I know that most of you know how to edit your images. Many tools help you resize and crop images easily. One of these tools is Picnik. I really love this one. It is a web-based tool that allows you to resize, crop, rotate and improve the quality of your images. It also allows you to add effects, texts, stickers, frames and much more. Most of this tool’s features are free. But they do have premium features.
When I resize images using such tools, I face two problems:
- The quality of the image is not always good
It is true that you can enhance the quality using the same tool. But at the end, you find yourself wasting time improving the quality of images when all you want is to resize them.
- The size isn’t always the right one
This problem is irritating. If the size isn’t the exact one you want for your post, you’ll have to go back to the tool and do all the work from scratch.
I stopped using such tools for the above reasons. I start uploading images to my posts and then drag to resize them. This didn’t work really well because the quality was distorted. This is an example:
Then I discovered that WordPress has a built-in image editor. This has saved me a lot of time. I was aware of the edit button just below the image you add to a WordPress post, but didn’t know a lot about it.
Here is how you can use the WordPress built-in image editor:
- Upload an image to WordPress. You can upload it to it through the media library or upload it to a WordPress post using the upload button.
- Click on the Edit Image button right below the uploaded image.
There you can find the built-in editor.
To resize an image, follow these steps:
- Click on Scale Image
- Change the dimensions and click on Scale
- You’re done!
When you resize an image, WordPress automatically save the changes. But when you crop an image, you have to manually save it. To crop an image, all you have to do is select the area you want to crop and click on the crop button at the top. Don’t forget to save the changes.
You may have noticed the Restore Original Image link. You use that if you’re not happy with the changes. You have to restore the original image before resizing it again. I find that better. The quality was distorted when I resized images again before discarding the previous changes. This is what you do to discard any changes:
This built-in editor isn’t useful for posts only. You can also use it when resizing images for a sidebar widget. You can insert the image, edit it and then switch the HTML mode, copy the code and paste it in a text widget.
That’s all for today guys. I hope you’ve learned something new. Using this built-in image editor is better than installing a plugin only to resize images. There are plugins that help you resize images. There is no need for installing those when you already have a good built-in editor.
Do you know about this built-in editor? Have you ever used it? Do you think it does a good job? I’d love to read your thoughts. Please consider leaving a comment and tell me about your experience.