Photo Resizer for Instagram (update)

I have been obtaining e-mails and messages from a number of people lately asking just how I resize my pictures for Instagram, keeping the make-up, and putting my logo on them. I figured that it would be less complicated to merely write below the procedure that I undergo to do it, rather than keep repeating the very same info several times - Photo Resizer For Instagram.

The first thing that you have to understand is that Instagram pressures you to publish your pictures in a square format, sized at 650px by 650px. The 2nd point that you must recognize is that you need to export the pictures at the appropriate dimension and also resolution if you want to maintain the pictures looking sharp as well as of excellent quality. That means that they should be exported at 650px on the lengthy side.

For my workflow, I utilize Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, and Instagram to manage all the prep work and also publishing. I've attempted a few other methods to upload my pictures on Instagram, yet the adhering to workflow has offered me the best and most consistent results.

If you don't wish to go through the procedure that I follow below, and simply intend to upload images without IG cropping your images, there are applications that you can mount on your smartphone like Squaready and also InstaSize. I don't use either of those applications myself.


Photo Resizer For Instagram


Tip One - Lightroom

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

When you have do with all your post-processing of the pictures, after that you can begin selecting the photos that you want to plan for posting to Instagram.

In the Collection module, pick every one of the images that you intend to post to Instagram, and also produce a new collection of them. You can call it anything that you like, yet I recommend that you utilize "IG" in the name, either at the start or completion, to ensure that you remember just what it is for.

Once you have actually chosen them, as well as have developed a brand-new collection, you have to go through as well as see if you could crop any one of them to a 1-to-1 ratio. You could make use of the plant tool for that, and pick 1 × 1 as the ratio.

The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in proportion, can be refined only in Lightroom, and can utilize your normal watermark (I made use of mine on the example 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 need to do for them in resizing. For all of these, you can leap to Tip Three-- DropBox, as well as avoid Step Two-- PhotoShop.

For the images that do not look good in a 1-to-1 proportion, you will end up exporting these at 650px on the long edge, however 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 continue to Step Two-- PhotoShop.

Step 2-- Photoshop

The entire point of this action is to place your image on a 650px by 650px history, and also to add your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it manually is a tedious process if you try to do it by hand, so I suggest that you execute a set process and make use of an activity to automate the procedure, which will make it simple to repeat over and over.

If you aren't sure how to develop Activities in PhotoShop, you will certainly need to examine that initially. Once you comprehend the process after that the complying with directions will certainly make sense to you.

Your activity will need to do the following points in this order:

- Open your picture from your import folder and also tons it to a layer. By default, it is packed as a background. I replicate the background to a brand-new layer, and call it "vehicle", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- After that it should open up Image > Canvas Size and set the height to 650px.
- Produce a brand-new layer, as well as label it "black".
- Fill up the "black" layer with the black color using the paint bucket tool.
- Use File > Open to open your watermark logo that you intend to place at the end of the image. Put it on a brand-new layer and also name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer listed below the automobile layer.
- Relocate the "black" layer below the "logo" layer.
- Shut the watermark that you previously opened up.
- Save the finished 650px by 650px photo to a brand-new folder someplace on your hard disk (you will certainly need to have already created this folder before developing the activity).
- Shut the data in Photoshop.

When you have the activity, you can open up PhotoShop at anytime, and also run the File > Automate > Set Process command, as well as pick the folder where you have stored the images that were not already at a 1-to-1 ratio.

Step Three-- DropBox

When you have actually exported all of your images, you should get them as much as Instagram There are programs that allow you to publish from your COMPUTER to Instagram, yet I located that I had issues getting the hashtags to function appropriately when I used them, and also I needed to begin a brand-new account to deal with the hashtag concern. The repair was to merely continue to utilize my mobile phone and also make use of the Instagram application to upload the images, but to do that I had to have the pictures where my phone could access them. The most convenient way was to use DropBox to obtain the images where my Instagram application might access them.

Go to DropBox.com and register for it. Download and install the application to your phone as well as login to it. Make use of the DropBox.com web site to publish your images to your on the internet storage. I recommend that you make use of 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 need them, in order to divide the images into smaller, much easier to watch, areas.

When you have actually posted a set of images right into DropBox, you are ready for the following step, which is to get your mobile phone as well as open up the Instagram application.

Tip Four-- Instagram

At this moment, you should currently have the Instagram and also DropBox applications on your smartphone, as well as you are ready to upload one of your images on Instagram.

Open up the app, as well as click heaven button in the middle of the symbols at the bottom of the display. The take image display will fill, as well as in the lower left-hand edge, you will see a symbol that appears like a "landscape/mountain" icon (just to the left of the "take a photo" button). Click it, as well as it ought to prompt you to "Choose a Source" for your picture, and also the DropBox icon ought to be displayed as one of the selectable sources. Click it as well as you will see your DropBox folders as well as documents provided in a file internet browser. Navigate to the photo that you published that you intend to post to Instagram and also select it.

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

Step Five-- DropBox

This last action is not needed, but very recommended. In order not to lose track of exactly what you have submitted already, you should return right into DropBox and erase the image( s) that you have actually already published. This will make it much easier over time to not upload the same images multiple times.

Verdict

That's it, my whole procedure to preparing my images for Instagram. It's not complicated, yet complying with these guidelines will make certain that you are uploading pictures in the best top quality that Instagram could support.