They say there are only three things in this world you can count on—death, taxes, and that social media sizes that you’ve committed to memory will change out of the blue. Fear not, denizens of Instaland! We’re on top of it. We’ve thoroughly researched all facets of Instagram photo sizes—from posts to stories to profile pics to everything else—so all you need to do is worry about whether or not your feed has a cohesive aesthetic. Check out the current Instagram formats and sizes below and keep on reading for the full rundown on Instagram sizing how-tos.
Current Instagram photo sizes & formats
You can find all of the below image formats pre-sized and ready to edit in PicMonkey's Templates library. At a standard width of 1080 pixels, Instagram keeps your photo its original size, as long as its height is between 566 and 1350 pixels. If your photo is less than 320 pixels wide, it’ll be stretched. If it’s more than 1080 pixels wide, it’ll be shrunk down. For those posts that are not square, as long as the dimensions of the pic remain as recommended, your image will look like it’s supposed to — it's all about ratios, yo.
Instagram Post: 1080 x 1080 px (1:1 ratio)
Instagram Profile Photo: 360 x 360 px
Instagram Landscape Photo: 1080 x 608 px (1.91:1 ratio)
Instagram Portrait: 1080 x 1350 px (4:5 ratio)
Instagram Story: 1080 x 1920 px (9:16 ratio)
IGTV Cover Photo: 420 x 654 (1:1.55 ratio)
How to size for Instagram using PicMonkey's Crop tool
Cropping removes parts of the image to get a designated size or an aesthetically pleasing result. Use Crop when you know your image is larger than the crop size on at least one side.
Click Crop Canvas in the Edits tab. The fastest way to crop for social media is to click the little caret (⌄) on the right side of the "Aspect ratio" dropdown list and scroll down to choose the size you want — Instagram, in this case. You can move the crop box around in your image to choose a different placement. When you’re done, click Apply.
How to size for Instagram using PicMonkey's Resize tool
Resizing makes the entire image stretch or shrink to fit new dimensions. This is the right tool to use if your image has the correct proportions, and you just need to shrink it down or bump it up (but be aware that you'll lose image quality if you do the latter).
Click the Resize tool in Edits, and enter the dimensions you want in the width and height boxes. Click Apply when you're done. If one box is changing size while you enter a value in the other box, that's because it's trying to maintain the original proportions. You can click the keep-proportions icon (chain link) to unlock and execute, the but the resulting image will be distorted — this is not advised in 99% of cases.
Sizing for Instagram story highlight covers and IGTV videos & covers
Beyond the square pics we know and love, Instagram Stories and Highlights allow users to curate images and video into a timeline that lives on their feed. With Instagram TV or IGTV, Instagram’s video discovery platform, users can upload long-form videos in the vertical format which is great for demonstrating products, offering followers tutorials, or giving a behind the scenes tour. Keep in mind that because videos added to IGTV are vertical, they need to have an aspect ratio between 4:5 and 9:16. One more tip about videos: for in-feed video ads, the aspect ratios are the same as with a photo (1:1 for square, 1.9:1 for landscape, 4:5 for portrait) but the minimum required resolution for the videos is 600 pixels.
You can create custom covers (a.k.a. icons) for both Instagram Story Highlights and for IGTV videos. For a full tutorial check out Make Custom Highlight Instagram Covers in PicMonkey and know that the steps are the same for making an IGTV cover. When you go to customize your cover you’ll be able to zoom in on the area of your photo that you want highlighted in the circle.
Creating right-sized video posts and video stories to upload to Instagram
Go for eye-catching movement by choosing a video for your Instagram post, ad, or story. Using PicMonkey templates, you can rest assured that your file will be the right size and correct aspect ratio when you upload it to Insta.
Browse Instagram design templates to customize using video here:
Learn more about using video in your designs: Bring Your Designs to Life with Video
Learn how to create multi-slide Instagram stories: How to Use Instagram Story Templates to Create Multi-Slide Stories
How to size an image using PicMonkey's *Smart* Resize tool
Pro subscribers can use the magical Smart Resize tool to create multiple versions of a design in just seconds. It's like the difference between washing clothes in a creek vs. throwing a load in the washing machine. That is to say: waaaaaaaay faster and easier on your hands.
1. With your design in the editor, click Smart Resize in the top toolbar.
2. In the menu on the left, expand the sections by clicking the little caret next to the label, and click the checkbox next to every size you want. You can use the search box to find a size too.
3. At the bottom of the menu, click Resize to simply alter the current image to the new size, or Copy & resize if you want to keep the original as is.
4. It's done! Check your Hub to see all the new sizes.
Sizing Instagram photos with the PicMonkey mobile app
We’ve also got a nifty Instagram photo editor in the PicMonkey mobile app. To get your image sized just right, tap Crop and scroll through the options until you land on the Instagram crop sizes. Choose between post, profile, landscape, portrait, and stories. The images will be cropped to the right size automatically, and you can adjust which part of the image shows. When you’re happy with your crop, tap the checkmark.
How to create Instagram posts using design templates
Get your designs off to a quick start with a pre-made, right-sized template. You can swap in your own pics, words, or graphics. PicMonkey has a sweet selection of templates to choose from. Each of these posts is the ideal 1080 x 1080 square post size. Need more ideas? We’ve got 18 Instagram Post Ideas to Keep Your Feed Fueled
Plus, we have templates sized perfectly for Instagram stories, plus lots more in our Instagram Template Library. If you want step-by-step instructions on make an Instagram Story, check out this page on our Instagram Story Maker tool. We also have more tools for other social platforms like our YouTube Banner Maker.
Now you’re ready to upload your fab image to Instagram!
Import your photos from Instagram
You can import your Instagram images directly into the PicMonkey editor! You'll need to first connect your Instagram account, and then you can add away. This is super handy for adding an image to a design, or for collecting a bunch of your faves into a collage.
How to share images to Instagram directly from PicMonkey
If you have an Instagram Professional account (Business or Creator) and it's connected to a Facebook Business page, you can post images directly to Instagram from the PicMonkey editor! Just create your design, click Share on the top toolbar, and authorize the connection between PicMonkey and Instagram. You'll be prompted to fill out your image caption and then publish! Note that you can only do this with JPG files.
For more information on this feature, check out: Sharing Designs Directly to Instagram
And just in case you need the Insta photo sizes again:
Instagram Image Sizes 2021
Find the latest Instagram image sizes in the table below, and remember that all of our Instagram design templates are pre-sized for all your Instagramming needs.
|Social media image type||Dimensions in pixels|
|Instagram Post||1080 x 1080 (1:1 ratio)|
|Instagram Profile Photo||360 x 360|
|Instagram Landscape Photo||1080 X 608 (1.91:1 ratio)|
|Instagram Portrait||1080 x 1350 (4:5 ratio)|
|Instagram Story||1080 x 1920 (9:16 ratio)|
|IGTV Cover Photo||420 x 654 (1:1.55 ratio)|