Create a Grid for an Instagram Post

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It's a popular custom to post a grid of nine favorite or best pictures from a year's worth of shooting on Instagram. While there are apps to create these grids using images on your phone, my best pictures come from an SLR camera. So I use Lightroom Classic's Print module to create a grid to share on IG.

I start by selecting my favorite nine images and putting them in a collection in the Library module. Then I switch to the Print module and use the Single Image / Contact Sheet Layout Style to make a grid of 3 rows and 3 columns with a little white space between each cell. I tell Lightroom to use all the images in the filmstrip and check how they look next to each other. If I don't like how some appear, I can rearrange the order of the photos in the filmstrip.

Since the final design is destined for screen display, in the Print Job panel, I tell Lightroom to Print to a JPEG file instead of a printer. I set the Resolution to 100ppi and the JPEG Quality to 90. Then I check the box for Custom Dimensions and enter 8.50 inches for both the height and width. This makes Lightroom save a file that is 850x850 pixels, perfect for posting.

Learn more about creating your own designs in Printing Photos with Lightroom Classic, an online class which begins March 17, 2022. Click here to register.