Photo Resizer for Instagram (update)

I have been getting emails and messages from numerous people lately asking how I resize my images for Instagram, maintaining the structure, and putting my logo on them. I figured that it would be much easier to simply write right here the process that I undergo to do it, rather than keep duplicating the same information several times - Photo Resizer for Instagram.

The first thing that you need to comprehend is that Instagram forces you to post your pictures in a square style, sized at 650px by 650px. The second thing that you must recognize is that you should export the photos at the proper size and resolution if you wish to maintain the pictures looking sharp and also of high quality. That suggests that they should be exported at 650px on the lengthy side.

For my workflow, I utilize Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, and also Instagram to deal with all of the preparation and posting. I've tried a few various other ways to post my photos on Instagram, but the adhering to workflow has actually offered me the very best as well as most consistent outcomes.

If you do not want to go through the procedure that I adhere to below, as well as just wish to upload pictures without IG chopping your pictures, there are applications that you could install on your smartphone like Squaready and also InstaSize. I do not utilize either of those apps myself.

Photo Resizer for Instagram

Step One - Lightroom

The first thing that I do is procedure my pictures normally, as well as prepare them for how I publish them, or upload them to my site. You can examine that procedure in previous messages in this very same post-processing area. I will not repeat all of that below.

Once you have finished with all of your post-processing of the photos, after that you can start picking the images that you intend to prepare for uploading to Instagram.

In the Collection module, select all of the images that you intend to post to Instagram, and create a brand-new collection of them. You can call it anything that you like, yet I recommend that you use "IG" in the name, either at the start or the end, to ensure that you remember exactly what it is for.

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

The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in proportion, can be processed exclusively in Lightroom, and also could use your normal watermark (I used 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 easy, which is all you have to provide for them in resizing. For all these, you could jump to Tip Three-- DropBox, and miss Action Two-- PhotoShop.

For the photos that do not look excellent in a 1-to-1 proportion, you will end up exporting these at 650px on the lengthy edge, but without any watermark on them. See the settings listed below. I recommend that you export these into a specialized folder. Once they are exported, you will proceed to Step Two-- PhotoShop.

Step Two-- Photoshop

The entire point of this step is to position your picture on a 650px by 650px history, and to add your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it manually is a tiresome process if you try to do it by hand, so I suggest that you carry out a set process and also make use of an action to automate the process, which will make it easy to repeat over and over.

If you aren't sure ways to produce Actions in PhotoShop, you will need to assess that initially. When you comprehend the procedure then the following directions will make sense to you.

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

- Open your photo from your import folder and also lots it to a layer. By default, it is filled as a history. I replicate the history to a new layer, and name it "automobile", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- After that it needs to open up Image > Canvas Size and established the elevation to 650px.
- Produce a new layer, and also label it "black".
- Fill up the "black" layer with the black shade utilizing the paint bucket tool.
- Use File > Open to open your watermark logo design that you want to place at the end of the image. Place it on a brand-new layer as well as name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer below the cars and truck layer.
- Relocate the "black" layer below the "logo" layer.
- Shut the watermark that you formerly opened.
- Conserve the completed 650px by 650px picture to a new folder someplace on your hard disk drive (you will certainly have to have already developed this folder before developing the action).
- Close the documents in Photoshop.

Once you have the action, you could open up PhotoShop at anytime, and also run the Documents > Automate > Batch Refine command, as well as choose the folder where you have kept the images that were not currently at a 1-to-1 proportion.

Tip Three-- DropBox

As soon as you have exported every one of your pictures, you should obtain them up to Instagram There are programs that permit you to publish from your COMPUTER to Instagram, yet I discovered that I had problems getting the hashtags to work effectively when I utilized them, and also I had to start a new account to take care of the hashtag issue. The fix was to merely continuously utilize my mobile phone as well as make use of the Instagram application to submit the images, but to do that I should have the pictures where my phone could access them. The easiest way was to use DropBox to obtain the pictures where my Instagram application could access them.

Go to as well as enroll in it. Download and install the application to your phone as well as login to it. Utilize the website to upload your images to your online storage. I suggest that you use 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 create folders as I require them, in order to divide the pictures right into smaller, much easier to check out, sections.

When you have published a collection of images into DropBox, you are ready for the next step, and that is to grab your smartphone and also open the Instagram application.

Step 4-- Instagram

At this point, you need to already have the Instagram as well as DropBox apps on your mobile phone, and also you prepare to post one of your pictures on Instagram.

Open the app, as well as click heaven button in the middle of the icons below the screen. The take photo display will certainly load, and also in the reduced left-hand edge, you will see an icon that appears like a "landscape/mountain" symbol (just to the left of the "take a photo" switch). Click on it, and also it needs to prompt you to "Select a Source" for your picture, and the DropBox icon should be shown as one of the selectable resources. Click it and also you will see your DropBox folders and also files noted in a data internet browser. Browse to the picture that you posted that you intend to post to Instagram and also pick it.

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

Step Five-- DropBox

This last step is not called for, yet extremely recommended. In order not to lose track of just what you have actually posted already, you must return right into DropBox and also remove the photo( s) that you have actually already uploaded. This will certainly make it less complicated in the long run to not post the exact same images several times.


That's it, my entire procedure to preparing my pictures for Instagram. It's not made complex, yet complying with these instructions will certainly make certain that you are posting images in the best quality that Instagram could sustain.

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