The first thing that you need to recognize is that Instagram pressures you to publish your images 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 correct size and also resolution if you desire to keep the photos looking sharp and also of top quality. That indicates that they ought to be exported at 650px on the lengthy side.
For my workflow, I make use of Lightroom, Photoshop, DropBox, and also Instagram to manage all the prep work and also posting. I've attempted a couple of other methods to post my images on Instagram, yet the complying with process has actually given me the very best and most consistent outcomes.
If you do not want to go through the process that I adhere to below, and also simply want to post photos without IG chopping your photos, there are applications that you can install on your mobile phone like Squaready and InstaSize. I don't utilize either of those apps myself.
Convert Picture To Instagram Size
Step One - Lightroom
The first thing that I do is process my photos generally, and also prepare them for how I print them, or upload them to my website. You can evaluate that process in previous posts in this same post-processing section. I will not repeat all of that below.
As soon as you have completed with all of your post-processing of the pictures, after that you could start picking the pictures that you wish to prepare for publishing to Instagram.
In the Library module, choose all of the images that you intend to post to Instagram, and produce 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, to ensure that you remember what it is for.
Once you have selected them, as well as have actually produced a new collection, you should go through and also see if you could crop any one of them to a 1-to-1 proportion. You could utilize the crop tool for that, and pick 1 × 1 as the proportion.
The ones that can be exported as 1 × 1 in proportion, can be refined exclusively in Lightroom, as well as can use your regular watermark (I used mine on the example listed 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 all of these, you can leap down to Step 3-- DropBox, and avoid Step 2-- PhotoShop.
For the images that do not look good in a 1-to-1 proportion, you will certainly end up exporting these at 650px on the long edge, yet without any watermark on them. See the settings listed below. I recommend that you export these into a devoted folder. Once they are exported, you will continue to Step Two-- PhotoShop.
Tip Two-- Photoshop
The whole factor of this action is to put your picture on a 650px by 650px history, and to include your watermark to the bottom of the square. Doing it by hand is a tiresome process if you aim to do it manually, so I suggest that you carry out a batch process and also make use of an action to automate the process, which will make it easy to repeat over and over.
If you have no idea how to create Activities in PhotoShop, you will have to review that initially. As soon as you recognize the procedure then the adhering to guidelines will certainly make good sense to you.
Your activity will have to do the complying with points in this order:
- Open your photo from your import folder and tons it to a layer. By default, it is packed as a history. I replicate the history to a brand-new layer, and call it "auto", leaving the opacity at 100%.
- Then it should open up Image > Canvas Size and also set the height to 650px.
- Create a new layer, and also tag it "black".
- Fill up the "black" layer with the black shade utilizing the paint pail device.
- Use File > Open to open your watermark logo that you wish to put at the end of the image. Place it on a new layer as well as name it "logo".
- Relocate the "logo" layer below the vehicle layer.
- Relocate the "black" layer below the "logo" layer.
- Close the watermark that you formerly opened.
- Save the completed 650px by 650px photo to a new folder someplace on your hard disk drive (you will have to have actually already produced this folder prior to developing the activity).
- Shut the data in Photoshop.
When you have the action, you could open PhotoShop at anytime, and run the Data > Automate > Batch Process command, as well as select the folder where you have stored the images that were not already at a 1-to-1 proportion.
Step Three-- DropBox
When you have actually exported all your photos, you should get them up to Instagram There are programs that enable you to post from your COMPUTER to Instagram, but I located that I had issues getting the hashtags to function correctly when I used them, as well as I had to start a new account to deal with the hashtag issue. The fix was to simply continue to utilize my mobile phone and utilize the Instagram app to submit the pictures, however to do that I had to have the pictures where my phone might access them. The most convenient method was to utilize DropBox to obtain the photos where my Instagram app can access them.
Most likely to DropBox.com and also enroll in it. Download and install the application to your phone and also login to it. Use the DropBox.com web site to post your pictures to your on the internet storage. I suggest that you use folders to arrange your images. In my situation, I have a "Photos" folder, and also inside it, I have an "Instagram Photos" folder. Inside that folder, I create folders as I need them, in order to separate the photos into smaller, less complicated to watch, areas.
When you have actually published a collection of pictures into DropBox, you await the next step, which is to get your smart device and also open up the Instagram app.
Step 4-- Instagram
At this moment, you must already have the Instagram as well as DropBox apps on your smartphone, and you prepare to post one of your photos on Instagram.
Open the application, as well as click the blue switch in the middle of the icons at the bottom of the display. The take photo screen will certainly fill, and also in the lower left-hand corner, you will certainly see an icon that appears like a "landscape/mountain" icon (simply to the left of the "take a photo" button). Click it, as well as it needs to trigger you to "Select a Source" for your image, as well as the DropBox icon ought to be displayed as one of the selectable sources. Click it and you will see your DropBox folders as well as data noted in a file browser. Browse to the picture that you posted that you intend to post to Instagram and also select it.
From there, you post it to Instagram similar to you would certainly other photo that you simply took.
Step 5-- DropBox
This last step is not required, but very suggested. In order not to misplace what you have actually published currently, you should return into DropBox as well as remove the image( s) that you have actually already posted. This will certainly make it easier over time to not post the very same images several times.
That's it, my entire process to preparing my pictures for Instagram. It's not complicated, but complying with these directions will make certain that you are uploading images in the very best top quality that Instagram can support.