Digging Deeper in the Image Editor

It’s easy to tailor your images to your post’s specific needs.

Image by Josep Ma. Rosell (CC BY 2.0)

We recently covered some handy, quick fixes to better integrate images into your posts. There’s always more to learn, though — here are four additional tricks to consider. From resizing to adding borders, you get to display your images exactly the way you want.

Customize your image size

Looking for alternative ways to insert photos into your posts? Here are a few to consider.

Once you’ve added an image to your post, it’s fine-tuning time.

When you first selected the image, you chose between different standard sizes:

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But what if none of these sizes work for you? What if the image is either too small or too big, or makes the text break up in a way you’d like to avoid? Easy: create a custom-sized image!

In the Visual Editor, click on your photo, then on the pencil symbol. Welcome to the Image Details screen!

Look at the middle of the screen: when you open the drop-down Size menu, you’ll now see one extra option: Custom Size. Select it, and you’ll be able to tweak the size of your image as you see fit — and the editor will automatically adjust the size to keep a correct scale.

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It might be a good idea to take a look at the post preview to make sure the new size fits into the post the way you intended it to; if not, quickly re-tweak the size, and you’re all set.

Turn your image into a custom link

Images add color and texture to your posts, and can give your reader a needed visual break between blocks of written text. Sometimes, though, they can help you direct traffic and clicks to other destinations on your site (and beyond).

By default, the images you insert into your post are linked to their respective media files. But changing the “Link to” setting in the image editor lets you turn the image into a big, colorful, highly clickable link to… anywhere you want. Just return to the image editor (via the pencil symbol on your image), enter the desired URL in the text box, and your image link is created:

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This can be a great way to lead your readers to other posts or pages on your blog, or to a different site altogether — for example, a post about a charity you’re passionate about can feature an image link that takes visitors to that organization’s donations page. Or, if you’re using a Creative Commons-licensed image, linking to the photographer’s site or Flickr profile could be a nice way to give credit and acknowledge the artist’s generosity.

Keep your visitors where you want them

I can hear you objecting already — “Wait! I don’t want my readers to leave my post before they even finished reading it.” Nor should you — look down the Image Details screen, and right there, at the bottom of the Advanced Options section,  you’ll see a checkbox: “Open link in a new window/tab.”

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Check this box, and all clicks on your image will do just that — keeping your post in your readers’ browsers, waiting for them to return as soon as they’ve explored the site to which your image led them.

Make your images stand out

Crisp, light-colored backgrounds keep your posts readable, and your visitors’ eyes fresh. They can be tough, though, when it comes to using light-colored images. The image and the background might bleed into each other, diluting the effect you create by alternating between text and image.

You should always consider the overall visual balance of your post when making changes to your images’ appearance.

There’s an easy solution here, too — still in the Advanced Options section of the image editor, head to the Image Border setting:

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You can choose whichever border width and color you wish — clicking on the color box will make the color picker pop out — so that the image fits perfectly with your blog’s color palette and other design features. (Take a look at this post — many of the screenshots I’ve used required a subtle border to set them apart from the background.)

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While it’s better to use borders sparingly, on occasion they can make a real difference in how effective a given image is.

Do you have any other image-editing tips to share? Let us know what they are in the comments.

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  1. Thank you so much for this informative post. I just started up a photography blog about a month ago and these tips will really help with presenting my images exactly how I would like them to appear.

    Cindy Garnett

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  2. Aha! Tricks of the trade! Thank you! But “Trading tricks?” I don’t know any to offer (sorry!) but am lapping these up. I do notice in my stats that people are always clicking on my images (but as you mentioned it just takes them to the original file) but I always thought it was just to enlarge it to see more detail? I had no idea they might have expected the image to actually take them somewhere?! I would still be worried, even if it opened up in a new screen that they would never come back to finish my post. If they are anything like me, (ADD) it would be like “Oh look, shiny!” And then “Hey, Squirrel!” And then “Original post? What post??”

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    1. I completely understand. One other option to consider — it’s the one I usually choose for posts on The Daily Post — is simply to have no link; in other words, make the image un-clickable.


  3. Is the problem by any chance still occurring that when border is selected of let us say 5 pixels the backdrop with the caption is still the same size as the pictures and not the 10 pixels bigger since one added a border?
    To which the border sort of gets out of line or bounds.

    This is an observation and a honest question.

    Other than that the custom size is a great addition to the tools. I enjoy very much.

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  4. I’ve recently started using the editing app on my phone to “doll up” a faded or too wide shot before adding it to my posts. And when it comes to photos, for me…the bigger the better. I’m always clicking to enlarge 🙂

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  5. Extremely helpful. I’ve also found that using the “set featured image” has led to more pictures staying connected to the correct post without worry about “programming” language as I’m using the most basic wordpress because I have no html or css skills (yet!)

