What is Instagram?
Instagram is a quintessential mobile application that enables its user’s creative way of capturing, editing and sharing their photos, videos and messages with their friends and family.
You can also share photos on Instagram from Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. Instagram has grown at a breakneck speed. Now you can share your Photos at any resolution along with a one minute prerecorded video and messaging.
Flashback-History of Instagram
Initially developed by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, Instagram was launched as a simple iOS mobile photo sharing platform. It was initially released in October, 2010. Adding Hashtag feature in January 2011, Instagram became more popular due to its unique basis of sharing photos instantly.
The 2nd version was launched in September, 2011 with brand new features of live filters, instant tilt-shift, high resolution photographs with added aspect ratios, optional boarders, one click rotation and a new icon. Introduction of Android application proved to be a worthy step. On 3rd April, 2012, the android app was released and was download for more than a million time within one day. On 12th April, 2012, Instagram was bought by Facebook for $1 billion in cash and stocks with a commitment of growing Instagram to even greater heights.
Window App (Beta version) was launched in October, 2013 and was updated to Windows 10 mobile’s for recent features of instant messaging and many more in April, 2016. Instagram stories feature was added in August, 2016 and live video feature in November, 2016. The developers of Instagram are still working hard to keep on the track of making it a better application with spanking new features and updates.
Instagram Image Size Guidelines
Primarily Instagram is a Photo sharing network so, the quality of images is very crucial. Since Instagram compresses the image size hence knowing the optimal size can portray your storyline more tempting.
Profile Picture: Your profile picture acting as your mark makes you discernible amongst your followers. So it is important to choose such a profile picture that makes you remembered easily. The optimal size is about 110 X 110 pixels but the maximum resolution can be 180 X 180 pixels.
Published Photos: Instagram uses automatic compression algorithms for optimal size due to a large sum of pictures being shared every second. This reduces the resolution of your pictures. Since pictures are the primary source of followers on Instagram, so it is essential to select the best possible size. The optimal allowable size for square pictures is 1080 X 1080 pixels with a maximum resolution of 2048 X 2048 pixels while for landscape it is 1080 X 566 pixels while for portrait, it is 1080 X 1350 pixels. Instagram will show portrait image as 600 X 400 pixels
Instagram Stories and Videos: you can share small clips on both your timeline and Instagram stories. Both of them used different sizes and durations. Your timeline video can be up to 1 minute lonG with an allowable resolution of 640 X 640 pixels. While for Instagram stories, you can share only about 10 second long clip of resolution 750 X 1324 pixels.
Instagram Ads: Instagram provides enormous opportunities to expand your business by sharing details of your new products and brands. You can post your add in a square size of about 1080 X 1080 pixels but it appears to be 640 X 640 pixels. Using landscape format for ad allows you to share 1080 X 566 Pixels ad but it again appears to be 640 X 400 pixels. Pay proper consideration to the pinned text for your add as you cannot exceed 20% of your image size.
Bonus Tips: Best free Instagram Image Resizer-PicMonkey
To ease your Instagram experience, PicMonkey, one of the most trusted, free and easy to use Picture editing tools has introduced Image resizer. Created by Brian Terry and Justin Huff, PicMonkey is a worthy replacement of Picnik by Google. It add additional feature like curves, Touch Up, Design and Collage other than conventional features of editing. Some of the main features of PicMonkey are:
Edit/Touch Up: This feature is helps you manipulate your pictures. They incorporate cropping, resizing, add text, changing colors and many more editing options. Touch Up also includes new features like Blemishes and teeth whitening.
Design: This feature helps you design your picture according to the specific needs of resolution. In this feature you begin with a blank slate and then add your photographs and manipulate it according to your desires using hundreds of editing options.
Collage: Having tons of ready to use collage templates, you can easily make your own picture story. PicMonkey has all the options you can think of while preparing collage for your special occasions. You never have to worry for anything, it provides you all options on just one click.
Cloud based PicMonkey provides you all solutions free with no software download requirements. To further ease your picture editing, you can use the PicMonkey app freely available at play store.