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How to CROP Instagram PHOTOS in LIGHTROOM: TIP From Peter McKinnon

August 4, 2019

How to post bigger pictures on Instagram? That’s coming up! Hey guys, I’m Criss from Eye Stocker, the
place where you’ll find Adobe tutorials and tech videos. Did you ever heared about Peter McKinnon? Well you should know about him. He’s my favorite youtuber at the moment. He’s a vlogger, he takes amazing photos
and videos and he also creates some very useful Photoshop and and Lightroom tutorials. You should check
him out. His latest video is called “Why EVERY photographer
should be using LIGHTROOM”. He is explaining how you can adjust all kinds
of sliders regarding exposure, brushes, saturation and so on. And that’s a very useful tutorial. And at some point in the video he talks about
the big fat vertical pictures from Instagram”. And he is showing how to crop your image in
Lightroom using a custom ratio of 5 by 4. And this blows my mind because I always wondered
what’s the perfect ratio to do this. I am following some landscape instagram accounts
and they always post like this. So instead of posting square photos at 1 by
1 ratio, they try to use the maximum vertical space on the phone. And I tried doing exactly like Peter but it
didn’t worked out for me, until I finnaly found what was missing from his explanation. He just missed a tiny detail but I’m gonna
show it to you in this video, cause it can happen that you’ll have the same problem like
me. Peter is editing a photo shot in vertical
mode and he is entering a custom ratio of 5 by 4 while he is in crop mode. But let me show you what happens when you
have a photo in landscape mode. I go to the crop tool, and here is the command
which was missing from Peter’s video, I press on X to switch between the portrait
and landscape aspect ratio. Then I go to this drop down, press custom,
I can enter 5 x 4 and It works now. If you don’t press the X to switch between
the aspect ratios this will not work properly. Then I can easily make the crop bigger by
dragging one of these points, reposition the crop, hit enter, and there you go. You export the file, transfer it to your phone
and this is how it looks like on instagram. So Peter, thanks for the Instagram aspect
ratio tip, if you’ll ever watch this video I’m from Europe, Romania and maybe we can
meet up to drink some good coffee sometime, I know you are a big fan of it! Ok guys, drop a like on this video if you
enjoyed it and subscribe by pressing the circle icon on the screen. I’m Criss, catch you in the next one!


  • Reply ceeloc November 30, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Are there any apps that can do this crop?

  • Reply Too Much December 12, 2017 at 1:56 am

    love your Instagram hacks playlist!! great job

  • Reply Dio Brando December 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    very helpful

  • Reply Usman Haroon December 12, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    thanks so much – was looking for this!

  • Reply NickNickSr December 13, 2017 at 1:21 am

    This is exactly i was looking for! Thank you!

  • Reply spotbrooklyn December 18, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Or you can just click and drag the corner of the crop field, and it will automatically resize your crop ratio from 4×5 to 5×4, as needed…

  • Reply Alan A December 20, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Tnx! This helped a lot!

  • Reply emersonarchuleta December 23, 2017 at 9:44 am

    thanks so much for doing this tutorial!! so helpful

  • Reply Alexander Supertramp December 29, 2017 at 10:45 am

    U can click to the crop drop down, and juck click the 4×5 / 8×10 option which is already there, and its the SAME thing. no need to type it yourself.

  • Reply Directed by Otrocity January 7, 2018 at 7:50 am

    You sir are a lifesaver! Thanks a million!

  • Reply Sam Flowers January 8, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Thanks bro!!!!!

  • Reply Carlos Gabriel Azeredo January 9, 2018 at 12:51 am

    Thanks for the video, help me a lot. Subscribed.

  • Reply Marek Liška January 11, 2018 at 8:45 pm


  • Reply David Hernandez Loves You January 13, 2018 at 5:27 am

    I NEEDED this!! Thank you

  • Reply Vanessa Starr January 16, 2018 at 1:18 am

    Thank you!

  • Reply Martin Ouboter January 17, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    thanks for this very helpfull. did you had that coffee with peter yet?

  • Reply 34thncrenshaw January 18, 2018 at 4:37 am

    i tried this on lightroom 4 and it didn't work??? u have any suggestions!!!!??? pleasse

  • Reply muffemod January 19, 2018 at 8:21 am

    or you could just crop 4×5 instead 5×4…

  • Reply adelacreative January 21, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Super, merci 🙂

  • Reply StaRMaestroS January 31, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    So… its 4 by 5 then? Not 5 by 4?

  • Reply David February 1, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Thanks for this. Great tip. About to post my photo using this tip. Instagram @david_p_halliday

  • Reply Mamoona Shah February 2, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Which program is this?

