instagram forces you to post your images in a square layout, sized at 650px by 650px. The second point that you ought to recognize is that you need to export the pictures at the appropriate size and resolution if you want to keep the photos festinating and also of top quality. That implies that they should be exported at 650px on the lengthy side.

For my operations, I use Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, and also Instagram to handle all of the prep work and posting. I've tried a number of various other means to upload my photos on Instagram, but the following process has offered me the most effective and also most regular results.

If you don't intend to undergo the process that I comply with below, as well as just intend to publish pictures without IG chopping your pictures, there are applications that you could install on your mobile phone like Squaready as well as InstaSize. I don't utilize either of those applications myself.

How To Size Photos For Instagram

Step One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is process my pictures generally, and also prepare them for just how I publish them, or publish them to my website. You can review that procedure in previous blog posts in this exact same post-processing section. I won't duplicate all of that here.

When you have completed with every one of your post-processing of the pictures, after that you can start choosing the images that you intend to get ready for posting to Instagram.

In the Library component, pick all of the pictures that you intend to post to Instagram, and also develop a 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 beginning or the end, to ensure that you remember exactly what it is for.

When you have actually selected them, and have actually produced a brand-new collection, you should experience and also see if you could chop any of them to a 1-to-1 proportion. You could use the crop tool for that, and choose 1 × 1 as the ratio.

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

The ones that are able to be resized as squares are simple, and that is all you have to do for them in resizing. For all of these, you could jump down to Step 3-- DropBox, and avoid Action Two-- PhotoShop.

For the pictures that do not look excellent in a 1-to-1 ratio, you will certainly end up exporting these at 650px on the long side, yet without any 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 certainly continue to Step 2-- PhotoShop.

Tip 2-- Photoshop

The entire factor of this action is to place your picture on a 650px by 650px background, as well as to include your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it manually is a laborious process if you aim to do it by hand, so I suggest that you perform a batch procedure as well as make use of an activity to automate the process, which will certainly make it easy to repeat over and over.

If you don't know ways to produce Actions in PhotoShop, you will certainly have to examine that initially. As soon as you recognize the procedure then the following instructions will certainly make sense to you.

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

- Open your photo from your import folder and also load it to a layer. By default, it is loaded as a history. I replicate the background to a new layer, as well as call it "automobile", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- After that it has to open Image > Canvas Size and also set the height to 650px.
- Produce a new layer, and also tag it "black".
- Fill the "black" layer with the black shade utilizing the paint pail device.
- Usage File > Open to open your watermark logo that you intend to position at the end of the picture. Put it on a brand-new layer and name it "logo".
- Move the "logo" layer below the vehicle layer.
- Relocate the "black" layer below the "logo" layer.
- Close the watermark that you formerly opened.
- Conserve the completed 650px by 650px image to a brand-new folder someplace on your hard disk (you will should have already developed this folder before creating the action).
- Close the data in Photoshop.

As soon as you have the action, you can open PhotoShop at anytime, and also run the Data > Automate > Batch Refine command, as well as choose the folder where you have stored the pictures that were not currently at a 1-to-1 ratio.

Step Three-- DropBox

Once you have exported all of your photos, you have to get them approximately Instagram There are programs that permit you to post from your COMPUTER to Instagram, however I found that I had troubles obtaining the hashtags to function properly when I used them, as well as I had to begin a brand-new account to fix the hashtag problem. The solution was to just continuously use my smartphone as well as use the Instagram app to submit the pictures, yet to do that I needed to have the images where my phone might access them. The most convenient means was to utilize DropBox to get the photos where my Instagram application could access them.

Go to and register for it. Download the app to your phone and also login to it. Make use of the site to submit your photos to your online storage. I suggest that you make use of folders to organize your photos. In my instance, I have a "Photos" folder, and inside it, I have an "Instagram Photos" folder. Inside that folder, I create folders as I need them, in order to divide the pictures right into smaller sized, simpler to see, areas.

As soon as you have actually submitted a collection of pictures right into DropBox, you are ready for the next action, which is to order your mobile phone and also open up the Instagram app.

Step 4-- Instagram

Now, you need to already have the Instagram and DropBox applications on your smartphone, as well as you prepare to post one of your photos on Instagram.

Open up the application, as well as click heaven button in the middle of the symbols at the end of the display. The take picture display will certainly pack, and also in the reduced left-hand edge, you will see an icon that appears like a "landscape/mountain" symbol (simply to the left of the "take a photo" switch). Click on it, and also it must trigger you to "Pick a Source" for your image, and the DropBox symbol need to be presented as one of the selectable resources. Click it as well as you will certainly see your DropBox folders and also documents listed in a file internet browser. Browse to the photo that you submitted that you wish to post to Instagram and select it.

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

Tip Five-- DropBox

This last step is not required, but very suggested. In order not to lose track of just what you have uploaded currently, you need to go back into DropBox and delete the picture( s) that you have actually already uploaded. This will make it easier in the future to not upload the exact same images numerous times.


That's it, my entire process to preparing my images for Instagram. It's not complicated, however complying with these directions will certainly make sure that you are uploading pictures in the very best high quality that Instagram could sustain.