You’re probably squinting at this title and thinking, “What? Is that really possible?”. Yes, it’s possible to crop Instagram photos to get more likes.
In fact, what ratio you choose to crop your photos is actually super important.
In this article, we’ll share which ratio will get you the most likes.
How To Crop Photos
First, we’ll explain how to actually crop Instagram photos. Of course, there are many ways.
First, you can use your phone’s own integrated editing system. On the other hand, you can use apps!
Crop Instagram Photos With iPhone
If you’re using your iPhone’s editing system, it’s very simple.
Select the photo you want to edit and then in the top right, click ‘Edit’.
Next, click the box and arrow icon in the bottom left.
To crop the photo, you can manually adjust using the white angles in the corner of the photo. Drag and drop to create your ideal crop.
However, you can also use the set ratios. Click the three rectangles in the bottom right.
You will get a list of ratios to choose from. These are the most common ratios to crop photos. We’ll talk more about the best ones to use later!
Depending on whether the photo was taken in portrait or landscape, the iPhone will give you the options to use the ratios according to the photo’s existing ratio.
For example, if you took a photo like this (landscape):
You won’t get the same options to crop it like a portrait style photo.
Crop Photos With External App
VSCO lets you take a landscape photo and make it portrait, and vice versa. Be careful though, any time you crop a photo, it risks reducing the quality of the image.
Using VSCO to crop photos is nice and simple. Once you’ve imported your photo, use the adjustment icon to access the editing tools.
From there, you’ll find one called “Adjust”. This is how you will crop your photos.
VSCO gives you a list of the most commonly used ratios, including both portrait and landscape options.
Simply click the ratio you want and it will adjust your photo for you.
How To Crop Photos For Instagram
Of course, you’re wondering which ratio is best for Instagram! There are three main options but one of these is the prime choice. It will help you get the most likes and engagement on the app. Before we get to that, though, let’s talk about the other two options.
First, we have the square crop. In fact, Instagram started with only one option for cropping photos: the square.
The square crop had a good life, but it can be very limiting.
However, sometimes a photo looks wonderful in its simple square crop.
If you can fit everything you need into the square, then don’t be shy using that to crop Instagram photos.
It’s also a great choice if you want everything in the photo to be seen on the small squares of your feed before someone clicks on it. The other two crop options don’t show the full image at a glance.
On VSCO, you can use the 1:1 ratio to get a square photo crop.
From there, you can slide the box up and down to select which part of the photo you want to be in the crop.
In the iPhone’s editing tools, you get the option to actually crop the photo to a “Square”. This keeps it nice and simple; you don’t have to remember as many numbers!
However, square photos aren’t right for every single picture. It’s certainly awesome that Instagram now allows more sizes!
If you take a nice landscape style photo, it’ll fit perfectly into Instagram now!
As you can see, a landscape photo is where the bottom length of the photo is longer than the height of the photo.
This crop is great for landscapes, obviously, selfies with friends, macro photos, flat lays and more.
Landscape crops look good on your Instagram feed, too, as the app will take the middle section of your photo to use as the thumbnail on your grid.
The aspect ratio that Instagram uses for landscape photos is anything up to 1.91:1.
Unfortunately, it’s not easy to find a mainstream free app that will edit at this specific scale. The easiest way to do this is to type into Photoshop or Lightroom these exact dimensions.
However, don’t lose hope! You can still crop a photo to a great landscape ratio using your phone’s editing system or VSCO. It just won’t be as good quality as 1.91:1.
Luckily enough, these aspect ratios all fit Instagram: 3:2, 4:3, and 5:4.
For sure, try 5:4 so that you can fit as much of your photo into the frame as possible!
But there is a huge drawback to landscape crops: it doesn’t take up as much space on your follower’s timeline.
When they log in to Instagram to scroll through pictures after work, your landscape cropped photos will be easy to flick past because they don’t fill the entirety of a phone screen. They’re easily missed!
If you want to get more likes on Instagram, then use the portrait crop. It’s definitely the most popular way to crop photos on Instagram. This is for many reasons.
- When you take a photo on your smartphone the way you hold it, it automatically takes it in portrait dimensions. Therefore, it’s easier to work with portrait sized photos.
- You can fit more into the photo because it is the biggest size Instagram allows.
- You can photograph anything in portrait size: people, landscapes, flat lays, food, selfies, and more.
- Finally, it takes up the most space on your Instagram feed because it is as long as Instagram allows, and goes from edge to edge of the screen, too. So, if you want to capture more people’s attention, use a portrait size!
Since using the portrait size to crop Instagram photos, my personal Instagram account has gotten a significant amount more likes! In fact, when you look through someone’s feed, you can see that the portrait crops get more likes than that of squares or landscapes.
Amazing Portrait Cropped Instagram Images
@aspynovard used the portrait mode to crop her Instagram photo here. It allowed her whole body to fit into the frame, as well as a glimpse into her bedroom, and, of course, the long roll of baby photos!
When taking home decor photos, crop Instagram photos with portrait mode for the best results! It’s ideal for focusing on a certain area of your house. It even allows you to leave out the mess on the floor nearby because the extra wide crop isn’t capturing all the details around the portrait rectangle, like in @nest_number_9.
Of course, you’re going to want to crop Instagram photos in portrait scale for literal portraits. @sondeflor used portrait size for this gorgeous portrait of a girl squeezing water from her hair. Although there’s a gorgeous background, portrait crops allow viewers to focus on the subject of the photo while still getting the vibe of the background.
Overall, the best ratio to use for these sizes is 4:5. It’s the largest size Instagram allows. Also, it’s available in most editing apps which makes it all the more useful.
It’s a little smaller than the ratio that your iPhone uses to shoot photos so you will have to sacrifice some of your shot to fit it into Instagram’s size, but it’s not much!
You’ll definitely see an increase in likes when you start using this size to crop Instagram photos.