  • Reply Uptown Photography February 4, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Can this be done for a Landscape photo? I use a computer to post to IG (there's a way to fool IG to use a computer) but recently, once I try and resize from square to landscape, Instagram greys out the "NEXT" button, so I can no longer post unless I stay with the square format. I am a photographer and a computer is much better for posting then a phone……Thanks

  • Reply Mark February 9, 2018 at 12:48 am

    Dude, long time that i saw a video with so good light quality.

  • Reply Too Much February 13, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    What's the aspect ratio for Horizontal pics? I guess the samething

  • Reply medenis February 14, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    You Sir have the best tutorial outhere. Thank You so much! 🙂

  • Reply rayzorhead February 19, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    But how do u do this on Lightroom app on the phone?

  • Reply Rajdeep Mondal February 19, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Thanx, I am from India, love your work bruh

  • Reply Zuzana Gogová February 20, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    I liked your video and had to subscribe cause of the ending… so nice of you inviting him for a coffee. I really like it – not slow introduction, but you straight to the point! Great!

  • Reply Martin Tran March 2, 2018 at 12:25 am

    You could simply just drag the crop marquee around to change orientation.

  • Reply Maac Desmond March 2, 2018 at 4:10 am

    hey i mail to pete about this video and your coffee time. i think it works buddy..

  • Reply NonStopNeal March 6, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    YES YES YES !!! Finally, ive been having the same problem. Thanks so much for explaining this.WHoooo.

  • Reply TheCupofSTFU March 9, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Oh my goddddd this is exactly the issue I was having!!! Thank you for this video! Both you and Peter are great! 🙂

  • Reply Mjay March 9, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    You save my whole life putting this work on youtube. Keep up the goodwork! Cheers!

  • Reply Susan L. Shangle March 25, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Thanks- that's exactly what I needed to know. Was driving me crazy trying to input custom numbers and nothing happens. And dragging corners was moving the whole photo (not what needed to happen). So simple now that you showed me the trick.

  • Reply Mel March 26, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Thank you for this!

  • Reply Dragonovus April 7, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    I do it differently and it works. Just go to Aspect ratio 4×5 and then press X. It automatically brings you in the 5X4 ratio. This saves you even more steps. In your tutorial you actually have the same result as mine only difference is that you have to drag it to the borders while my technique already maximize it. i hope you know what i mean or did i miss something here?

  • Reply Ben April 8, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    THANKS MAN 🙂 !!

  • Reply OmegaPhattyAcid April 8, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks Cris from Romania

  • Reply Tanja Kappler April 9, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Thank you, wiill guvectgat a try!✌✌

  • Reply Marc Altieri April 10, 2018 at 5:01 am

    Good video! Thanks

  • Reply FlyingDutchman April 13, 2018 at 8:23 am

    cheers mate!

  • Reply San-der San-der April 14, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Awesome! Love the video and yes! This is that bit of a little trick I was missing out on as well…. was already a bit bummed of from not having the exact same cool crop for Instagram as Peter did. But, not to worry anymore! Keep on making these vids! Rock on!

  • Reply KhaN ShuaiBKS April 18, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    How to do this in mobile please reply bro

  • Reply Get Free April 25, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Thank you, this was a good help as I also was wondering what to do with landscape photos

  • Reply Qverlord April 27, 2018 at 5:49 am

    omg it works!!!! it´s alive it´s alive!!!!

  • Reply Andreas Jonsson May 6, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Perfect! Thanks!

  • Reply Yani Aimene May 13, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks for the tip!

  • Reply trav is dead May 15, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    damn, G. Got some really good tips hidden in your channel. I consume lots of social media type content and heard stuff here I have never heard mentioned on other channels or blogs. Great work, Cristi.

  • Reply Ramses Toledo May 16, 2018 at 3:42 am

    Great tip! Thank you.. Do you mind if I ask you how many lights and how are they set up in this video? Your lighting is awesome!

  • Reply Viktor Szentesi May 23, 2018 at 9:49 am

    finally, thanks mate!!!!

  • Reply James GTR May 25, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Thank you! So simple.

  • Reply Yeaija Choudhury May 26, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    I love you

  • Reply Yeaija Choudhury May 26, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you so much

  • Reply Dr Gjengdahl June 5, 2018 at 1:45 am

    Dude, Thanks soo much!!!

  • Reply Nawaf Oding June 18, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    You just saved the day thank you Man

  • Reply Tais da Silva Dutra June 20, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Thank you so much. It helped me a lot. 🌹

  • Reply Leecha Mia June 28, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    thank youuuuuuu

  • Reply lpiedad July 10, 2018 at 2:25 am

    tDo I have to shoot in specific aspect ratio? Or it doesn't matter? Thanks!

