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Best photo size for upload? Answered

What is the reccomended size of a image for upload to Instructables?




Best Answer 8 years ago

It really depends on your goal and preferences, but there are a few things to consider.

I aim for 500x500 for image size, but I am slightly protective of my photos and don't like to put it all out there.  Here's my post explaining why I don't provide larger images on my blog and perhaps why you should consider using smaller images for Instructables. 

The automatic resizing isn't very attractive on Instructables, and smaller images look better in thumbnail and in the steps.  I'll admit 500x500 is on the small side.  You could go to 800x800 for readers who would like to see more detail.

Very large images just aren't very viewable on most computer screens.  I don't like to go above 1024x768 unless I'm providing a wallpaper.  If more detail is needed, I just provide the pertinent portion of the original.


1 year ago

I just looked this up and thought it might be worthwhile to post for other. As of March 2018, the actual image sizes Instructables shows to viewers are as follow:

  • Tiny - (48x48)
  • Square -
  • Square #2 - (130x130)
  • Square #3 - (320x320)
  • Thumb - (100x67)
  • Small - (320x213)
  • Rectangle #1- (306x255)
  • Medium - (620x413)
  • Large - (1024x683)

What this means is that, for the most part, uploading images larger than 1024x683 pixels will be a waste of time and file space. Ideally, you should take your images at the highest quality, and then resize them to approximately (depending on image aspect) 1024x683 pixels. If you upload an image larger than that, Instructables will resize the image and show the resized image to viewers.

Glad to hear it was helpful. You guys might want to check out: https://www.instructables.com/topics/Bug-Issue-wit... for more nuanced info on file sizes and formats. Since posting I've found out that there may be benefits to larger sizes, and the sizes above probably will depend on the image ratio. That's why I wish Instructables listed their own image FAQ.

thrashercharged, I checked manually. It's listed in https://www.instructables.com/you under "Your Library".


MillennialDIYer - where did you find this info? I've looked everywhere and wasn't able to find it? Thanks!


8 years ago

I usually set my camera down to 5MP and just upload the photos as such, which comes out to 2592x1944 pixel size and about 1MB per pic. I think having nice sized photos is good if someone wants to look closely at the photo detail, but any bigger than that just is wasted space, IMO. Perhaps one of the staffers has a different answer, but as an author that's what I would recommend.


Answer 8 years ago

I'm glad you asked this question even though I don't really know what it all means, other than the smaller the resolution the sharper the image. I am almost 70 and have just got my 1st. camera so I'm on a steep learning curve. Mega pixels and Mega bites I get but how that relates to the setting on my camera I have no idea. Thanks all. [i'm making my first instructable right now] I did say my learning curve was steep, didn't I.


Answer 8 years ago

Ditto. Depending on which camera I use, my photos have all been taken at either 3MP or 5MP.


8 years ago

Firstly, you probably want to turn your camera to the lowest megapixels possible ( I use 3MP) and the size doesn't really matter if you have a lower MegaPixel
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