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Photoshop for Instagram enthusiasts

teacher avatar Alexandru Taradaciuc, Photoshop Enthusiast

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (54m)
    • 1. 00 Intro

    • 2. 01 Instagram Resolutions

    • 3. 02 Create and manage layers

    • 4. 03 Edit first image - 1.91:1 ratio

    • 5. 04 Edit second image - 1:1 ratio

    • 6. 05 Bonus video - more ways to make a picture B/W

    • 7. 06 Edit third image 3 x 45 panorama (reuploaded)

    • 8. 07 Upload your photos to Instagram - Tips and tricks

    • 9. 08 Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Welcome to Photoshop for Instagram enthusiasts


If you want to advertise your products or just share your vacation pictures with the rest of the family, continue watching this course and you will learn how to use Photoshop for editing and exporting your pictures to get the best results when uploading to Instagram.

What will you learn during this course?

  1. What are the best types of photos for Instagram – resolution,
  2. Adobe Photoshop interface - a quick glance
  3. How to Open, Close and export your work
  4. What are layers and how to work with them
  • Layer panel
  • Layer blending mode and opacity
  • Layer Filtering
  • Layer Masks
  • New layer/New layer gradient or adjust layer, Layer Groups

How to create and upload a panorama giving you the seamlessly swipe thru the pano


  • Create the canvas with the proper resolution
  • Create the guides and the trim slices
  • Import the photo
  • Export the slices
  • Upload the slices into Instagram using the computer and the phone
  • Bonus: Photoshop templates


Don't hesitate to contact me on Instagram: @taradaciuc

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Alexandru Taradaciuc

Photoshop Enthusiast


Hello, I'm Alexandru.


I am a Photo-edit enthusiast and an excited photographer. I like to share my knowledge with my fellow friends.

I'm creating my workflow video tutorials. What works for me could work for you also but I challenge you to find your own workflow. 

Follow me taking this journey, discovering news stuff along the way... and who knows, maybe we will make a better world.