  • Reply Johnny James Jamrock July 13, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Aweesome man, i was wondering

  • Reply Felicia Smith July 28, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Ahhhh! That's what I was missing!! Subscribed and thanks so much 🙂

  • Reply Lucas August 19, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Useful and to the point. Thanks so much

  • Reply Andrew Craig August 19, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    or you could just pick the 4×5 option from the drop-down and then change to portrait lol

  • Reply the pro rayen August 29, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    thanks bro s'abonner in my chainne

  • Reply Moments on Mobile by Paul Padua September 12, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    How do you do it in Lightroom mobile?

  • Reply Claus Mevik September 30, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Aight, my man

  • Reply Poorna Yapa October 3, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Awesome man! Time to boost my Instagram profile 🙂

  • Reply neelchat October 19, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Saved my life!

  • Reply tom moore November 7, 2018 at 9:00 am

    That was the one step I couldn't work out…. Pressing the 'X' – Thank you 😀

  • Reply Manvendra Kumar November 17, 2018 at 2:39 am

    Respect man ! …Wondering how to do that u just fixed my problem.❤👍

  • Reply Jordan Thomas December 7, 2018 at 4:17 am

    Perfect thanks man!

  • Reply Morar Alex December 11, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    loool,chiar nu ma asteptam sa ma uit la un roman, ce super

  • Reply Pizzles Tech Time December 16, 2018 at 3:11 am

    So do you realize when you resize your crop your changing the aspect ratio? kinda defeats the purpose but almost helpful!

  • Reply Petar Georgiev December 21, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    And later on if your photo gets compressed (pixelated) when uploading on instagram you should export at: 1080px in width by 1350px in height and resolution 76px per inch.

  • Reply Sidarth Rai December 22, 2018 at 2:41 am

    What about for landscape photos

  • Reply Dominic Dosdos December 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Hey man! You are a lifesaver! Thanks for this video 🙂

  • Reply Lucian Costea January 17, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Hey! This tutorial was very helpful for me. Do you know how to do the same thing in Lightroom CC mobile? I usually edit on my phone when I'm at work 😀

  • Reply Christopher Bailey January 20, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Legend! Thank you that was driving me insane! haha 😀

  • Reply BakeLikeAPro January 25, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    ha ! Cristi ! – Great TIP ! I was just trying to do this, could NOT figure it out, and your video was a great ! Thanks ! New subscriber too. Thanks ! … Mark over at the BakeLikeAPro recipe channel.

  • Reply Cristi Kerekes January 31, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Watch this next:

  • Reply king Kire February 6, 2019 at 6:34 am

    wow dude you got straight to the point, i like videos where i actually find the solution to my problem

    subbed right away mate!

  • Reply drew February 9, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    very nice🤗. subbed!!

  • Reply Avillium February 18, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Sadly this doesn’t work the newest version of Lightroom I don’t think, if anyone has found a way to do it please let me know !

  • Reply Florin Bri February 18, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Felicitari ! nici nu mi-am dat seama ca esti roman pana am vazut ca esti din Brasov !

  • Reply Sergiu Crișan February 20, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Salut Cristi ! felicitari pentru content !

  • Reply MsKM March 1, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Thank you! I had this problem & you solved it 😊

  • Reply China Doll Productions, LLC March 5, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    What if we needed the whole picture and just not the center of it? How do we resize it?

  • Reply 馮齊Diana Feng March 8, 2019 at 2:41 am

    Great tip! Thanks

  • Reply Seleem Abuzid March 8, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    i know it's too old but never old for Beginners lol

  • Reply Zyphire March 18, 2019 at 3:53 am

    Chupale el pico ahora po hermano aksdjaskjdkasjdkas xd

  • Reply Tech Ride March 18, 2019 at 5:49 am

    how can i edit 5×4 using using lightroom cc on android?

  • Reply ERNESTO LEAL March 21, 2019 at 4:47 am

    Is this only possible in lightroom and not photoshop? I don't have lightroom 🙁

  • Reply Nihil Novum April 25, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Hi! How can I do this in the app Lightroom on my phone? I just don’t have mi laptop at the moment and I need to do it in the app. Any tip for this?

  • Reply En Point May 8, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks a lot helped me

  • Reply Tatiana Halabi May 26, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Thank you!!! Great tip!

  • Reply Invoker June 10, 2019 at 5:05 am

    Whenever i upload some pictures to instagram,the photo always become very pixelated and blurry.Can someone please tell me how i can fix this issue?

  • Reply Patti Monson June 13, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Awesome tip….. thank you 😊

  • Reply Jean Westling June 22, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    thankXXXXXX. pressing the X button made the difference in my life

  • Reply Steven Robledo June 29, 2019 at 4:23 am

    the video is scripted. Look at his eyes

  • Reply Joe Gowac July 29, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    so this only works with a vertical picture correct? When I try to do a landscape horizontal photo parts of my photo are cropped out

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