Hey guys! I recently shared an image on Instagram of a grid of photos I printed out, and I got some questions about it.
I collected all my Instagrams and had enough for four pages of 6 little squares. Then I grouped them as best I could. I think I ended up with groups for coffees, books, food, and miscellaneous.
I made the grid pretty simply in Photoshop Elements. I don’t talk about it much, but I love Elements. Like, probably more than full-blown Photoshop. I think it’s about $100 (which is nothing compared to “real” Photoshop), but I got it for free with my Wacom Bamboo tablet.
So on to the grid. I created a new 4×6″ canvas, with a resolution of 300 dpi (which is good for printing). Then I opened up the first six Instagrams.
You’re going to resize the Instagram images so they fit on the canvas just like they should. The easiest way to resize like this is with the Crop tool.
In the Crop tool, if you don’t want white borders, set it to a fixed size of 2″ by 2″, and a resolution of 300 dpi. I love that you can change the resolution directly with the Crop tool. It saves so many little steps. But you want white borders. So set your Crop tool to a fixed size of 1.95″ x 1.95″.
Click and drag from one corner to the other corner, selecting the whole photo. Click the green check mark, or just double-click the photo, to commit the change.
Then go to your blank canvas. Click and drag the images from the thumbnails at the bottom (called the Project Bin) and release them on the blank canvas.
Move them around until you like the layout. The four images in the corners will line up with the edges of the document. To make sure your middle images are in the middle, select all the images on the left or right. At the top (with the Move tool selected), select Distribute: Vertical Centers. Align & Distribute are two of my favorite tools.
And that’s the 4×6 Instagram grid! I’ve done the same simple grid with a landscape orientation to include in Project Life, but these little book pages are my favorite.
Print out your canvases as 4×6 photos, and you’re done.
Hope you enjoy! Let me know if you have any questions.