Instagram Tricks - Posting Vertical Photos in Instagram

Have you ever wondered how Instagrammers post vertical pictures to their Instagram feed?

I know that one of the unique facets of the Instagram app is the square photo format. However, I follow some talented Instagrammers who post vertical and horizontal photos, even photos with drop shadows. I've always wondered how they did it.

Enter the power of the Internet, and I've found an app that formats your vertical and horizontal photos specifically for Instagram. The app is called Squaready and it is free. It's a very simple app - you pick the picture and it puts a white border around it. When you export it to Instagram, it opens up the Instagram app and it's ready to go.

To illustrate further, some screen shots from my phone.

This is the main screen once you open the app. Tap the Folder to select the photo you want to use. It brings you to your camera roll, and you select an existing photo.


It brings the selected photo on to the palette where you can resize or move. There are sizing guides to help. In this example, I brought in a film strip type photo (taken in IncrediBooth),
Chosen Photo

Then I reduced it a little and moved it over.

Tap on the upper right export icon and the following dialog pops up - I always choose Send in Instagram Format.
Upload to Instgram

Instagram opens up and your photo is ready. You have to select the Normal filter. Other filters will change the color of the white background. The exception is the Inkwell filter which transforms it into Black and White.
Chose Normal Filter

In your Instagram feed, it looks something like this:

Portrait in Instagram

Even horizontal photos can benefit from this app:
Landscape, No Black Bars

Because if you use the Instagram app, you get those black horizontal bars:
Landscape with Black Bars

So go ahead and take those portrait photos into Instagram - buck the square format once in a while.....

Now, to figure out how to add a drop shadow.....

I'm on Instagram as shirley319 - hope to see you there!

ohjasonj  – (December 5, 2011 at 3:23 PM)  

Aha! Thanks for this. I know my way around Instagram and a million apps but I had been stumped on the plain white border. Very helpful!

deb duty  – (December 6, 2011 at 1:29 PM)  

I love this! Thanks for the awesome tip! Funny that we both blogged about instagram :)

Betty Manousos  – (December 6, 2011 at 2:40 PM)  

hi shirley,

i definitely love this! thanks for sharing:)
thanks for the great tip, too!

urban muser  – (December 9, 2011 at 7:55 PM)  

i was just playing around with this app earlier today. have to figure out exactly how to use it. your tips will help! thanks.

bobj  – (May 12, 2012 at 10:57 PM)  

Do u know if there's an app like that for Android? Its so annoying to have to have my beautifully awesome grid collages get cut off!!!

shirley  – (May 13, 2012 at 9:10 PM)  

@bobj, I did a quick search with Squareready and didn't find anything. My only advice is to create square collages....

Liz  – (May 29, 2012 at 8:51 AM)  

And just before I log off, I saw this post on your side bar. I think I've become an Instagram addict so I am going to follow your advice and get the Squaready app and give it a go :)
And i added you on Instagram. I'm LizS_B :)

Gav + Ro  – (October 25, 2012 at 11:12 PM)  

So much help!!! I've been dying to know how people do this! Thanks!

dawn  – (October 26, 2012 at 6:38 AM)  

thank you for sharing this info.

Denise at Autumn Sky  – (October 26, 2012 at 11:06 AM)  

I haven't been too excited about Instagram. I just got a new iPhone so I might give it a try.

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