January 17, 2012

2x2 Instagram Prints

Our eyes are still burning from staring at all the different 3D screens and gadgets at the 2012 International CES Convention in Las Vegas.
We will expand on this in a few days (still recovering). What we did notice was that Instagram seemed to be everywhere.

If you haven't heard of a little smart phone app called Instagram, you are missing out!
We started blogging about this little addictive jewel a year ago. There are now over 8 million users, all sharing their fun & quirky images with the many different Polaroid effects available in the app.
(see Instagram FAQ)

Last year we contacted the guys behind instagram about finding a solution to high resolution exporting (currently at 612x612 pixels)
Until we can get there, printing anything larger than a 5x5 print might get tricky and won't look sharp.

Never fear, we are here!

There are a few ways to order.
1. Import your Instagram photos via your smart phone to your computer & upload to your Persnickety Prints account.
2. Upload directly from iphoto with our iphoto plugin.
3. Install the free Persnickety Prints iPhone app to upload directly from your phone.
4. Create an account with Followgram for online instagram viewing. Right click the images you need, "Save As" to your computer. (remember these are 612x612 pixels)
5. Email images to your Persnickety account from your cell phone. (please allow 48 hours until imported)
6. Layout your Instagram photos 9-up on an 8x8 canvas- see below. Add text, description to the photos, or cut them out for other creative uses. Download Free .psd Template.
 (photoshop or a photo editing program needed)

Download this FREE .psd Template here.

Don't forget to use the #persnicketyprints hashtag when using Instagram!

Instagram Photos


  1. I love love love this. Does anyone know if you can get 5x5 albums to display them or what are some other ideas?

  2. Nat- we are working on it!!! Will post when we find the most "persnickety" solutions!

  3. How do I find you to print? It just shows local retailers?

    1. Hi Mamajo- you should be able to enter our zip code: 84057
      using the Lifepics app will allow you to upload into your cart. You will then need to login to a desktop computer to place the actual order. (cell phone credit card transactions are still a little risky)
      Let us know if you have any other questions!

  4. Oh my word!!! I am sooooooo loving this! Im going to go download the app right now. I have been rrying to figure out how the heck I was going to print all those pics without having a ton of cutting to do! Yippie! Im so excited!

  5. I am a digi scrapper so I LOVE to take my Instagram and other iPhoneography into my design program to create a 12 x 12 page. Once I've completed a few pages, I upload them to Persnickety for printing and they are preserved forever. Having this quick output for Instagram is such a super idea!! Thank you!

  6. Thanks for this! I sometimes use an Instagram as my photo of the day (Project 365), and I print my p365 photos, just as regular 4x6s. Of course this will be no surprise to you, they don't print properly as 4x6 (resolution is fine, but aspect ratio is off, so part of the photo is cut off).

    So I am looking forward to reprinting these with Persnickety.

    I have a dumb question...if 4x4 will print OK, can't I just put 9 Instagram photos on a 12x12 page? I am a digital scrapper so I can make a quick template for 9 4x4 clipping masks on a 12x12 page.

    Make sense?

    And if I wanted them larger at 5x5, I could get 4 on a 12x12 page, right?

    1. ABSOLUTELY! Instagram exports images as 612x612, as long as you keep them small- your resolution will be ok! We are working with Instagram on a more streamlined ordering process- and we'll keep you posted!

  7. Will this work with Toy Camera and Hipstamatic photos?

    1. Gina- definitely... its really just a template for a smaller square photo as Instagram is only exporting at 612x612

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