The first thing that you need to recognize is that Instagram forces you to publish your images in a square layout, sized at 650px by 650px. The second point that you need to understand is that you should export the photos at the correct dimension and also resolution if you want to maintain the pictures looking sharp and also of excellent quality. That implies that they should be exported at 650px on the long side.
For my operations, I use Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, and Instagram to manage every one of the preparation as well as publishing. I've tried a number of other methods to publish my images on Instagram, however the complying with workflow has provided me the very best and also most consistent results.
If you don't intend to undergo the process that I adhere to below, as well as just intend to publish images without IG cropping your pictures, there are apps that you could install on your smart device like Squaready and InstaSize. I do not make use of either of those apps myself.
Instagram Photo Resize
Step One - Lightroom
The first thing that I do is process my images normally, as well as prepare them for just how I print them, or publish them to my site. You could evaluate that process in previous messages in this exact same post-processing section. I won't repeat all that here.
As soon as you have actually finished with every one of your post-processing of the pictures, then you could start picking the photos that you want to get ready for uploading to Instagram.
In the Library component, pick every one of the photos that you want to publish to Instagram, and develop a new collection of them. You could call it anything that you like, but I recommend that you utilize "IG" in the name, either at the start or completion, so that you remember exactly what it is for.
When you have chosen them, and have developed a brand-new collection, you have to experience and also see if you can crop any of them to a 1-to-1 ratio. You could use the crop tool for that, and also select 1 × 1 as the ratio.
The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in proportion, can be processed entirely in Lightroom, and could use your routine watermark (I used mine on the example below). These will certainly be exported at 650px x 650px.
The ones that are able to be resized as squares are easy, which is all you need to do for them in resizing. For every one of these, you could jump to Tip Three-- DropBox, and also miss Action 2-- PhotoShop.
For the photos that do not look excellent in a 1-to-1 ratio, you will certainly end up exporting these at 650px on the lengthy side, however without any watermark on them. See the settings below. I suggest that you export these right into a specialized folder. Once they are exported, you will certainly continue to Tip 2-- PhotoShop.
Tip 2-- Photoshop
The entire point of this action is to put your picture on a 650px by 650px history, as well as to include your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it by hand is a laborious procedure if you attempt to do it by hand, so I suggest that you carry out a set procedure as well as utilize an activity to automate the procedure, which will certainly make it easy to repeat over and over.
If you have no idea how to create Actions in PhotoShop, you will certainly have to review that first. As soon as you understand the process then the adhering to instructions will certainly make good sense to you.
Your activity will certainly have to do the following things in this order:
- Open your image from your import folder and load it to a layer. By default, it is loaded as a history. I duplicate the background to a new layer, and call it "car", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- Then it needs to open up Image > Canvas Size and set the elevation to 650px.
- Create a brand-new layer, and also label it "black".
- Load the "black" layer with the black color using the paint container tool.
- Use File > Open to open your watermark logo design that you intend to position below the image. Position it on a brand-new layer and name it "logo".
- Move the "logo" layer below the car layer.
- Relocate the "black" layer listed below the "logo" layer.
- Shut the watermark that you formerly opened.
- Save the completed 650px by 650px photo to a brand-new folder someplace on your hard drive (you will certainly need to have currently created this folder before developing the activity).
- Close the documents in Photoshop.
When you have the activity, you can open up PhotoShop at anytime, and also run the File > Automate > Set Process command, and also choose the folder where you have stored the photos that were not already at a 1-to-1 proportion.
Tip Three-- DropBox
Once you have exported all of your images, you should obtain them as much as Instagram There are programs that allow you to post from your COMPUTER to Instagram, however I found that I had troubles obtaining the hashtags to work effectively when I utilized them, as well as I needed to begin a brand-new account to fix the hashtag problem. The solution was to simply remain to utilize my smartphone and also make use of the Instagram app to publish the images, yet to do that I needed to have the images where my phone could access them. The most convenient way was to use DropBox to get the images where my Instagram application can access them.
Most likely to DropBox.com and enroll in it. Download and install the application to your phone and login to it. Utilize the DropBox.com website to publish your photos to your online storage space. I suggest that you use folders to organize your photos. In my instance, 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 divide the images into smaller, simpler to watch, areas.
When you have published a set of pictures right into DropBox, you await the next action, which is to get your smartphone and also open up the Instagram app.
Tip Four-- Instagram
Now, you must already have the Instagram and also DropBox applications on your smartphone, and you prepare to publish among your images on Instagram.
Open the app, and click the blue switch in the middle of the symbols at the bottom of the display. The take picture screen will certainly pack, as well as in the reduced left-hand corner, you will certainly see a symbol that resembles a "landscape/mountain" icon (just to the left of the "take a photo" button). Click it, as well as it should trigger you to "Choose a Resource" for your picture, as well as the DropBox symbol should be presented as one of the selectable sources. Click it and you will see your DropBox folders and documents noted in a data web browser. Navigate to the image that you uploaded that you want to upload to Instagram and also choose it.
From there, you post it to Instagram just like you would other image that you just took.
Step 5-- DropBox
This last action is not needed, however very recommended. In order not to lose track of just what you have posted currently, you need to go back right into DropBox and also delete the photo( s) that you have currently posted. This will certainly make it much easier in the future to not upload the same pictures multiple times.
That's it, my entire procedure to preparing my pictures for Instagram. It's not made complex, however adhering to these guidelines will ensure that you are uploading images in the best quality that Instagram could support.