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1. 00 Intro: Hi. Welcome to further So for Instagram enthusiasts, my name is Alex. And in the next hour or so I will show you how to edit your instagram photos using a dog photo shop if you want to advertise their products or just share your vacation pictures with the rest of the family, continue watching this course and you learn how to use Photoshopped for editing and exporting your pictures to get the best results went uploading to Instagram During this course, we will have a quick glance at the photo shop interface. Then we will jump straight Iranian editing a few photos and prepare them to be uploaded to Instagram. So let's dig in. 2. 01 Instagram Resolutions: before we jump into editing, let's see first what resolution Instagram prefers Under website. You will find the following information when you share a photo that has a with between 320 10 80 pixels. Instagram keeps the photo its original resolution as long as the photos aspect ratio is between 1 91 by one and four by five. If the aspect ratio off the photo isn't supported, then it will be cropped toe feet supported ratio. If you share a photo of the lower resolution, Instagram will enlarge it with 320 pixels. If you share a photo of the high resolution than Instagram will size it down to a with off 10 80 pixels. Okay, but what does it told me? Using my phone's screen shot, you can see some examples here, 1 to 1 ratio or 10 80 by 10 80 1 91 by one, mostly used for landscape mode and last but not least 4 to 5. What is the portrait mode? Using this 4 to 5 ratio, we will group three images to create a panel. Let's start editing our first image 3. 02 Create and manage layers: let me explain a little bit how layers are working, and where can you find them? So we who have the layers panel here on the right. If you don't see it, click on the many window layer or just hit of seven from her keyboard and the layers will pop up. No, Let me explain how layers are working. And how can we use them in our photos? I will explain more on the layers during my image editing, but until then, this is very important. So I need to for you separately. So let's go and create an object here on top of this phone, okay? No, I created the layer, and you can clearly see it here in the layers panel. This bottom part here is with layer filters so you can filter for text. Yeah, I can see that in this, um, document that I have here. We have two layers with text, no adjustment layers. We have some images and also some smart objects. You can click on this to filter off. Filter on. These are just some options. Also, you have the blending modes here. So let's say you want to overlay this. It's still there, but it's just showing on Lee Ah, part of the black layer you can play with this toe have different to see what the different options are. You can change the opacity of the layer using this lighter here. Either you click on the text capacity and move left to right or click on the slider here, or just go and say 50%. Okay, this is another option. Let's say you want toe pick under this layer. Yeah, you can use layer masks, so layer masts are very important. I'll go. I'm going to use them in my editing, and you'll see different ways to use layer. Mask toe. Add a layer mask. Just click on the layer and then click here. Toe add mask. You will see a square added to your layer. What we can do now is just select brush, and with the black you can paint over it so you can see where is Black is going toe hide my layer and show the layer beneath. And what is with white is going to show the layer. So let's say I want to do something like that and it's too much. We can river. This can come here, switch the foreground color with the bigger on color, or heat the X key on your keyboard and start being nude white again. And I think you already start noticing different ways we can use. It is masking option. If you don't want to have the mask anymore, click on damask and drag it to this small recycled being here, and it will ask you I a free want to delete this layer mask? Yes, deleted and now back to normal. If you want to add it again, this click here and the mask, and that's it. If you want to disable it while whole holding shift key left, click on the layer mask and it will disable the mask. 4. 03 Edit first image - 1.91:1 ratio: Let's start editing this photo. First of all, I'm going to put a crop here 19 to 1 by one. It was already there, but I typed it so I can see how to put the ratio here and just grab this corners here and move the crop tool a little bit. And I want to straight on this part off the horizons applique on the level and drag it. I think it's around 1.2 degrees. Working and control. Enter or click here to make the changes. Okay, now that our photo is cropped, let's create a duplicate, so the first way to do it is click on the layer. Hold drag and drag it to the plus sign here. Don't create a duplicate or control J on the windows or command J on a Mac. Or just go toe layers duplicate layer, and it will duplicate or layers to delete one layer. Just take it here and move it to the recycle bin or hit village Icky. It's unlock this one. So here, if it's locked, you cannot do anything on it. You can crop it, but you cannot drawn it. You cannot brush it. You cannot use your clone tool, so unlock it, and the first thing that I want to do is just remove this patch off mud here. It's a little disturbing, so we're going to use the healing brush tool. Have it here. You have a lot of options here. We can play with it. But what works best for now is just the healing brush spot. Healing Brush is going to analyze this image and content aware fill this entire selection that I've made and now it's gone. It's like Magic Photoshopped magic. I know. So this is before this is after. It's not a big deal, but it it's an eye catcher. In the end, you'll see. So we were talking about adjustment layers. Let's create some adjustment layers, and we can brighten this image a little bit. The 1st 1 that I want to use is levels I can do a destructive way off applying levels to this image or a nondestructive way. Let me show you both. So if you go to image adjustment levels, this will pop up and what this graph do basically, from the absolute black to the absolute white, you can move your image so I can see if I'm dragging from the white part here on the right . The image brightens up. If I'm moving from the left, that is the dark side. Yeah, I know references here. But if I click OK, then the entire image is modified, and I cannot come back to that if I want to edit something. So let's hit control. C o. I didn't apply anything but