Posting Panoramas on Instagram

One of my favorite Instagram tricks is posting panorama's using Instagram's multi-photo swipe feature. I saw this trick first on Kurt Cuffy's instagram and was floored by the smooth transition of a horizontal photo. It doesn't work with every photo, but here's a quick tutorial on how to accomplish a seamless swipe:

Start with a horizontal photo that remains interesting if you simplified it to the left half or left third or so on. To sample if a photo will work will as a multi-swipe, reduce the height of the image to resemble a panorama. For mine, I'll use this photo I took in Five Point Bakery in Buffalo. 


Next, you're going to decide on how many photos you want to include. I recommend 3 at max unless your photo's primary focus lies in the center rather than the top or bottom. In Photoshop, select the cropping tool and set your ratio to 1:1 square. For two photos, you're going to change the ratio to 2:1; for 3 photos, 3:1, and so on. 

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You'll now be able to crop your photo to the width needed to comprise the amount of squares you selected. Adjust your crop to allow for the most interesting parts of your photograph. In this example, I choose two. 

Now you're going to crop your squares. Change the ratio back to 1:1. Your first square will be the far left of the image. Crop, and save. If you decided to break your photo into two parts, your second square will simply be the far right of the image. If you decided on three or more parts, track your right edge points. Where one square ended, your next square begins.  

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After you crop a square, save, step backward, and repeat the process. After you're done, your finished product will be multiple squares, seamlessly put together. Here's my set of two:


And now for the easiest part, posting to Instagram! Select the multiple photo feature, and select each of your squares in the order you want them from far left to right. (The first photo should be the far left.)

Hope this tutorial helped you wow your followers. I always love how cropping your photos in this way turns out. It's super satisfying to slide through your image. If you try this out, be sure to tag me on Instagram, @Rachellcooperr. I'd love to see what you come up with!