**UPDATE** There have been some serious issues reported using Gramblr for loading photos to Instagram including breaking your use of hashtags on Instagram. There are some good alternatives listed in the comments below**
Instagram is the fastest growing social media service growing it’s user base by 23% in the last 6 months of 2013.
If you aren’t using Instagram yet it’s worth taking a look. But what if all your photos are on your computer, what if you use an SLR to take your pictures rather than your phone? How can you post them to your Instagram account? In this post I’m going to show you two step guide using two cool tools to post Instagram photos via your computer.
1. Crops and adds filters to your photos so they look right for Instagram
2. Upload your photo to Instagram via the web
#1 Cropping and adding filters
Instagram is all about the filters. There have been and are lots of other mobile apps that offer cool filters for your photos, but the retro style that these filters add has become a signature of Instagram. A photo without a filter just doesn’t look Instagrammy.
I’ve talked about PicMonkey (affiliate link) before and it’s perfect for adding effects to your photos on the web.
Here’s how it works:
Upload your image and make it square:
Visit the PicMonkey (affiliate) website and sign up for an account
Click ‘Edit’ from the top menu bar
Select an image from your computer and upload it
Click ‘Crop’ from the side bar menu
From the drop down menu select ‘Square’
Pull out the edges of the selection area to select the area of your photo you want to use.
When you are happy with the selection click ‘Apply
Resize your image:
Click ‘Crop’ again
Change the proportions in the boxes to 650 x 650 and check the ‘Scale photo’ box
Pull the edges of the selection box out until it reaches the edges of your photo
Click on the magic wand icon on the left hand toolbar
Select a filter from the menu
When you are happy with your creation click ‘Save’ at the top of the screen to save to your computer.
#2 Upload your photo to Instagram
Although you can view your Instagram photos on the web you can’t as yet upload to the app this way. Gramblr is a tool that allows you to do this.
Here’s how it works
Visit the Gramblr website and download the app to your computer
Sign in to Gramblr with your Instagram account
Click ‘Choose file’ to select your picture from your computer
Add a caption to accompany your picture. You can add a link and your hashtags here too.
Click ‘Save Caption’ and it will load straight to your Instagram account.
This might be more time consuming than using Instagram directly but it is useful if you are using a camera to take your photos or if you store those photographs on your computer.
If you try this method let me know how you get on. If you have another solution I’d love to hear about it too so leave me a comment.
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