nonetheless, and click here on the layers. So you have adjustments and we have levels. If you click that, you'll see that a new layer will appear with a mask already on it. You have the same options here. It can move it and drag it a little bit. Same for blacks. But with this level, I just want to bring more luminous t to this. And don't worry if you're burning your image on the sky here. What I want to do is just it on this, um, Hills here. So is like this. It's like dodging burning, but actually, we are going to put it on a layer. So if we revert this mask using control I or command I on the Mac and then paint over it Let's see what's happening. Can see that our image starts to Brighton a little bit. Well, I exaggerate here just to show you the difference. Yeah. So what are the options for this brush you have here? The opacity. I usually take it to 50% capacity. So, like, if you have, like, for example, can see multiple strikes until makes 100%. And then But I usually do I change the format of the tip off the brush. So I right click on it and just squeeze this in and move this button angle. Yeah. Okay. So harness is 0%. That will give us soft brush the size. Well, I'll show you now how to change your size breath without going here and change like this. You just use your keys on your keyboard to make it bigger. So why do I want to use a mask? Because if I messed something up like this, I can hit ex change back to black here and just paint it over. You see, it's already starting to look good paint over here. I like it like this. Let's zoom in a little bit and then we will use a little bit off touch and burn anyhow, but this will give us option off coming back. You know, let's start from beginning here because I exaggerated on so many levels here. So to fill up a mask, it shift back space and this will pop up here, go to your foreground color that is white here and click. OK, and now you'll see that damask is 100% white. Yeah, control I so we can invert it. And with white, let's just paint a little bit here, make your brush a little smaller here. And don't worry if you're messing up here as I told you, it can come back. Hit X morning on like this and control zero to make it fit the screen. Here you can see part, some glowing. They need to be careful here on the edges. So let's see. This is before and this is after. So if you think this is too much, you have the option off taking back and modify and also have the opacity so before, after before, after your a dis eder eyes catching on this hills here No, let me show you different way off Working with this and you can create and even better adjustment. That is the curve adjustment, as you can see the graphics similar, but you just the points throughout an image tonal range so it can put more points. I have absolute darkness here, absolute whiteness here. And if you do like this, for example, you'll see that image stars, too. Brighton. If you do like this, then your image is going darker. But because this is a graph, you can do a nest shape so you can on your black side. It can experiment here. I really liked playing with this when I was first learning photo shop so you can see more or less the adjustments here. And it's already starting to look nice. Can do like this. Okay, looking good. No disguise blown up a little. But don't worry. You have masks, so let's create a bigger brush here and you can bringing back some details. Let's take the capacity to 100%. Um, that's good. Now the best part here is that you can also applied the levels, so let's hear before and after from the main image. So this is before this is after to really eye catching. If you hit control one or command one, you can zoom in to 100%. I think this green here is too strong, so let's try to take capacity even lower. Okay, I think it's better now. Let's see before, after and now it's more realistic. Now let's tackle this haze here. So the weather was there, a cloudy when I took this photo with some patches off. Send through the clouds. So this creates like a Maisto reform on this far away objects. And let's try to use the burn tool. But the burnt told us it takes the highlights that basically it's this whitey colors here own the greens and dial them down. Now this is a destructive way of doing this. So if, for example, you hit here, see, it's already looking good. So if you hit like this, then you're committing to it, and you need to control the toe under this work. So let's try to edit this as best as we can. And again, the exposure is 12% only on shadows. Actually, I would like some meat don's so you can play with this tool as well. Let's create the bigger so because this 12% then I don't need to worry about messing up because it is not going to be that obvious. So let's see. This is before, and this is after you can see that this patch off trees here are looking better. Okay, let's move in the background a little bit and try to do the same thing here. Easy. You don't want to overdo it. Otherwise is going to look crappy. So you see 12%. 12%. That's 24% there. I think this is how this tool is working. What a Let's see here. Let's make this brief. Smaller on a I was trying to do this here because this was in the shadows. Okay, lets him out. Controlled zero to fit in. And this is before this is after before and after. I think starting to look very, very good. Let's take here as well a little bit. This highlights. I just dialed him down and let's use Dodge a little bit. And Macon, I catch here this waas okay, Something like that. Something that you're I can linger on houses. Okay, let's see before after before, after starting to look okay, I think I'm doing this. So my eyes going toe notice every change that I'm doing at this point. And OK, now what I'm trying to do here is dark and a little bit this stonewall just a little bit. So we're going to use the Dodge Tool, the Bertel. Sorry. And make this brush a little bigger. Andi, use 20% Onda. Let's start painting on it. Make this smaller. It will not affect this one. Yes, I really want to make So now this will look cooler. So let's see before after for after it's like a wet stone now. Okay, so I think we're done here again. This is for Instagram is not going to be printed. Um, I think it's on my catcher. So let's try to export this Now I'll show you my method. I think you'll find various way of doing it. But the tested method and the one that I know it works better is go to file export and save for web. Or you can use all shift control s or and this is going to create a J peg and you can see here fitting view. No select J peg quality select 70 three. That is the hot spot. Okay, in the image size, select with off 1 80 and leave the rest like this and the quality be cubic, and I know this is going toe work. Basically, this is our compression, so photo shop compresses better than the image compressor that Instagram has. So let's fit in view. Let's look at our image and click. Save the Roach's take safe and now, before passing it to Instagram, let's edit the rest of the images, and I will show you a couple of tips and tricks how to upload direct from your computer. 