The Perfect Instagram Profile Picture Size & Design Tips

When designing your pic be sure to account for Instagram doing its own circle crop on your design (as seen above).

There’s no argument to be made against a brand taking advantage of the behemoth-sized opportunity that is creating stories, posts, and other social assets for Instagram. In fact, 71% of businesses already do so, and 51% of Instagrammers follow at least one business. If that business isn’t you, then it’s someone else. Maybe even a competitor?

You can build your Instagram account into a precious gem for followers to “ooh” and “ahh” over. It all starts with the perfect Instagram profile picture size and a well-designed profile. To help with this, we’ll show you how to create stunning profile pictures in PicMonkey, how to resize images so that they fit just right on Instagram, and leave you with a few design tips for making eye-catching Insta designs.


The correct Instagram profile picture size

The display size for your Instagram profile pic is 110 x 110 pixels. However, we recommend uploading your design at a higher resolution in order to maintain image quality. (PicMonkey's Instagram profile templates come pre-sized at 360 x 360 pixels.)

Remember that your Insta profile pic will show up in more places than just your profile page; your story feed, comments, and search results, just to name a few. Sizing your photo correctly will prevent it from ever looking funky anywhere it appears.


Create an Instagram profile picture with a pre-sized blank canvas

Start with a blank canvas in PicMonkey.

If you want to design from scratch, the easiest way to do so is with one of PicMonkey's pre-sized blank canvases. Worry no more about sizing — it's been done for you!

  1. Once you're logged into PicMonkey, click Create new > Blank Canvas.

  2. Scroll down to Insta sizes, and select "Instagram Profile."

  3. Upload your image or logo.

  4. If you'd like apply a background color first, click Background color on the left tools menu. Choose from solid colors or super cool color gradients.

  5. Export your finished design and upload to Instagram!


Two ways to size photos for Instagram

If you have an image ready but need to size it just right for Instagram, PicMonkey has two speedy ways to do so: Crop and Resize.

Using the Crop tool:

When you crop an image, you change its aspect ratio. This is the right tool to use if your image can stand to lose a bit on either side without cutting off the focal point (in this case —YOU). To use crop:

  1. Open your image in PicMonkey.

  2. Click Crop Canvas in the Edits menu on the left.

  3. Use the Aspect ratio drop-down menu to select "Instagram Profile."

  4. Move your crop box around as desired.

  5. Click Apply to save your changes. Looks good!

Using Resize:

If your image already has the right aspect ratio but its file size is either too small or too large, use PicMonkey's Resize tool. Be careful, though — making an image larger runs the risk of flubbing the image quality (take note of step #3 in order to prevent this). To use Resize:

  1. Open your image in PicMonkey.

  2. Click Resize in the Edits menu on the left.

  3. Make sure Keep proportions (chain icon) is clicked; the chain will appear closed. This automatically updates the height or width of your photo so that your image quality isn't distorted.

  4. Click Apply to save your changes.

Learn more: How to Resize an Image Like a Pro


Create an Instagram profile picture with a template

See all circular profile image templates in PicMonkey.

Starting from scratch is a great way to channel your own creativity and still design with speed, but if you reallllly want to get the jumpstart on your Instagram profile pic and never have to worry about botched sizing, try one of our Instagram profile templates. We have pre-sized square options, or pre-sized circular profile images (not to mention, you can pretty much commandeer any template and resize it for Insta with our wondrous Smart Resize tool). To edit a template:

  1. Open your template in PicMonkey.

  2. Swap out our image with your own (if using a circular image, click Edit image fill to replace the image with your pic).

  3. Customize further with trendy photo effects, graphics, and textures.

  4. Export and upload to Instagram!

Read more: Create Your Best Profile Pic


More Instagram image sizes for 2021

Social media image typeDimensions in pixels
Instagram Post1080 x 1080 (1:1 ratio)
Instagram Profile Photo360 x 360
Instagram Landscape Photo1080 x 608 (1.91:1 ratio)
Instagram Portrait1080 x 1350 (4:5 ratio)
Instagram Story1080 x 1920 (9:16 ratio)
IGTV Cover Photo420 x 654 (1:1.55 ratio)

 Need more social sizes? See: Crop an Image to All the Social Sizes


FAQs and tips about Instagram profile picture designs

Our best advice? Speak to your audience. This starts with an eye-catching profile that lives up to your brand. Also keep in mind that, more often than not, your audience will be visiting your profile via mobile devices. Take a second and do some mobile Instagram scrolling of your own...it’s a small space, right? Let’s tackle a few design questions you might have.

Q: What should I use for my profile picture?

A: What’s your brand? If your brand is Y-O-U, then you should use a photo. If you’re building a corporate Instagram presence, then a logo is the better call.

Q: Should I account for the circular profile shape when designing?

A: Yes! Place the focus of your image in the center, that way when the cropping comes, it’s no big deal. The circular shape is just going to cut around your edges, so account for this when you’re designing and you won’t have to run into trouble later. Or...grab one of those circular profile image templates?

Q: Will my picture only appear on my profile page?

A: Negative. That’s why the best thing you can do for yourself with a profile picture is to keep it simple. You want an image that'll still look good when it's smaller.   

Q: I’m torn on my color scheme. What should I do?

A: We can help with that. Above all else, stay on brand. Use colors that match your brand’s palette and speak to who you are. Check out our posts on color theory and creating brand color palettes.   

Q: Can I have more advice on building my Instagram account?

A: Absolutely! Check out these posts to get started:


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Joe Wolff

Joe Wolff is a Chicago-based writer and novelist. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking fancy things and then ruining the plating, running so that his tall and awkward frame isn't wasted, and allowing Chicago sports teams to determine his mood. He's a proud graduate of the University of Florida, whose sports teams tend to do a much better job of mood regulation.