The first thing that you need to recognize is that Instagram forces you to post your images in a square format, sized at 650px by 650px. The 2nd point that you need to understand is that you should export the pictures at the correct size and also resolution if you desire to keep the pictures looking sharp as well as of high quality. That implies that they need to be exported at 650px on the long side.
For my workflow, I make use of Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, as well as Instagram to manage all the prep work and also posting. I have actually attempted a number of other methods to publish my photos on Instagram, yet the following process has given me the best and also most regular outcomes.
If you do not intend to go through the process that I adhere to below, and also simply want to publish pictures without IG cropping your photos, there are applications that you could install on your smart device like Squaready and InstaSize. I do not utilize either of those apps myself.
Resize Picture For Instagram
Tip One - Lightroom
The first thing that I do is procedure my pictures normally, as well as prepare them for how I publish them, or post them to my website. You can evaluate that process in previous articles in this same post-processing area. I won't repeat all of that right here.
Once you have finished with every one of your post-processing of the photos, then you could begin selecting the photos that you want to get ready for uploading to Instagram.
In the Collection component, choose all of the pictures that you wish to publish to Instagram, and produce a brand-new collection of them. You could call it anything that you like, but I suggest that you make use of "IG" in the name, either at the start or completion, so that you remember just what it is for.
As soon as you have actually selected them, as well as have produced a new collection, you need to experience as well as see if you can crop any one of them to a 1-to-1 proportion. You can make use of the plant tool for that, and choose 1 × 1 as the proportion.
The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in ratio, can be processed only in Lightroom, as well as can use your regular watermark (I utilized mine on the example below). These will be exported at 650px x 650px.
The ones that are able to be resized as squares are easy, which is all you have to provide for them in resizing. For every one of these, you could jump down to Step 3-- DropBox, as well as miss Action Two-- PhotoShop.
For the pictures that do not look great in a 1-to-1 ratio, you will end up exporting these at 650px on the lengthy edge, however with no watermark on them. See the settings listed below. I suggest that you export these into a specialized folder. Once they are exported, you will certainly continue to Step 2-- PhotoShop.
Tip Two-- Photoshop
The entire factor of this action is to position your picture on a 650px by 650px background, and to add your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it manually is a tiresome process if you aim to do it by hand, so I suggest that you implement a batch procedure and also use an activity to automate the process, which will certainly make it easy to repeat over and over.
If you do not know how you can create Activities in PhotoShop, you will have to evaluate that first. When you understand the process after that the following instructions will 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 filled as a background. I duplicate the background to a brand-new layer, and also name it "auto", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- Then it needs to open Image > Canvas Size and set the elevation to 650px.
- Create a brand-new layer, as well as label it "black".
- Fill the "black" layer with the black color using the paint bucket device.
- Use File > Open to open your watermark logo design that you wish to place at the bottom of the photo. Position it on a brand-new layer as well as name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer below the vehicle layer.
- Move the "black" layer listed below the "logo" layer.
- Shut the watermark that you formerly opened up.
- Conserve the completed 650px by 650px photo to a brand-new folder somewhere on your hard disk (you will need to have already developed this folder before producing the action).
- Shut the file in Photoshop.
When you have the activity, you can open up PhotoShop at anytime, as well as run the Documents > Automate > Set Process command, and pick the folder where you have saved the photos that were not currently at a 1-to-1 proportion.
Step Three-- DropBox
When you have exported every one of your photos, you have to get them approximately Instagram There are programs that allow you to upload from your PC to Instagram, but I discovered that I had problems obtaining the hashtags to work effectively when I utilized them, and also I had to begin a new account to repair the hashtag concern. The solution was to merely continuously utilize my smartphone and also make use of the Instagram application to publish the photos, but to do that I should have the photos where my phone might access them. The simplest way was to utilize DropBox to get the photos where my Instagram application might access them.
Go to DropBox.com as well as sign up for it. Download and install the app to your phone as well as login to it. Make use of the DropBox.com website to upload your pictures to your online storage space. I suggest that you make use of folders to arrange your images. In my instance, 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 sized, much easier to watch, sections.
When you have actually uploaded a collection of pictures right into DropBox, you await the following action, and that is to order your mobile phone and also open up the Instagram app.
Tip Four-- Instagram
Now, you need to already have the Instagram as well as DropBox apps on your smart device, as well as you prepare to publish among your photos on Instagram.
Open the app, as well as click the blue button in the middle of the symbols below the screen. The take image display will fill, as well as in the lower left-hand corner, you will see an icon that appears like a "landscape/mountain" icon (simply to the left of the "take a photo" switch). Click it, as well as it should prompt you to "Choose a Resource" for your photo, and also the DropBox symbol need to be shown as one of the selectable sources. Click it and also you will see your DropBox folders and documents provided in a documents internet browser. Browse to the photo that you posted that you wish to upload to Instagram and also select it.
From there, you publish it to Instagram much like you would any other image that you simply took.
Step Five-- DropBox
This last step is not called for, yet very recommended. In order not to misplace just what you have actually published currently, you should return right into DropBox and erase the picture( s) that you have currently published. This will certainly make it less complicated over time to not post the exact same images several times.
That's it, my whole process to preparing my pictures for Instagram. It's not complicated, however adhering to these guidelines will certainly make certain that you are posting images in the most effective quality that Instagram can support.