Edit Images in WordPress: No External Editor

Edit Images in WordPress: No External Editor

Have you ever had to deal with a lot of images in your WordPress blog or site? Most anyone who has a blog or business site does have a large collection of images to use in posts to make your site shine.

Just managing that one aspect of your site can be time-consuming. You go through all the trouble of cropping your images, or maybe you don’t do anything to them, you just upload them all to your WordPress site.

I can’t tell you the number of times I have sighed in relief at being done uploading to notice that I forgot to reduce the huge file-size on every file.

It is always a precarious balance between finding files that are of sufficient quality and web-friendly loadable size too. Too many times we take for granted an always on fast internet connection and forget that many people are on slower connections, so we go for the quality, wanting the best we can get.

This creates a problem for you and your visitors because it provides a bad user experience and makes things take forever. Not the best idea to leave such huge images on your page, but you for sure don’t want to edit the image and re-upload, then add it to your post again, right? Especially if there are a bunch of images you need to process.

Edit Images in WordPress

Well, there is a great solution (YouTube video of the process) already built right into WordPress for you that you can use and you won’t have to re-upload at all.

There is a little-known feature of WordPress, that you can resize your images inside WordPress without using an external photo editor. There are other editing features in WordPress as well. When you’re done the image will be the perfect size to put in a blog post.

You can always revert back to the original image if you need to, which is also built right into WordPress. This makes this very easy to do without having to load up Photoshop or Pixlr and re-upload.

This makes it far easier to quickly get through a ton of photo resize edits on your own without having to do all that work again. I find it to be extremely handy to use the editor.

You can also crop your photo by simply selecting part of the image with a click and drag over the image. It works really well, and it seems like the WordPress team put a lot of thought into this feature. It is one of the things I probably use the most to get the media I need for my posts.

One thing to be aware of is that you can apply the edits you make to all thumbnails, or just the specific size you’re looking at, which can be a massive time saver.

The photo editor was added in WordPress 3.1.3 and has been very useful for those who noticed it was there ever since. Other things you can do with the photo editor include rotating a photo, flipping it left to right (which can be helpful to add a little flavor to images you’ve already posted your site.

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Comments (2)

  1. This is a great tutorial on image editing in WordPress. Images play a vital role in all blogs. The ability to edit images within the WordPress dashboard really helps save a lot of time. It’s a great thing that this feature has been added into the WordPress core.

  2. Any advice on rotating photos within the Image Editor? My image doesn’t appear properly in the Edit Image window and the rotate and crop buttons don’t work.

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