5. 04 Edit second image - 1:1 ratio: Okay, so let's continue to the next image. No, this image. We're going to crop it first, and we're going to use the ratio one by one or square. And there was something. So I want to preserve more of the house. Let's see what we can do here. Maybe it's not the best choice with this image, but think this will do the trick. So let's commit to this control, enter command int there or just hit that button. And like less time, let's duplicate the layer control J or command J on Mac on. And first things first. I want to get rid of this. Had edges here. So let's see the magic off the healing brush hit left bracket on. Let's just take this thing here. Okay? Pretty good click here. Okay, so that's not looking that great control Z zoom in a little bit, make it smaller and just try to get in there. So the trick here is the smaller the brush, the finer the detail is going to be. So if you can see now it's it's better versus there. I know it's it's more tedious like this, but is going to make a whole lot of difference You can see here. I can spot some copies for Mayor brush earlier. So let's try toe, go in and not look that, you know, it's like a copy a little like this. I know that is not going to to be visible on instagram, but this technique can be used also if you want toe on larger scale images. So if you want to print this, then well, you need to work more on the detail part for Instagram. I think is going to be OK. But if you want to print them, then they were going to be obvious. Okay, Think that office Well, I know what is that? But could be disturbing. Andi, I see here something could be a leaf. Could be insect or something going. Okay, let's see. I'll click on the I I can hear. Okay. It's looking. Okay. Um let's see what else we can do here. This is I'm exaggerating. At this point. I usually, um I will not go in tow so much detail, but because we're doing this, I want to see to show you actually, what is the power off for the shop? Okay. Looking Okay, Let's see. So I'm basically zooming in, zooming out, see something that I don't like some basically remove it here. This is a little disturbing. Okay, here is Well, okay, lets see before after, And it it looks a little more. That's a natural. So listen to the water here if we can do something, uh, I think it's OK. I think we are going to play a little bit with dodge and burn. But before we do that, I want to create this image. I want to make it black and white, I think is going to be a little more dramatic. So how can you do this? Either you go to adjustment black and white and basically gives you now the option to play here with the image. So let's see, what is the difference? So if I'm going toe play here, you see, the greens are starting to to be more on the on the black side, or I can really accentuate those greens in my picture. Let's see what else yellows again. You can see you can make it a little more traumatic, but let's bring it around here. Redd's. I think we're OK with threads like this on and thanks. Good. Let's see before after before after. Okay, permits. I think it's a disappointed looking. Okay, Um, let's play a little bit with dodge and burn And what I want to do is basically put some shadows around here somewhere. So let's see here. More shadows around here. See, this is going to be more dramatic, But again, this is just playing. You will, depending on your image, is working on or not. Sometimes I worked like this and I said, OK, you really like it. And I just under the work, right. Let's put more emphasis here, and this, like post on, basically create like a small shadow here. I want Onley. This white part, I think. See some dust here. Let's try to remove. This is well, it's Either you use the clone tool or the healing brush, but for me, 90% of the time I'm using healing brush because I just remove some spots. I'm not creating an entire image, but let me show you how this clone tool is working. So basically, you select your target from where do you want to copy and duplicate the pixels? So you hit old and to see that the course Aries changing and you click on it. And now if you go and pained, you see you're going to paint with the selection. So let me Sure. Well, sorry. No, this before after. So I see it. Go peed the part. This part here from the left. Actually, I'm not district. I can live like this. Let's see what else is here? Most of it. I think we're okay with it. What I don't like is I've still have part of the window here, so let's crop it a little more. I can see you can go back and forth with this, okay? And I'm okay with this. No, that's export. This image is well, so exports safe for Web. Go here. Quality 73 height and width is going to be 1 80 by 1 80 Andi, let's see our picture regent of you by cubic safe. And we can put here a name dream house and save it 6. 05 Bonus video - more ways to make a picture B/W: Okay, So before we go to the next picture, let me show you two different ways to create this black and white effect. So let me hide this one. Click on the layer and you can goto image adjustment and click on the black and white basically, is the same. But it's, ah, destructive way off doing this. And you can use some presets here and play with the presets. No, I'm just crawling through the presets to see which ones look better. OK, that's one. And the other one, you can go toe image adjustment, hue and saturation control you on Windows command you on Mac and dial down the saturation. 7. 