NEW Lightroom Mobile Export Settings for Instagram

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Uploading high-quality photos to Instagram can significantly enhance how your content is perceived by your followers. Adobe Lightroom offers a streamlined process to ensure your images look their best on the platform. This guide will walk you through the steps to optimize your photos for Instagram using Lightroom, focusing on aspect ratios, resolution settings, and color corrections to maintain the integrity of your photos upon upload.

Step 1: Setting the Correct Aspect Ratio

Choosing the Right Crop Tool:

  • Open the Lightroom application and select the photo you wish to upload.
  • Navigate to the Crop Tool, and under the Custom options, select the 4:5 ratio. This ratio is perfect for Instagram as it utilizes the maximum space allowed for vertical photos on the platform, making your images appear larger and more engaging.

Step 2: Adjusting the Resolution

Custom Dimensions for Clarity:

  • After cropping your photo, click the Share button, then Save to Device, and go to File Type Setup.
  • In the Dimensions field, set to Custom. Here, you will input the long side dimensions based on the orientation of your photo:
    • For a vertical photo (most common on Instagram), which typically is 1080×1350, input 1350 in the long side field.

Enhancing Photo Quality:

  • To avoid losing quality, especially if the photo is zoomed or viewed on high-resolution devices, it is advisable to multiply the dimensions:
    • For mobile photos, multiply by two (e.g., 1350 becomes 2700).
    • For DSLR or high-resolution camera photos, multiply by four (e.g., 1350 becomes 5400).

This adjustment compensates for Instagram’s compression algorithms and ensures your photos look crisp and clear.

Step 3: Maximizing Image Quality

Setting the Optimal Quality and Format:

  • Set the Image Quality slider to 100 to preserve as much detail as possible without compression artifacts.
  • Under More Options, set the Color Space to sRGB. This setting helps maintain consistent colors from your Lightroom edits to what is displayed on Instagram, preventing oversaturation and color shifts.

Step 4: Saving and Uploading

Exporting Your Photo:

  • Click the back arrow and then Save Copy to Device. This action saves the photo with all the specified settings directly to your device.
  • Upload the saved photo to Instagram. Ensure to select the ‘High Quality’ upload option in Instagram if available.

Additional Tips for Enhanced Quality

Sharpening Your Photos:

  • Before saving your photo, navigate to the Detail section and adjust the Sharpening settings. A slight increase in sharpness can counteract any softening that may occur due to Instagram’s compression.

Final Checks:

  • Review your photo on your device before uploading to ensure all adjustments appear as expected. This check is crucial for maintaining a high-quality aesthetic on your Instagram feed.


By following these detailed steps, you can significantly enhance the quality of photos uploaded to Instagram. This process not only makes your images more appealing but also more likely to engage viewers. Remember, the key to success on Instagram is not just the content but also the presentation. High-quality, sharp, and well-formatted photos often receive more visibility and interaction, which can be critical for those looking to grow their presence on the platform.

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