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  6. My suggestion is a simple one. Optimize your images for the web, and pre-size your images to fit into the spaces you intend to use them in, prior to uploading them. Then you will have the best images quality, you will not be wasting your free media storage space, and you will not be in the support forums asking for help with troubleshooting images.

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  7. Why, when I move my image to a different place in the post, does the link disappear? I have to keep putting links back. Unless I change to text and cut and paste all the html for the image.


    1. Hi Clare — I haven’t managed to reproduce the issue you’re describing (i.e. when I move images around in my test blog, the link stays intact). I’m not sure what might be causing this (html gremlins?), so I’d suggest alerting our support team, who might be able to better assist you:


      1. Oh, that’s interesting, it is not doing it now.

        It started at the time images were changed, to remove the box for a “Title”- much whingeing about that one- and permit users to drag the corner of the image, and thereby reduce or increase its size. It last irritated me about a week ago.

        The question that really gets to me is that why would anyone imagine that the alternative way of posting is an “improved posting experience”? When first introduced, there was not even a way to save drafts, and now it still has fewer features than the Edit Post screen I use. I started using hardly any of those features, and explored them as I went along, and now use most of them, changing font now and then with html rather than with a paid upgrade. Do you feel too many features put people off?


      2. I’m glad to hear the link isn’t disappearing any longer.

        As for the new option for posting, we’d like to offer a publishing experience that is smooth and easy to use intuitively, while maintaining the vast majority of features — especially those that are frequently used and loved by many bloggers. It will take some tweaking, but it’s a goal towards which we’re working constantly.


  8. Very helpful Ben, but what if the option to choose an image border doesn’t open when the width or colour box is clicked in Advanced Options, as is the case with my theme McKinley? Thanks


    1. Hi Andrew! The image editor doesn’t change from one theme to the other — and the option to add borders is available on all current themes, including McKinley (I just confirmed this by switching my test blog to McKinley and adding a border there).

      I’m not sure I understand what you mean by “the option… doesn’t open” — for width, you need only enter the number of pixels you wish for the border. The color picker should pop up when you click on the color box — like in the image in the post, above. As long as one clicks “update” after deciding on those details, the border should appear the next time you preview the post. Let me know if I’ve misunderstood the issue you’re describing!

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      1. It’s not supposed to — the color picker should, however, pop up when you click inside the color box (where the default is black). If that doesn’t work, that would suggest a problem that calls for some further investigation.


    2. Hello again, Andrew — after some digging, it appears that the color picker is supported in Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and the Android browser, but not yet in Internet Explorer and Safari. If you’re using one of these two browsers, the picker will be unavailable for now (it’s expected to be supported in Safari 8, which is still in beta). Thanks for your patience!


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  10. clicking on the color box does not make my color picker pop out …it will let me put the image border width in. But offers no color wheel. I am not sure what I am doing wrong or not doing.


      1. Hello again — as I replied to Andrew above, after some digging, it appears that the color picker is supported in Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and the Android browser, but not yet in Internet Explorer and Safari. If you’re using one of these two browsers, the picker will be unavailable for now (it’s expected to be supported in Safari 8, which is still in beta). Thanks for your patience!


  11. I just started my site a little over a week ago. I have been concentrating on content and I have to focus somewhat on design. I liked the suggestions you mentioned. Thanks.
    Cre Crenshaw
    Creative Technology Solutions


    1. You can easily turn your image caption into a link just like you would any other text. Once the caption is in place, just highlight it with your mouse, click the “Link” button in your toolbar, and enter the desired URL. That’s it!

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  12. Is there someway to keep people from leaving comments on the photos? Because of spam, I’ve turned off comments on older posts and now they’re leaving the comments on the photos themselves.



    1. The easiest would be to make the images non-clickable. In the image editor’s “Link to” drop-down menu, select “None” — that should do the trick.

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  13. It’s still taking me time to adjust to the new ‘new post’ section I can see how it’s more effective it’s just not all laid out. I love these tips, especially the size and border adjustments, thank you so much! 🙂


  14. This is excellent! I have also always come across the problem of readers clicking the file and just landing on a different page with a larger picture. The comment about removing the link altogether makes so much sense!


  15. Great post – thanks. I had never noticed the ‘open link in a new tab/window’ check box (der!). I always open have links open in new tabs, now can do the same for my images. Yay “-)


  16. Thanks for the great advice. Kudos for posts like these that help us novices out.
    I seem to have a problem gettting a menu against the advance options. Only a arrow icon up and down. Right click gives some options but nothing like is shown on your screen. Any suggestions ?


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