Instagram Woes

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    @burvantill @jakecrowe I had indeed been saving a jpg directly from Procreate and posting to Instagram all on my iPad. It was wonderful!! And simple!

    And then I realized that the 300dpi files I was posting were being reformatted automatically by Instagram to fit their 72dpi sharing format. And it took a couple posts before I realized some of the line work I had drawn was simply evaporating. The crispness in the detail seemed to disappear.

    I couldn't find an iPad app that would reduce the dpi of the images with the control that Photoshop has. I started saving the images to my Desktop through Appleshare, then adjusting the images for websharing in Photoshop. It enabled me to reduce the dpi to 72 and use Photoshop's algorithms to keep a sharper quality image. I was also able to use a smidge of Smart Sharpening on some of them as well. So when I sent them back to my iPad to share on Instagram, they seemed to have more clarity and definition than if I had just trusted Instagram to re-interpolate them.

    Am I mucking up things and missing something inadvertently? I have a tendency to over complicate things.... hehe...

    @NessIllustration I am 99% sure I'm simply not using Instagram correctly. The tech is smarter than I am. You're right about the 30 limit. I think I was using the same hashtags over and over again. I've read that if you do that and they're the hashtags with bigger usages, it dings their Spam algorithm. So I'm trying to reduce the number of hashtags I use and make sure I don't use too many of the ones that have over a couple million usages. Ironically, I've read "less is more", especially if you're trying to focus those hashtags toward specific viewers.

    I took your advice and deleted the app on my iPad and re-installed it. We'll see how that works now. 🙂

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    @Coreyartus You're right, smaller hashtags work better! Not only you have a better chance of showing your illustration the the right person who is interested, but the bigger hashtags (a few million posts) are used so often that you get buried in seconds. It's like screaming into a crowd of millions: exhausting and rarely efficient! Speaking to a smaller room is easier and you actually have more chance to be heard 🙂

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    Hmmm. Weird. Hopefully deleting the apps and reloading will fix the issue. Good luck.

  • @MichaelaH that is the most goshdarn useful Instagram tip I have seen in ages. Thank you!

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    @MichaelaH I tried on my mac and was almost disappointed. For those on a Mac, Command+Option+J will take you to the source page where you can click on a mobile view. SO AWESOME!!!! Thank you Michaela!!!
    EDIT: LOL I spoke too soon. I can see what is supposed to be a mobile view but there are no buttons to post images. Bummer.

  • @burvantill I was not originally getting the post button, looks like you may need to command +R to refresh the page and the post option will load

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    @StudioLooong SWEET!! Thank you. That worked. 👍

  • @burvantill Just beware that the hashtags might not work in the browser. I usually add the tags from my phone in a comment. For some reason they don't seem to work right when not on mobile.

  • @StudioLooong Yeah on windows You need F5 ro refresh the site and than you see this plus for making a new post
    @burvantill I am glad it works for You, as Jerry said, the hashtags arn't alaways working, but You can add them later. Yeah refresh is F5 on Windows...

  • @burvantill After you switch to the mobile view you need to refresh the page and then the button with which you can post images appears

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    @Moana-Maureen 😂 Thanx! I figured it all out in 2019 when this thread was started. But I appreciate the effort of trying to help. 😜

  • @burvantill oh oops, a bit late then I guess, ha,ha 😉

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