06 Edit third image 3 x 45 panorama (reuploaded) : Okay, So this image, we're going to create a panel from one image. We're are going to crop it into three, and we're going to use for by five ratio. So let's dig in. So I want to edit this photo before creating the template that is going toe. Slice this image into three. First of all, I want to straighten the horizon. So let's go to the crop tool original ratio for the start and drug. And I think it's around here, so it's minus 1.5 degrees. I think we're OK with this and click enter No before starting editing it. Create duplicate control, J. J. And let's see what we can do to this one. First of all, let's God curve. See, I want this kite be a little darker, okay? And this one So then like this Cool. So let's see before and after on the sky Looks great. Uh, oops, no, two months and it's again. Okay, something like this. And actually let's apply this adjustment only to the sky. So control I to invert the mask, go here and let's paint only the sky 50% best city. So don't worry if you go over it. It's just the left bracket to make this smaller. Let's zoom in a little out and scroll on and something like that. I don't need to be that careful here. It okay? Actually going a little bit like this. Andi, let's see. Okay, I have a hello effect here. So something like this and again, you don't need to be that careful if you don't print it. But let me show you something else. So let's see before after before after. Okay. Here you can see it. Let's make it a little bigger. So go. Doesn't matter if you go a little. So something like this No can do like this as well. So before, After before. That looks nice. If you want to create Ah, more detailed I'm asking. What you can do is click on the layer, click on the selecting, you'll hear of just selecting two on and let's play a little bit with the lesser to see if it's going toe work. I don't need to be very specific with the lesson. I'm doing that. Okay, Let's see how this election was done. I'm more interested here on this top part. Looks good okay. And with this election made, let's invert this. Come back with, like this and you are going to pay. Pained inside only now click on the selection tool. Right click select in verse. So is going to be selected. Everything except ah, me and my friends say, Here and now you can click on this one, conduct X to bring the white and just paint like this. And now you have a better grip on fainting. Something like that. And now to do Select Controlled the orca. Mandy on Mac. Okay, it's looking good. Let's see. This is before this is after. And let's to some dodging here. So, like less time. Let's bring in some details on this grass here. Control Z control. See, It's a mean a little bit left bracket to make it smaller on this number. Control Z, let's make the exposure smaller. Okay. Something the eyes going to linger. Not that worry. Okay, lets see before. Yeah, okay. It's looking good. Now let's create the template that is going to cut my image into three four by five images so I can upload them to Instagram. I'm going to attach this template as well so you can download it. So file new and we need three images 1000 and 80 by 1350 pixels. But first, to split it, we're going to use 1 80 times, three by one 1003 150 pixels. Let's create this one. And no, let's do have you create guide. And now, because I already played with this a little bit, I have here. Three columns click. OK, now what we need to do is go to our image, go to move to click and hold on the image. Actually, it's not going to work, because when I'm dragging, I'm dragging this adjustment layer, so we need to make a compound layer. Okay, so we're going to flatten this image. No. We're going to use the trick that I've showed you in the previous videos. Control all shift E or command option shift. Eat on, Mac. And this is going toe. Take all my layers and create a flattened layer above. Be careful. When you do this, you need to click on the top layer. So if you have multiple layers, you just click on the the top one and use this command. Now we can take this image and drag it to this. Okay, Control T or command t on Mech. And let's change here, let's say 50%. Something like that. Be careful. This link here needs to be clicked before doing this. So let's position it on and make it a little bigger. So it's better to go more on the outside. It will give you better agree upon when exporting. Okay, looks good. Actually, I forgot to do something here, so let's do it. Here is the burn tool and 20% exposure is good. Let's burn this a little bit here. Okay, Now let's make the slices. So you go to crap. It'll click and hold and click on the slice toe and have this option here. Slice from guide, click on it and you see automatically created three slices. Now let's export this image. Good to file Expert. Save for a Web fit to view. Select the slices that you want to export 73 like you, big and safe and, as you can see, created a folder with three separate him interest and if we look at dimension is 1 80 by 1350 8. 07 Upload your photos to Instagram - Tips and tricks: Okay, so let me show you how to easily upload your photos from your computer toe. Instagram. Using this trick, open your browser. Once you go to your instagram account, log in right click on the Web page, inspect element, and from here, choose struggle devices and just selected device. That's a pixel to excel because it has a bigger screen and then hit a five and you will see that commands here are available. Now click on plus and go to your image that you want to upload. Let's say this dream house click OK, this is one by one. This is 1 to 1 ratio. Like next. Input your text here, dream house and put your text your tags and then click share. Sure, and you see already uploaded the same thing you can do for 1 91 to 1 ratio. We connect this one hit next, but here a caption. Open roads on road to full place. This is one off my putter tags open, OK, and then please share and you can see didn't crop my image. And no, let's do the other one. The other one. It's a little bit tricky because you need to use the function that Onley the APP itself has . So transfer your pictures to your phone using your phone, cable or email address. Or you can use an OT de cable if you have. And let's jump in, too my phone and upload the panel. Let's open Instagram and Hit plus and select the photos using select multiple. So basically, that's why you cannot upload straight from the computer because you don't have this option . Select multiple images so selected in order, so you have one to and three it's next and you can see that is already starting. Look better. No, we don't want to apply any filters You can do if you won but defies the purpose of doing it in photo shop. Click Next. Right. Your caption Here, here, you can put well, you know how Instagram is working. You can select share it on Facebook or on Twitter or Tumbler and just click share finishing up. And there you go seamlessly. Three pictures 9. 08 Final Thoughts: that is it for now. I hope you enjoy this quick tutorial on how to edit your photos in further shop. Remember to experiment and to enjoy the process to bring more beauty into the world and shared with us. It was a pleasure doing this quick tutorial for you. Please don't hesitate to write me using the contact details in the course description until next time. My name is Alex. Stay safe. Be creative.